Create the Perfect Fall Bar

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With the leaves changing colors and the air getting brisker, it’s time to put away the Coronas and fruity cocktails in exchange for some strong-tasting and soul-warming liquor. When asking some reliable sources {by which I mean, my husband and his close friends} which they preferred, they confirmed that Whiskey and Bourbon were their go-to’s. Now it was my job to make the presentation FH worthy.

When creating a Fall Bar, I recommend you start with a dark colored, textured serving tray, like a faux croc or stingray {similar here and here}. Then I recommend selecting a variety of nice liquors and placing them on one end of the tray. I chose Whistle Pig Straight Rye WhiskeyThe Balvenie Single Barrel Whiskey aged 15 years, and Bulleit Bourbon. What are the best glasses for serving liquor? I recommend old-fashioned glasses which are short tumblers, often called a lowball or rocks glass. They hold between 6 and 8 ounces, while double old-fashioned {slightly larger} hold up to 10 or 12 ounces. When serving a drink with straight liquor on the rocks {also known as a “neat pour”}, I recommend the old-fashioned glasses and for mixed drinks I recommend double old-fashioned glasses. If you really want to impress guests, be sure to buy a “king cube” ice cube tray! One cube fits perfectly into an old-fashioned glass and melts slowly for a well-chilled drink.

Now onto the fun touches that make your bar picture-worthy. I love to arrange my favorite cocktail books alongside my glasses; they can serve as inspiration for cocktails or just as decor. Also nice for the set-up is a crystal decanter {this one is one sale for $27.99 and looks exactly like mine!}. You can actually put yours to use by pouring the liquor inside, just make sure you let guests know what it holds! To finish it off, I love my ‘Reserved’ Decoupage Glass Tray from Ben’s Garden. It’s perfect for housing ice cube tongs or the bottle tops. Cheers!

Fall Bar Liquors

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Fall Shimmer

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A big part of updating my Fall wardrobe means updating my jewelry, so here’s a look at what’s trending in FH land…

I am still all about wearing gold for Fall, starting with necklaces! For necklaces I go one of two ways. For a sexy night-out look, my pick is the Alexis Russell Pave Diamond Spike Lariat Necklace $198.00; it’s so delicate and has just the right shimmer. Plus, the cut is perfect back to a revealing neckline. Then for daytime casual, collar necklaces are it. I love wearing my Jennifer Zeuner Diamond Detail Metal V Choker $258.00 and a vintage collar {similar: Inez Trickle Layered Collar $298.00} over chunky sweater and knits.

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As I mentioned in my Business Casual post, I have a new found love of wearing a watch. It’s SO nice to not take out my phone whenever I want to know the time. I like to pair my Movado Bold Watch Luxe Chronograph 3600209 $695.00 back to a few simple bangles. My layering bangle go-to’s are my Vita Fede Mini Titan Stone Bracelet $375.00 and my Vita Fede Mini Omega Crystal Bracelet $350.00. Then for night’s out, I leave the watch home and opt for a gold cuff. Since mine featured in these pictures are not online, some similar favorites are the Tory Burch Aslin Resin Cuff Bracelet $195.00, the Alexis Bittar Geometric Ribbon Cuff Bracelet $295.00, and the Jules Smith Bar Hinge Cuff Bracelet $69.00.

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Holiday Parties will be starting before we know it and I love to buy a new pair of fancy earrings to wear for special occasions. This season my choice was the Alexis Bittar ‘Lucite Dust’ Long Leaf Statement Earrings $120.00. Then for everyday outings, I am ditching my boring diamond studs for studs with some character. I love my Joomi Lim Vicious Love Crystal & Pyramid Earrings $75.00 and my House of Harlow 1960 White Sand Sunburst Stud Earrings $35.00.
Fall just got a lot trendier!

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Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade

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Yesterday I shared a glimpse into my second week of the Cooking Planit and Colavita Eat Fresh Challenge, and to say the least, I have been a busy bee in the kitchen! Today I wanted to share my favorite recipe from this week’s endeavors because we always think of indulging in pumpkin when it comes to pies and sweets, but finding it in an entree is quite unique! Also, major bonus points for being incredibly easy to make; literally you take all of the ingredients, mix them together in a bowl, and then bake. Gotta love idiot proof recipes! Plus, could it be better timing with Halloween right around the corner; this is the perfect entree to serve guests in the month of October! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!

Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts — 4 Large
  • Black Pepper  to taste
  • Kosher Salt  to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper — 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  • Ground Ginger — 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  • Nutmeg — 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  • Pumpkin Puree, Canned — 3 Tablespoons
  • Smoked Paprika — 1 Teaspoon
  • Garlic Cloves  8 diced {I used half}
  • Apple Cider Vinegar — 2 Tablespoons
  • Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil — 1⁄3 Cup
  • Honey — 2 Tablespoons
  • Garnish: Fresh Parsley

Directions:

  1. Rinse the chicken breasts with cold water and season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Place all the listed ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a whisk to combine.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in the marinade bowl and toss to coat them evenly with the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Can be left overnight.
  4. Set your oven to broil.
  5. Place the marinated chicken breasts in an oven-proof dish, skin side up. Roast under the broiler for [7 minutes], then, using tongs, flip the breasts skin side down and roast for 7 more. Decrease the oven heat to 400° F, flip the breasts again, and roast for 30-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 165 °F.
  6. Garnish the pumpkin-spice-roasted chicken with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe from Cooking Planit {see here}.

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