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I saved this post for a festive Cranberry Bourbon Martini I recently made for Christmas day. Not just because it’s Thursday, either.
Because it’s probably one of the best Christmas presents ever.
I started working as a food blogger with Our State Magazine early in the year creating monthly cocktails and recipes using locally (North Carolina) sourced ingredients. Since I started photographing food, it has been a dream of mine to have a food photograph published in a magazine. The awesome people I work with there (I hope to meet them one day in person!) contacted me in October and asked me could I create a holiday inspired cocktail for a full page feature in the December issue.
When I read the email I about lost it. Well, I did lose it and thanked my God for giving me the perseverance I needed to make such a dream come true.
I was a little excited (to say the least!). I happened to be out of town at a hunting club when the magazine was due to arrive in my mailbox. Luckily one of the members of the hunting club was a subscriber and brought me his copy of the magazine when he came down to hunt!
Needless to say I thanked him immensely, as I probably would have driven the 1-1/2 hours home to get it (lol).
Someone had it framed for me since it was such a personal achievement for me, I loved the frame, also!
So, this was a Christmas present that I will always cherish. Cooking, creating cocktails and food photography are part of my soul. As a child, I’d always come home and tell my mom what I ate for lunch at school every single day and go into great detail about it (I thought that was normal!). When cell phones with cameras came out, I was always taking pictures of food. I never started really trying to get better photographs of food until I started this food blog 3 years ago. It has been a work in progress and a fulfilling learning experience.
Want the recipe for this festive martini? Head on over to OurState.com to get it by clicking here.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from my family to yours. Thanks for being a reader! ♥
Have you ever had a dream to come true during the Christmas season? I wanna know!