January 29, 2016

Cocktails for Two: Gin Cider

Snowy weekends call for a warming cocktail, and this one does the trick. We started making this, this fall when cider was abundant at the grocery store. The cider still feels festive during the winter, and a kick from the grapefruit and gin gives the drink a little punch. We enjoyed this Saturday afternoon, when the snow was supposed to stop falling, but kept going through the earlier evening. What was a beautiful snow has now turned grey and lost it magically qualities, but I still have this cocktail to remember the day by.

Gin Cider

4 ounces of gin
3 ounces of fresh unfiltered cider
1 ounce simple syrup infused with rosemary
1 ounce lemon juice

For the simple syrup, combine 1 ounce water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place in microwave, covered, until sugar dissolves. Add 2-3 rosemary sprigs and steep overnight. Discard rosemary when ready to use.

Combine gin, cider, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until shaker has frosted over. Pour in to two coupe glasses and garnish with rosemary.

January 28, 2016

Style: Must-have Mules

I know, it is still January. Your feet have not seen the sunlight in months, but spring is on the horizon and these mules will be in your shopping cart. I bought a pair from Zara last year and I practically lived in them. They let you easily transition out of boots before it is warm enough to slip on your sandals. I love them with skinny pants, but they look equally as great with a midi dress or skirt. I especially love this taupe suede pair that rings in under $150.  A great neutral pair will take your far this year. So go ahead and buy a pair now to wear on the occasional warm winter day.  

January 26, 2016

In the Kitchen: Overnight Waffles

What is better than waking up to waffles on a snowy day? Almost nothing. I wanted to make yeasted waffles for years, and this past weekend seem like the perfect excuse to bust out the old waffler iron. They were easier than I anticipated to make, and so much better than regular waffles. You may think I'm exaggerating, but the yeast allows the waffles to become light and airy and the thin batter gets them nice and crispy. Giving these waffles the best texture possible. Plus, I think making the mixture allows for an easier morning. Just pour the batter in to a waffle iron, and hello delicious breakfast. Trust me, you will be not disappointed with these waffles. Make them this weekend and you will see the overnight waffle light. 

Overnight Waffles

1 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Combine yeast and lukewarm water in a large bowl. Stir this mixture and let it sit until yeast has dissolved. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until butter has dissolved and the mixture is warm. Combine half of the flour with the yeast and stir to combine. Then add it milk mixture, and finish with remaining flour, salt, honey, sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture is lump free, you may need to use a whisk. Cover batter with plastic wrap and allow to set out overnight.

In the morning, the mixture should have doubled in size but will still be quit wet. Whisk together the egg and baking soda, add to the batter, and mix until smooth. Heat waffle iron and lightly coat with butter or a non-stick spray. Ladle 1/2 cup (more or else depending on the size of your waffle iron) in to the waffle iron and cook until desired doneness. I like mine on the crispier side so they go for a little longer than normal. The mixture is pretty lose, so you will probably need to use more batter than with a traditional mix. Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

January 25, 2016

Style: Snow Day Stripes

snowday outfit

This past weekend can be described in today words: snow day. It snowed for over 36 hours in Charlottesville which covered everything with a bright white coating of snow. Saturday, which was originally supposed to be a light day of snow, ended up looking like a snow globe. My husband and I acted like children, sledding and making an igloo. While Sunday ended up requiring a lot of shoveling we were still able to enjoy the snow. A thick sweater layered over a striped shirt kept me warm, while my Hunter Boots kept me dry. We are still waiting for the roads to clear. Until then, you can find me in a variation of this look. 

snowday outfit
snowday outfit
snowday outfit
snowday outfit
snowday outfit

January 22, 2016

Keep Planning

I like to think I am a highly organized person, but my sock drawer would show otherwise. Although my closet is not always perfect, where I am organized is work. I plan out my days in advance, and am pretty old school with my organizing. I like to keep my days scheduled in a planner and use Google Calendar to make sure everything correlates. I think my need to write everything down goes back to writing in journalism school. I would start all of my articles on paper and later transcribe them on to my computer. 

I picked up this Rifle Paper Co Planner earlier in the year. There is a notes section in the front which I love, and every day has enough room to jot down important events. Plus, it is hard to misplace a print this bold and lovely. If you're a little behind on your 2016 planning I highly recommend this planner to keep you organized. If nothing else, this print will brighten up a gloomy winter day. 


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