Spiced Pear Cocktail for Fall Entertaining

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I don’t drink anything with pear any other time of the year except for fall. Don’t be fooled by my flip flops. We don’t really get fall weather. Well, we do but it comes and goes. One day it will be 70 (fall) and the next it will go up to 85. So we kind of just decide when to start enjoying fall-like things. Like the day when I cranked the air conditioner so eating an apple crisp didn’t feel wrong. Then the weather just skips to winter after the new year. So pear cocktails it is. And I totally wanted to call this one Gin(ger) and Juice.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I’m totally in to fresh nutmeg this year. I can’t tell if the bottle of ground nutmeg I have is bad but it seems funky to me. The smell is slightly off. It should probably be thrown away (she says as she lazily looks up at the spice cupboard and continues typing…) but fresh nutmeg. That’s where it’s at. I’m going to start grating it on everything. And go research right now where you can find edible flowers near your home. You need them.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.It is a super simple cocktail with just a few good ingredients. Including spiced rum. Remember this cocktail from the summer. It made me realize just how much I enjoy spiced rum. And spiced rum is perfect for holiday cocktailing. You know, on account of the spices…And if you haven’t tried this holiday pear cocktail, you NEED to. It’s my fave.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.I love a good muddle, don’t you? This one calls for muddled ginger. Be sure to really smack the shit out of it. I didn’t get as much ginger flavor in my cocktail as I had been hoping. Which is crazy town since it’s raw ginger. I’m guessing I didn’t manhandle it enough.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Then you simply add in the juice. Grate in a little fresh nutmeg for kicks.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.There are not any flowers IN this drink. But they look so pretty sitting on top. And the orange color is perfect for fall.

Fall cocktail idea : spiced ginger pearStrain the drink over a glass of ice. Can I gross you out for a minute? Take a look at that gnarly hot glue burn on my middle finger! Yuck, right? It was so bad. I did it on this craft. My hot glue gun and I broke up for a minute but we got back together. I can’t stay mad.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Grate on a little bit more fresh nutmeg to make your nose happy.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Top it off with an edible flower, because why not?

Spiced Pear Cocktail for fall entertaining.Then enjoy your beverage. This cocktail would be a great one for Thanksgiving. There aren’t a lot of ingredients and it doesn’t take too much time so you won’t be on cocktail duty all night. The only problem is I have to fight my youngest son for the pear juice. He loves the stuff.

Spiced Pear Cocktail for Fall Entertaining

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 6 oz. Pear Juice
  • 4 slices of fresh ginger
  • Fresh nutmeg for grating

Instructions

  1. Muddle the ginger and pear juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add spiced rum, a few grates of fresh grated nutmeg and ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain in to a cocktail glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with fresh grated nutmeg.
  6. Edible flowers are optional.
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Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I’m addicted to coffee. I can’t quit it. I tried once. And I realized I really liked the flavor. And I was pretty much at the mercy of the headaches. And as someone who has had a history with severe headaches since I was 4 years old, ain’t nothing like a caffeine headache. My love of coffee is actually getting worse. It used to just be my one cup in the morning. And now I’m up to two. And it doesn’t stop there. It moves in to iced coffee in the afternoons. Before I got my Keurig, I had a delicious coffee recipe that I used to make. And for some reason I used to always make it at the holidays. So for me, this is a holiday tradition that I wanted to share with you. My iced coffee recipe is based on this recipe by Anne Thornton (although they don’t have that recipe on the site for some reason…)

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I mentioned Whole Foods iced coffee bar but they also sell their cold brew by the bottle. So I picked one up, because I knew it would be bold and flavorful. I ain’t got time for weak, wussy coffee. Then all you need is an orange for the zest and some warm, holiday-like spices.

My microplane is my fave. Especially at the holidays. It's perfect for orange and fresh nutmeg.There is something about the smell of fresh orange zest and nutmeg that makes me want to wrap some presents.

Warm holiday spices add a little something extra to the iced coffee. And then when you add in these other spices, well, it’s all over. I might as well stop what I’m doing and deck some halls.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. With the pre-made coffee, this is super easy to make. You just add the coffee, spices and orange zest in a cocktail shaker and shake it off, shake it off . Heart breakers gonna break break break break break…Sorry, Taylor Swift gets me.  As you may know, sometimes when you add spices to beverages they don’t mix in well. So I used a cocktail shaker to really incorporate them. And it chills it nicely. And it reminds me of cocktails. And it looks cool.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. Then you grate a little more fresh nutmeg right on the top. It looks pretty and the fragrance is like,whoa.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. So simple, so delicious and so flavorful. I added a touch of agave for sweetness but this is by no means a sweet drink. Feel free to add more for your liking.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. You know how orange goes really well with chocolate? Well it goes equally well with coffee.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. The flavors are bold. Like my shirt.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. This is the perfect afternoon pick me up for this holiday season. Oh and I forgot to mention I added a little half and half to cut the bitterness and make it a little creamy. Have I mentioned how weird I am about my coffee? I don’t like to put sugar in it to save calories and I only use a little half and half to not make it too fattening, but I will eat 6 donuts while drinking my coffee. Crazy town.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of strong, cooled coffee
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (I prefer fresh grated)
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 3 TBSP half and half
  • 1 TBSP agave syrup

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Mix well until shaker is frosty on the outside.
  4. Pour over ice in glass.
  5. Top with a little extra fresh grated nutmeg.
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Cheetos and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Yes. This is pretty weird. It’s a Cheetos and Rosemary Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time. So instead of just thinking about doing it. I did it. You’re welcome. Like with fashion, I love the mix of high and low. This is a similar concept. Goat cheese is sometimes put on foofy salads or a high-end pizza. And Cheetos, well, those are what you shovel in to your face by the handful while you may or may not be sitting on the couch watching TV in your underwear. And really, you just can’t go wrong putting anything on a crostini so this appetizer really can’t fail.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. I will say that I was surprised at how subtle the Cheeto flavor was when you grind them up. You would think that with a snack food that leaves your fingers orange for days, it would have a stronger flavor. And while I wanted the final photo to look cleaner and more pretty, I decided to keep it the way I eat it. I hate the ratio of crust to a goat cheese in most log appetizers. I always want more crust. So instead of doing this for the photos, like I guess a good blogger should, I kept it real. Because you know I did eat this for lunch that day.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. All you need is a party size bag of Cheetos. Sure, you only use a cup for this recipe but you know you want to dive face first in to that bag when no one is looking. Pick up some fresh rosemary (you need a strong flavor to balance the chemcheese) and a log of the goat cheese (Trader Joe’s has these small ones for a great price but Costco has a two pack of the larger logs that would be perfect for your holiday entertaining). I feel like I need to stop saying log.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. It just takes a cup. You could probably even use less because it made a lot. Like, so much extra that you could eat it with a spoon if you wanted to. Not that I did. Or maybe I did. MYSTERY! (said with dramatic hand flourishes). This cheese dust would probably be enough for two of the small logs. Is anyone else as excited about this appetizer as I am? Gosh, I love Cheetos. By the way, this is not sponsored. I bought my own bag of Cheetos. This appetizer is straight from my heart and muffin top to yours.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Then you grind the Cheetos up in the food processor.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Chop up your rosemary and add in your salt and pepper. Mix well. I think I am going to start wearing fresh rosemary as a perfume. It’s so fall-like.

Crostini is the perfect, easy holiday cheese vessel.Toast up your baguette from the bakery section of your store.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Roll your pretty white goat cheese log in the Cheetos dust mixture. Plate it and go to town.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Feel free to fiddle with the spices until you come up with what is perfect for you. I think this tasted yummy with extra salt, it brought out the cheese flavor of the Cheetos a little bit. The amount of sodium in this recipe is probably off the charts…just saying. This may even benefit from some garlic powder. I’m going to give that a try next time. And there will be a next time. This will surely get your guests talking.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I like to do things out of the ordinary to delight my guests. And again, its cheese on some toast. It’s always going to be good. This is also super simple to make and can be made ahead of time for your party. So you’ll have extra time to take the rest of the bag of Cheetos to the couch and chow down.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I hope you try this out! Let me know if you do! If you decide to share it on instagram, tag me @cupcakescutlery! I’d love to see it!  And if you haven’t tried this gorgeous rose goat cheese appetizer yet, you need to. It’s what made me like goat cheese. And eating roses. And sumac (it’s a spice).

Cheeto and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed Cheetos
  • 2 TBSP fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) salt
  • 1 large log Goat Cheese or 2 small logs
  • 1 French baguette
  • A few TBSP olive oil for brushing on baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup Cheetos to a food processor.
  2. Pulse until finely ground
  3. Add chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Roll goat cheese log in Cheeto mixture until fully covered.
  6. I like a lot of Cheetos dust so I placed a bed on the plate and then set the crusted goat cheese log on top.
  7. Serve with oven-toasted crostini
  8. To make crostini:
  9. Slice baguttte and lay out on a sheet pan.
  10. Drizzle or brush with olive oil.
  11. Bake at 325 for about 12 minutes watching to make sure they turn golden brown and do not burn.
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Things I Love : October, 2014

Dying over the colors on this Good Housekeeping magazine. Crap. October is over. That means that the holidays are right around the corner. Life is just moving way too fast. I’m going to make every effort to slow it down a little bit and actually enjoy the holidays this year. But for now, here is what I loved during the month of October:

Good Housekeeping NAILED it with their November cover. I never pick up this magazine but the colors really spoke to me. I’m not even a huge fan of Eva Longoria but I really loved the graphic design and so I bought it to check it out. I enjoyed the magazine and look forward to seeing what next month’s cover looks like. Maybe they are trying to young it up a bit? I love me some Erin Phraner and I know she works at the mag so…I’m going to just give her all the credit since it has a crisp clean look like her site :)

Ghostbusters Krispy Kreme donuts! When your oldest son loves Ghostbusters and Krispy Kreme puts out Ghostbusters themed donuts, you drive way far out of your way to pick up a few dozen. Not sure when they will stop selling these but I am guessing Halloween so RUN to your nearest store and buy some! They were so much fun. They also had ones that looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

I can't stop wearing this House Dress from Henry Mack. I can’t quit wearing this House Dress by Henry Mack! It’s super comfy, can be dressed up or dressed down and I love the pattern! I wore this dress 3 times in one week to all kinds of events. One to a nice dinner out sponsored by a local magazine, a fashion show and a blogger event where I paired it with comfy flats. So versatile. I’m hoping they get more prints in soon! This is def a staple in my wardrobe.  Do your kids live for a photo bomb opportunity?

He is finally out of a car seat! Look how happy that makes him! Look at that face!!! It’s pure joy because this was the day we realized that it was legal for him to ride without a car seat. He felt like a million bucks. I still have him ride with the bottom booster most of the time to ensure that he is the safest. But I now know that he can ride without one. They are growing up WAY too fast!

Just the Wine drops for neutralizing sulfites in wine which I have an intolerance to. YOU GUYS. A few years ago my doctor told me that with my allergies and history of headaches that I should probably not drink wine. My nose gets all stuffed up. I get headaches pretty much immediately and the next day can be pretty unbearable. And that can be after just one glass. I pretty much stopped drinking champagne or sparkling wine completely because of the instant headaches. But stop drinking wine altogether? Absurd. Recently, I’ve been feeling exceptionally miserable after drinking wine. So much so that one morning I woke up and decided I couldn’t drink it anymore. Luckily, a mere 5 minutes later, I was reading OC Metro and came across a story on Just the Wine. The symptoms listed in the story were pretty different from mine, but I decided to try them out anyway. I am still trying them out to see if they really help me with my wine consumption. And so far I think the answer is yes! My nose still gets stuffed up, but I’m not getting the headaches like I had been. I tried these drops in a mimosa the other day and had no headache at all! These do not prevent headaches the next day due to over consumption. You put 3 drops in your 6 ounce glass of wine and give it a stir for 20 seconds. This is basically food grade hydrogen peroxide and it neutralizes the sulfites. I even take them with me when I go out now. My husband says it looks pretty shady when I put them in my wine but I don’t care. You can read more about them here.

Self-serve Iced Coffee at Whole Foods.Somewhere along the way I started upping my daily coffee intake. But as the day goes on, I’m less inclined towards a hot cup of coffee, and turn instead to iced.  So I was super excited to see this Cold Brew set up at my local Whole Foods! I pretty much have no understanding about what the different brews are, but love that you can serve yourself. And it was delicious too! I feel like this might be the next big thing. They took out their juice bar. And while this doesn’t exactly replace that, it seems like this is where the focus has shifted. And I quite like it.

Finger Limes! I finally got to try finger limes. The inside is not like a normal lime but are like tiny little balls that are tart and crunchy and awesome. While at Whole Foods, I came across a package of Finger Limes! I had seen them in a food magazine last year and almost went so far as to order them online. I’m a lime fanatic and these sounded super interesting. But I thought it might be a little obsessive to buy limes online. When I came across the package, I FOR SURE had to try them! They smell just like a normal lime, but the insides are totally different. I took the tip of my knife and sort of scraped at the flesh and these little orbs came out. They are crunchy and tart with a limey flavor. These would be so awesome as a garnish for a cocktail or appetizer. I made my whole family try them because who knows when the next time I’m going to have finger limes again! The kids thought they were hysterical. LOVED them! If you see them, pick them up!

The first time he was able to dip his cookies in Cow's Milk! He's outgrown that allergy! This kid has had food allergies since he was one year old. This right here is the first time he has ever dipped Oreo‘s in to cow’s milk. We are so grateful that he has outgrown that allergy. He seems to be fine with eggs as well, but he still resists the foods that were harmful to him for so long. This was such a great moment for me to see him acting like a normal kid and not being afraid to try the milk. I know that over time he will learn to like eggs as well. So cool! And we’re keeping our fingers crossed about the nuts as well. Because Butterfinger.

*I’ve been making some changes to the back end of my blog and as a result I have lost my spell check! I read through this post to the best of my ability but there could very well be some errors…I don’t need to know about them. And I guess I shouldn’t rely so heavily on the spell checker, but I do! Fingers crossed I can figure out where it went!

Lavender Sugar Recipe

Yum! Lavender sugar for your coffee.Lavender sugar. Make this. But only if you like lavender. If you don’t, you will hate this. And I don’t want you to make things you hate. I’m obsessed with lavender. I love the smell but I also love that you can use edible lavender to scent and flavor just about anything. When the weather starts to turn colder, I love to use enhanced sugars in my coffee.  So I decided to make lavender sugar instead of buying it at the spice shop. This lavender sugar recipe is super easy and your house will smell amazing.

Easy lavender sugarYou just need sugar and edible lavender. I found this lavender at Mother’s Market but kind of had to look around town for a minute before I finally found it there. Whole Foods didn’t have any (What the heck, Whole Foods?! I thought you carried all the hippie things.). But you can buy lavender sugar here.  This little box of lavender has about 2 TBSP in it. And you only need 1 TBSP for this so maybe use the rest to make this lavender lemonade…But if you are going to buy it, and you like lavender, I suggested buying more so you have it on hand.

Edible lavender for lavender sugar.I usually hate my tiny food processor but it worked perfectly for this recipe. First you add the lavender and give it a whir to break it down. Oh the smells that will waft through your kitchen!

Easy lavender sugar recipe.Next add 1 cup of sugar to the lavender and chop it up again.

Easy lavender sugar recipe.Finally, mix the remaining sugar and the lavender sugar from the food processor together with a whisk. Have I mentioned this smells really great? Because it does.  It will take all your strength but you should probably refrain from burying your face in the bowl of lavender sugar.

Lavender sugar makes a great gift idea.Lavender sugar can be used in your coffee, tea, baking, or just about any other way that you would use sugar.

Lavender sugar for .your fall coffee and bakingIt also would make a great holiday gift idea. Just add a little tag with some suggestions for uses and you’ve got yourself the easiest homemade gift ever. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I’m going to go smell it right now. And maybe have a spoonful. But just one or two.

Lavender Sugar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP edible lavender, dried
  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Add lavender to a small food processor, grind for 10 - 15 seconds.
  2. Add 1 cup of sugar to the food processor, grind with lavender for 10 - 15 seconds.
  3. Pour contents from food processor to a bowl.
  4. Add remaining cup of sugar and whisk with lavender sugar.
  5. Store in an air tight container.
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