Festive Cocktail Time!

festive cocktails-2 It’s about that time, isn’t it? 5:00pm on a Thursday evening – you’ve worked hard all week and now it’s time to indulge in some very necessary beverages. Since the holidays are in full swing – a couple of my gal pals (Ash and Laura) got together to get merry and cheerful with some festive cocktails. We attempted some twists on some traditional drinks and were pleased with the results.

We saw the Moscow Mule cups and knew we had to do something with those and realized that pomegranates were in season and needed to be celebrated.


  • 3 ounces of pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces (about 2 shots) Vodka
  • Juice from ½ a lime
  • 12 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Pomegranate arils for garnish
  • Candied ginger for garnish
  1. Combine all vodka, juices, and ginger beer and pour over ice. This makes two drinks.
  2. Garnish with Pomegranate arils and lime wedges if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

2 festive cocktails



– 1 sugar cube

– 2 ounces of rye

– 3 dashes of orange bitters

– Splash of club soda

– Large orange slice for garnish

– Sprig of rosemary for garnish

– Large ice cubes

– Slice of orange

  1. Combine rye, soda and bitters and pour over sugar cube. This makes one drink.
  2. Add large ice cube and garnish with a slice of orange and rosemary.
  3. Enjoy!

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Shop the post from Indigo: Marble and wood cutting board, Moscow mule mugs and Gold-striped napkin.

Shout out to Hello Midge Flower Studio for providing us with some lovely blooms, she’s the best.


Pumpkin Cake

It’s almost my favourite holiday, Thanksgiving. I love it for many reasons: it occurs during my favourite season, there are no strings attached or pressure and the decorations always involve gold.
I’m not a huge fan of turkey but I do love the pumpkin infused dishes. Recently, as we moved into our new home, my lovely Grams made a Pumpkin Cake. It has to be my new favourite fall cake and it trumps the pie. I hesitated for a moment if I should share her amazing recipe but then I figured – the more people making great cake in the world, the better.

Happy Thanksgiving!


3 1/4 Cups Flour
2 1/4 Cups Sugar
2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Gloves
3/4 Tsp Nutmeg
3/4 Cup Shortening (she uses yellow)
3/4 Cup Orange Juice
1 3/4 Cup Pumpkin

1 – Into a large bowl, mix together: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking power, cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg.
2 – Add shortening, orange juice & pumpkin and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
3 – Add eggs, raisins or nuts and beat 2 minutes longer.
4 – Turn into a 10 inch tube pan & bake at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check with toothpick.

To get pumpkin from a pumpkin, cut the pumpkin and take the flesh out, put water to cover and boil until soft.
Pour water out and mash, drain excess water, use 1 3/4 cups.
You can freeze in baggies for a pie or another cake.