Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Hour // Links + Love + Libations : Covert Ops Edition

Whew! What a crazy week it's been!
We spent the weekend having a massive pre-bday movie marathon with D in which we watched no less than 8 movies. The only thing I can tell you is I'm now dreaming of having some type of Gatsby themed party. Don't know when, where or how but I know I have to make it happen.

I shared a little bit about how Sweet Pea and I were able to watch Chef Wolfgang Puck cook live in front of us and were treated to a little tasting of his latest cookbook. It pretty much rocked my world.

Wednesday we celebrated the Hubs 37th birthday  and I was a little sneaky in gathering the friends for a surprise dinner and somehow managed to pull it off! Thus inspiring a lot of camo in this week's wardrobe.

 

The children stayed up way too late for a hump day but it was totally worth it to do something fun for my guy. Needless to say I could get nothing done the next day and inadvertently took a nap.

Sweet Pea went off to 6th grade Science Camp for four days. I didn't know how to feel about that. She is just growing up way too fast for me these days.


Baby Ninja tried out his first My Gym class. He loved it. He also took several tumbles and got right back up. It's like the place was made for a tiny tornado like him!


I'm looking forward to a weekend with no real plans. I have some prep work to do for my Brunch, Baubles and Boobies party on the 27th but other than that, our schedule is pretty open and for that I am grateful.  I have visions of hitting up the L.B. Flea Market and possibly their local farmers market as well but we'll see how that goes.

Around the web:


Stay at home + work from home + work outside the home.....the struggle is REAL y'all and it doesn't matter how you word it it's still a JOB. It's funny how women discuss this all the time but once a man brings it up - suddenly he's amazing.

* There's seven stages of marriage - how are YOU surviving? Not sure I agree with the whole wording on this but I get the concept.

* My wedding photographer wrote this for all the Type A mamas who feel like they're not getting anything done. Give yourself a break.

* I've written about black women and their hair before. I love this woman's story about what the big chop taught her about beauty.

* Buzzfeed does it again with 50 Things You Will Never Be Able To Forget. (#9, #17, #18, #33, #39 #44)


Libations:
I'm still waiting for the weather to catch up with the month but until it does I'm enjoying the view from IG as all my cross country friends post about the fall their experiencing. It has me dreaming of toasty fires and game nights with friends and this delightful treat.

Fall Apple Sangria

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                                                                                   Ingredients:

1 1/2 C sugar
3 C water
4 cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1/4 t anise seed
5 thin slices fresh ginger
2 apples, cored and cut into rings
1 bottle red wine of your choice
1/2 C triple sec
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced


Instructions:



1) In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Add in cloves, cinnamon sticks, anise seed, and ginger and bring to a boil.
2) Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
3) Remove mixture to container with lid and add in apple slices. Refrigerate until chilled.
4) Fill a pitcher with ice. Pour in bottle of wine, 1/2 C triple sec, and 1 C simple syrup. Put sliced lemons and limes and apple rings in pitcher as well. For best results, let the sangria sit in the fridge for a while so all the flavors can meld together.



(serves about 6)






       Cheers to another lovely weekend! What do you have planned? Anything fall and outdoorsy?

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