Après Hour

photo-536✓ I might have an obsession with taking photos of sunsets. I just love them!

Happy Friday and Happy Après Hour! It’s been another long week, although not any longer than any other week you’ve had your whole life, so lets move on. Yesterday was officially the first day of spring but winter is not ready to back down! It was cold all week but thankfully it was sunny too! I did get to relax in the sun on a “Ski Beach” (that’s just a fancy name for lounge chairs in the snow!) photo-174Yup that’s me kicking up my feet! Time for you to kick up your feet and enjoy some of my favorites from around the internet this week! Here’s to the weekend, Cheers!

✓ Keep it LOCAL. Looking for a way to eat sustainable, fresh and local produce this summer? Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) A CSA is a partnership between agricultural producers (Farmers) and consumers (you). Members or “shareholders” pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season to meet a farm’s operating expenses for the upcoming season. In return, members receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week throughout the growing season. I love knowing where my food is coming from, don’t you?! Search for one in Utah or near you.

✓ Your quick guide to reading nutrition labels

✓ Take it from Vermont Creamery, wrinkles are sexy (and delicious). Click the link, win free wrinkles!

✓ Points for creativity and resourcefulness but I’m pretty sure this isn’t how your bike rack was meant to be used in the off season.

photo-534✓ Loving Gwyneth Paltrow’s site Goop… visit to find out how you can Make, Go, Get, Do, Be and See.

✓ Here are 17 cocktails to get you ready for spring. I’ll take #13…AND 17, Thank you!

✓ If my dog Piper could speak, what do you think she’d be saying in this photo? (let me know in the comment section below!)photo-176✓ I’d like to spruce up my dining room with this elegant spring table cloth.

✓ This is my new favorite soap scent, it makes me happy every time I wash my hands.

✓ Speaking of happy… this cover of Pharrell’s song “Happy” will definitely make you happy!

Have a great weekend!

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New York Sour “Liquid Valentine”

photo-510Boys don’t forget to mark your calendars…Valentines Day is this Friday! Maybe you have a go to tradition for your sweetheart like flowers, chocolates or jewelry, all of which are great options but why not shake up your usual tradition for something new! Instead of taking your lady out for dinner, plan to cook her a delicious meal at home and pair it with a specialty cocktail. photo-509I was inspired to make this New York Sour after getting this beautiful bouquet of red tipped roses. A remix on your traditional whiskey sour, this cocktail is finished with a splash of red wine which floats on top and gives this drink a gorgeous appearance, oh and did I mention it’s delicious? photo-512I Used some local Park City High West Whiskey to make this drink which makes it extra special! Son of Bourye is an amazing blend of Bourbon and Rye Whiskey which has a smooth and tasty finish. Don’t worry, if you’re not into whiskey drinks, check out this great list of floral inspired cocktails from ProFlowers.com. They all look so delicious and beautiful one of these cocktails is sure to WOW your Valentine! So this Valentines day, channel your inner Ski Boots in the Kitchen- cook up a special dinner and shake up a special cocktail for your special someone! Cheers!

New York Sour (Serves 1)

  • 1 3/4 ounce High West Son of Bourye or other rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce dry red wine, such as Malbec or Syrah
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

Combine the whiskey, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass, just above the surface of the drink, and pour the red wine over the back of the spoon into the glass (this way, the wine will trickle gently into the drink and “float” at the top of the glass, rather than sinking) Garnish with a lemon twist. You can purchase premixed simple syrup from the grocery store or liquor store- if you prefer to make your own see the recipe here. Enjoy!

Recipe inspired from Food52

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