Gift Guide & Anti Pajamas

Happy Holidays! This episode is all about gift ideas for those unique recipients. Hope it's helpful, and it's gauranteed to make you laugh with this boozy deliciousness... 


    Gingerbread Egg Nog White Russian (from Delish)

    (Serves 2)

  • cinnamon sugar for rimming glasses
  • 4 oz egg nog
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 4 oz Kahlua
  • 3 t molasses
  • 1/8 t ginger
  • whipped cream for topping
  • molasses drizzle for topping

    Wet rims of each glass and dip them in cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker filled     with ice,     combine egg nog, vodka, Kahlua, molasses, and ginger. Shake to combine.     Pour into glasses and     top with whipped cream, and then add molasses drizzle. 

for the traveler:

for the foodie:

for the minimalist:

  • Something very good quality or consumable
  • Trader Joes 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash 

for the reader:

for the person who has everything:

for friends/family who live far away:

  • In a cold climate - bag of fat wood from LL Bean to start their fires
  • Something from a local artist where you live, or local brewery
  • Family gift including family game, fun snacks, gift card
  • Airline tickets or gift card towards trip to visit

for the new mom/dad:

  • Frame a favorite picture of the new little family
  • Freezer breakfast burritos
  • Ornament with "Our First Christmas"
  • Photo session
  • cleaning/lawn service
Holiday tipping logistics:
The Girls Next Door holiday tipping rule: "If they touch your body, or your diapers, they get a tip."
For daycare teachers:
  • Dish towel, Mrs. Meyers soap and a hand-written thank you note
  • Starbucks gift card, small candle, and a hand-written thank you note
  • Can you tell the "hand-written thank you note" is the important part?
In current obsessions, Kelsey's obsessed with this lovely white noise machine and Erica is dreaming of a white Christmas, literally.
In neighborhood news, find out how the holiday light situation is coming along, and which neighbor is inexplicably against pajamas. 

Fall Test Kitchen & Crunch Top

We asked for recipes, and you guys delivered! We cooked up a storm in our GND test kitchen and want to share our favorites while sipping on a cocktail. (Also make sure you are signed up for our newsletter to get a pdf of all the recipes shared!)


Americano (inspired by Kelsey's trip to Essex)

  • equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth
  • topped with soda
  • served over ice and garnished with an orange slice

Erica made maple puff muffins, cranberry salsa, warm potato salad with goat cheese, and crunch top sweet potato souffle. Kelsey tried pumpkin soup (great with the book Pumpkin Soup), peanut butter spice apple dip, Mushroom crostini, pumpkin cheesecake pie with gingersnap crust.

We thought we'd share this salsa recipe right here in case you need a last minute appetizer for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It's also great on a leftover turkey sandwich. Thanks Nichole!

Quick Cranberry Salsa

  • 1 bag cranberries
  • 1 bunch green onions (trimmed)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 seeded jalapeño
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Just throw your ingredients together and blend til you get a desirable texture. Leave in the fridge overnight for the tartness to mellow. Enjoy with some colorful corn chips!

Other yummy stuff we're making:

Erica - The Nightingale and Westworld
Kelsey - her new round mirror

Cooking With Kids & Vampire Children


This episode, we're talking all about kids in the kitchen! We are sharing a little bit about how we include kids in the kitchen, our favorite things to make with them, and how we’re teaching them about food, encouraging independence and the logistics of little cooks in the kitchen.


But first, a cocktail…

Plundering Pumpkin (from Captain Morgan himself)

  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • pumpkin beer (we used New Belgium's Pumpkick)
  • ginger beer

            Combine in equal parts in a tall glass over ice

We mentioned:
Kelsey is obsessed with Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs
Erica is obsessed with Kelsey's new business venture Copper Quail Style

Neighborly Advice!

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Each Neighborly Advice class brings you practical how-tos, tips, and tricks on a specific topic in The Girl Next Door conversational style that you love and can laugh along with. It’s like a cross between getting great advice from a girl friend and taking a class - but with no homework. Listen while you’re folding laundry, commuting to work or at the gym, and let us teach you something. 

Check out Neighborly Advice!

Book Club 8: Better Than Before

This episode we discuss Gretchen Rubin's popular book Better Than Before! The book anchors on the four habit tendencies Gretchen lays out. Erica is a REBEL with a minor in OBLIGER. Kelsey is an UPHOLDER with a minor in QUESTIONER - we have all four tendencies represented! We both suspect our husbands are Questioners - interesting!

Pumpkin Pie Bourbon and Pear Cocktail
adapted from Honestly Yum
  • MAKE AHEAD: To make pumpkin pie spiced bourbon, add 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice for each cup of bourbon and let sit overnight.
  • Pear syrup: roughly chop one ripe pear and heat in a small pan with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Then strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer.
  • For each cocktail: Combine equal parts pumpkin pie spice syrup and pear syrup (about 1 1/2 ounces each) with 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice. Pour over ice in cocktail glass and top with sparkling water of club soda.

We discussed what we liked and didn't like about the book, and habits we’re cultivating in our lives and talk about whether any of the tactics mentioned are things we use or are going to use after reading this.


Fall Extravaganza & Fall Ladies


We had a flight of pumpkin beers to sip on while we celebrated fall. We sampled...

  • Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy
  • New Belgium Pumpkick
  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
  • Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout
Erica's girls are going to be witch princesses with either wand or broomstick accessories. Kelsey plans to make dinosaur costumes for her boys using this dino hoodie tutorial and this dino tail tutorial
Falliday (the holiday that Kelsey made up) is just around the corner!
Pumpkin spice coffee golden ratio: substitute just one or two scoops of pumpkin spice coffee for your regular coffee when making a pot.
Kelsey's obsessed with her skin care routine, which includes: Paula's Choice tonerexfoliatordaily moisturizer with spf 50 and Trader Joe's Nourish Antioxidant moisturizer at night. Erica's obsessed with her new high tops for Zumba.
As our Falliday gift to listeners, our sponsor Sudio Sweden is giving you 15% off any earbuds with the code "thegirlnextdoor" 

Creating Happiness & Beast Slash

We're talking all about creating happiness and making ourselves responsible for our own joy. 
Cocktails make us happy so here goes...
Hard Cider Spritz (with a twist of pouch)
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • Applesauce pouch
  • Apple juice
  • whiskey
  • Campari
  • lemon juice
  • club soda
We chat about what generally contributes to our individual happiness, conversely what tends to detract from our happiness, and what makes us happiest at home, in parenting, at work, in friendships, and even when using social media.
In current obsessions, Erica loves Trader Joe's turkey summer sausage and we talk way too long about workout pants. Kelsey loves the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast.
In neighborhood news, there is an update on Kelsey's yellow door.
Honorable mention: 
Our episode about friendship: Friendship Landscapes & Pick Up Lines

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Parenting Preschoolers & Aggressively Fall Friendly

This episode is all about parenting preschoolers, the magical age from 3-5ish. That calls for a cocktail...

Autumn Apricot

(adapted from oh so delicioso)

  • 2 oz Apricot La Croix
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz apricot puree
  • 1 dried apricot for garnish

Apricot puree

  • 10 dried apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Combine all apricot puree ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Combine all ingredients over ice, top with LaCroix, and garnish with dried apricot.

We're talking about the differences we notice between toddler-hood and the preschool years, and the cute and challenging things about this age.

We're also becoming school moms for the first time and chat a bit about what we've looked for in a good preschool environment for our kiddos, how we can support both our child and their teachers, and tips for adjusting to the new school norm.

In current obsessions, Erica is obsessed with the new fall candle at Bath and Body Works, Berry Pumpkin Strudel and also eating pickled asparagus at an alarming rate. Kelsey loves her bicycle book ends.


In neighborhood news, autumn may have Kelsey even more aggressively friendly than usual, Grandpa Vic's old house is getting some major upgrades, and Kelsey has a few funny stories from watching Erica's girls.

Mom Hobbies & Speed Traps

This episode is all about creative passions and hobbies we currently have, hope to have, or have let go as moms. We chat while sipping this simple drink...
Presbyterian Cocktail
adapted slightly from Martha Stewart
makes 1 cocktail
2 oz whiskey
2 oz ginger beer
2 oz club soda
2 dashes of bitters
Fill a glass with ice and add whiskey, ginger beer, club soda and bitters. Stir and serve.
We're discussing what our current hobbies are, and how we're making time for them as well as hobbies we have let lapse or hope to pick up.
Kelsey is currently obsessed with pre-fall, and Erica is obsessed with the gym. (WHAT?)
In Neighborhood News, a mis-delivered Costco magazine caused a major meltdown and we have a (non) speed trap on our street.