Fall

Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beertails

It’s finally fall, friends and I am in love. The cool weather made its way to the mountains this past weekend and I’ve had the ultimate pleasure of unpacking all my fall clothing. It’s so fun to go through it all and find pieces you forgot you ever had. It’s sort of like getting a brand new wardrobe without spending a penny!

Along with my love of fall clothing is my love of fall foods! Pumpkin being a top ingredient in many items. I found a really fun sparkling pumpkin cider beertail recipe that my sister and I tried during our last girl’s night, and it turned out really great! It’s definitely a keeper so I thought I’d share.

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Ingredients (makes one full, standard-size pitcher; roughly 8 glasses)

6 bottles of Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

1 bottle of sparkling cider (it doesn’t matter what brand, just make sure it’s sparkling cider and not sparkling grape juice!)

Cinnamon sticks (enough for each glass to have 2 sticks)

8 lemon wedges

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

1. In a standard-sized pitcher, mix the beer and cider together and refrigerate until ready to pour

2. Mix the cinnamon and sugar into a bowl that is big enough to fit the rim of the glass into

3. Take a lemon wedge and rub on the rim of each glass (you want the rim to be sticky and wet enough to hold the cinnamon-sugar mixture)

4. Place the rim of each glass into the bowl of cinnamon-sugar and twist so the mix creates a thin coat on the rim (think margarita salt)

5. Place two cinnamon sticks into each glass

6. Pour the beer and cider mixture into each glass

7. Place a lemon wedge on the rim of each cocktail

8. Optional – finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for garnish

 

What are your favorite fall cocktails?

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Currently Craving: Fall Hats

I’ve never really been a hat girl.

I always wanted to be, but never actually was one. I wore a lot of baseball caps in college – that’s mostly because I was always waking up 10 minutes before my classes started (sorry, mom). I also own two fedoras that I pull out if I’m feeling extra saucy.

I’ve seen tons of these adorable fall hats and I think it’s time I give them a real try! This fall, I’m gonna be a hat girl. A stylish one at that.

Below are a few I’ve had on my radar for the last little bit. Some I can afford, some are worth the extra moolah and some are simply wish list material.

Currently Craving (3)

 

1. Tildon Wool Felt Fedora, $38

2. H&M Wool Hat in Burgundy, $24.95

3. Mossimo Supply Co. Floppy Leather Tie Hat, $16.99

4. H&M Wool Hat in Black, $12.95

5. Ted Baker London Bow Detail Felt Cap, $75

6. ChicNova Red Twin Flower Wool Beret, $33

7. Urban Outfitters Brixton X UO Clint Felt Panama Hat, $64

8. Merona Cloche Hat with Black Sash, $12.99

 

Do you wear hats? Which ones are your fav?

30 days of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

I’m part of a blended family, so I attend approximately three to four Thanksgiving meals each year.

Unfortunately, it’s usually not until Thanksgiving Day that I start to think about all of the things in my life that I’m thankful for and I want to make this year different.

Each day this month I’m going to reflect on something I’m thankful for and I would love for you to share what you’re thankful for, as well!

Day 1 & 2: friends and fall.

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The past six months have been tough.

Graduating from college and moving home were only small changes in comparison to not being with my sweet friends each and everyday.

Being away from them has made me realize how meaningful they are to me and extremely thankful for the moments we all get to spend together, even if they are brief.

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There are many, many reasons I love fall, but I narrowed them down to my top five. You can read those here.

– Alisha

5 reasons I love fall

1. Pumpkin carving

There is something relaxing about removing the guts from the inside of a pumpkin. Feeling the slimy texture run through my fingers releases many precious memories of my childhood years. Carving pumpkins also invites us to tap into our creativity, as we decide what kind of face will sit on our front porch for the next month. Not to mention that all those pumpkin seeds make an excellent snack when toasted!

2. Hot cocoa

No one will ever be able to convince me of a more soothing moment than wrapping up in a warm blanket and sipping on a cup of hot cocoa. I love feeling the heat crawl from the mug onto my fingertips and inhaling the sweet smell of chocolate. Every warm fuzzy that lives inside of me awakes as the first sip trickles down into my stomach.

Tip: add vanilla flavoring and cinnamon for a sweet kick!

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