Duchess of Denver

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Cocktail of the Week!

With the holidays quickly disappearing, I decided I needed to make a cocktail that screamed "Jingle Bells" to keep the spirit alive. I created this concoction a while back, and forgot how good it was! I'm a sucker for anything with St. Germain (must be the Parisian in me) and white cranberry juice, so this cocktail is just the best way to ring in the holidays. Drink this while you toast in the New Year, relax by a fire, or before you stuff your face with leftovers. I present to you my Partridge in a Pear Tree Martini!

Partridge in a Pear Tree Martini

Like I said, any excuse I have to use St. Germain I will. This elderflower liquor is the perfect compliment to anything fruity, especially winter fruits like cranberry or pear! If you want to add a sparkling element to this cocktail, add a splash of prosecco for that extra zing. Honestly, you could just drink St. Germain and prosecco and it'd be the best mimosa EVER!

I sugared the rim with chunky gold sprinkles to keep with the holiday theme, but if decorating drinks isn't your fancy (I'm really not that good at it, actually) then you can skip that part! The drink is sweet enough without it, but I like the festive touch.


1 oz Pear Vodka
1 oz St. Germain
2 oz White Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
Gold sprinkles for rim (optional)

Cut lemon in half. If desired rub lemon on edge of martini glass and roll glass rim in dish of gold sprinkles. Set aside. In a shaker, combine vodka, St. Germain, white cranberry juice, and the juice of the other lemon half. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Top with frozen cranberries for even more of a festive touch!

Let me know if you try this cocktail and like it! I feel like I was a bartender in a past life...or maybe just an alcoholic. Hope you all had a happy holiday!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Favorites

Is there anything better than a four-day holiday weekend? I don't think so. I'm sad to be back on the grind, but I'm even sadder that November has come to an end. This month I booked a spontaneous trip to Mexico (see you in January, Cabo!), ate more turkey than any other meat, and spent WAY too much money Black Friday shopping. The only good thing about November's close is that Christmas is right around the corner! I better get started on my gift guide posts...

Food Favorites

Cranberries- The Jersey girl in me is a real sucker for cranberries. In a sauce, smoothie, dessert...I love these tart little berries. Cranberries are super good for you, too, so you might as well enjoy them while they are in season!

Moscow Mules- I don't know why, but this has been my go-to drink all month. Ginger beer and vodka is just an outstanding combo, especially when you mix it with flavored vodka (I like peach or prickly pear). Just make sure when you wash your copper mug that you do it by hand. No one likes a dingy-looking, dishwasher-destroyed mug for their drink!

Butternut Squash Soup- Panera has THE best butternut squash soup. Hands down. And it's now sold at CostCo which means I can buy in bulk and enjoy for much longer than a quick lunch break. Top it with some toasted pumpkin seeds and a little paprika for the perfect fall lunch!

Shopping Favorites

Long Sleeve Pocket Casual T-Shirt Dress- I'm probably going to buy this dress in every color. Not only is it super easy to dress up or down, but it's so comfy. I'm 5'10" and it's not too short on me, but I'd still wear it with tights just to be safe. Favorite fall dress!

Designs by Vecc- My good friend Shawna just opened her Etsy shop and you have to check it out! She hand-makes cute signs and wall-art to decorate your house, porch, whatever! Her shop would be a great place to look for holiday gifts...just saying.

November was full of shopping and eating..are you surprised? Let me know your November favorites!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Unboxing Surprise Sweets: Halloween

I recently gave in and finally purchased an Amazon Prime Surprise Sweets Dash Button and let me tell you...I'm hooked. This new series will be about what's inside my treat boxes I order, and how delicious each goodie tastes. The boxes are $18 each, but you get a $5 credit off your first box for ordering the Dash button. You get 4-5 treats that are handpicked from artisan shops across the country. To make sure I don't overdue it (which I could easily do), I am only going to order these boxes on special occasions i.e. holidays and my birthday. Stay tuned to see what treats I've unwrapped!

My first box came right before Halloween and to my surprise was Halloween-themed! It was thankfully cold in Colorado so my treats didn't melt, but I'm making a mental note to check the weather when I order my next box. This box came with four treats, not necessarily matching the Halloween theme, but it got pretty close! PS- I know Halloween was a few weeks ago but I've been in a candy coma since then so please forgive me.

Amazon Prime Surprise Sweets Unboxing: Halloween

Mrs. Prindables Triple Covered Chocolate Petite Caramel Apple- I'm a sucker for a caramel apple and at any time am willing to drop $10 at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for one. This apple was pretty good, with a mix of white, milk, and dark chocolate. I especially liked the caramel, very buttery and thick for such a small apple. Despite not having overnight shipping, the apple was crisp and fresh. I definitely liked this one! Retail value: $9.75

Brandini Toffee Chocolate Almond Toffee Popcorn- I'm not a huge popcorn fan, but I can appreciate a quick, crunchy snack you can mindlessly munch on. The one thing I really did not like about this popcorn was the almonds. I'd grab a handful and it was majority almonds, a huge contrast to the sweet popcorn. I want chocolate and toffee, not salty nuts! This was probably my least favorite snack in the box. Retail value: $6.99

Megpies Cinnamon Brown Sugar Tart- I. Love. PopTarts. This was the BEST poptart I've ever had in my life. The crust was so buttery and delicious, and the filling was the perfect amount of sweet. I will probably buy a box of these on their own -- that's how good they are. If you are looking for a nice pastry to pair with your coffee, I'd go with these. Worth every calorie! Retail value: $3.25

CB Stuffer Cookie Monstah Peanut Butter Cup- This peanut butter cup is HUGE! I'm talking four times the size of a Reese's. Now, the peanut butter itself could have used some work, but the fact that there were Oreos and a chocolate chip cookie mixed in made it AMAZING. The chocolate used for the shell was milky and smooth, a perfect compliment to the rich filling. I probably should have shared this with my brother...oh well, maybe next time!  Retail value: $5.95


Do you subscribe to the Surprise Sweets box? What's the best item you've received? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Favorites!

IT'S FINALLY FALL! Yes, I am that basic bitch who can't wait to wear sweaters and eat/drink everything pumpkin. The weather in Colorado is finally changing (it even snowed...typical) and I'm so happy I get to wear riding boots and bell-sleeved dresses. I can't wait to share some of my monthly favorites with you...spoiler alert there's apple or pumpkin in 75% of them.

October Favorites

Food Favorites

Halloween Oreos- These are the best tasting Oreos in existence. Period. I don't know why, and I don't know how, but Halloween Oreos are the greatest thing to come out of Nabisco. They are SO good, in fact, that in Paris they cost 10 Euros. The French just GET IT.

Trader Joe's Apple Cider Jam- New discovery, but I can already tell it will be a fall staple for me. I love love love anything with apple and cinnamon, and this jam is just everything I love in one. It tastes like apple pie filling and goes great on brioche, waffles, and with brie on baguette. Omg I'm so hungry.

Prosecco- I just finished reading French Women Don't Get Fat, and one of the main tips I gained from it was that champagne should not just be drank as a cause for celebration. Being a girl on a budget, and not being able to find Pommery champagne anywhere in Denver, I have settled on Prosecco to cure my bubbly needs. Perfect before dinner snack? Prosecco and Ritz. Trust me.

Shopping Favorites

TJ Maxx- With my new job, I had to vamp up my wardrobe to something more professional. TJ Maxx is the perfect place for me to get key items for my closet -- from dresses to blouses to jackets. You get designer clothes for a great discount AND they are still in season! I highly recommend getting a TJX Rewards Credit Card, too, since you get points for every purchase and can earn rewards certificates for TJ Maxx and Homegoods!

iPhone 8 Plus- I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A NEW CELL PHONE! For those of you who don't know, I had my iPhone 6 for over two years and it was literally falling apart. The screen was coming off and the speaker just stopped working. So one of the greatest things I bought myself was a new phone, and I'm OBSESSED with the iPhone 8 Plus. It's heavy and durable, but also sleek and stylish. Now I get to buy all new cases and I'm so pumped.

LUSH Pumpkin Bath Bomb- You can read all about my LUSH Fall Shopping Haul, but this bath bomb is my favorite out of what I purchased. It smells so good and is so cute and turns your bath water orange. I love it on so many levels. It just screams "October."

Amazon Prime Surprise Sweets Box- OMG!! This box is my new addiction. I ordered the Surprise Sweets Dash button and of course immediately ordered my first box. I got the cutest goodies that were so delicious and I think it's definitely worth the $18 price tag. Expect a separate blog series coming soon!

TV Favorites

The Walking Dead- GUESS WHAT SHOW HAD ITS SEASON 8 PREMIERE THIS MONTH!!! This show is my life blood, honestly. There is nothing I love more than the duo of Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon. Except, maybe, that gorgeous tiger, Shiba. The first few episodes have been super intense and I just love seeing how each character is developing with the sudden all-out war that is happening. Do yourself a favor and catch up on Netflix. This show is that good.

Other Favorites

Osiris Tutankhamen- I adopted a new kitten! His name is Osiris Tutankhamen (yes, I am super extra FIGHT ME) and we believe he is a Snowshoe because of his adorable little white paws. When we first adopted him, he was very shy and hid behind my toilet for a few days. But, seeing as how he is a kitten and his curiosity got the best of him, he started to branch out and now runs the house! He is such a lover and can purr/cuddle for hours. I love him so much and I can't wait to watch him grow. I'll probably make a separate post about him soon, so stay tuned!

What were your October favorites? HOW CUTE IS MY KITTEN!? Let me know in the comments below!