Our Weekend Winter Wonderland

This weekend, the husband and I got to experience a weekend winter wonderland.  It started Friday morning.  It started sleeting as I walked out the door to head to work.  Before lunch, our office was shutting down due to the amount of snow that was sticking to the ground.

Excited to get my weekend started a little early, I headed home.  It took me nearly 2 hours to travel the 4 1/2 mile distance from where I work to my house.  That was a long commute.  By the time I got home, this was the view that was waiting for me. A couple of hours later, the snow was still falling.  It was falling in think clumps that almost didn’t look real.  To look at it from the window, it looked like soap drifting from the sky. We decided to take the girls outside to let them play.  Laila, our Yorkie, has played in snow before.  Mimi, on the other hand, this was her first time playing in the snow.

Mimi loved being outside in the snow.  I had to drag her back inside.

As the evening went on, we lost power.  Fortunately, the husband had picked up fire wood for the fire place.  We were able to light a fire for warmth and light some candles for additional light.  We streamed music from our phone to a battery operated blue tooth speaker so we had something to sing along to as we played games.  We were without power from about 9pm to 2am.  We are incredibly lucky that the power came back on when it did as we were out of fire wood and the house was starting to get really cold.

You can see from the coffee table that I had my pom pom wreath supplies out.  Mimi tried to help me out with a couple of pom poms.  Instead of putting them together, she was taking them apart.  She was able to pull apart two pom poms before I noticed what she was doing.  It was dark, after all.  This is the mess my silly girl made:

Saturday morning I woke up, bundled up, and went out side.  This is how beautiful it was outside:

We got anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of snow.  This is a big deal because I live in Atlanta.  We have lived here for almost four years.  This was our first time seeing snow this early in the season.  It was also the first time we have seen this much snow at one time.  It is common for us to get a light dusting a couple of times during the winter.  Usually, it is February before we see snow.

It was so incredibly beautiful to look at.  Our neighbors even made a snowman.  However, I am very happy to see it go.

Advent Calendar Reveal | Apple Bourbon and Ginger Ale

There are 16 more days until Christmas!  It is time to shop for gifts for loved ones. It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 16 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Jim Beam Apple bourbon.

THE DRINK | APPLE BOURBON AND GINGER ALE

Today’s drink was a selection my husband recommended.  Can’t you tell?  This is meant to be an adventure.  The purpose is to try new things.  This was definitely a new thing.

For the drink, I mixed 1 part Jim Beam Apple bourbon with 3 parts of ginger ale.  I served it in a rocks glass with an ice ball. New to bourbon?  This is a good way to ease your way in.  Too strong?  Mix in additional ginger ale and sip slowly.

The Drink

  • 1 ounce of Jim Beam Apple Bourbon
  • 3 ounces of Ginger Ale

We are more than a week into my countdown to Christmas.  Interested in seeing the other reveals?  You can do so by visiting my Advent Calendar page.  Links to all of the reveals are just a click away!

Advent Calendar Reveal | Pink Lemonade

There are 17 more days until Christmas!  It is time to watch holiday movies. It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 17 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Li’Destri Pink Limonchello.  

THE DRINK | PINK LEMONADE

I was a little concerned when I opened today’s bag.  I struggled a little with the day 23 Limoncello. It took a couple of tries to get the drink right.  We made it the first time and it was too strong.  Today’s drink is super yummy!

For the drink, I mixed one part Di’Lestri Pink Lemon Liqueur with 3 parts Simply Lemonade.  I served it in a martini glass with a sugar rim.  Want a drink that is a little more pink?  Add a splash of cranberry juice.

The Drink

  • 1 ounce Di’Lestri Pink Lemon Liqueur
  • 3 ounces of Simply Lemonade

For the Garnish

  • Sugar rim

We are a week into my countdown to Christmas.  Interested in seeing the other reveals?  You can do so by visiting my Advent Calendar page.  Links to all of the reveals are just a click away!


Advent Calendar Reveal | Grand O

There are 18 more days until Christmas!  It is time to deck the halls. It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 18 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach.  Grand Marnier is made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar.  This version has been taken up a notch by the addition of raspberry and peach flavors.

THE DRINK | GRAND O

Today I am making a drink I found on the Grand Marnier website: Grand O.  I made a small changes as the original recipe is a group serving.  I have made adjustments for a single serving as well as for taste.

For the drink, I mixed 1 part Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach liqueur, 2 parts of Simply Orange juice, and 1 part of sparking water.  I served the drink in a martini glass.

The Drink

  • 1 ounce of Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
  • 2 ounces of Simply Orange juice
  • 1 ounce of sparkling water

For the Garnish

  • An orange slice or raspberries

We are about a week into my countdown to Christmas.  Interested in seeing the other reveals?  You can do so by visiting my Advent Calendar page.  Links to all of the reveals are just a click away!