Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Skeleton Halloween Nail Art

Nail art is definitely one trend I have steered clear from in my adulthood; however, we all know that holidays offer a get out of jail free card for attire, decor, and pretty much everything. This quick and easy manicure is a simple way to participate in the holiday, without having to look like one of these chicks at the office. You only need black polish (or any color, really) and a white nail pen. Simply paint two coats of black and allow to dry completely, then freehand a skeleton with the pen. If you need to fix any edges, you can dip a toothpick in the black polish and cover your tracks. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Smashing Pumpkin Halloween Cocktail

Say what? Is this a Gingersnaps post? Why yes, yes it is. In my infinitely fluctuating decision process of continuing this blog, or saving time and money on a simpler lifestyle, it seems that I always choose the route of maintaining a creative outlet. Hmm... Are black sanding sugar and plastic pumpkin head skeletons a necessity? Of course they are! Anyway... I have a lot of posts lined up, just waiting to be shared. After walking away from Gingersnaps for several months, I caught the site of some travel photos I had shared, and I fell in love with them all over again. 

I rushed to post this before Halloween, because I just had to share this delicious cocktail before the season passed me by.  It's simple, delicious, festive, and packs a serious punch; what more could you ask for? Adam and I are hosting friends for a Halloween dinner, and I can't wait to serve up this tasty but deadly treat.

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

Black sanding sugar
1.5 oz. good quality bourbon
1 oz. canned pumpkin
Juice of 1 clementine
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. maple syrup
Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg


Create small pile of black sanding sugar on a flat plate. Wet rim of glass with water, or for a longer lasting stick use corn syrup. Dip in black sanding sugar.

Combine remaining ingredients in shaker with ice, shake, and strain into cocktail glass.

Garnish with Halloween decor, if desired.