Thursday, December 23, 2010

3 Good Things (More Merry Makers edition)

1. Snow. Finally.

Last night, while we decorated gingerbread cookies, we were treated to the sight of a lovely winter wonderland out of our back windows. We had to get out in it and stop the snow action with flash (in this photo I am sporting the magic scarf and ever-popular Seussian Santa hat).

2. Red Delicious. This holiday season’s cocktail of choice.

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.)

3. Good ideas. Good work.

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.

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