25 cocktails to make this fall

25 cocktails to make this fall

While enjoying the porch last night I noticed how quickly it is beginning to get darker in the evenings. Although summer is a favorite season for many reasons. Fall is even better!

The chill, the busyness, the general excitement of fall can’t be beat. In this busy season we quickly move from entertaining with long lingering feasts, to inviting friends over for drinks and a quick bite after practice, before bed times, and whenever it works. To help the effort – we’ve collected 25 favorite cocktails to make this fall. Each recipe is awesome for warming up, inviting guests over and enjoying moments of revelry in the midst of the fall crazy.

1. Pumpkin Pineapple Cocktail - Cookie and Kate | 2. Bourbon Apple Cider - Set the Table | 3. Autumn Punch - Scout | 4. Smoretini - Creative Culinary | 5. Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour - Country Living | 6. The Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy - Free People | 7. Warm Coconut Milk with Hazelnuts, Honey & Bourbon - The Gouda Life | 8. Guinness Cream Soda - Chow | 9. Figgy Maple Bourbon Fizz - Cheese and Chocolate | 10. The Hibernating Honey Bear - In Sock Monkey Slippers | 11. Pumpkin Butter + Wheat Whiskey - Dessert For Two | 12. Cider Jack Cocktail - Food Network | 13. Pomegranate and Ginger Spritzer - Drizzle & Dip | 14. Chattanooga Rudy - Alabama Chanin | 15. Caramel Apple Cider Cocktail - Creative Culinary | 16. Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail - Two Tarts | 17. The Jim Dandy - The Boys Club | 18. Spiked Apple Cider Floats - Food + Words | 19. The Old Fashioned Vermonter Cocktail - Bakeaholic Mama | 20. Spiced Pumpkin Punch - Domesticate Me | 21. Spiced Apple Cider Sangria - Keep it Skinny | 22. Espresso Martini Affogato - Chasing Delicious | 23. Sailor’s Ale - Design Sponge | 24. Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky - Adventures in Cooking | 25. Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beertail - Brit + Co

(Graphic design done by Jamie Bartlett for A Subtle Revelry.)

Posted August 13, 2014 1 Comment
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decal imprint candles




Making plain white taper candles beautiful is a favorite of mine. As we begin transitioning into fall – candles are a wonderful way to bring the party indoors.

Printing decals on candles makes for a nice combination on the table for a gathering this fall. In the past, I’ve created a decal look using Modge Podge which works awesome, but then I realized there’s an even easier way, and it leaves no glue residue in the air when the candles burn. Perfect! All you need is a drawn on tissue, wax paper, and a heat source see the full tutorial right here.

Posted August 12, 2014 2 Comments
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summer berry pavlova stack

Summer Berry Pavlova Stack

Making a gorgeous Pavlova stack is a great way to end a seasonal meal with friends. A light, fluffy meringue mixed with scrumptious summer berries makes for a dessert guests will absolutely adore. August is my favorite time for making this sweet – since berries are at their peak harvest, and I don’t need to turn on my oven during the hottest month of the year.

The cake is especially great for dinner parties and birthdays. All the elements can be prepared separately for this sweet stacked cake. When ready to serve, simply stack the cake together and bring out – just be ready to hear applause for the beautiful presentation.

Summer Berry Pavlova Stack

Summer Berry Pavlova Stack

To make the pavlova meringue, whisk four egg whites in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. With the machine still whisking, slowly add in eight heaped tablespoons of caster sugar, letting each one thoroughly mix in. Add half and teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a teaspoon of white vinegar. The vinegar keeps the meringues fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

Keep whisking until the mixture is shiny and forms stiff peaks. You should be able to hold the bowl upside down over your head when it is ready!

Summer Berry Pavlova Stack

Divide the mixture into five circles on baking trays lined with non-stick paper. These don’t need to be even, it works better if a few are larger or smaller.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 110ºC/230ºF for 90 minutes.

Once cooled, start with the largest pavlova meringue and load it with whipped cream and berries. Load each meringue before placing on top of the stack.

Top tip! If you are worried it will topple over, poke a wooden skewer through the middle.

To serve, remove each layer onto plates for guests to slice through and enjoy.

Summer Berry Pavlova Stack

See more great summer cakes right here.

(Project styling + design by Claire Cassidy for A Subtle Revelry.)

Posted August 11, 2014 3 Comments
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why don’t we – have a fruit party

Peelable apple fruit invitation

Peelable watermelon party invitation

Peelable banana party fruit invitation

It’s the season for celebrating fruit! Our garden harvest is ready and having a fruit themed party to celebrate the end of summer sounds like a great idea. Why don’t we?

There are hundreds of fruity tutorials to help in the process, although these peelable fruit invitations might be my favorite ever. What a fun way to invite friends over. Add a great fruit inspired DIY, to a big bowl of freshly harvested fruit, and a cocktail infused with berries for an easy late summer party.

While I get harvesting for our own fruity party this weekend, here are a few favorite fruit inspired projects and recipes:

Printable fruit favor boxes

Watermelon gummy bears for the kids

Fruity inspired honeycomb decorations

A fruity door mat to welcome your guests in summer style

Cute fruit magnets to give as favors

Individual strawberry cream pies

Fruit balloons

Guava sangria

Fruit pinatas

Plus, I’m planning on using our recent watermelon cake toppers, making these fruit cakes, topped with fruit candles, and hanging back up the pineapple wreath. Have a happy weekend! xoxo

Posted August 08, 2014 3 Comments
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materially crafted – the book!

Materially Crafted

While driving through our neighborhood last week I saw something very cool on the side of the road. While I was busy ohhing and ahhing, my son spoke up and said, “Mom, let’s look in one of the craft books to see how to make that.” Without thinking I quickly blurted out… “Hey buddy, your mamma makes the craft books!” And then I laughed at myself. Really hard. Because, it sounds insane. And oh my gosh… it’s true!

You guys… I wrote a craft book and I am crazy excited to finally be able to share about it with you.

The book will be out in the spring – which seems like forever in blog time, but it’s actually pretty soon in book time. Book time is such a crazy world to me (but that’s a conversation for a later post).

My first ever book!

Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Pinterest-Obsessed

I am so excited to tell you about it! It’s been excruciating to not be able to share it with you (except the dedication, I did share that :)

My heart behind the book is a great desire to help you succeed at the craft projects you try. You know, those pins you start and then stop moments later because you just don’t know what the heck you’re doing – or why in the world yours looks so different than the photo. Pinterest fails no more!

The book is not just inspirational, although I hope you will be inspired by all the creative projects included. The book is not just teaching, although I hope you’ll learn from it.

I like to think of Materially Crafted as our little crafting black book. The one we will turn to time and time again. The book that will make us succeed.

EEEEK! I am just so excited to begin rolling out photos, a cover, and more about the book soon. Thanks for all your love, support, and patience over the past year as I’ve juggled writing a book and running this blog. It’s been fun, and super hard, and you mean the world to me. xoxo

Posted August 07, 2014 9 Comments
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nostalgic summer grilling

Hot dog roasting

I have been taking part in the #greatergrilling challenge with Hebrew National this summer and really loving the new takes on hot dogs that we’ve been able to come up with. We fired up the grill last week and tried something new – cooking our hot dogs on s’more sticks!

It’s a tradition I remember from camping when I was young and figured it would be fun to try out at home. Grilling our hot dogs on sticks was great treat for the kids, and a nostalgic take on the summer time favorite for me.

Fun hot dog pairings

To make sure the hot dog roasting nostalgia could be brought into our more modern foodie palettes we set out Hebrew National hot dogs, s’more sticks, and an array of pairings to make the traditional hot dogs even better, plus we added in a few fun variations.

My three favorite takes on roasting were; the traditional hot dog, the salsa dog and the Italian combo hot dog.

For the traditional – we layered the s’more stick with one hot dog, a few large pieces of red onion, and small grape tomatoes. As the dog roasted, we also got a nice roasting on the tomatoes, and a quick charring on the onion pieces. We added pickles and topped with Hunts Ketchup for a traditional hot dog with a new gorgeous roasted flavor.


Posted August 06, 2014 1 Comment
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