1. Snow. Finally.
The red delicious is another Danny Meyer concoction straight out of last year's Mix Shake Stir: apple brandy, apple liqueur, apple cider, crème de cassis, lemon juice, cinnamon sugar rim, star anise garnish. It is as lovely to look at as it is delightful to drink. (Hint for entertaining: I divided the shaker contents into two and used small martini glasses. A perfect potent potable present.)
Upon seeing some cute glitter paintings at the American Textile History Museum last week, I was struck by how reminiscent the paintings were of costumes from the Nutcracker. Having a niece who danced the part of Clara this year, I had an idea for a one of a kind Christmas present and a husband who was able to beautifully execute my vision. (It stressed him only mildly to not flesh-out the dancer.) What the picture lacks in contrast, the painting makes up for in ever-changing reflections of sparkly delight.