Have you ever had one of those weeks where you’re weren’t sure you were going to make it through? Where a random vein in your arm is twitching for no reason and interacting with other human beings is just not a good idea. Do you know what I mean? This was one of those weeks for me. It was jam packed with silly first world problems. Honestly, today I’m just glad it’s over so life can go back to normal. – “Fingers crossed.”
Out of consideration for your safety and sanity, I’m not going to get into the details of my week. However, you may have noticed that IBC was having some majorly weird issues this week. For some reason, users would be directed to a blank page, and trying to solve that mystery was just the worst. I don’t like it when things are out of my control, and I sincerely apologize for any trouble you experienced here on IBC. Thanks to the folks who sent kind emails and messages. Sometimes I’m late to the “Your-Website-Hates-Me-Party”, so polite heads ups are always appreciated.
Now for some exciting news: I’ve selected the homeowner whose room will get a Fall Makeover this month! Over 150 people applied, so narrowing it down to one was quite the challenge. I spent about six hours going through the applications and probably another six hours agonizing over the decision. I’m so excited to see this makeover come to life and will be sharing more details when I can.
I’m also gearing up for fall. I know it’s early, but it’s difficult to squeeze in all the recipes, projects, and decorating that I want to do this time of year. I’m starting early and hoping to have a lot of fun, beautiful, and delicious things to share with you. Stay tuned. (Oh, and if there are things you want to see, please let me know. Just leave a comment below or on social media.)
Since it’s Friday (and we survived the week), I think it’s time for a cocktail. Don’t you?
This drink was inspired by the trip I took last week (more on that soon). It’s the perfect beverage to toast the end of summer. There’s something bright and happy about it (like summer), but it’s also very soothing and comforting (like fall). If you’re not ready for hot toddies, apple cider, and pumpkin spiced lattes, give this lady a try.
What I love most about this cocktail is the use of St. Germain. As you may know, St. Germain is one of my favorites. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should. The flavor is kind of like “honey-meets-pear-with-just-a-hint-of-lemon” or something like that. Anyway, it comes together with vodka and white wine to make a delicious flavor combination.
This cocktail also uses honey. if you ever tried using honey right out of the jar to add to a cold drink, you know it doesn’t work. It’s too thick and tends to harden up. To add the honey, you’ll need to create a honey syrup. Do this by heating together 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup honey. Once the two become one, you’re good to go. (Honey dispenser can be found HERE.)
So with that, here’s to a festive and fabulous weekend.
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce St. Germain
2 ounces sauvignon blanc
1 ounce honey syrup*
1 quarter of an orange slice
Sliced pear to garnish
In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with sliced pear.
*Honey Syrup: In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup water. Stir while heating until the honey and water combine to form a syrup. Cool before using.