I purchased this bottle of ginger liqueur, Domaine de Canton, after admiring its unique orientalist bottle. I'm sure my husband loves my habit of buying fancy bottles of stuff I've never tasted (the Campari experiment being my worst decision) and taking up precious Bourbon real estate on the bar.
Not knowing exactly what to make with such an unusual elixir, I searched for ginger-inspired cocktails. That is how the ginger margarita was born.
It seems just about everyone has their own very favorite birthday cake. Maybe it was the plain old boxed white cake mix your mom made on your special day? Or perhaps you indulge in German chocolate from your favorite bakery? In recent years, red velvet has become my signature birthday cake. It's the one decadent treat I look forward to every January 20th.
One of my favorite design bloggers, the always-talented Gabrielle Blair (aka Design Mom), recently posted a sweet video of her daughter Betty exploring Paris. Once I saw Betty skipping along the Seine, nibbling on macarons and standing in her best Eiffel Tower pose, I began daydreaming of one day taking my daughter to the city of lights. I can only imagine how much more wonderful my favorite city becomes when viewed through the curiosity and innocence of children.
Here were my favorite ensembles at last evening's Golden Globes:
|Coral mermaid glamour for Jessica Alba|
When the January nights are cold and dark, sometimes a nice toasty and tasty beverage warms the soul. My husband is a bourbon aficionado so we have an assortment of the Kentucky-born elixir on our bar at any one time. A variant on the Hot Toddy or Hot Buttered Rum, this decadent cocktail is best sipped by a roaring fire (or in our case, while watching a DVD of a roaring fire). And, if you need an excuse for consuming this treat, it also is believed to help the common cold. I shall have one this evening, preventative medicine, you see. Bottoms up, dearies!
Ah, alas the time has come for the return of my beloved Downton Abbey. This evening, the characters so many of us have come to love (and a few to detest among the lot) are brought back to PBS for the U.S. premiere of Season Three. For me, there are few programs which offer the delightful escapism of Downton Abbey.