Brown Butter Pumpkin Rum Cake
This post is a present for you: a piece of one of the best cakes I’ve ever made (have you noticed I’m remaking it in 800 variations? That’s always a sign it’s good) and a reminder of things our kindergarten teachers tried their best to teach us. Bless their hearts, they didn’t know how we would be tested. Some of us have failed. But we can always get back on track.
Here are 6 reminders of things we learned in kindergarten:
Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with White Sauce
This post was sponsored on behalf of Maison Louis Jadot Wines via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
This summer things aren’t really too summery around here. We spent two summers ago dining out on our balcony by candlelight and coming up with new summery drinks to sip. Last summer our balcony didn’t see quite as much use, but we still managed to find time to enjoy our perfect summer playlist. This summer, with our upcoming move, has been the summer of boxes and craigslist sales and stress. In the midst of the chaos, we’ve had to carve out at least a few perfect summer moments to keep ourselves sane. Thankfully, there are tacos and there is wine.
Spiked Blueberry Lemonade Punch
If homemade blueberry lemonade sounds good, then spiked blueberry lemonade punch sounds even better. This patio-party cocktail begins with homemade blueberry syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Ginger ale adds a fun fizz to the lemonade before vodka and champagne team up to make this the perfect backyard sipper. Add moonlight, lighting bugs, and maybe a few Tiki torches, and enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Double-Date Parfaits
Mike and I are always trying to be better about making friends. We’re two devoted introverts: I have an impressive dose of social anxiety and he just doesn’t especially put himself out there. But we both do well in smallish, casual get-togethers. Low-stress environment, simple food, no crazy cleaning frenzies beforehand. My latest idea for one of these is a homemade double-date night: one couple brings drinks and apps, the other provides dinner and dessert, and both play board games while ignoring the pile of laundry in the corner because WE’RE BEING CASUAL, Y’ALL. Or that’s the plan anyway.
Pomegranate Champagne Sparkler
I may or may not have spent the last half hour practicing my eyeliner in McAlister’s Deli (mirrored walls, for the win!) while working on a blog post. Sometimes I stumble into an acceptable application of eyeliner like a drunken monkey might stumble into lake, but usually my work is mediocre. Sometimes my eyeliner looks like the drunken monkey applied it, actually. Right now is one of those times. I’m not sure if it’s passable from afar or if I should be embarrassed to head to dinner with my friend in a few minutes.