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Every winter I  create a signature cocktail to serve throughout the holidays. This year I’m making Pink Bellinis made with fresh peaches and raspberries. This cocktail is perfect for serving at a holiday brunch or as a welcome drink at a dinner party.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup white or yellow peach puree
1/3 cup raspberry puree
1 bottle chilled Prosecco

Directions: 

Start by peeling the peaches and removing the pits. Puree in a blender until smooth. Next puree the raspberries. Strain both purees, combine in a bowl and chill. When you’re ready to serve simply spoon 2 teaspoons of puree into each glass and top with Prosecco.

Today I’m sharing my mom’s fool proof turkey recipe. I’ve watched her make this recipe every year for over 15 years. Roasting a giant turkey can seem intimidating but with the right recipe it’s actually easier than it seems. This is a French take on roasted turkey with Herbs de Provence, citrus, and fresh herbs providing the aromatic flavor. This was actually my very first time making this recipe without my mom. It turned out moist and full of flavor. If any of you decide to try out this recipe I’d love to hear how it goes.  Hope you enjoy your time with your family this coming week and be sure to check back for my best of Black Friday deals.

Ingredients:

1 turkey 13 to 15 pounds

2 oranges quartered

1 onion quartered

1 lemon quartered

6 sprigs Rosemary, divided

6 sprig sage, divided

6 sprigs oregano, divided

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

2 tablespoons herbs to Provence

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Insert the orange, onion, lemon, and two sprigs each rosemary, sage and oregano into the cavity of your turkey.  Tie the legs together with kitchen string. In small bowl combine 1 stick of butter, herbs de Provence, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture under the turkey skin and the remainder over the breast, thighs, and wings. Place in roasting pan and cover with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 3 cups of broth and the remaining herb sprigs and orange quarters.  Roast 40 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F, remove foil. Add 1 cup of broth and return to oven for another 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until instant-read thermometer reads 175°F.  Baste the turkey with your broth every 30 minutes or so. Remove from pan.  Let’s stand 30 minutes before carving.  Serve and enjoy.

I’ve always loved hosting dinner parties. I love planning out menus and decor. I love spending the day in the kitchen filling the house with the smell of home cooking. There is something very rewarding when everything and everyone comes together for a special evening.

Since Sam and I always have a friend or two popping in for lunch or dinner during the week, I’m always prepared to host people on the fly. Over the years I’ve learned that with a few tried and true recipes and a handful of special accessories you can whip up a dinner party that looks fantastic but is deceptively easy to pull together.  Scroll down and take a look at the set up created for a fall themed wine and cheese party. I decided to mix and match everything from the color of the napkins to the silverware and dinnerware.

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After our snowy trip to Sundance I’ve been craving a taste of summer. It’s clementine season so I picked some up from the market and made some clementine fizzes while planning our new tropical adventure.

Ingredients :

3 clementines

1 teaspoon honey

1 bottle dry white wine

1 bottle sparkling water

Makes 4

Directions :

Put a drop of honey and juice a half a clementine in each glass. Mix well until honey dissolves. Add  white wine, about 6 oz per glass, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a clementine slice. Enjoy while pretending you’re on a sunny beach.

Shutterfly_lateafternoon-1 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-2 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-3 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-4 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-5 Shutterfly New-1 Shutterfly New-2This December Sam and I will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of being married. We’ve been together for 10 years so being married doesn’t really feel much different to us. However it’s very exciting for our family and friends. This year we’re sending out our very first holiday cards. I personalized our cards with photos from our trip to Paris with the help of Shutterfly. I chose on a simple and elegant design. I customized  everything from the background color to the lining of the envelopes. It was so quick and painless, I ended  up going a little overboard. I designed a blanket with pictures of our dogs, ordered monogrammed mason jars to commemorate our anniversary,  and a cheese board with our names on it. I also designed a few ornament cards with what else but pictures of my dogs for our tree. While making myself all of these goodies, I realized how perfect Shutterfly was for creating special unique gifts to celebrate the treasured moments of our loved ones. I ordered customized gifts for our all of our family members to commemorate their life changing events of the past year.  The biggest event was my sister in law’s recent wedding. I’m really excited to send her glassware engraved with her new family name. Her husband and her are really into beer and finding all the best microbreweries in Colorado so I chose the engraved pilsner glasses. I also got a monogrammed growler, which I thought could also be used as a water bottle for my little sister to take to her ballet classes. I included a special message on the back that I know will make her smile.  Shutterfly really has been a great service for getting something truly unique for the people in your lives that are otherwise pretty hard to shop for.

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