Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails


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. 
Couture Cocktails

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.

 xoxo, B
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  • Reply Loree October 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I remember visiting wineries in Augusta when we lived in ST Louis for one short year. It was beautiful in the fall with the trees all red and golden.

  • Reply Celia M. High Heeled Life October 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend is in the works. And this cocktail sounds tres yummy a perfect for after an afternoon in the pumpkin patch. We will be baking pies this weekend … And hubby will be working around the property to get it ready for winter … Which usually sneaks up on us in the country. Happy weekend mon ami .. Xo C. (HHL)

  • Reply VM Creation Atelier October 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Oh..,looks and sounds very beautiful,dear B.!:)))
    I do love pumpkins so Autumn and so colourful!
    Wishing you beautiful weekend,dear friend:)))

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