• 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…

  • Food & Drink

    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…

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    Cheers | To Bonny (again!)

    As promised, today I have the second installment of cocktails inspired by Bonny’s liquor cabinet. When Karen and I were brainstorming ideas, she said she had that Malibu Rum in her cabinet, too, because it was a necessary ingredient in one of her favorite vacation cocktails, a Charleston Sunset from Fleet Landing (in Charleston) Fleet Landing uses Peach Schnapps, which Bonny doesn’t have, but Karen substituted a little syrup from a can of peaches and declared it a success. Sunset Cocktail (inspired by Fleet Landing) 1 oz vodka 1 oz coconut rum 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz orange juice 1-1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz peach juice (from a…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | To Bonny.

    A couple of weeks back when I shared my Old Fashioned recipe, Bonny and I ended up exchanging a few emails in response to her comment. The gist of our discussion was that the drinks always looked good, but she never had the ingredients … and honestly, my love of gin and bourbon didn’t really appeal. A few emails in, I wrote: “It seems like our cocktail habits overlap a lot less than ALL the other things we have in common might suggest. So I’d like to challenge myself (probably with the help of my sister) to come up with a Cheers that you 1) would like and 2) could…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Cranberry Mule.

    I was a little late to the Mule Party because I was under the most mistaken impression that Mules were vodka drinks. But once I tried one with gin, and found a spicy ginger beer (that comes in diet!) … well, it’s now a favorite. For warm weather mules, I use lemon juice, gin and ginger beer (the classic recipe uses lime juice, vodka and ginger beer). With the holidays approaching, I started looking for something that wasn’t quite so citrusy. I found a delicious recipe that uses apple cider in place of some of the citrus (of course I substituted gin for the vodka, but I kept the lime). And…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | an Old Fashioned.

    When my sister was over last Saturday, we were talking cocktails (as we do), and she mentioned that this is Old Fashioned Week. Great, I thought, that will be the perfect recipe to share for next week’s Cheers – fully expecting that she would treat me to her version (and allow a few photos) when we met at her house for knitting on Wednesday. Well… she forgot (we enjoyed a very tasty pomegranate cider margarita instead) and I was on my own! She did send me a few recipes Thursday evening um, yikes! I had no idea there was so much variation in recipes! and we agreed the more traditional…