Cold Brew Cocktail

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We’ve entered the season of mulled wine and hot toddies, yet I’m posting a cold brew cocktail recipe. That goes to show how delicious this cocktail is! I just couldn’t wait to share it! Besides, I believe you can drink iced coffee all year round. There is no judgement over here!

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Snuggled under a pile of blankets with crackling candle lit on the mantle and this cocktail in hand, the bled of flavors almost tastes seasonal. If you still can’t get over the clinking of ice in your drink when it’s dropped below 30˚ outside, you can always enjoy it warm. Just Pin the original recipe to test out after all the snow melts. Enjoy!

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Cold Brew Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. cold brew concentrate
  • 1 C. skim milk
  • 2 oz. baileys
  • 1 oz. caramel vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake for 15 seconds then pour into a glass.
  • Serve with ice and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie with Merigunes

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I love the joy and festive spirit the holidays bring, but a wave of anxiety came over me when Black Friday ads began to circulate. My Halloween decorations were still up and the idea of prepping for Thanksgiving had slipped my mind. Once I’ve come to terms that Thanksgiving is in a few short days (how did that happen?!) I’ve been in full blown holiday mode.

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The spider webs, bats, and jack-o-lanterns have been packed away and replaced with hand painted pumpkins and chai spice candles. Thanksgiving prep is in full swing and I began recipe testing, much to Ian’s delight. First on my list, was dessert. As I’ve mention before, pumpkin pie is not my dessert of choice. However, topped with delicate meringues this pumpkin pie is sure to convert a non-pumpkin lover like myself. More importantly, it’s a true showstopper. This pie is guaranteed to get a few oh’s and ah’s from your dinner party guests. Can you really ask more from a dessert?! I don’t think so!

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Pumpkin Pie with Meringues

Ingredients:

For the pie:

  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
  • Pre-made pie dough

For the meringues:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartare

Directions:

For the pie:

  • Preheat oven to 400˚
  • Transfer the pie dough into a pie tin and crimp the edges. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the pie ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Pour the pie mixture into the pie crust and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven, open the oven door, and let the pie cool inside the oven. This will help prevent cracks from forming.
  • Take the pie out of the oven once it has cooled and chill in your fridge until you are ready to serve.

For the meringues:

  • Preheat oven to 200˚
  • In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly add in the cream of tartare and sugar one TBS at a time.
  • Once all of the sugar has been added, gently fold in the vanilla extract.
  • Spoon mixture into a pipping bag and form meringues in a variety of sizes on a silicone mat placed on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Once the meringues have cooled, arranged them on your pie before serving.

Halloween Spider Dirt Cups

Halloween Spider Dirt Cup

Happy Halloween! Whether you go all out for the holiday or like to keep things simple, these spider dirt cups are the perfect way to add a bit of spooky fun to your day. Since Ian and I are in the phase of life where we don’t have any little ones to go trick-or-treating with, our Halloween celebrations are quite mild. Therefore, to get us in the holiday spirit I made a small batch of these creepy crawly dirt cups.

Halloween Spider Dirt Cup

After a long day at work, these spider dirt cups can turn an ordinary evening into a mini Halloween party. Just put on Hocus Pocus and you are set! Your spooky evening is sorted! However, if you are looking to spice up your Halloween celebrations and throw a party these spider dirt cups would be a wonderful addition to your dessert table. Guests can even wear the spider rings after they enjoy their dessert! Can you really ask for more from a Halloween dessert?! I don’t think so!

Halloween Spider Dirt Cup

Halloween Spider Dirt Cups

Ingredients:

  • Oreos
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Cool Whip
  • Milk
  • Spider rings

Directions:

  • In separate bowls, make the  vanilla and chocolate pudding according to the box directions. Fold in 1 C. of cool whip into each pudding mixture and set aside.
  • Place around a dozen Oreos into a blender and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Spoon alternating layers of Oreo and pudding into glass containers.
  • Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and a spider ring. Enjoy!