It's no secret that the holidays are my favorite time of year! I love almost any winter outdoor activity as well as cozying up to a fire or wood stove with hot tea and warm slippers. The holidays remind me of the fondest memories of childhood when I still believed in magic and the overwhelmingly happy sense of family and community that seem to be in abundance at this time of year. I love to entertain and find reasons to dress up my table for an intimate meal. I insist on fully embracing traditions (and much to Matt's dismay) I tend to start decorating our home before Thanksgiving arrives. This year it has been so enjoyable to have our studio space that I can liven up with decor and get my festive juices flowing! The season does seem a little bit more ethereal with a little one underfoot. We've just put up our tree and spent many moments exclaiming at the "Christmas!" as our toddler has so aptly named our tree. I hope these photos inspire you to dress up your own home and start celebrating the season and traditions with those you love! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Thanksgiving is just two days away, and with that we officially kick off the holiday season. It is no secret that this is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the excuse to gather with friends and family, the cosiness of warm slippers and snuggling on the couch with my family (all inclusive of two beefcake dogs, a toddler and my husband). This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house and we spent time this week digging out all of those old family recipes and planning our spread.
I have to admit I do have a slight obsession with Moscow Mules. I think it's the ginger. I LOVE anything with ginger! This year we'll be offering up a Holiday Mule with some fresh citrusy ingredients and of course cranberries. The secret ingredient is the scratch made ginger simple syrup. Very easy and the end result is delicious! Below I'll share my recipe and I would love to hear more about some of your favorite recipes or traditions in the comments! Photos - Erica Rose Photography
6 oz Ginger Beer (I love Reed's Extra Ginger Brew that can be purchased at Fred Meyer)
2 oz Vodka
4 oz Cranberry Juice
Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup to Taste
Garnish with Orange Slices and lime (squeeze some in to taste), Cranberries and Fresh Mint
Ginger Simple Syrup
8 oz Fresh Ginger Root (peeled and sliced)
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Water
Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium high heat heat. Add the ginger and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30-40 minutes. When it's done strain out the ginger and you have your syrup! This should keep for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.