Maple Bourbon Smash

Monday’s call for bourbon.

I don’t know about you…but I think maple syrup makes just about anything and everything better. Buddy the Elf, I am on the same page my friend.

Today was crazy beautiful and warm in the Chi. Yet somehow I was in the mood for something maple-y and wintery and delicious. This seems like the perfect cocktail for all those things. Also, you can make it more or less sweet with your amount of maple syrup you add (I like more, duh).

I’ve recently become a big fan of Monday. It’s like my old Friday in that I get all caught up on life/the things I put off over the weekend. I work on my blogs/photos, clean and organize my life, get groceries and go for lots of walks with the pup. I always feel so accomplished at the end of the day and when Mikey gets home I’m ready for some dinner, a drink and the bachelor (that’s so embarrassing).

Side note for Mikey’s sake: I will usually record The Bachelor and watch it when Mikey is gone..but sometimes if he’s home he watches sports on the iPad and I catch him watching way more often than he would ever admit. I think he’s secretly entertained.

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We had such a great weekend. I think we have become  one of those couples though. Those people who would rather stay in and make dinner and drink wine and binge watch Oscar movies. We watched 3…Whoops. BUT, do not fret, we did venture out for a bit on Saturday with some friends which was super fun! We were home by 10 (I know, crazy)…ahhhhhhh such a relaxing weekend spending time with the kids (Norm and Badger).

I’m looking forward to next weekend too! My Mom is coming to town for her “Christmas present” weekend. We are going to see Beautiful, the musical about Carol King. We are going to eat, drink, laugh, (probably cry, ahem Donna) and most definitely do some shopping and perhaps pampering. I am so excited! First though, we have to get through the week because alas, it is only Monday.

But what makes Monday better? Bourbon. And the fact that it’s 5 o’clock here and happy hours has begun at the Evon’s. Come on by and I’ll make you a bourbon. And the best part is that you most definitely have all the ingredients for this tasty cocktail in your pantry/fridge already!

Cheers!

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Maple Bourbon Smash

  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:
1/2 Ounce Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1/2 Orange Wheel
2 Ounces Bourbon
Ice
1 1/2 Ounces Chilled Seltzer

Directions:
Combine maple syrup, lemon juice, bitters and orange wheel into a glass. Muddle together lightly and add bourbon. Stir well. Fill glass with ice and finish off with chilled seltzer. garnish with an orange rind, lemon rind or citrus slice and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine

 

Roasted Vegetable & Wheat Berry Salad

Guyyyssssss I’m baaaackkkkkk (said in a whiny voice like a mom calling their kids in for dinner). Wow does it feel good! I MISS YOU SO MUCH!

Also, I sadly made something healthy. I ended 2015 like a chubby whale and have been avoiding sugar and basically anything processed ever since (minus last weekend and the weekend before that…). But don’t you fret. I have got some major things planned and can’t wait to bake up a storm in the next few weeks! But for now, lets be healthy. Also, adding roasted vegetables to anything makes me happy and doesn’t necessarily taste super healthy to me. Call me crazy.

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This salad is filled with roasty toasty wintery goodness and you may want to eat the whole bowl by yourself at 3:30 ruining your appetite for dinner (at least it was a veggie dish this time and not half a pan of S’More bars like last time).

Wheat berries are soooo yummy and the chewy texture they add makes the soft roasted vegetables so much more interesting!

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Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

I know what you’re thinking. Why would you ever make something SO delicious (ingredients include: mayo, cheese for days, butter, etc) into a “skinny” version? How does the saying go? “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”…

I know I can’t be the only one who feels that if I consume one more mayo-heavy/cheese based dip I might die. It’s the Holidays which means parties and dips on dips on dips. Don’t get me wrong. I want to consume a TON of delicious, gooey dip. But I would also love an option for something healthy.

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I am a dip fanatic. Just ask Mikey. My favorite dinner consists of at least 4 types of dip and allllll the dippers you can imagine. And for me, my dips are usually mayo/cheese based…accept guacamole. That’s a vegetable and therefore I can have an entire bucket of it (right?).

I made this dip for a family dinner over Thanksgiving and was very nervous about serving it. I had a super strong feeling Mikey’s family would detect the “healthy” version of our favorite dip and surprisingly everyone loved it. The yogurt gives it a teeny bit of a tart flavor but you can mask that with extra salt or a little garlic powder and pepper!

Although this won’t replace my full-fat version of spin-art dip, it is a great way to add something a bit lighter to the fatty spread’s that fill the Holiday table!

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It’s so funny how I thought I would have more time for blogging once I was a yoga teacher. That was reality for about a month and then we got a puppy and BAM, blogging got super difficult. I’m doing a couple blog-jobs on the side now which makes my blog even MORE difficult to make time for. Once I’m done working I just don’t want to edit any more pictures or write any more.

But then I look at my blog and feel sad and miss all of you!!! I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel though. As this pup gets bigger I am beginning to get my life back!! I can spend more time doing things around the house. Can actually go to the grocery store and even have time to do work AND my fun blog! YAYYYYYY!!!!!

With the Holiday’s in full swing the schedule is PACKED. I don’t know that I would have it any other way though. I love to see friends and family this time of year. I have done nearly all my Christmas shopping online and the next order of business is the cookie baking (yikes!).

I hope you’re all doing so so well and getting into the Christmas spirit. I know I have covered almost every surface with either lights, candles or some type of green. I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS.

I love you too and hope you’re finding sanity in the season of crazy :)

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Honey Pumpkin Buiscuits

It’s getting close to crunch time.

Thanksgiving is in 2 days and you and I both know you’re feeling the pressure. YOU GOT THIS! I promise no matter what you forget, no matter what goes wrong, you will still have an amazing time with friends and family.

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If you’re still stressing about breakfast/rolls…I have your answer. Seriously. These little biscuits are so surprisingly delicious. They are just a teeny teeny sweet from the honey and the pumpkin flavor is just so subtle with a dash of spices…it’s the perfect Holiday biscuit. Served warm with a hefty amount of butter and a drizzle of honey, I think it’s the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving! Adding carbs first thing in the morning is always a good idea because it sets the base for the day, stretching your stomach and making room for what’s to come!

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I made this a couple weeks ago for a family party and my nieces and nephews were the ones who couldn’t wait to get their paws on these “muffins”. I would actually make these year round since they are soooo light and fluffy and have a beautiful spice from the ginger, cinnamon and clove.

I don’t know about you but I am SO excited for the short week and the long weekend of Thanksgiving. We have managed to pack in so much time with family starting tomorrow as we’re driving up to WI for a night with my family and then lunch with my entire Dad’s side. We will then reload the car and head back down to IL to celebrate with Mikey’s entire family (and watch the Packers). We have Mikey’s 10 year high school reunion on Friday (WE ARE OLD) and then plan on spending time with his brother and girlfriend who are in from Denver. Needless to say, we won’t be bored…

As another year begins to close and the Holidays are here yet again I always love to look back at the year. What a crazy year of change for us! I am SO grateful and blessed by the life, love, friends and family I have and I can’t wait for another season of thankfulness, celebration, giving and love!

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Lately

I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things and it feels GREAT!

The pup is getting comfortable and I am actually able to spend more time getting things done rather than climbing up and down stairs to take him out every 30 minutes (although I’m still doing that). I was able to swap out the summer clothes with the sweaters (sigh) and get rid of a ton of old clothes, one of my favorite things to do! (Although I usually get rid of things and then can’t find them a year later…only to realize I got rid of it because I’m obsessed with purging).

I was able to clean my house too…well, almost. The dog was afraid of the vacuum and the cat was taking advantage of him and biting him…so that was an adventure!

Also, just in case you haven’t heard on the TV/Radio/Social media..winter is coming, and it’s coming tonight. Snow. Blah. BUT, we are due for some chilly weather I suppose since it has been 100% the best fall ever. I’m excited to bust out my winter boots and see how the pup plays in the snow.

You’ll notice that this lately post is very cold weather approved :) Lots of cozy and delicious things. Because what else do you do in the winter aside from drink and eat all the things delicious while hiding under thick sweaters and blankets? Nothing. You do nothing else. Eat. Drink. Layers. Repeat.

I promise to get some good pictures of the pup this weekend! He’s like my baby and I want to document every stage of his puppy life. He’s sooooo fun and so chill (for now) and we are enjoying this cute stage while we can!

BTW, thanks for all the sweet well wishes and comments about the pup! I LOVE my followers and the love you send me from all across the globe! This little blog is constantly growing and I have some super fun ideas (giveaways) planned in the new year (because let’s be honest, it probably won’t happen before the Holidays).

Be well, my friends! It feels so good to be back with you! NOW, lets stop delaying and check out the things I’m loving on lately!

Cozy and perfect. This is a Bethany outfit. I’m obsessed. I want someone to knit this for me asap, K?

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Salted Honey Pie. It looks kind of similar to my Salted Caramel Pie . I am usually not a huge pie person but this…this looks amazing. Wait. Did I just say that? I am a huge pie person. I’m a huge anything dessert/sweet person. I think at this moment I just want a giant slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake …Cravings, they are my life.

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OMG! mulled wine get in my hands and in my belly. I’m making this tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll take photos…or perhaps I’ll drink it all. You’ll have to wait and find out.

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I have never heard of Winter Apple Soup before?! I now must try it asap! Have you ever had anything like this? Sounds so unusual and delicious!

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Last and definitely not least, let’s get away. Let’s go to this cozy cabin, read some books, play some games and have a grand old time in sweatpants only. Deal? Ok great.

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