Advent Calendar Reveal | Red Berry Martini

There are 22 more days until Christmas!  It is time to send out Christmas cards so they arrive on time.  It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 22 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Veil Red Berry vodka.  It is a red berry flavored 70 proof vodka that packs a punch.

THE DRINK | RED BERRY MARTINI

The Veil Red Berry vodka has a sweet red berry flavor that goes very well with cranberry juice.  They infuse together for a very lovely flavor.  If you are looking for a red drink to serve at your holiday party, consider adding this one to your menu.

The Drink

  • shot of Veil Red Berry vodka
  • 1 shot of triple sec
  • 3 ounces of Simply Cranberry juice

For the Garnish

  • Fresh cranberries

We had a tough time finding fresh cranberries for our drink.  I think we originally ran into an issue because of Thanksgiving.  Everyone else bought all of the cranberries!  We picked up a bag of Craisens. Craisens are dehydrated cranberries.  We were going to soak them in water to bring them back to life.  We were able to skip this process because fresh cranberries came back in stock!

Advent Calendar Reveal | Lemon Drop Martini

There are 23 more days until Christmas!  It is time to put up the tree and decorate the house.  It is also time to open another bag!

ADVENT CALENDAR | 23 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

Today’s advent bag contains Morey Limoncello liqueur.  Morey Limoncello is made from the zest of lemons, giving it a sweet lemon flavor.   Not a big fan of lemonade?  Skip this drink.

THE DRINK | LEMON DROP MARTINI

I am new to Limoncello.  I was attracted to this liqueur because of the beautiful glass bottle.  However, I am not new to a lemon drop.  Lemon drops are typically a sweet, lemon-based shot commonly consumed by young women at college bars.  I know this because I have consumed more than my fair share as a twenty-something.  Not so many as a thirty-something.  If you loved lemon drops in your youth, you are going to enjoy the grownup version: lemon drop martini.

I don’t enjoy my drinks on the strong side, so I typically add more juice than liquor.  If you enjoy a stronger beverage, feel free to change the ratios.

The Drink

  • shot of vodka
  • shot of Limoncello
  • 1 shot of triple sec
  • 3 ounces of Simply Lemonade 

For the Garnish

  • 1 teaspoon of decorating sugar (it has larger crystals)
  • 1 lemon for garnish

Like the sugar rim?  I rubbed a lemon wedge around the edge of the glass.  I poured decorating sugar onto a plate.  I then slid the wet rim through the sugar.  After a few minutes the sugar was dried to the rim, making it easy to carry and sip without getting covered in sugar.  If you are going to add a sugar rim, you must add it to the glass before adding the drink.

Advent Calendar Reveal | Day 24

Today is day one of my advent calendar.  Or day 24, depending on how your look at it.

For those of you new to the blog, I sewed an advent calendar (you can read the entire post here).  There are 24 little bags, like the one in the image below, hanging on my tree.  Every day for the next 23 days, I will open the bag to reveal the treat that is inside.  Hint: it is going to be alcohol.

MY INSPIRATION

Last December my husband shared with me that one of our favorite comedians, Patton Oswalt, had a whisky advent calendar.  He was sharing his drinks on Instagram every day.  Intrigued, we set off to create one for this year.

We headed to the liquor store just before Thanksgiving to buy wine for making our gravy.  While we were there, I visited the racks of mini liquor bottles at the front of the store.  There were so many to choose from!  They must have had 200 different miniature bottles, ranging from vodka, whisky, gin, and even pre-mixed shots.  The husband helped me pick out a few that we know I will like…and even a few that I might not.  I am going to give them a taste anyway!

ADVENT CALENDAR | REVEAL DAY 24

The liquor today is Kingston black cherry spiced rum.

THE DRINK

Today’s drink is a classic rum and coke. I mixed one part rum to two parts coke.

The black cherry flavor made the drink taste like a cherry coke.  If you enjoy rum, I recommend giving this one a try.

Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments

Today I took down all of my fall decor.  We put on a Christmas album, I poured a glass of wine, and pulled out all of my decor tubs.  I pulled out the empty tubs to pack away my fall pumpkins. As I was packing away my pumpkins, my husband pulled out the Christmas tree and the all the Christmas decorations.

After I cleared some space in the living room, we started to put up the tree.  The holiday season feels official.  The tree is up!

About 6 weeks ago I posted about my 17 by the end of 17.  It is a list of 17 things I wanted to accomplish by the end of the year.  Item number 10 on my list was to paint Christmas ornaments.

MY INSPIRATION

The idea behind this item was that I wanted matte navy blue ornaments, but have not been able to find them anywhere.  My original plan was to take all of the ornaments that were discolored from age, because there always are at least a few, and paint them.  And then I found these:

The husband and I went to Micheal’s on Black Friday.  I needed to pick up stencils for my advent calendar.  As I was walking to the aisle to look at stencil options, I saw that they had 20 clear ornaments for about $5.  I decided to forego my original plan and to do something else entirely.

I have been so inspired by the beautiful ornaments painted by @tallulahfaire on Instagram.  The swirls of colors are just lovely.  I wanted to do something similar, but lack the talent to pull this off.  I know this to be true, because I tried.  It didn’t work.  That is okay, because I still ended up with beautiful, hand painted ornaments.

Source @tallulahfaire

THE PROCESS

Step 1: I gathered supplies.  This included paint brushes, paint, a mixing tray, and ornaments.

Step 2: Prep the ornaments.  I took the top off of each of the ornaments and set them aside.

Step 3: Mix paint.  I added paint on my mixing tray.

Step 4: Paint. I put each ornament onto the end of spare paint brushes and began layering paint onto the ornament.  This helped me to work on the ornament without touching the paint.

Step 5: All the ornaments to dry thoroughly.  Once painted, I put the ornament, still on the handle of a paint brush, into a glass to dry.  It looked like this:

I layered white, blue, pink, and gold to get beautiful, unique ornaments for our family tree.

My absolute favorite are the pink, magenta, and white ornaments. I loved this combination of colors so much that I painted 14 of them.

THE REVEAL

I am in love with the pink, magenta, and white ornaments.  That came out so pretty!