chai tea in a jar | a couple of amateurs

the gift of chai

Toward the end of summer, I lent a mason jar to my friend Liz so that she could take home some leftover sangria. We do not let good sangria go to waste, guys. When the jar was returned to me, it had an adorable handwritten recipe for chai tea, plus almost

peppermint macarons | christmas cookies | a couple of amateurs

peppermint macarons

Earlier this year – before I had ever attempted to make macarons – I did literally hours of online research on how not to ruin them. Use old eggs. Leave the whites out at room temperature for 3 days. Dry out the piped shells on the counter before putting them in

gin tasting

We’re totally getting into the Christmas season around here. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we started playing music, got out the decorations, put up the lights, and by Sunday I was very eager to set up our Christmas tree. So, for a double dose of holiday cheer, we decided to go gin-cutting

christmas cookie party and hot chocolate bar | a couple of amateurs

holiday cookie party

The holidays are here! The most wonderful time of the year. I seriously cannot get enough Christmas in my life, which is why I was very excited that my turn to host book club fell in December. Annie and I have been in the same book club for over five