Happy Friday! I feel like TGIF is sort of an honorary Good Newses, so it really doesn’t even need to call it out. I must admit, I haven’t been this glad to see a weekend in a very long time.
Trying out … my new skincare routine. I finished up the old products last week and started Monday with all ten steps … well, except I still haven’t used the mask. That’ll be tomorrow. Two of my ten steps live in the shower – the exfoliant and the “water cleanser” – so I didn’t include them in the photo. I know it’s just five days in, but I haven’t really noticed that the whole routine takes any longer … and my skin feels great. I “needed” a make-up refresh this afternoon and the woman who helped me complimented my skin. Wow. usually they’ll ask what I’m using and suggest lots of new stuff. so … considering I bought all this at Amazon or Target (with the exception of that little bottle of Trish McEvoy Eye Cream … which I’ve had since February and cost as much as all the other stuff combined), I think I’m off to a good start. also thinking about how I’m going to travel with this next month 😉
Grateful for … Goodnight Moon. Katie texted us this photo Monday eveningand said “Sam insists that we read Goodnight Moon every night … I’m so glad you saved it.” I replied that I think I still know all the words by heart. I hope I can still remember them 30 years from now! (are there books you still remember by heart?)
Island bound … as in sleeve island. as in I am still knitting the ribbing on that first Whippet sleeve. Maybe the good news there is that I am still knitting the ribbing on that first Whippet sleeve…and haven’t decided to start knitting anything new?
Fun! … my sister just spent a very fun two weeks in England and brought me back a cool present – a bottle of lavender gin! She also brought me a 4-pack of Fever Tree tonic, which she says is very popular there, too. I will definitely be trying a gin & tonic … but for something more fun, I wanted to make a Cheers-worthy spin on my favorite summertime lavender and blueberry tea.
Cheers to England – serves one
1/2 oz lemon blueberry simple syrup*
1 spoonful reserved blueberries
1 slice reserved lemon peel
1-1/2 oz lavender gin
a lemon wedge
Muddle the blueberries and lemon peel in the bottom of a highball glass with the simple syrup, add ice, gin, lemon soda and a squeeze of lemon.
*Lemon Blueberry Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
a handful of blueberries
peel from half a lemon
Heat everything over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let stand 20 minutes and then strain the syrup into a jar (it will keep practically forever in the refrigerator) and reserve the blueberries and lemon peel to make the cocktails. The reserved fruit won’t last forever, but you should have enough to make several cocktails. and once the fruit is gone, the syrup would be delicious mixed with a Gin & Tonic. or added to a tall glass of iced tea.
I can’t imagine this small batch gin from York is going to be available in Bristol, but I’m hopeful I might find something at least comparable. and I am sure Sara will be happy to experiment with me.
Have a great weekend, y’all!