Jac o' lyn Murphy

Friday, October 21, 2016

I'm Dreaming of a White Halloween - decor and drinks

White is bright, white is dreamy, white is fresh.
When it's paired with pops of warm, vibrant orange 
it's a definitely a Happy Halloween.
Nothing gruesome or gory but maybe a little ghostly...

We have friends stopping by along their trick or treat trek through the neighborhood and
 I wanted to keep everything serene and pretty, yet still festive.
I'm getting the party started
using white pumpkins and flowers...

are all they need to come to life...

This eerie evening wouldn't be complete without all white food...

Cheese, crackers and meringues...

crisp cauliflower and dip...

and white cheddar popcorn...

Isn't it boo-tiful?

Every Halloween gathering needs a sinful signature drink, right?
We're serving bone-chillingly cold champagne...

topped with ominous mini-orange segments

to make Moonlight Mimosas...

They look devilishly decadent 

Glassybaby makes every event and every day special.
Go to their website here for more amazingly beautiful hand blown glass creations and information.
Happy Halloween

Thank you to glassybaby for providing me with pumpkin votives and champagne drinkers for this post. They are devoted to giving hope, beauty, kindness and millions of dollars to help people, animals, and our planet. 10% of each sale is always donated to charity. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Farmers' Market Bloody Marys

It's no secret that I love everything about Farmer's Markets.
They're fresh, colorful, fun and I look forward to our local market every week.
What better way to celebrate the beautiful bounty you find
than creating a "farm to cup" Bloody Mary?

A quick farm stand stop 
is all it takes to make an amazingly memorable cocktail...

Almost any and every veggie will work, 
the more vibrant the better...

Simply spear them up and stick them into any and every 

An impressive beverage that is as delicious as it is pretty...

I think everyone should 
Eat, Drink and Be Mary...

Pair the tags with Powell & Mahoney and you've got the perfect gift.
Their cocktail mixes are handcrafted in small steam kettles in Vermont.  
They take great pride in using only natural ingredients and are all gluten free. 
They believe that your favorite spirit deserves a high-quality mixer and so do you!

 The classic Bloody Mary has a pure tomato flavor, 
with barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce, and all natural spices 
The Chipotle Bloody Mary mix is bold and smokey and
the Sriracha contains cayenne and jalapeno peppers 
that really awaken the senses with their spice.

 I want to make sure you have 

Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail Mixers are available at many retailers or on their website
and check out their Entertainer Blog here.

Thank you to Powell & Mahoney for sponsoring this post.  All content and opinions are my own.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of the highlights of Fall, 
but for some reason I don't feel right about eating it before Thanksgiving.
The temperature in Northern California is supposed to hit 80 degrees 
later this week so I thought a new kind of pumpkin pie should be on the menu -
Ice Cream Pie...

I picked these chocolate pumpkins from Trader Joe's...

and gathered some of my favorite local ice creams 

and my pumpkin pies were ready!
(I put them back in freezer at least an hour before serving)

I'm so happy to just chill out...

and enjoy!

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