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Milkweed – Boston, MA

Last Sunday was pretty darn cold, “freezing your fingers off” cold so I was really looking forward to a nice, warm brunch in good company. Milkweed, located in the Mission Hill area of Boston was this and so much more. From the second I walked in until I left, I felt so welcome in this vibrant little spot.

The same team that brought Dorchester the Blarney Stone brings all their combined experience into this new venture: one of flair and imagination. The menu is extensive but not overwhelming with detailed flavors throughout. The layout of the restaurant itself is so fun, with a bar area in front of where the cooking happens, a bar area facing the windows and then open area seating.

My friend Ani, a downtown boutique owner came along with me to see what Milkweed had to offer and we were both so impressed by the food, the friendliness of the staff and the coziness of the restaurant. While they have a menu ranging from breakfast to dinner we settled on a brunch feel with drinks, food and a little something sweet. 🙂

I was also delighted to meet Holly one of the owners and talk to her a bit. She was so friendly and inviting (as was everyone) its no wonder that only a few months after opening they were packed to the brim. It is so great to see a local business thriving and honestly, I cannot wait until my next meal at this establishment.

So what did we eat? (SO MUCH) but it was so worth it!


First round-

  • Irish Coffee – Jameson Irish whiskey, dark roast coffee, brown sugar, fresh cream, nutmeg –> this was so smooth and so delicious
  • Pomegranate Mimosa – Italian bubbles & pomegranate juice –> incredibly refreshing

Second round-

  • Lookout Farm hard cider –> deep apple flavor and also so refreshing
  • Left Hand milk stout –> rich and flavorful


  • Bacon & Avocado Scramble – Hickory smoked bacon, avocado, crimini mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions, blue cheese crumble –> Who can go wrong with the creamy texture of avocado and the richness of mushrooms, bacon and blue cheese. YUM
  • Shakshuka – Chunky tomato sauce, homemade meatballs, pickled peppers, feta cheese, two eggs, challah bread–> I could have eaten this every day for a week. The flavor was rich, it was a bit spicy and the challah bread was the perfect bread to dip into that savory sauce

Sweet Treat:

  • Lucky Charm Pancakes–> These pancakes were perfectly cooked, with lucky charms cooked into the pancakes. The butter on top was really delicious and the syrup was the perfect end to this treat

I hope you take in all the pictures below and go on a little adventure to their wonderful spot. You won’t regret it!

Irish Coffee & Pomegranate Mimosa ( and my new cards 🙂

Bacon & Avocado Scramble

Filled to the brim with avocado & bacon

Lucky Charms Pancakes

YUMMY- I felt like a kid again


The maven doing her thing 🙂

Second round of drinks

Holly, one of the owners & I

Such a treat to visit with my girl and meet these delightful people!

Goodbye Milkweed, thanks for having me!



Living it up,

Life as a Maven


*All opinions are my own as always 🙂

Fortunato’s – Woburn, MA

Italian food is one of my many weaknesses, but I am incredibly picky. After traveling to Italy with my hubby last April and experiencing the culture and the food there I have really been looking for places that are similar or close to what I had. Fortunato’s in Woburn MA is the spot, with a focus on rich and flavorful dishes this place is so authentically Italian that it reminded me of my last meal in Milan. (You all remember that one right? Check it out here)

Its hard to impress us, Roosevelt was born and raised in Italy and I have been perfecting my homemade pasta sauce for years. But this place did on every level and really made us nostalgic for all things Italian. Not only did we have an incredible meal but we have the lovely pleasure of getting to know Fortunato who was so welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed.

What more can you ask from a restaurant that not only delivers delicious food but also makes sure their guests have an amazing time while dining. All in all a fantastic experience and  cannot wait to go back and literally try everything on the menu 🙂

This Chianti was incredible – must try!

One of the specials: Spinach Ravioli w/ Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

I did not want this dish to end, it was rich and vibrant in flavor!

Chicken, Mozzarella & Spinach Lasagna- It was delicious I had a bite 🙂

Vanilla Panna Cotta w/Strawberry Sauce – This dessert was stellar

Finally, an espresso that reminds me of Italy

Cozy bar area

Such a cool oven 🙂

Fotunato and I


Want to learn more about them? Check out their website here

Dreaming of Panna Cotta,

Life as a Maven

La Cocina de Arismendy – Lawrence, MA

I had the pleasure of visiting La Cocina de Arismendy, a recently opened restaurant in Lawrence, MA last week. Exploring restaurants and writing an honest review is literally one of my favorite things to do because I can share all my experiences with you all and you can then check these places out!  Let me tell you now, this Dominican restaurant will definitely become a local fave.

From the moment we walked in until we left everyone was so incredibly nice. It’s a great, large space with all the attention to details given. I really loved the table centerpieces with the mini cutting boards, candles & flowers. 🙂

So let’s get down to the food, shall we? Boasting an incredibly large menu with everything from appetizers to yummy juices to mofongo we had our pick of so many delicious flavors. Also, did you know they are the only restaurant in the area to boast the amazing “Tri-fongo”??? What is that you ask? Well keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it.

Such a large menu!!!

Appetizers: Croquetas de Pollo and Guava y Queso Empanaditas

Chicken Croquettes

Guava & Cheese Empanadas w/ Chocolate Drizzle

I mean look at that cheese pull 🙂

  • The Chicken croquettes were delicious: crispy on the outside and filled with a yummy chicken filling- served with mayo-ketchup sauce
  • The Guava & Cheese Empanadas were cheesy, hot and so good

Entrees: Pechuga a la Crema, Trifongo con Camarones a la Crema and Pechuga Rellena ( and Tostones of course)

Chicken breast in a cream sauce

Enough said

Trifongo con Camarones a la Crema

  • Trifongo is a take on the classic Mofongo which is mashed Green plantain with chicharron (pork). Trifongo is a combination of green plantain, sweet plantain, and cassava. It came with a caldo (broth) to dip that was incredibly savory. This particular one came with Shrimp in a rich cream sauce that was the perfect compliment. The Trifongo had the most amazing flavor of sweet and savory. Definite must try.
  • I missed a picture of the Stuffed chicken breast, but it looked and smelled delicious. It was stuffed with sweet plantains and cheese.
  • The chicken breast with cream sauce also smelled amazing. I mean literally, everything had the best flavor 🙂

Finally, lets talk about the juices. I had Tamarind Juice and it brought me back to Puerto Rico when I used to eat the tamarind right off the trees, so yummy! Also ordered for the table was Passionfruit juice and Strawberry Lemonade.

Look at these colors!

All in all a great experience here and can’t wait to go back and try some more things. Delicious food, great ambiance, and really friendly service.


All the eats,

Life as a Maven



Spiced Mini Maple Waffles

I am a breakfast food person. On all accounts. Waffles and pancakes being my favorite. I recently got this adorable mini waffle maker that has made my life infinitely easier because the mess is smaller, I have these perfectly portioned out  little waffles and I feel less guilty in indulging in more than one 🙂

I made these for an early Christmas eve -eve brunch that I had for the family and everyone really loved them. The flavors of the spice really showed through and the Cultured Maple butter (Ploughgate Creamery) I bought from Mill City Cheesemongers shone in this creation. These are a definite must try if you want something quick yet super yummy.

This Maple Butter & Maple Syrup were heaven!

They looked so cute and perfect!

Such a great stack of waffles


Spiced Mini Maple Waffles


  • 1 Cup All-Purpose King Arthur Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Cultured Maple Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/8 Tsp Allspice
  • 1/8 Tsp Nutmeg


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Heat up waffle maker. Pour about 2-3 Tablespoons of batter onto waffle maker and shut until it beeps that is complete. Voila!

    Top with some maple butter and pour some Vermont Maple Syrup over these delicious, easy waffles! 

Recipe Notes

Please note if you use a regular size waffle maker it will make around 3 regular size waffles. If you use a mini waffle maker it will make about 6

In order to crisp my waffles up a bit more I put them into the oven for a few minutes on each side. They came out perfect!

Hope you enjoy these and please leave me your comments below!

Cooking Everything!

Life as a Maven

Livia’s Dish: A Unique Dining Experience – Worcester, MA

Breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite meals. A long weekend makes that even better. I decided to go on a mini adventure on Black Friday to Worcester to see my good friend and fashion designer Warlene of Warlene Rene Handmade. I found Livia’s Dish after doing some research and finally settled on them to meet her there for breakfast.

When I walked in I really loved the homey atmosphere and the way everything was set up. They have a two level dining area separated by a few steps with a bar on the second level. The menu was extensive and they also had several delicious flavors of Mimosas. The Peach Mimosa pitcher was enough for the two of us and we each had three Mimosa’s- great value!

I ordered the “Not Quite Eggs Benedict” dish while she ordered the Shrimp Omelet and we split the Stuffed Apple Pancakes. Everything was quite delicious and afterwards we went to the Compton Collective which was nearby to do some shopping 🙂

Extensive Menu along with specials

Peach Mimosa’s were so delicious


Our table of food

Not Quite Eggs Benedict -Poached Eggs, Toasted Focaccia, Crisp Prosciutto and a Creamy Hollandaise Sauce – I also order Livias Potatoes as my side- SO GOOD.


Stuffed Apple Pancakes

Riding that food high 🙂

Livia’s Dish is a definite must try if you are in the Worcester area. Great dishes, good atmosphere and local to several things to do in the area!


Give me all the breakfast,

Life as a Maven


The Beauty of Puerto Rico lives on

I am from a small town in Puerto Rico called “Ceiba” (Say-bah) which is on the east coast about forty five minutes from San Juan. Locals are called “Los Come Sopa” or The Soup Eaters and while there isn’t a specific reason why they are called this, lore does say that since there was no local meat market they had to travel to find meat and supposedly ate soup a lot. (I love that my hometown has a food name, makes me wonder if this food stuff is in my genes 🙂 )

I love Ceiba, I have many memories there from when I did live there and over the years things of course have changed but I still felt the same way every time I went. Then Hurricane Maria happened this year and devastated the Island. I remember all the emotions in my head drowning out all the practicality because my grandparents and uncle were on the Island; I was worried. I didn’t speak to them for weeks and I remember finally being able to talk to them, what a relief that was! My mom and I started planning our trip to go, but we had to wait until the Island stabilized and the airport opened. This is where my story begins of my trip, my family, the people I met and saw, small businesses and how the beauty of Puerto Rico will live on. I hope you all enjoy this journey I take you on and leave your thoughts and comments below.

I flew into San Juan a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, as we started to land on the Island and I saw all the tarps on peoples houses, and that the trees/forests  had been stripped of leaves; I remember I was just crying on the airplane trying to take it all in. The airport was bustling but about an hour before I had arrived the power had gone out again. My memory of driving to my grandparents house was filled with tears but also smiles because despite all the destruction people kept trucking on. With their Puerto Rican flags and their signs of “Puerto Rico Se Levanta” or “Puerto Rico lifts itself up” the hope was very much alive.

Tarps on the houses- you can also see how  the winds stripped trees

Just having landed, airport was a bit dark but it was sunny and beautiful

Hope is at the heart of Puerto Rico picking itself up, the people are strong and help one another. Everywhere I went, whether for food, to visit or anything else. I was met with smiles, hugs, kisses on the cheek and just LOVE. I know that Puerto Rico will be okay because the people will make it okay, their strength has been tested and while we don’t know the outcome they will fight for their Island and for their families. I am proud to be Puerto Rican in every way and I am proud of my people.

I tried to visit as many local eateries as I could to support as many individuals as I could. This is something I believe strongly in as all of you know during my journey as the Maven. Supporting small yields such a big impact because you are helping people at the source and while in Puerto Rico I wanted to make sure I did this as much as possible 🙂

With the pictures that I took on this trip- some are happy, some are sad but all are reflective of the current state that Puerto Rico is in, and I wanted to share this with you all but had to take time to take it in and understand how I should write about my experience. The pictures tell a story, one of hope, love, pain, and suffering but also of strength; the strength of Puerto Ricans.

Our first stop: Lolita’s! Mexican restaurant w/ Puerto Rican influences 🙂

This plate was delicious of taquitos, rice and beans

Center of Ceiba

We stopped to get some homemade food from a small shop in Ceiba

Mofongo de Yucca w/ Mayo-Ketchup Sauce

This was one of my favorite meals in PR

Mini Arepas – Coconut & Regular which were served with fish broth – OMG

Shrimp w/ Garlic & Tostones

Arepa w/ Mixed Seafood – Octopus, Shrimp, Lobster & Carrucho

Such a gorgeous plate

Our wonderful waiter  

Naguabo, Puerto Rico – Neighboring town

Here you see El Yunque our rainforest  in the distance covered by clouds as the sun sets

Early morning run at El Timon in Fajardo 🙂

The famous “Dona” which is a delicious Sugar Donut

A traditional dish of Bacalao al Criollo con Verduras (Cod in Sauce w/ Root Vegetables)

“Cremaldi, The Home of Fried Ice Cream”

It was so good!!!

Myself & the owner of  Cremaldi

Night out at Chey’s Pizza a local Ceiba spot that’s been around over 30 years

Fajardo- “The Cave of the Sea”

Yucafongo w/Shrimp & Salad

Pana (Breadfruit) Tostones w/ Mayo-Ketchup

“Budin” – Bread Pudding – Butter, raisins & nuts w/ Aged Barrilito Rum Sauce

Mom & I in our Sunday best 🙂

Dear, dear Family friends – Hno. Joaquin & Hna. Maribel who brought us to this beautiful restaurant in Fajardo with the gorgeous scenery.

Everyone in this photo has known me since I was born – 🙂 🙂

The view!

Local kiosk selling “Papas Rellenas” or Potato Balls – I convinced Momma to stop 🙂

These were magic! So good and fresh

The filling was stellar!

What was left of the end of the pier in Naguabo, PR

Contemplating how beautiful everything still was

Seven Seas Beach- Fajardo, PR

I wrote this in the sand – my little art 🙂

Enjoying my Piña Colada at a local beach spot – it was delicious


I had a beautiful time with my family – my mom and I were so thankful for the opportunity to help not only them but those around us. We are also thankful for our dear friend Tacoma who flew in from Atlanta to bring supplies again ( she shared that amazing pizza from Chey’s with us 🙂 )

I left a part of my heart in Puerto Rico and I hope the next time I go up more people are connected, are stronger and will have endured all the battles sent their way. The beauty lives on!



Puerto Rico Se Levanta!

Life as a Maven


Easy Apple Cider Overnight Oats

Some of you may know that I am particular about my apples. I like a crisp, tart fruit with a hint of sweetness and honestly, it’s not always easy to find this perfect flavor combination. But alas! Autumn Glory Apples fit this bill in every way. They boast a natural, sweet caramel and cinnamon flavor while remaining crispy regardless if you bake, roast, or cook them. This, of course, means that creating yummy and easy recipes is a walk in the park.

I wanted to create a recipe that was easy to make; perfect for those of us always on the go and one that was still rich in flavor. Health is always important to me but I also never like to compromise on flavor; Autumn Glory Apples made it easy to keep the flavor profile I wanted, but also gave me a healthy recipe that I could enjoy at any time of the day.

Apple cider is a New England favorite once fall hits and all the local farms have Apple Cider Donuts, Mulled Cider, and Fresh Apple Cider to buy. With this in mind, I wanted to create an overnight oats recipe that incorporated this love of cider while remaining true to the flavors of these yummy apples. Overnight oats are one of those things you can put together the night before and its ready for you in the morning- these oats can be eaten hot or cold depending on your preference.

So join me as I take you on an apple adventure for the palate.


Easy Apple Cider Overnight Oats

A delicious way to enjoy a hearty, healthy breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Author Timna N.



  • 1 Medium Autumn Glory Apple, Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Cardamom
  • 1 /8 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Tsp Allspice


  • 1 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon


  1. In a small pan add apples, spices and about 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium heat until apples are coated and slightly tender- About 10 minutes.

    In a medium-large storage bowl add oats, milk, brown sugar and spiced apple mixture. Cover & refrigerate overnight. Either serve cold or warm them to your liking

Such a great, hearty cup of oats!

Sweet, cinnamon, caramel – delicious

Easy to grab and go!

Keep exploring,

Life as a Maven




Double Chin – Boston, MA

On a corner in Chinatown, Boston I was introduced to some of the best late night  food I have ever had. Double Chin is the name of this joint and not only do they  take “Asian Fusion” to a whole other level they do it in a fun, inviting environment that makes you want to stay all night. From Adult Capri “Funs” to a Strawberry Donut Bomb, literally every craving I could have possibly had was checked off in one trip.

I am an adventurer, sometimes I just take random trips to Boston to eat… Plus I love Chinatown- the smell of the fresh baked goods oh yes and those Dumpling houses (that post will come later) 🙂 The second we walked in we were quickly ushered to the table. My mind went in a million different directions after taking just one look at their HUGE menu. I mean literally it was so large that whatever you want to eat will probably be on the menu. We decided on the following items for the two of us…

  • Sake Soju Flight
  • Adult Capri Fun
  • Peking Duck Fries
  • Skillet Mac & Cheese
  • Lobster Rangoon
  • Strawberry Donut Bomb

I am sure you are thinking right about now “OMG that is so much food for two people” – no not really. We were super hungry and all the portions were perfect to share for two people.

So lets get started on these flavors….

Uhm, the cutest sign!

All of these drinks can be made non-alcoholic

Sake Soju Flight: Lychee, Strawberry, Green Apple & Passionfruit.

The Lychee & Passionfruit were my favorites!

There I am with a Capri “Fun”

Lobster Rangoon- hot and crispy with loads of flavor!

My favorite of the night! Peking Duck Fries- I couldn’t get enough.

Skillet Mac & Cheese: Bacon, Scallions, Panko, & tons of cheese

Such a cool dessert, crispy on the outside with a decadent custard filling.

Drizzled with condensed milk…YES

Swinging on this adorable little swing they had.


All in all I had a great visit to Double Chin in Boston, I can’t wait to go back and try some more of their delicious food!


Keep the Adventure going…

Life as a Maven


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Stepping out in Style with Two Stylish Sisters

“Jewelry is like the perfect spice, it always compliments whats already there.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

In a recent sit down with Aubrey & Nicole from Two Stylish Sisters I had the opportunity to revel in gorgeous, handmade jewelry and get to know them a bit more. Based in Massachusetts they have recently opened up a shop in Western Ave Studios a local spot for artists to come together and showcase their wares.

It was a Sunday afternoon filled with laughter, good conversation and a glass of wine (or two) 🙂 They have set up their shop beautifully, with care to details such as vintage jewelry boxes that came from their grandmother or wooden pieces that were handmade by Aubrey’s husband that compliment the displayed pieces perfectly. From making sure their customers who come in are always made to feel welcome, to crafting their jewelry these two boss ladies have taken the meaning of “small business” to a new level, keep reading to hear what they had to say…

Question: What inspires each of you?

A: I am such a color person when shopping for rocks. I get so much inspiration from the different colors that I see.

N: A lot of my inspiration comes from texture- for example, quartz and its spikes. I just love how textures interact together.

Question: What is your vision for Two Stylish Sisters?

A: I think learning to metalsmith would be amazing because it would give us a chance to express ourselves in a more creative way which is what we want.

N: I would also love to learn how to metalsmith, I think learning to set stones so we can create a whole new line would be the next step.

Question: Favorite Band/Musician?

A: David Bowie

N: I love badass women like Beyonce, Stevie Nicks; just strong females.

Both: Our childhood is Motown and Soul so we still love those sounds as well.

Question: What makes you feel feminine?

A: Being myself in the strongest way possible. The most concentrated version of myself. Individuality.

N: The ability to be soft and strong at the same time. I mean look at motherhood- to have a child requires so much resilience but when raising a child you require a softness and nurturing.

Question: Favorite Food?

A: I love Indian Food

N: I have a huge sweet tooth, so breakfast food is a big must for me, like waffles!

Question: what would you say is your favorite piece of clothing?

A: I have a coat collection…why? Why not, they are so cool and pretty. I am a maximalist, ornate pieces/weird pieces. I love to mix all sorts of things together

N: I am more edgy, with classic rock and roll elements. Leather and ripped tights.

Question: Favorite Activity?

A: Shopping would be my number one and eating. Also reading and of course making jewelry.

N: Hiking, being in nature. Listening to music and dancing

These sisters are yin and yang and perfectly describe themselves as polar opposites. This makes their business unique and inspiring- pulling elements from each other and creating soft, edgy, rock & roll jewelry.

Check out the pictures to see their delicious jewelry and make sure to check them out during Shop Small Saturday November 25th!

Great wooden displays, with dainty jewels

Love this aesthetic


These earrings have such cool features…

Love this detail! Heirloom 🙂

Check out that wall!

The details are just so beautiful in both of these pieces


Right outside their shop- love the display

The two sisters and I

The pop of color these bracelets have is so pretty!


Livin that Maven Life…..



Apple-Pumpkin Bars

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (and Christmas right behind it) I wanted to share a recipe with you all that I delighted in making and will absolutely be a kicker in all your holiday functions.  I had the opportunity to attend a brunch with some other amazing Boston area (super talented) bloggers that was sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples and was hosted by fellow blogger Hunger Thirst Play. We all made different dishes featuring some pretty great apples and had a jolly old time.

I decided to go with a sweet, slightly spicy dish in these bars. Often we see two components of this dish together but not all three and I loved how the kick from the gingersnap cookie crust just went so well with the caramelized apples. With apples, pumpkin and gingersnaps how can you go wrong?

I hope you all will venture to make these and let me know what you think. Also check out the blog post that Hunger Thirst Play just posted up about our delicious brunch and a recipe for her dish that she made, which was out of this world!


Apple-Pumpkin Bars w/Gingersnap Cookie Crust

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 15
Author Timna



  • 1 Can Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper (I got this idea from Sally's Baking Addiction)
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar


  • 3 Peeled & Diced Autumn Glory Apples
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Dash Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice


  • 1 Bag Tate's Gingersnap Cookies
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350

    2.)We are going to prepare the crust for so that its ready for the filling. I crumbled my cookies by hand, but if you have a food processor work the cookies into a fine grind. 

    3.)Add the butter and brown sugar and thoroughly mix through. Press into a 9 x 12 pan and put in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.

    4.)While that is baking (and making your house smell like the Holidays) you can quickly prepare the filling. 

    5.)Mix all the ingredients together and once the crust is out of the oven you can go ahead and pour over warm crust. 

    6.)Pop the bars back into the oven for around 35 minutes or until the middle is solid.

    7.)While the bars are baking away in the oven you can start on that yummy apple topping. Peel three apples and dice. In a pan, melt the butter, brown sugar and spice until simmering.

    8.) Add the apples and cook for around 10 minutes. Stir every so often, but not too much. We want to see some of that sticky, yummy caramelized magic happening.

    9.)Once the apples finish cooking, you can set them aside. I cut the bars first and then topped them with the apples. It made it easier and I avoided any extra mess. 

    Voila! Delicious bars, perfect for dessert, breakfast and even dinner (hehe)

Photo Credit: HungerThirstPlay

Below are some pictures I took of the yummy brunch we had. Hope you enjoy these bars soon! 🙂


Our menu! How cool is this?

Such a great table full of goodies

Gorgeous and delicious

This cocktail was killer – Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash (you can find the recipe here)


*Photo credit for featured image goes to fellow blogger Hunger Thirst Play  🙂