Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail

You guys! Christmas is only a few days away! You’re probably in need of a drink or two. I’ve got a yummy and festive cocktail for you. It’s a gingerbread twist on a classic White Russian and it’s deeeelicious. I’ve already had a couple of these this season and I plan to have a few more.

Gingerbread White Russian CocktailIngredients:

2 oz Heritage Coffee Flavored Vodka
1 oz  Heavy Cream
1/2 oz Gingerbread Syrup

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with gingerbread crumbs or a tiny gingerbread man.

Gingerbread White Russian Cocktail






Cranberry Sauce Cocktail Recipe

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you’re probably already busy prepping your meal and getting ready for guests. Well I’ve got a cocktail for you to add to your Thanksgiving menu, and it’s made with things you probably already have in your kitchen right now.

If you get tired of arguing with your family about politics and where you’re going with your life, just put on your Adele records and start mixing up this drink for everyone. Actually you might want to go ahead and mix one up for yourself right now.

Cranberry Sauce Cocktail RecipeCranberry Sauce Cocktail (Makes one cocktail)

2 oz vodka
3/4 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 heaping teaspoon of cranberry sauce
Dash of blood orange bitters (if you have it)

Shake everything in a shaker with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

Cranberry Sauce Cocktail Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you have tons to be thankful for and lots of food to eat. Enjoy!

DIY Painted Wish Bone Thanksgiving Plates | 12 Months of Martha

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to get cracking on finalizing your table setting details. For me Thanksgiving is the one time, besides weddings I guess, where a proper table setting is an absolute must have. I mean think about it, the entire holiday basically revolves around food and gathering around a dinner table. Your dishes need to be on point.

DIY Wish Bone Painted Plates 6If you want to add some flair to your holiday table, but don’t want to go out and spend loads of cash on new plates, here’s a fun project for you.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaPainted wish bone plates!

You’ll need:
Printer and paper
Basic clear glass plates (I used 7 3/4 inch dessert plates)
Craft Paint (I like Martha Stewart Crafts, it’s oven curable)
Gloss Finish Decoupage Medium

Here’s what you do:

First you need your wish bone shape. You can print the ones I used here. This is scaled to fit 7 3/4 inch dessert plates, but if you want to do larger plates, just scale the image to your desired size. Print and cut out the wish bone shape and use decoupage medium to adhere it to the back of your plate. Cover with another thin layer of decoupage and let dry.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaDIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaNext, paint over the wish bone and the entire back of the plate. Do a few layers, letting dry between coats. To cure the paint, bake plates at 350 degrees  fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Turn your oven off and let the plate cool inside of the oven before removing it.

DIY Wish Bone Painted Plates 3Lastly, to get everything really sealed in, cover the entire back of the plate with gloss decoupage medium and let dry for several hours.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaNow you have adorable, custom plates that are safe to eat on and totally washable!

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe

We all know that one of the most popular (and basic) autumn activities is to go apple picking. You’ve probably already noticed all the posts on Instagram with boots, scarves, cider, and apples galore. This is mostly known as a North Eastern tradition, but believe it or not we have orchards for apple picking in Southern California, too!

Last weekend the weather cooled down for a whole day and we finally got some rain, so my husband and I took the trip out to our favorite apple picking spot, Oak Glen, to take advantage of the cool, rainy, fall-like weather.

Oak Glen, CA Apple pickingOak Glen is a quaint little town about 2 hours outside of LA. There are lovely orchards where you’ll find all of the traditional autumn favorites, from apples to hayrides to hot cider donuts.

Oak Glen ApplesThe reason I like going to pick my own apples is because I can usually find varieties that aren’t found in our local markets. This time we came home with Pink Pearl apples. These apples are sweet and tart with a gorgeous pink color.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via Melodrama

We had some left over pate brisee dough hanging out in the freezer, so I decided to make a galette with the apples and apple jelly we got from our trip. These apples are amazing for baking. They’re super juicy and I think the flavor gets even better when they’re cooked.

Plus, they’re really pretty.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via Melodrama

Here’s a recipe to make your own apple galette. You can use any apples you want, but if you can get your hands on some Pink Pearl apples, I highly recommend you do.

Galette Dough
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
Apple Filling
1 lb apples, cored
1/4 cup apple jelly
3 tbsp sugar
whole milk

In a bowl combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and use a dough cutter or food processor to mix the butter in until the mixture until it reaches a course meal texture. Add ice water slowly (1 tbsp at a time) until the dough just holds together without being wet. Divide the dough in half and into balls. Flatten dough balls into discs and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for one hour.

Roll out chilled dough on parchment paper or a lightly floured surface into a 1/8 inch thick circle. Chill again for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile core and slice the apples. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via Melodrama

Remove chilled dough round from refrigerator and spoon two tablespoons of jelly on to the dough, leaving at least a 1.5 inch boarder.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via MelodramaPlace apple slices over the jelly in slightly overlapping concentric circles. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via MelodramaFold the plain dough boarder over the apples. Brush with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via MelodramaTransfer galette and parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 375 degrees for another 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Heat remaining apple jelly and brush on top of cooked apples for a nice shiny finish. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.

Pink Pearl Apple Galette Recipe via Melodrama

Pamplemousse 75 (Grapefruit French 75) Cocktail Recipe

I’ve been on a grapefruit kick lately. I got my hands on some fresh picked grapefruits while I was staying at the Parker in Palm Springs and have been making lots of cocktails when them, because obviously that’s what one naturally does with grapefruit juice.

One of my favorite cocktails of all time is the French 75. It’s made with lemon juice, gin, champagne (or sparkling wine) and sugar. Basically all of my favorite things. Since I didn’t have any lemons but had grapefruits, I substituted one for the other. Here’s what I have dubbed the Pamplemousse 75…or something.

Pamplemousse 75 (Grapefruit French 75)To make one cocktail:

1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 ounce gin
1 teaspoon sugar
About 2 ounces champagne or sparkling wine

Combine juice, gin, sugar and ice in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and top with about 2 ounces of champagne or sparkling wine. Add a garnish of grapefruit peel and enjoy!


Lucky finds just in time! I bought a bunch of crap last week.

Last Saturday we took our dogs to San Diego to get groomed, so of course my usual way to pass the time is to hit the antique malls in OB.

Jvee liked this. Perhaps we’ll use it to make records of stuff, but it’ll just probably get filled with dirty doodles and random notes.
Aww she’s cute

We found the most perfect Bon Ami advertisement there. As you know by now, this is my favorite cleaning product. I promptly framed it for my kitchen.

I framed it.
It’s a fruit basket. I like fruit.

On Sunday, after hitting the Larchmont Village Farmers Market, we headed up to the Topanga Vintage Market. I lucked out and caught everyone in a good mood and scored some items that go well in our place! Also scored some BH&G for my vintage magazine collection!

$20 for both. Boom.
Filled with great articles and advertisements! I’ll be looking for this lady at the next round.

It’s a small haul, but a happy haul.

We are moving! Into the apartment next door.

Our plan to move into a new apartment fell through. I mean kind of. We are still moving into a new apartment but not the one we planned on. We are, however, being ridiculous people and moving to the apartment next door. No, seriously. It’s literally next door and has the same floor plan and square footage. But it’s better! I promise there are reasons! It has a better view. I can still see the Hollywood sign but now I can also see the Griffith Park Observatory while I wash my dishes. It has better natural light since there isn’t another building and trees blocking any of it. It has a better cross breeze. I like breeze. And most importantly:

It doesn’t have carpet.

Ooooo no more carpet

And it has tile countertops and a porcelain sink.

oooo still same but different
Ooooo, white tile

I thought this was going to be easy peasy but it has been just as dumb and tiresome as moving to an entirely new building.

But, but, BUT! This gives me a chance to redecorate and feed my shopping addiction by getting new stuff for the new space! I might as well make all the changes I’d been avoiding in our old apartment. It’s coming along. We’ll officially be in by Wednesday. Hopefully…

Kristina & Ryan | Terranea Wedding | Rancho Palos Verdes Wedding Photographer

I’ve been waiting for a year to celebrate this wedding with Kristina and Ryan because, well simply put…I love them.

What was supposed to be a sunny, clear, 78 degree California day quickly turned into a foggy, windy, 60 degree day but that didn’t stop anyone from having an amazing time. Get serious, who would even notice the weather when looking at a couple this good looking?

Mozel Tov, Kris and Ry! Now go make lots of babies.

Venue: Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Gown: Monique Lhuillier;  Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Coordinator: Ann Cho Lim
Florist: Larchmont Florist
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Hair: Christine Liu; Makeup: Bianca – Parlour Salon
Favors: Stick & Pop
Rabbi: Rochelle Tulik

Weekend Round-up | Goodwill Goodies | Shopping

Every weekend Jvee and I stop by all of the Goodwills in our area. We’re weird like that. This weekend we caught some good red-tag (50% off) deals! We got all of these goodies for under $50! $42 to be exact.

Brand new Brita pitcher w/ filter, picture frame, box grater, resealable glass bottle; ceramic tart dish, 2 Crate & Barrel ceramic pumpkins, ceramic tea pot from World Market; 'Tea for One' set from Crate & Barrel, 2 Crate & Barrel stocking holders, Target wreath holder

I actually have one of the Crate & Barrel pumpkins already! Now I have a set of 3! We also scored a paint sprayer from Craigslist for $40. But I’ll write more about that later.

Can’t wait to knock some projects out this week!