• Food & Drink

    Cheers | to Summer.

    We are home – and Marc is on the golf course. I haven’t enjoyed this kind of quiet … in a few days. It’s been wonderful to scroll through the dozens of photos and seconds of video from our quick getaway and remember how much fun it was. I promise more on Monday, but for now, how about a few favorites from our “family photos by the lake” on Wednesday evening. First – because this just cracks me up – an outtake of the boys as we were warming upCharlie has obviously been practicing his “ROAR” face … and Sam has just practiced being a two-year-old angel 😉 A bit…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you smile. Especially when you spend Sunday afternoon with a few of your favorite people, a table full of snacks, a pitcher of holiday sangria and dozens (and dozens) of homemade cookies to share. and everyone gets into taking photos. My sister hosted us this year, which means she was in charge of the lebkuchen. She made the dough the day before and yesterday we rolled it out really more like patting – it’s sticky! (of course Charlie thought that was huge fun) – baked it, iced it, and eventually cut it into pieces to share.And that’s the only photo I have of food or cookies, but I’m sure…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Birthdays come fast and furious around here this time of year. This past Saturday was my birthday … and we celebrated all weekend long! Thursday evening’s Thanksgiving Service was a wonderful beginning. Friday. the camellias were in full bloom – and the sun came out! But the best news came at the vet’s office. Holly was diagnosed with pneumonia the weekend before. Friday afternoon was her third set of X-rays and the first to show solid improvement and a good prognosis. It was really the best birthday present I could’ve asked for, but the gifts kept coming! Friday evening sunset. Birthday sunrise over the lake (I took this photo from…

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    Cheers | Apple Cider Mule.

    Two weekends ago, when Marc’s nephew (Ross) was here, I mixed up a batch of Fall Classics, substituting an intense apple spice syrup* for the thyme. I liked this version better and Ross asked for (and has since made) the recipe. Success! And then I had the happy problem of leftovers – apple spice syrup, lemons and apple cider. I started experimenting with all sorts of mixes and last weekend settled on my favorite. I gave it one last test with Karen and Lydia and they agreed it’s ready for prime time. … and perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving Cheers! Apple Cider Mule 2 oz gin (or bourbon, or even vodka)…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Saturday’s birthday celebrations were fun, delicious and most photo-worthy! It’s nice on a Monday morning to have a blog post practically write itself as soon as I have the photos edited and uploaded 🙂 Katie did a wonderful job with the New York City theme and the food. The boys donned their costumes just before the guests arrived. No, it wasn’t a costume party, but pirates and spidermen have more fun. There were cupcakes and candleswith a very willing older brother to help. And then presents. Sam has two new “things to wear” (I wonder how long it will take him to wear both at the same time?) Saturday was…

  • Food & Drink,  Knitting

    (un) Unraveled Wednesday.

    Whew! The third time was a charm for Soyokaze … and I am now well into the second half of the collar. I had hoped to show you a little more progress (the next step is really cool – you pickup stitches along one of the long edges and re-join the first half of the collar to start the yoke #knittinggeek), but I’ve spent most of the morning in the kitchen. Holly and I are joining up with our annual family reunion at the lake later today and my biggest assignment is to bake a cake. The recipe is Aunt Betty’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake (fondly known as CCPC).It’s an…

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    Cheers | Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic.

    My friend Lauren has a prolific herb garden this summer. When we walked on Monday she offered me cuttings and I started thinking about herbal summer cocktails. I have a bunch of limes (yay Costco!) and thought they might mix well with  mint. This mule variation looks really tasty (I’d probably omit the simple syrup). But the recipe I decided to try was this one. Y’all know I have a thing for St. Germain and I picked up elderflower tonic the last time I was at Total Wine. Lauren provided the mint and I was ready to go! Elderflower Mint Gin & Tonic (inspired by Sarah Sharratt ) 4-5 fresh mint…

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    Cheers | Frosé.

    Did y’all know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day? I didn’t know that when I started planning today’s post, but I’m quite pleased with the timing! I’ll admit that when I first heard about frosé (frozen rosé), I rolled my eyes. But after a few weeks of seeing it over and over in my Instagram feed, I decided to investigate. Turns out there are lots (seriously, google frosé and you get nearly 1,000,000 results!) of variations. Freezing the rosé ahead of time, adding fruit, adding simple syrup, mixing in other liquors … long-time readers probably know that “make ahead” is not my favorite kind of cocktail and I don’t go…

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    Cheers | Frozen Negroni.

    First, to all of you who’ve left comments on recent posts and haven’t heard back from me – I apologize! Apparently, Blogger has stopped notifying me about comments. and ugh, I’m not sure how to fix this. Please know I appreciate all of you and I hope to get back to personal replies soon. And now on to today’s topic. In honor of the first weekend of summer, I have a frozen cocktail to share! I started researching summer cocktails a few weeks ago and quickly found one to try first – my favorite Negroni, blended with fresh juice and crushed ice. The first time through, I followed the recipe…

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    Three on Thursday | Holiday Food and Drink.

    Carole is taking a well-deserved break from her blog today, so there’s no official Three on Thursday, but it’s what I’ve planned and I’m going with it anyway! 1. 19 Crimes. Yes, it’s still a thing and now, with more flavors! Lydia brought a bottle of The Banished to our party on Saturday and we enjoyed it immensely. I checked out Costco’s selection on Tuesday. They still only carry the Red Blend, but it’s still (only) $8.49 a bottle. I had Sara pick out two and hopefully I’ll have another cork to add to my collection by the time 2018 rolls around. 2. Giada’s Roasted Pork Loin Stuffed with Spinach…