Today we celebrated my sweet sister-in-law Hannah’s birthday, and the birth of her sweet daughter, Addison. My other SIL Erin has a gorgeous home in Ft. Collins, CO, and hosting is her forte. Not only is she an amazing cook, but she loves to entertain! I think that’s why we get along so well… oh, and wine. Ha! (actually we get along for so many other reasons: shoes, our weekly interests in reality television, the list goes on and on… (love her.)
So just a forewarning: before you really dig into this blog tonight, you should know that you will probably be very hungry and drooling from start to finish. I’m not even hungry and I’m reliving the smells and flavors from this morning. Everything was so DELISH. It makes me that much more excited for Thanksgiving. Thank the Lord for elastic pants, am I right?
So now that you know to take caution, I will jump into pictures and recipes from today:
Three words. Apple. Cider. Mimosas. Y’all these are so simple and yummy. Half chilled apple cider, half champagne, rim the glass with cinnamon sugar, and garnish with fresh apple and a cinnamon stick. Done. You and your guests won’t have a empty glass for long!
Sometimes it’s the little touches that make everything come together. Adding a name card to your guests’ place settings is an extra gesture and really makes everyone feel welcome.
Who can resist french toast and gingerbread? If you can, I don’t know if we can be friends. Erin outdid herself with this one! Wait until you pair this scrumptious treat with the cinnamon honey sauce! YUM.
So I don’t think I will ever get sick of cinnamon and pumpkin, especially in the months of October and November! I of course added more cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Follow this recipe below. It is outstanding.
Every sweet treat needs something salty. Pairing the parmesan hash browns and egg muffins complimented the meal so well.
Serve with a delectable fruit platter and you have yourself not only the yummiest brunch, but GORGEOUS spread! Thank you Erin for all of your hard work! It did not go unnoticed. (insert 10000+ heart emoji’s)
If the thought of hosting this holiday season is stressing you out, here are my top three tips on how to save your sanity.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People want to help you, but aren’t always sure how. Speak up if you need it, and you will thank yourself in the long run!
2. My Mom taught me this rule when my interest in baking peaked. Have a clean kitchen before you start, and pick up as you go. For example: take out all your ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies, and after you use the eggs, put them away. Use the flour, then put it away. By the time your batter is mixed, you won’t have half of the mess to clean up!
3. Don’t stress over the small stuff. We are so hard on ourselves and want everything to look and feel a certain way. Your friends and family are already so thankful that you have opened up your home to serve them! Enjoy your time with them, and worry more about the memories being made than if your rolls are going to stay hot or not. 😉
Happy Holidays: baking, cooking, and of course, DRINKING!