October 10, 2017

Bloody Berry Sangria

October is extra spooky this year, with Friday the 13th coming up in a few days. We decided to take advantage and make a cocktail with … a Bloody Berry Sangria.

This was extremely easy to make and only used a few ingredients, so it’s cheap, too!

Here is what you need:
-bottle of red wine
-vodka (we used my fave, Tito’s)
-ginger ale
-fresh blueberries
-fresh blackberries

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, add 1 cup blueberries and 1 cup blackberries.


2) Add 3 oz. of vodka on top of berries.  Pour whole bottle of wine into pitcher on top of vodka and berries.


3) Top off pitcher with  1/2 cup of ginger ale.  Cover pitcher and let sit for 30 minutes.
4) Once sangria has had a chance to sit, uncover and pour into our cocktail glasses, making sure that some blueberries and blackberries make it into each glass.  Garnish with blueberries, and serve!

Got any fake spiders laying around? For a fun garnish idea, I popped a blueberry onto the butt of a fake spider and stuck it on the rim of each glass. How cute is that?!

I hope this Sangria gets you in the mood for Friday the 13th, and all of the other wonderful things that go along with October and Halloween.

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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October 3, 2017

Ginger Tequila Cider

I’ve found that some of the best cocktails I’ve made are the ones that I just kind of made up as I went along. For this week, I definitely improvised a bit, using items that we had in the studio and seasonal ingredients!

Introducing… the Ginger Tequila Cider.

Here’s what you need:
-silver tequila
-ginger ale
-apple cider
-fresh apples
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) Add ice to each cocktail glass.  On top of ice, squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into each glass.


2) Into each glass on top of ice & lemon juice, pour in 1 oz. tequila and 3 oz. of apple cider.
3) Top with ginger ale to fill the glass.  Stir gently with a straw to combine ingredients.


4) Garnish with fresh mint and apples.  We found these adorable mini apples that I used to garnish the rim of each glass, but you can also use slices from a normal size apple.

This cocktail combines 3 of my favorite things… apple cider, tequila and ginger ale, and the apple and ginger flavors definitely got me in the mood for fall.

Until next week… Cheers!

 

xx, Abby
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September 26, 2017

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Even though it might not fully feel like it, fall is officially here! The day that they were available, Maggie and I went to Starbucks to get our inaugural Pumpkin Spice Latte’s.

They were so delicious that it inspired me to make my own version – spiked, of course, to enjoy on the weekends!

Here’s what you need:
-espresso
-Bailey’s
-milk
-whipped cream
-pumpkin spice
-cinnamon sticks
-sugar
-honey
-espresso maker

Here’s what to do:
1) Brew some espresso.  While it brews, in a saucepan, combine 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree and 1/2 a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  Heat up slowly on low heat, stirring to combine ingredients.  Once mixture is hot, remove from heat and whisk until milk is foamed.
2) While espresso is brewing, get two separate, flat plates. Squeeze some honey onto the first plate, and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar onto the other one.  Rim your glasses first with honey and next with the cinnamon sugar mixture.


3) In each rimmed glass, pour 1 oz. of Bailey’s.  Add espresso on top of Bailey’s in each glass. Then, add pumpkin foamed milk, filling each glass about 3/4 of the way.
4) Top with whipped cream.  Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

I promise – this baby is as delicious as it looks! Grab your flannel scarf and warm up with the help of this latte.  Oh wait, just kidding.  It’s still 80 degrees.

Until next week… Cheers!

 

xx, Abby
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September 21, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Dinner with Family + Friends

The Jewish holidays happen to be my favorite.  Specifically, Rosh Hashanah and Passover are the best excuse to invite family and friends over for a super fun dinner.

Since I love to entertain, I take these holidays pretty seriously when it comes to the menu and tablescape. This year, I had an extra set of hands with my cousin Daniella in town AND…with Crafty Maggie to work on all the fine details.

Daniella and I spent hours prepping the food on Tuesday night. I always serve a traditional Jewish menu for the high holidays which include recipes by my Canadian Family members. We made Aunti Debi’s Chicken meatballs, Aunti Sandy’s peach brisket and Boobie Frieda’s gefilte fish and Matzo ball soup.

I don’t have a bar cart in our apartment and I wanted a place to put the wine and glasses however I didn’t want to break the bank with this purchase. I found the most PERFECT cart by Oh Joy for Target for $129. The best part is? It came fully assembled! Daniella and I just pulled it out of the box and voila!  I’m totally obsessed with this beauty…

I wanted to play off the fall season for our tablescape so Daniella and I let the flower market dictate our color palette. The market was filled with dahlias in burgundy, soft pinks and purple. We brought home an assortment of these florals and tons of greenery and our incredible intern, Natalie made us a floral runner for the center of the table and a few arrangements for the tables and bar cart.

Crafty Maggie was busy all day adding to the most beautiful touches to the table. She designed menus off of the flowers that we picked up and added a gold leaf splatter of paint to each. My sister Mandy had the amazing idea of spray painting apples white with a stroke of gold paint for the seating cards and Maggie nailed it with the execution.

Maggie also designed a water bottle label with each kid’s name on it for their seating assignment at the kids table.

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. For the new year we start our meal by dipping apples in honey to signify a sweet and healthy year ahead.

My husband Adam’s family is not particular large, but I’m used to very large Jewish dinners from growing up. So his parents are always at our table and to fill in, I invite several friends. For the past several years, Ilana, Mike, Mazzy and Harlow have joined us and after so many years, it is like they are family. We were also joined by cousin Daniella and my friend Emily and her boys Charlie and Giles as well as Maggie who experienced her first ever Jewish Holiday dinner!

I wanted to set up some activities for the kids to enjoy when they walked in. We made stamps out of potatoes and gave them each a plate of paint + a blank piece of card stock to make cards with. Each kid also had a plastic tumbler that they could decorate with stickers and then take home. This craft lasted for about 30 seconds, they barely ate and then we popped on a movie with a huge bowl of popcorn. At least I tried.

It was the most lovely evening of incredible food, company and fun. From my table to yours, I want to wish all our Jewish friends L’Shana Tova!

xx, Seri
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  1. Rebecca shapero

    Shana Tova! Your table looks beautiful xx

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September 19, 2017

Apple Cider Sangria

In case you missed it yesterday, Maggie and I talked all about our housewarming party that we threw for our new apartment on the blog yesterday.  One of the aspects of the party that we highlighted was the signature cocktail that I made to serve to our guests, Apple Cider Sangria.

I chose this cocktail because not only is sangria super easy to make and serve, but it uses seasonally appropriate ingredients as well!

Here’s what you need:
-fresh apple cider
-white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)
-ginger ale
-fresh apples
-fresh oranges
-cinnamon sticks

Here’s what to do:
1) Chop up the fresh oranges and apples and put into a pitcher. Add a few cinnamon sticks.


2) On top of fruit and cinnamon sticks, add a full bottle of white wine.


3) Top with apple cider, filling your pitcher a little more than 3/4 of the way.
4) Use a stirrer to combine the ingredients.  Top pitcher with ginger ale.


5) Cover your pitcher with plastic wrap and leave in fridge for at least an hour.
6) After letting sit, uncover and serve! Garnish each glass with a few slices of apples and a cinnamon stick.

This sangria was a huge hit amongst our guests.  There are not many people who don’t enjoy apple cider in the Fall!

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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