Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | A Bit of Bees KneesThe silkiest pumpkin pie you will ever eat. That bit of bourbon gives it a sultry edge – helping cut through the sweetness and highlight caramelly nutmeg flavors. This is not your Grandma’s pumpkin pie…

Store bought piecrust (or if you are feeling extra zealous –> pie crust recipe)
2  (15oz) cans of pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar + 1 tbsp extra for crust
¼ cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp Bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract

-Oven 350 degrees F.
-Bake piecrust first. Make a few slits in the middle of the pie dish, so the crust doesn’t bubble when baking. Follow making instructions for store bought pie crust.
-Sprinkle the bottom of the pie crust with 1 tbsp of brown sugar. This will turn into a sweet nougaty layer when is bakes with the pumpkin filling.
-In a food prossecor, blend all ingredients together until smooth.
-Pour the bourbon pumpkin pie mixture into the cooled pie crust. Bake until edges are firm but center still jiggles slightly, about 45 minutes. Don’t overbake or the pie will start to crack on top.
-Let pie cool before serving

For added excitement top with…

Bourbon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Beautiful Basic Invites

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I’m a tad obsessed with stationery.  My friend and I often write letters back and forth between Virginia and California. I really enjoy the formality of paper cards, letters and invites. There is something so special and exciting about receiving these goodies in the mail. I keep my favorite cards in a box at home – little mementos of friendship.

When Basic Invites approached me, I was amazed by their gorgeous stationery selection. Basic Invites is one of the few sites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you decide on a design, you can change the color of any tiny detail you want – 180 different color options! How cool is that? In the past, I’ve spent hours scouring the internet trying to find that perfect color invite to match the look feel of a party… especially for wedding invitations and showers. A common question I was asked when planning our wedding was, “What are your wedding colors?” Basic Invites makes matching your invitation colors very easy for you.
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Basic Invites also lets you print a sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will look and feel before you commit to ordering a certain paper quality and multiple invitations. Having a real sample in your hands before you order will save you time and money (no mistakes)!
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They have 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.
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Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from affordable save the dates to wedding invitationsenclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards!
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Smokey Cinnamon Clove Pomegranate Kirsch

Smokey Cinnamon Clove Pomegranet Kirsch Smash
Indulging in a smokey cinnamon clove pomegranate kirsch, because it’s feeling like fall around here and I’m really excited. It’s getting darker earlier and the nights are cooler. This is the perfect drink for unwinding on this Friday night.  I’m planning on a walk around the neighborhood with my love and hitting up some friends later, but for now…

Smokey Cinnamon Clove Pomegranate Kirsch 
2 oz. Kirsch (cherry brandy)
1.5 oz. Pomegranate Powell & Mahoney
5 cloves
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
splash of cranberry juice
1 cinnamon stick

Combine Kirsch, Pomegranate P & M, cloves, pomegranate seeds, ground cinnamon and splash of cran into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice (or add cloves and pomegranate seeds for a fun presentation). Top with a smokey cinnamon stick.

Spiced Apple Pecan Bourbon Cider

Apple Pecan Bourbon CiderSpiced apple pecan bourbon ciders tonight. Sipping something cozy on the couch this golden October evening.

-Apple Pecan Bourbon Cider-
4oz Unfiltered apple cider
1.5oz Old Bally Castle Ginger by Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail Mixers
1oz Bourbon
1oz Laird’s Applejack
1 Tbsp roasted pecan syrup (recipe below)

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with apple slices and a pinch of cinnamon.

-Roasted Pecan Syrup-
1/2 cup classic gum syrup
1/2 cup roasted pecans

Blend both ingredients in a blender until smooth. Scoop into a mini sifter and use the back of a spoon to push the syrup through. Add 1 Tbsp of the creamy roasted pecan syrup to your drink. Put the rest of the syrup in the fridge for later. Discard the nut paste or keep it for toast in the morning 😉

*Gum syrup is a rich simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water) combined with gum Arabic, an all-natural resin harvested from the Acacia tree. The gum, which is comprised primarily of fiber and protein, acts as an emulsifier in the syrup and ultimately in your cocktail.   Apple Pecan Bourbon CiderApple Pecan Bourbon Cider

A weekend in Los Angeles

Daniel and I had to work in Los Angeles over the weekend.  We we’re busy most of the time, but had a few hours off during the evening for surfing in Malibu, exploring restaurants and a meet up with my cousin Emily and her main man Ben in Venice. It was a nice change of pace – a fun little get away.  Here are our pictures from our weekend away.
^^^Malibu Farm has been on my bucket list for quite sometime. I heard great things about it…fresh food, healthy, great location right on the beach where Dan wanted to surf. We found $5 parking in a lot right next to the restaurant and spent the evening surfing and grabbing a bite to eat at the Malibu Farm Cafe on the end of the pier.
Fresh kale Caesar salad with watermelon radishes, apple spinach juice and a Steven Tyler on the side!
It’s beginning to look like fall! Look…not feel (like fall). It was 102F in the city today. Super Uggggh nasty.
On our way to work work work…
We picked The Butcher’s Daughter as our meet-up restaurant with my cousin – it happened to be the same night of the Abbot Kinney festival. Lots of vendors selling homemade goodies and vintage finds. Great people watching!
What a gorgeous place! The decor was A+! Fantastic vegetarian dishes, drinks and coffee.
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^^^The Queens Tea – earl grey infused Lillet Blanc, pressed lemon and egg white
^^^Rosemary’s Cup – Contratto Rosso, rosemary, pressed ginger, cucumber, strawberry & mint
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