Mason Jar Cocktails :: don't have fancy cocktail tools or a bar set-up for your holiday entertaining? That's okay because you can make yummy drinks without the price tag. ;) My former bartender self loves to make & create cocktails for the holidays. This is a new favorite so, I wanted to share it with you all! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2.5 ounces bourbon {Makers Mark, Evan Williams, Bulleit, Knob Creek
  • bunch of mint leaves {about 20}
  • 1 ounce home-made simple syrup
  • crushed + cubed ice 

Homemade Simple Syrup: 

  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 bunch mint leaves 

Directions: 

  1. Skip going to the liquor store for simple syrup & make it yourself! Combine the sugar & water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, stir and pour the syrup over the leaves into an old mason jar or other heatproof container. Chill the jar for about an hour. Strain the leaves from the liquid. 
  2. Place your 25–30 mint leaves in a a mason jar. Pour in the 2.5 ounces of bourbon as well as one ounce of your simple syrup. Top with a few ice cubes and stir. Fill your chilled silver cup with ice about halfway. Strain the liquid from the mason jar into the cup. Garnish with a lime and/or some mint leaves! 

Cheers! 

XO~Sarah

 

That's a Wrap!~ DIY {H O L I D A Y} textured gift wrapping is here for you! Hit up your local craft store, dollar tree, and backyard for creating authentic gift wrap for those special gifts. 

Using a basic brown paper can actually look more authentic & unique than you may think. Get the boutique themed gift wrap on a budget; only $2.00 per roll at your local Target. Wrap with some simple twine and add a floral embellishment.

Skip those cheesy & expensive self-adhesive snowman labels and pick these up at Hobby Lobby. Jazz them up with a metallic marker & creative handwriting to label your gifts. 

Target has some awesome glitter wrapping paper this year. It makes a little bit of a mess, but its totally worth it to add some sparkle under your tree. 

Target has some awesome glitter wrapping paper this year. It makes a little bit of a mess, but its totally worth it to add some sparkle under your tree. 

So, florals. My new obsession for everything, especially gifts. I buy some from fancy floral shops, some from Kroger, and then I just find some in my backyard. Eucalyptus, Holly, Cotton, and Baby's breath are my faves. :) 

So, florals. My new obsession for everything, especially gifts. I buy some from fancy floral shops, some from Kroger, and then I just find some in my backyard. Eucalyptus, Holly, Cotton, and Baby's breath are my faves. :) 

PICTURE PRESENTS! Use a simple paper with twine + greenery + special photos of sweet fleeting moments throughout the year.

PICTURE PRESENTS! Use a simple paper with twine + greenery + special photos of sweet fleeting moments throughout the year.

I hope one of these looks inspires you to create your own unique gift wrap this season! :)

Happy Wrapping! 

XO. ~Sarah

C H R I S T M A S  {C O O K I E S} 

This week the boys and I continued our tradition baking sugar cookies! Probably earlier than years before, but I was craving christmas cookies and wanted to get a head start on my baking! I always use a favorite recipe from the beloved, Darling Magazine, along with a simple homemade icing. I am posting our family recipes below with photos, of course! This is super easy & fun activity to do with the kiddos! Let them pick out their own cookie cutters, colored icings, and sprinkles! It made for a fun afternoon of sweets & treats! 

Rustic Sugar Cookies: 

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, soft 

1 cup granulated sugar 

1 egg, room temperature 

1/2 sup oil 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

a pinch of salt 

2 1/2 cups flour 

1 TSP baking soda

1 TSP cream of tartar 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 F. With an electric or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light & fluffy. Using a lower setting, mix in egg, oil, vanilla, and salt. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda,and cream of tartar. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly, combining thoroughly- the dough should be light and pillowy. 

Pinch small amounts of dough at a time and told into balls. Roll them in granulated sugar and place on a lined baking sheet. Press cookies with a decorative glass bottom or antique jar lid or leave them as is for a more snowball-like cookie. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

Simple Icing:

2 cups confectioners' sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp milk

little hands make yummy cookies :) 

little hands make yummy cookies :) 

What I like the most about this cookie dough is that you can make different types of cookies with it! We rolled half of the dough out with a rolling pin & used cookie cutters. With the other half, I simple rolled it into balls and then rolled each ball in sugar. Use a decorative glass or antique jar to press down on each ball to flatten. Wha-la! 2 different cookies from one batch of dough! We now have glitter star cookies & rustic sugar cookies for Santa! {or mommy} ;)

XO.~Sarah

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