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Thanksgiving Round Up – Recipes, Cocktails and Fun

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Happy Thanksgiving! How about a great post round up to go with your turkey and football today?

tiny hamster and his friends sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. Wearing their best pilgrim hats, the friends enjoy a turkey dinner until there just is not any more. How cute are they?Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving Video - You have seen his hot dog contest eating video, and his eating tiny burritos, and will continue to fall in love with Tiny Hamster with his Thanksgiving party. Tiny Hamster invited his friends over for Thanksgiving festive feast complete with tiny pilgrim hats, tiny turkey, and tiny pie.

Need help coming up with a dinner blessing? Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World by Adrian Butash explores blessing traditions throughout the world. You can use any of the poems, prayers and there is even a selection in American Sign Language. You are sure to find a blessing that fits your dinner table.

put a pumpkin spin on your favorite side dish this Thanksgiving. Pumpkin Mashed potatoesNew Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes -

Want something completely different this year? Let us add some much needed spice with some Chipotle Carrot Salad.

My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving has always been the mashed potatoes. But how about we take this favorite side and boost the vitamins with added pumpkin for Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes. It tastes just as delicious and you do not have to tell anyone that about the health benefits.

Add some autumn flavor to your next get together with this cold hard cider cocktail recipe. Prefect for that in between weather in Southern California

Cocktail Recipes

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail – Add some autumn flair to your cocktail hour. This Thanksgiving cocktail combines hard cider but with the anise of Absinthe. Great if the weather is a bit warmer than expected. Pour over ice or just serve chilled.

Cozy Hot Toddy - Sparkling cider, cloves and honey take this hot toddy recipe all the flavors of fall. The addition whisky or apple brandy make it a delicious adult cocktail to be enjoyed before dinner or with your dessert.

Bring some style to the table with the vodka Cynamon Toast. Rim your martini glass with cinnamon-sugar and shake your cinnamon vodka cocktail for a drink that brings the warmth but also an elegance to your party.

Cinnamon Hard Cider – Another cinnamon vodka cocktail but this time with added hard apple cider, lemon and vanilla.

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New Twist On Your Favorite Side Dish – Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes!

put a pumpkin spin on your favorite side dish this Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin Mashed potatoes

Let’s get one thing straight, I love the classics. I love buttery mashed potatoes smothered in gravy with giblets. That and sausage stuffing. Oh my goodness. That does not mean that I cannot change my stripes for the holiday recipes.

In celebration of the year of the pumpkin, you and your family will LOVE this new twist on the classic mashed potatoes side dish. The added pumpkin brings in vitamins and fiber but you do not need to tell anyone about that. All that they need to know is how delicious this new pumpkin mashed potato dish is, year after year.

Recipe after the jump!

 

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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Cinnamon Hard Cider

Fall cocktail recipe featuring Sobieski Cynamon Vodka with hard cider.  Perfect flavors for the season

The weather for the fall and winter just call out for apple cider and cinnamon. The flavors define the seasons, and today’s cocktail is full of both the tastes of apple cider and cinnamon. This fall cocktail recipe features Sobieski Cynamon Vodka paired with your favorite hard cider.

Fall Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Cider Cocktail
1 oz. Sobieski Cynamon Vodka
2 oz. hard cider
¼ oz. vanilla simple syrup
¼ oz. lemon juice
Cinnamon stick for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

There are few flavors that just speak to “fall” or “winter” more than apple cider and cinnamon?  This cocktail brings the best of both together in this very tasty fall cocktail recipe.  I also love the touch of lemon that breaks it up a little bit.  Lemon goes well with apple not just in cocktails, but in cooking as well.  Try a little lemon juice in an apple pie recipe some time and let me know what you think about that.

This cinnamon flavored vodka became a standard on my bar last year with the Sweet & Cynful Tea. Hot cocktails do not quite get the love they deserve. If you are looking to add some warm cocktails to your repertoire, the Sobieski Cynamon vodka is a perfect addition. The delicious cinnamon flavor goes well with chai tea, warm apple cider and more.

Cheers!

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Sometimes Simple Is Best – My Perfect Weekend Lunch

Fall lunch in southern California fruit cheese smoked yellowtail and sparkling water

What comes to your mind when you think about your perfect lunch? A delicious over the top sandwich with steak fries, pizza from a tiny hole in the wall restaurant, or maybe even an elegant restaurant. For this southern California blogger, there are few things that I enjoy more as an afternoon meal than what I had yesterday afternoon.

I have heard it referred to as a poor man’s dinner, but that does not lessen my love for this simple meal. On a cutting board I set out sliced apples and oranges, a wedge of bleu cheese, crackers, and smoked yellow fin tuna. The fish was locally caught and we smoked it in our yard the day before. There was something about the tart of the cheese with the smoke of the fish that really play off each other well.

You could easily dress this up for a holiday party with friends. Use a wooden cutting board, a variety of cheeses and maybe some other dried meats to pair like salami. You can also add more seasonal or exotic fruits bringing this delicious meat and cheese plate up a few notches.

I had my lunch with soda water, a lime wedge and new favorite glass straw in a tall glass. But you could serve this with tea or cocktails if you are entertaining.

Do not be afraid of easy when you are serving food to friends. It can still look as elegant as you want it to be. It is all in the presentation.

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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail

Add some autumn flavor to your next get together with this cold hard cider cocktail recipe.  Prefect for that in between weather in Southern California

Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

The weather is turning and with that comes days that are a little warmer than expected in addition to the sweater weather. On the days that things are a little warmer than expected this fall cocktail does the trick. It still has the familiar comforting flavors of fall, apple cider, licorice, and lemon, but in a nice cool drink.

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail Recipe

1 oz. CAMUS VS Cognac
¼ oz. Lucid Absinthe
2 oz. hard cider
1 oz. lemonade
Lemon zest for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon zest and serve.

How fabulous is this hard cider cocktail for those warmer than usual fall days? Here in southern California we are still in the 60s and 70s but with a call for rain this weekend. Depending on the way the weather sways we could have this or one of the warmer cider recipes I have waiting for you on the site.

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Like I have said before, I am a fan of the hard cider drinks. They tend to be refreshing with just a kiss of sweet. The lemon and Cognac give this a balance to the absinthe and cider. You might be able to do this drink hot if you replace the hard cider with hot apple cider. I would slice the lemon and let it float on top of the mug for the flavor and as a nice garnish.

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