This week has been spring break, which normally doesn't mean anything to me, but this year Parks' preschool is on the same schedule as all of the other schools so he has been home with me all week. This means my work week has been interesting to say the least and I have had to let a couple of things go that were on my to-do list. Hanging with him is way more important, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't missing my Tuesday/Thursday me time. Luckily the weather has been absolutely beautiful so we have been able to spend lots of time outside, which is always good when you have a toddler! You could say I am definitely ready for the weekend and for daddy to be home with us to give me a little break that I haven't been able to get this week! I am looking forward to a cocktail (or two) and I think I'll start with one of my Strawberry Thyme Bellinis!
I was sitting at my hair salon in Baton Rouge over the weekend and my hair stylist started telling me about this amazing new Indian Cajun fusion restaurant in New Orleans where he had a delicious turmeric cocktail. He said it was an after dinner drink and that it tasted amazing! Ever since then I haven't been able to get that cocktail off of my mind! I love a turmeric latte so I knew I would love a cocktail version of it just as much! My anti-inflammatory spiced rum golden milk is going to your new favorite post dinner cocktail (or anytime cocktail for that matter)!
It's December which means bring on everything holiday! Christmas music on repeat all day everyday, holiday baking, and cozy nights by the tree are just a few of my favorite things about this time of year. I feel like I turn back into a kid as soon as tree goes up, which this year was before Thanksgiving (because I was feeling it..) and I still love Christmas time as much now as when I was a little girl! I'm so excited to start new traditions with Parks and now that he is two, he is really starting to get into Christmas as much as his mama, which totally makes my heart sing. Christmas cookies and cocktails are two of my favorite holiday indulgences and I've got the perfect pairing for you to try this year! My matcha vanilla bean shortbread cookies paired with a boozy matcha white hot chocolate will put you in the holiday spirit immediately!
This has been the never ending week guys...I don't know what is going on, but I could not be any more excited that tomorrow is Friday! Between being a mom to a toddler and all that comes with it, all the while trying to balance a busy work week, it's just been one of those challenging mama weeks around our house! One thing that I always have on hand for an afternoon pick me up is kombucha! I seriously love this stuff and it definitely gives me a little energy boost when I need it most! I don't know why it has never dawned on me until now to put a little booze in it, but man I am glad I finally did! My persimmon and rosemary boozy booch is the perfect fall cocktail to kick off your weekend!
Can someone please tell me how it is already mid-October? I cannot believe that we are approaching Halloween already which means Christmas will be here like...tomorrow! We finally had a slight cool front blow into Texas which means that for two mornings I have been able to open the windows and get excited about the season! Rumor has it we are getting another front next week, so I have my fingers crossed that it actually happens! Whenever there are cool nights I am always up for one of my favorite fall cocktails, which happens to be a hot toddy! I created a little twist on the classic to make it perfect for this Halloween season! My Spiced Caramel Apple Hot Toddy is the perfect cocktail to make while you pass out candy to all those little ghosts and goblins AND to enjoy all fall long!
Man it's hottttt in Texas these days! Today, the temperature is supposed to go up to 99...and that's not even the heat index, which is almost always a good ten degrees higher than that! You simply have to be near a body of water to go outdoors, or in our case playing in a sprinkler, otherwise you can't bear the heat. The other way I am surviving this summer is by whipping up frozen cocktails and drinking them like they are water and you are totally welcome to join in on the fun too! My frozen strawberry basil mules are so easy and are absolutely necessary in getting us through the last months of this scorching heat!