Sugared Cranberries (& a cranberry julep)

I have watched The Family Stone approximately a dozen times this year.

Sugared Cranberry Recipe

I have eaten approximately 478 sugared cranberries, too.

Sugared Cranberry Recipe

Because they’re that darn good.

Tart, sweet, with that fresh cranberry “pop” when you bite into them.

Sugared Cranberry Recipe

Is it too much of a stretch to compare them to SJP’s character in the movie? Almost definitely, but I’m still going to. Although, she was more of the reverse – kind of tart and unappealing on the outside but sweet and good on the inside.

Cranberry Julep Holiday Cocktail Recipe
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Homemade Eggnog (& next year)

I remember such a specific Christmas when I felt I had it all together. My head was fully attached and on straight. Gifts were purchased in June and wrapped in November. The tree was bought and put up the day after Thanksgiving. The lights were on the house and lit every night.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I sincerely wonder/hope/pray if my life will ever feel that way again. If the holidays will ever feel that way again. I have great hopes that they will. I understand this is just a busy season in our lives. I also understand that there are positives that can come from this time, that are coming from this time.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I’m learning how to focus on what’s really important and let other things go.

I’m taking stock of what I already have and parting with things that no longer move or serve me.

Homemade Aged Eggnog Recipe

I’m getting a jump on planning next Christmas.

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Mulled Wine (& Monday)

Hello and happy Monday!

Is it too early to tell tails? …cocktails, that is?! (Oy, I’m mad at myself for that one.)

I feel like no. Because I spent most of yesterday thinking it was today and now IDK what I’m feeling like today.

Except…maybe a glass of mulled wine. That might feel nice.

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Blueberry Basil Margaritas

This weekend is Labor Day.

Wait, let me rephrase that: THIS WEEKEND IS LABOR DAY?!?!

How did we get here? When did we get here?

Obviously, I know how and when we got here. I’m aware of calendars and lunar cycles and man’s construct of time, but I’m still flabbergasted as to how we got to the unofficial/official end of summer.

The last of barbecues, beaches, and burnt shoulders.

The last of the season’s blueberries and basil.

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Raspberry Lemonade Gin Fizz-ish

It’s Wednesday.

You deserve a cocktail for getting this far into the week.

Or, rather, I deserve a cocktail for starting my week.

Working an altered schedule isn’t all bad, though. It means I get to visit friends in Green Bay. It means not fighting the crowds in the grocery store. It means Seth and I can go to his farmhouse and pick raspberries to our hearts’ content.

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