Ah the weekend…..sleeping in maybe a little brunch….maybe a trip to the market some light cleaning….lounging in your PJ’s till noon……
Yea right! I don’t live in that world LOL. In my world this is the last FREE weekend until after the New Year! With Thanksgiving this Thursday immediately followed by the biggest shopping weekend of the year and Christmas just a few weeks away there is no rest for the weary.
It’s time to start making my lists and checking them twice!!!
That means grocery lists, picking out clothes for family photos, cooking, baking, planning our Annual Cookie Swap, planning our once a month dinner party with our friends (which is going to be a Tacky Sweater party!!!), wrapping gifts, and so much more!!
AND before I can do any of that I need to get through Thanksgiving dinner….and that makes me feel like a little drinky drink! These are some of the most YUMMY Holiday themed cocktails around. While I always remind everyone to lay off the alchol when in tempting eating situations, I’m also all for a cocktail when in a stressful situation ;). So limit these amazing drinks to just ONE but sip it slowly and deliciously! (These would also be in place of dessert, so choose wisely!)
Thanks to TheBar.com for this great recipe.
- 1.25 oz Smirnoff Cranberry Vodka
- .25 oz raspberry liqueur
- splash of cranberry juice
Add vodka, raspberry liqueur, and cranberry juice to an ice-filled shaker and shake to mix. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with 3 whole cranberries on a stick.
Recipe courtesy of TheBar.com
- 1.35 oz. George Dickel
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. grapefruit juice
- 1.5 tsp. almond extract
- 1 slice orange
Combine all ingredients in an ice filled glass and stir well. Serve garnished with an orange slice.
Recipe courtesy of TheBar.com
- .75 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- .5 oz. ginger brandy
- 4 oz. eggnog (I would use Silk Soy Nog for a low fat version!)
Combine rum, brandy, and eggnog in a blender. Blend to desired consistency. Garnish with a ginger snap for dunking.
Mixed Drinks: Remember, one and a half ounces of 80-proof spirits is 65 calories. Add six ounces of calorie-laden soda or a variety of syrups and you’re well over the calorie count for a “light” drink.
So take it easy on the drinks but don’t be a party pooper! I see no problem in stepping up the work outs from now until then so you can enjoy your meal and cocktails guilt free!! That’s what I will be doing!
Now onto a new recipe that’s so quick and easy you won’t believe it!
Pumpkin Mousse: (pic was taken with iPhone-sorry)
This recipe was totally off the cuff so measurements may not be exact!
-1 store bought graham crust or home made crust of your choice that’s been baked an cooled
-little over 1/2 of a small can of Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
-2 large scoops of Fat Free Cool Whip (1/2 or 3/4 of a small container)
-2 tablespoons room temp reduced fat cream cheese
-1 package sugar free fat free instant vanilla pudding
-2 tsps each ground ginger and ground cinnamon
Mix all of the ingredients, except crust, in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Pour into crust and place in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours to allow mousse to set! No need to garnish it’s good to go as is!!!
The entire Mousse was eaten at our early Thanksgiving with our friends!! Big Hit!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and stay tuned as I bring you more Thanksgiving goodness!
Coming Up: Side dishes-you know next to dessert it’s your fave 😉
Healthy Wishes, T