Cocktails…Homemade Cider


Last Christmas in Paris, The Boyfriend and I had mead at a holiday street festival.  It as like something out of a movie, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts and hot cider.  Since we are getting into the holiday season, I’ve been looking for a good cocktail recipe to recreate what we had.

After looking for mead recipes, I found you brew it like beer.  And it takes about three weeks.  Well I’m not one to wait three weeks for a cocktail, let alone three hours so I found a replacement recipe that takes about 30 minutes (albeit still longer than I like to wait for cocktails).

cider- oranges

First, I baked oranges studded with cloves at 350 degrees for half an hour.  In the meantime, I heated apple cider laced with Maker’s and cinnamon sticks on the stove top.

The combination made the house smell amazing.

cider- pot

Once the oranges were done, I heated up everything and let it simmer for a couple minutes.  And voila!

cider- me

 I normally don’t act like I stepped out of the pages of Pinterest, but I wanted to try and make something to remind us of Paris.

And it gave me a reason to wear my “je t’aime” sweatshirt.



Christmastime…Neiman’s & Target

Neiman’s at Christmastime is one of my favorite places.  Of all time.

 I love their downtown Dallas location; they put up their huge Christmas tree in the make up department and decorate the whole store.  I just want to live there.

But now, Neimans will be walking distance at Target this holiday season. NM recruited 24 American designers to create gifts for the discounter between $8 and $500.

Band of Outsiders, Alice+Olivia, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Tracy Reese…

I am so excited!  

It’s that time of year…

It’s the holiday season (which is actually my favorite time of year) and that means parties, parties and more parties.

I am maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding in May and I am hosting a cocktail & dinner party for her in a couple weeks.  I feel so adult.

It’s time to start renting tables, get a caterer, and a bunch of other things I’m sure I don’t know about.

But most importantly…it’s time to have a party.



The Boyfriend and I decided to spend Thanksgiving in San Francisco but didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see everyone before escaping.  Last night we had the family over for some cocktails and dinner.  I love throwing parties and this one was fabulous.

Maybe a little too fabulous.