Monday, December 30, 2013

Sparkling White Cosmo and The Year in Review

Sparkling White Cosmo
One more day till we count down to a new year and a fresh start.  Do you make resolutions?  Some years I've made them and kept them, other years I've made them but they got abandoned.  This year my plan is to make plans.  Rather than resolutions that feel like failures if they're not immediately implemented, I have plans for what I'd like to achieve, personally and professionally in the coming year.
But first we need to celebrate in style and I can't very well leave you without a suitable cocktail.  We've been... um... experimenting with this one for the last few days and it's a definite winner for tomorrow night.  No big party plans for us this year.  We'll stay in, make a big dinner and toast to 2014.  Not everything went right this past year but, overall we're more fortunate than many and we have each other.  No place else I'd rather be.

Per Serving:
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. White cranberry juice
1/2 oz. St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz. Lime juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
2 oz. Sparkling wine or champagne

Combine the vodka, cranberry juice, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.  Fill with ice and shake well.  Pour into a chilled flute glass and top with the sparkling wine.  Garnish with maraschino cherries, if desired.

While we were testing cocktails, I took a look back at the top ten most popular recipes of the past year.  I can't pick my favorite because I think they're all great in their own way or I wouldn't share them with you.  But these were your favorites and I'm always so happy when you stop by to see what I'm cooking and tell me how you liked the recipes you tried.  I hope you'll share more of your feedback going forward.  But, for now, here's my countdown.


Bananas Foster Bundt Cake


Fresh Summer Quinoa Salad


Baked Spinach Chips


Baked Corn Fritters


Cauliflower Fried Rice


Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese


S'mores Martini


Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Doughnuts


Chocolate Chip Bread


Cheesy Quinoa and Asparagus Bake

Happy New Year!!!


  1. Cheers to you and I hope you have a very happy new year!
    Oh, and yesterday I ran across the Sex and The City Movie and at the end they were drinking cosmos. It made me realize it's been a long time since I've had one and I think your sparking version would even be better.

  2. I like your plan of making plans and think I will do the same. Your top recipes are such a mixed bag of sweet and savory, but they have one thing in common for sure: Beautiful photographs. Love that sparkling white Cosmo, especially! Happy New Year to you, Anita!

  3. Wait I'm confused, not one crumb recipe made the top ten? What's wrong with your readers?! Kidding. Happy New Year Anita!

  4. Oh, that cocktail sounds wonderful. Happy New Year!

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