Cranberry Moscow Mule for #SundaySupper

Are you ready to be in the holiday “spirit?” Of course, there are so many wonderful holiday details and happenings to be seen lately, and it really makes me feel like it is the most wonderful time of the year. However, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a festive cocktail or two, so today’s Cranberry Moscow Mule should do the trick: it’s an easy to make and oh so delicious drink everyone will enjoy…and is perfect for today’s Sunday Supper of libational recipes!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

You’ve probably seen them on drink menus everywhere: the Moscow Mule has been so very popular in the last year or so. Part of it might be the simple and delicious flavor…some of it might be the allure of the eye catching copper mug it is served in. I have to admit: it drew my attention from the start!

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Admittedly, I am not one for crafting cocktails with 100 different ingredients: I like to keep it simple, and this Cranberry Moscow Mule contains the bar staples I pretty much always have on hand. My biggest challenge with this drink is finding my favorite ginger beer to use. I am telling you – I’ve probably sampled every label there is out there. Some are more sweet, some are more spicy…it just depends. Ginger beer is pretty easy to find nowadays (I have even seen it in my local grocery store), but if you really are in a pinch and can’t procure ginger beer, you could substitute some ginger ale. It won’t be exactly the same, but hey: sometimes you have to improvise. If you wanted to create a virgin version of this drink, simply leave out the vodka – it will still be a festive and tasty beverage (note: ginger beer is non-alcoholic….despite the name “beer”).

Cranberry Moscow Mule

As for the mugs: I highly recommend getting a set of copper ones if you love a Moscow Mule as much as I do. Although it isn’t a required piece of the puzzle for this cocktail, it really does add an extra bit of excitement. Plus – the copper mug keeps your beverage cold for SO much longer than a regular glass. I’ve been seeing copper mugs everywhere lately – even at Target! This particular set, however, was a gift from Justin. Our pair are handcrafted 100% copper (no stainless steel inside like you see on a lot of the mugs), and I love the hammered, rustic look!

So – what are your favorite libational recipes you enjoy during the holiday season?

Cranberry Moscow Mule

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An easy to make, festive, and fun cocktail: the Cranberry Moscow Mule will get you in the holiday "spirit!"
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Squeeze of lime (about ¼ of a lime)
Instructions
  1. Fill a copper mug ⅔ full with crushed ice.
  2. Add ginger beer, cranberry juice, and lime. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Adding Sparkle to the Holidays with Touchstone Crystal

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to bring on the bling! Today I’m sharing a way to add sparkle to the holidays….with Touchstone Crystal!

Touchstone Crystal

Touchstone Crystal (part of the Swarovski group) was generous enough to send me a sampling of some beautiful pieces that would be perfect to wear to holiday parties…or any time of the year really! December is really the time of the year I like to sparkle a little more than usual, so adding crystal elements to wardrobe items really kicks everything up a notch.

Touchstone Crystal

Let’s talk about the Spotlight Collar Necklace. A perfect feminine touch to your attire. I love that you could dress this piece up or down – it pairs with a cocktail dress as well as a pair of jeans and casual top. Why not? It makes a statement without being overwhelming.

Touchstone Crystal

To pair with this necklace, how about some Crystal Ice Earrings? They are simple but lovely – a perfect set to complement the statement necklace, but also fantastic for everyday wear as well.

Touchstone Crystal

I appreciate the fact that Touchstone Crystal also offers items in gold tone, like the Golden Ice Bracelet. I tend to lean towards gold in my jewelry collection, so this bracelet option is fantastic.

Touchstone Crystal

And it wouldn’t be the holidays without some snow! I really adore my new Little Snowflake Ornament. It sparkles against the lights on our tree – so perfect!

Make sure to check out Touchstone Crystal’s website, their online catalog, find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Perhaps you’ll find some fabulous sparkle to add to your holiday attire!

***Disclosure: I was provided with jewelry items from Touchstone Crystal, but all opinions are my own.***

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts for #SundaySupper

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

I adore the holiday season. The last few weeks of each year are always filled with warm fuzzy feelings, quality family time, and fun! I definitely cherish this time of the year; it’s an opportunity to celebrate, and even indulge a little bit. That’s where these sour cream coffee cake donuts come into play.

Today, the Sunday Supper family is getting together with Gallo Family Vineyards to share memorable holiday meals and traditions. My family happens to have a few of them that I look forward to each year. First: our Christmas Eve dinner. It has become a tradition for us to stand in the kitchen, eat appetizers, pour glasses of wine, and work together to make homemade pasta for dinner. It can be a time consuming process (and it might take longer because we are talking, laughing, and goofing around), but the end result is always an incredibly satisfying and delicious meal that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. Some years it is linguine or spaghetti, some years it is ravioli; we love trying out new combinations, fillings, and more!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

But when it comes to Christmas morning, it is all about brunch! Instead of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Christmas, my family likes to stick to brunch fare a little later on in the morning. I absolutely love this, as it is a rare occasion that I get to enjoy brunch. And when I do I usually tend to stick to healthier options, even when I long for indulgent dishes. But when it comes to the holidays all bets are off: bring on the pastries!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

I have been dying to make homemade donuts for quite some time, and they are the perfect brunch fare for the holidays. These sour cream coffee cake donuts in particular are pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. I love coffee cake, but rarely create it in my kitchen; I need to be able to feed a crowd if I make a large cake. So, I decided to shrink down that coffee cake into a more manageable form: donuts! The final results are handheld, sweet, fluffy, and will be hard for you to resist when you place them on your holiday table. If any of them manage to last past the breakfast/brunch hour, they make a great dessert option as well.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

Gallo Holiday Wine

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a bit of wine involved (and brunch is a great time for it)! These sour cream coffee cake donuts are even better when paired with one of Gallo Family Vineyards’ limited edition seasonal wines – the Holiday White Blend! This wine brings forth hints of crisp green apple and sweet caramel. If you are a fan of Gallo Family’s Moscato, this is the wine to try! It is a fantastic match for these donuts, as the flavors pair nicely with and array of desserts. If you’re looking for a red wine, consider the Holiday Red Blend, which offers hints of juicy mixed berries and chocolate (and would be a great choice for those who enjoy Gallo Family’s Merlot).

So – do you have memorable holiday meals and traditions with your family and friends? What are they?

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake Donuts
 
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An easy recipe for delicious coffee cake donuts, perfect for breakfast or brunch on the holidays!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 dozen donuts
Ingredients
  • For the donuts:
  • ¾ cup ultra fine sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup low fat sour cream
  • For the streusel
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the sugar, butter, and vanilla on medium speed until fluffy. Add the egg, beating well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Gradually add it to the sugar and butter mixer, along with the sour cream. Beat until blended.
  4. In another bowl, mix the streusel ingredients with a fork until blended.
  5. Add about a tablespoon of streusel into the bottom of a nonstick donut pan greased with cooking spreay. Add batter on top, filling the wells about ⅔ of the way full with the batter. Add an additional sprinkling of streusel on the top (an additional tablespoon).
  6. Bake for about 11 minutes, until the donuts spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the donuts to rest before removing them from the pan.
  8. Mix together the ingredients for the glaze, then use the tines of a fork to drizzle the glaze over the top of the donuts. If desired, you can dunk the donuts directly in the glaze to fully coat the tops.
  9. Serve, and enjoy!

 

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Barbecue Spice Rub

Barbecue Spice Rub

What’s your favorite spice and herb combination? Do you make your own spice mixtures at home? I’ve always been a fan of various blends I’ve purchased at spice shops…but why not create them myself? Today, I have a barbecue spice rub that absolutely should become a staple in your kitchen.

I am not quite sure of the origins of this barbecue spice rub, to be honest. My mom started making it years ago, and the recipe evolved over time and made its way down to me. We’ve tweaked it over the years to remove/add different ingredients or change the proportions. This product is our final creation (and has been our final version for a few years).

Barbecue Spice Rub

The beauty of this spice rub is that it is perfect for so many different items. My family’s favorite use is with pork tenderloin – a few tablespoons are rubbed on the tenderloin before it is placed on the grill to cook. We’ve also rubbed chicken breasts and turkey with this spice mixture. Burgers have been kicked up a notch with it as well! And let’s not forget the veggies – I love to toss my veggies and potatoes lightly in olive oil and sprinkle this barbecue spice rub on top before placing them in the oven to roast (or on the grill).

Barbecue Spice Rub

This rub is savory, sweet, and has a bit of a kick. You can definitely adjust the amount you use depending on your taste! And what’s great is that you can create a huge batch of it and store for later use. With the holidays approaching, whipping up a big batch in jars would make a fabulous gift to give out to friends and family. Everyone will love it…but then again, I’m biased.

So – what is your favorite spice and herb combination to make at home?

Barbecue Spice Rub

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An easy to make, sweet, savory, and spicy all-purpose barbeque spice rub!
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Recipe type: Condiment
Ingredients
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a fork until well blended.
  2. Rub on meat, sprinkle on vegetables, or store in an airtight container for future use. Enjoy!