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Thanksgiving Round Up – Recipes, Cocktails and Fun

pilgrim pinup for thanksgiving

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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An Easy Style Update For Under $50

update your look for less with firmoo frames.  Styles are under 50 dollars

Every now and then, everybody’s style needs an update. A new cut of a dress, a watch, hair style, just something to keep things fresh and moving. The best updates are ones that look good without making your wallet cry.

Style Update For Under $50

One of my favorite style updates is to get a new set of glasses. A new set of frames can change your whole look and attitude. My Firmoo glasses are blue, contemporary, and a completely different style than what I have been wearing for years. Now do not get me wrong, I love my very expensive high end frames, but they are a little dated, and I needed a shake up. [Read more...]

Del Mar Fall Food Truck Festival – Southern California Event

40 food trucks are expected, all in one location, with gourmet chefs serving their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8). Some delicious participants include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Lime Truck, The Lobsta Truck, and Devilicious.

Del Mar Food Truck Festival

Let’s talk southern California food trucks. When I worked construction, don’t laugh, we used to call them roach coaches with love of course. BUt these kitchens on wheels have taken off and moved beyond basic sandwiches and burritos. Lobster, Italian dishes, and even vegan organic meals are coming off of these trucks. They have come a long way baby.

Today, November 22, 2014, the Del Mar Fair Grounds is hosting the Fall Food Truck Festival. You can come in to play the ponies and enjoy the food trucks all in the same place today! Can you say win? Food trucks of all stripes are coming down to show off what they have to offer.

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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.


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