November 2013 archive

Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying — it tastes waaaaay better.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

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Pumpkin Beer Soup

It happened. I had leftover pumpkins from Halloween and decided I would make soup out of them. I’m not sure why I was intimidated, it was super easy — yay for firsts!

pumpkin soup

What I loved about this soup is that it had a great texture to it. I could taste the veggies and they still had some bite. I like my soup with some bit and pieces of love still in it.

This soup would make an amazing course at your Thanksgiving dinner. You could even make it up early in the week and it will be fine in the fridge until Thanksgiving. Double “yay” for getting things done ahead!

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Thanksgiving Soup Dippers

Soup Dippers for Thanksgiving

This time of year is great for testing new recipes. And with Thanksgiving being next week, you will likely have hungry guinea pigs to test your new creations on. My favorite part of Thanksgiving dishes has to be the herbs. Herb-a-licous flavors make me happy.

I recently made these soup dipper pastry squares that are full of those herb flavors I love. They were so simple to make using only Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, olive oil and herbs!

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New Uses for Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper. It’s not just for gifts anymore. Check out these ideas + enter to win $200 to Minted below.

DIY Christmas decorationsMy approach to holiday decorating is pretty much like my approach to everything else — keep it simple but make a statement. I love those simple DIY ideas that just make something so much better. Case in point: turning plain white serving trays into festive holiday serving trays!

Simple DIY Christmas decorationsA great quality wrapping paper with a fun modern print is the only new holiday decor item I need this season. You can do so many things with it, the DIY Christmas decorations are almost endless. As for the paper itself, I am in love with Minted’s new line of wrapping paper. The designs are modern, festive and unique and the quality is amazing. Good bye shiny, thin gift wrap. My favorite designs are the handdrawn herringbone, berry kraft, and on the grid (which you can customize with your own photos, see below!).

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A Simple OREO Cookie Balls Recipe

Oreo Cookie BallsYou know what gets me excited? A dessert that appears to be a lot of fuss but in fact is super simple to make. Time is precious (especially during the holiday season) and complicated recipes just aren’t my thing. These Oreo Cookie Balls tool about 15 minutes to make and they taste amazing.

Oreo Cookie Balls

Hostess Tip: Make these balls well in advance of your party and keep them in the freezer until the day of your party. Pull them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.

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