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drink + dine.

i know its not “fully” spring yet, but i have been itching to make my favorite spring/summer sangria! i’m usually a red wine sangria fan, but a friend of mine supplied me with this recipe, & with the slightest bit of tweaking it is the best white wine recipe i have come across!

1 bottle Pinot Gregio

1 cup Peach Schnapps

1/3 cup frozen lemonade

Diced grapes and nectarines to your liking

and viola! let the drinking begin!


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drink + dine: popovers.

a favorite memory of mine is spending time with my best friend at her grandmothers house in portola valley and lunching at neiman marcus. if you haven’t been you must, because the popovers with strawberry butter are something i dream about regularly. so when my best friend popped in for a visit last weekend, i thought i would try to make the popovers myself!


1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing tin
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a popover tin.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Pour over flour mixture, and fold until just blended.
Fill the popover cups two-thirds to three-quarters full.
Transfer tin to oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until well browned and crusty, about 20 minutes. Remove popovers from the oven.


to make it just like niemans, i whipped up some strawberry butter (by beating together 1/2 cup of butter with 1/2 cup strawberry preserves) and it was the perfect touch for an indulgent breakfast. let just say, we indulged.

original post:http://www.marthastewart.com/326501/perfect-popovers

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tis the season to make cocktails… fa la la la la.


  • 1 candy cane, crushed, for garnish
  • 2 ounces strawberry vodka
  • 4 dashes white creme de menthe
  • 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • ice cubes

place crushed candy canes on a small plate or saucer. wet the outside rim of a chilled martini glass with water. holding the glass by the stem, rotate the rim to coat with candy.
in a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, creme de menthe, cranberry juice, and ice; shake until well combined. strain into prepared glass; serve immediately.

original post: http://www.marthastewart.com/318807/candy-cane-cocktail?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/winter-cocktails

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this past weekend i stumbled upon a new favorite place of mine – max’s wine dive in houston. to my awe, on the menu were red velvet pancakes! lets just say i had to indulge.

after every last bite was consumed i was determined to find a recipe on here to DIY at home. how fabulous would these be for a ladies brunch? or post “morning after” meal?



1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 buttermilk
1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and creme fraiche/sour cream,melted butter, red food coloring, and vanilla extract. Add them together and whisk just until combined. A little lumpy is fine. Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium high heat. When hot add butter or oil to grease, followed by a small scoop of the batter. Wait for the pancakes to bubble (2-3 minutes), flip and cook for a minute or two more. Enjoy!
max’s were topped with a dollop of lemon cream cheese frosting – decadent!!
let me know how they turn out! xo.

original recipe: http://thekitchykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/01/red-velvet-pancakes.html

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i always have the itch to try new cocktails, but if you are like me – you never know where to begin!

this celebration inspiration comes from my new obsession with all things blood orange, and of course my most recent “hue of the week”.

go ahead – whip it up, sit back, and get some sun!


30mls Lemon Vodka

15mls Cointreau

fresh blood orange juice

place ice in a shaker and add the lemon vodka and cointreau – shake well and strain into a martini glass.

top with a little blood orange juice to taste.

original post: http://cookalmostanything.blogspot.com/2007/08/mixology-monday-xviii.html

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