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Caramel

Caramel Apple Martini

Recipe:

1.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1.5 oz Sour Apple Pucker (3 Tablespoons/1 shot glass)
1 oz Tito’s Vodka (2 Tablespoons/ 3/4 shot glass)

Place all ingredients over ice in cocktail shaker. Drizzle martini glass with caramel sauce, then pour!

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Caramel

Fall days ask for sweet treats. After all, who doesn’t love to sink their teeth into a crisp and sticky caramel apple? Honestly, we can’t get enough of this traditional and classic Fall treat, so it’s no surprise that we would enjoy a cocktail infused with the same flavors, a Caramel Apple Martini! But I was beginning to get concerned of the amount of sweet dishes I was consuming. I felt ominous of an awaiting Perth dental treatment, and so, had to stop consuming sweets for the rest of the day. 

Practical girls, we love recipes that are both simple and delicious. Follow our steps and enjoy a cozy cocktail that will warm you right up!

The ingredients represent our favorite Autumn flavors at their best: Butterscotch Schnapps that are sweet as candy; and Sour Apple Pucker that sort of tastes like a Granny Smith Apple. You’ll feel a burst of sweetness followed by a mouth-puckering sour taste.

Simply add your favorite vodka. Yes, any type will do. Drizzle your glass with a smooth, creamy, and delicious ooey gooey caramel sauce. Then, pour it into your Martini Glass and serve.

We think of this as the ultimate fall & festive inspired cocktail, where sour and sweetness are perfectly balanced. This is the textbook choice for your next fall party, holiday, or girls’ night out. Not that you need excuses to treat yourself with one of these!

Your 2 Orchids have so much fun when it comes to seasonal or holiday tablescapes! It’s our excuse to be a little (sometimes a lot, we confess) creative. Who can blame us? Every holiday or special event gives us the opportunity to change settings and test different ideas.

Take it from us: when shopping, look for flexible items that you can re-purpose or incorporate into any occasion. Just in case! The secret is to think of your table as a blank canvas, but – and this is the best advice we can give – have a color palette in mind of what you want to use. For example, on both of our tablescapes, we went for something we could easily transition from Fall/Thanksgiving right into Holiday/Christmas.

The pieces we used have texture, versatility, and colors that represent each theme. As you can see from the photos, we used the same table runner and the same stands for both tablescapes. It’s all about re-purposing.

It helps if you find the wow factor for the event. Still, most of the work will be trial and error.  For instance, swap the pumpkins for Christmas trees, harvest fillers for Christmas bulbs. Keep in mind that items like pine cones can work for both holidays.

No need to worry about big budgets either. It can be as easy as finding accessories from around your home that will reflect the theme you are trying to create. Think decor items, leaves, branches, and pine cones from your yard. The Dollar Store is another perfect option where you can get a lot of bang for your buck without breaking the bank.

Candles are always a nice detail since they add that subtle touch that turns a house into a home. Just remember if you are serving dinner you may want to light unscented candles to avoid interfering with the aroma of the delicious meal you prepared.

Links For Fall/Thanksgiving Products:

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Links For Christmas Products:

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Creating A Festive Fall/Thanksgiving Tablescape

Creating A Festive Holiday/Christmas Tablescape

 

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INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 ounces chocolate toffee bits (set some aside for topping)
5-7 granny smith apple slices (any apples will do)

DIRECTIONS:

Soften cream cheese.  Mix the all ingredients together except chocolate toffee bits using an electric or stand mixer on medium to high speed until smooth.  Fold in candy bits.  Place mixture by spreading evenly in shallow dish.  Sprinkle remaining candy bits on top.  Serve with apple slices, pretzels, or graham crackers.  Best at room temperature for dipping, but you can make ahead and store in refrigerator. dessert

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Our peanut butter-toffee-cream cheese-apple dip is unbelievably addicting! Trust us, you will have a hard time walking away    from this heavenly snack, and it’s so delicious you will just want to grab a spoon and go to town.  The peanut butter and cream cheese will have you thinking this might be a caramel dip, but we’ve fooled you. It’s Heath toffee bits.  The crisp, tart flavor of our granny smith apples, with the slight sweetness of this dip, is a mouthwatering combination.  Slice up some apples for dipping (any apples will do), or serve with graham crackers.  Pretzels will work too, especially if you love the combination of sweet and salty!  If you’re looking for a fall-inspired dessert, or an alternative to pie on Thanksgiving, this one is for you!

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Pumpkin Pie Martini Recipe:

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka
2 ounces Rum Chata
3 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Mix
Caramel sauce
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Place ginger snap crumbs (or graham crackers) in a shallow dish.  Coat rim of martini glass with caramel, and dip into ginger snaps to coat.  Combine vanilla vodka, Rum Chata, and pumpkin pie mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to combine.  Shake well and strain into prepared martini glass.  Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. 

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cocktails, martinisThis Autumn cocktail is perfect to serve for Thanksgiving and it just might be better than a slice of pumpkin pie!  It has a delicious and creamy combination of flavors with just the right amount of sweetness. For an added delight, we coated the rim of the glass with caramel sauce then dipped the glass into ginger snaps. A seasonal, simple martini that is loaded with yumminess! And remember, “It isn’t a party if you’re making just one cocktail! ” (A quote that we love from our friend Julie.)  

Fall Festive Recipes – Pumpkin Pie Martini & Snickerdoodle Pastry | The2Orchids

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It’s craft time with Jamie!  Although Jamie claims she’s not a crafty person, this DIY wine cork wreath she whipped up is pretty darn sweet!  What a creative decoration to display using all those old wine corks you’ve collected over time! This is a perfect accent to any home, and also a great gift idea for the wine lover.  Deck out the inside of your home by displaying the wreath on your walls, use as a centerpiece, or place on your front door.  I think it’s time that Karen and I should start saving those wine corks! 

Cassandra is sharing her festive holiday, hurricane centerpieces which are currently displayed in her white and Tiffany Blue dining room.  Using glass hurricanes and a decorative bowl she filled with various Christmas bulbs in shades of blues and silvers, she then added stars that sparkle and some branches for character.  The result is a lovely accent for any dinner table, with colors that remind us of a winter wonderland theme!

Wine Cork Wreath

Required items: 

Picture wire
Foam wreath ( I got mine at Michaels and used their 40 %off coupon )
Toothpicks
Wine corks ( lots and lots like 300! )

 Instructions:

1. Wrap wire around top of foam wreath and form a loop at top to hang later.
2. It was easy to stick a toothpick into corks. I filled the inside of the wreath first then the outside making sure they were flush and would lie flat against wall or door.
3. Then I filled the rest of wreath in all different directions. I loved the look of the wine stained ends sticking out on some of the corks.
4. Hang on your front door or find a wall in your house.  You could add seasonal decor to it as well.
As much as I love wine I did not have 300 corks!  I had friends saving for me as well!

Wine Cork Wreath Items
Wine Cork Wreath-Jamie

Cassandra’s Christmas Hurricanes

Christmas Hurrican Blue & Silver

Christmas Hurricane Blue & Silver theme

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