I hope you had a wonderful week! This weekend, I’m looking forward to enjoying fall activities and the cooler temps that are falling upon us. One of my favourite things to do is to visit pumpkin patches. Although our children are getting older, we still like to pick them out for decorating around the house. I typically create a display on the patio along with large, vibrant mums in urns.
We love visiting local wineries. Most people don’t know St. Louis has some of the best wineries in the country. One of our favourites has a spectacular view and is family friendly. We purchase wine, various cheeses and meats, french bread, and other snacks and watch the children play on the hillside.
Baking! I love to cook and bake for my family. I bring out cookbooks for that particular season and make special meals that I know my family will enjoy. I have always baked with our children but as they have gotten older, they don’t like to accompany me in the kitchen as often; however, they eagerly await for the fresh baked desserts especially.
Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail
12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
6 oz vodka
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
vanilla sugar, for rim
1 cup ice, plus more to serve over
Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.