• Food & Drink

    Cheers | Watermelon Berry Smoothie.

    Hello friends and happy Friday! Today I’m delighted to share that promised frozen watermelon cocktail. Enjoy! Watermelon Berry Smoothie (inspired by Honest Cooking) 1 oz berry-thyme syrup and 1 oz stewed berries (see below) 1 oz lemon juice (1/2 lemon) 1 C frozen watermelon cubes 1-1/2 oz gin (or vodka or, for a mocktail, lemonade – I’d use 3 oz of lemonade and omit the lemon juice) Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a few blueberries and a sprig of thyme, if desired. Stewed Berries with Thyme (makes enough for several smoothies – feel free to double!) 1/2 C berries (I used the frozen mix from…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Mint Berry Spritzer.

    I know at least a few of y’all recall that I promised* a new cocktail this month. My sister, my cocktail muse, came over Tuesday evening – maybe you saw us on Instagram?and very close readers might’ve noticed that bright pink drink to the left of my laptop in the lower left? Yep, that was the first draft of the Berry Spritzer! Frozen berries (from Costco – a blend of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries) are a staple in our freezer and they are awesome for cocktails because they get really juicy when they thaw. I figured I’d muddle a few thawed berries with some ice and gin (duh) in the…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    TGIF | A Stormy One.

    I’m typing this looking out my study window (at the rain) with Holly in my lap. The lightning and thunder started about an hour ago. Radar says it’s nearly past us, but there are lingering rumbles. Holly-in-my-lap isn’t shaking any more and I am grateful. Still, it’s gloomy, wet, and, now that the stormy part has mostly passed, surprisingly quiet. I mostly hear the whirr of the fan blades overhead and my laptop keys. the birds just started singing again and now I know for sure the storm has passed. I suppose a smarter version of me could’ve made that whole opening bit a full blog post. But I’m in…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Late November.

    I first titled this post “TGIF | Almost December” and then changed my mind. I love November and as weird and unsettling (and downright anxiety producing … before it seemed to turn a corner. vaccines! certified election results!) as it’s been this year, I really don’t want to skip by these last few days. After all, next week I can say “Hello December”. So … here’s to one last Friday in November. With colorful leaves still on the trees, a smidge of green still showing in the grass, and temperatures in the “do we need to turn the heat on?” range 🙂 Thinking about … my One Little Word. and…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Choosing Thanks.

    I’ve had a version of this post knocking around in my brain since Tuesday. I spent most of that day prepping the food we’ll be sharing with Katie and her family this afternoon. Much of this year’s menu is new-to-us (Thanksgiving dinner is, for us, not about traditional dishes, and still, all about good food); the only thing I’m making for “not the first time” is cranberry sauce. Thanks to Sara’s great notes it turned out perfectly (also, the new not-a-le-creuset has now cooked a lot more than popcorn!) Before I started cooking, I printed out this year’s menuand all the new recipes. I made notes as I cookedand eventually,…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Another Week.

    Y’all it’s been another week. I’ve had plans to write a blog post since Tuesday (the boys were here for Week TEN of Marmie & Poppa Camp and they left late that afternoon), but … obviously … I got distracted. In good ways, and bad ways. The bad was the news. I live in Georgia. the state with nearly as many coronavirus cases as the country of Italy (Italy, y’all … and I expect we’ll be even with Great Britain come September – we’ve already surpassed France and Germany – countries with six/eight times as many people). When my kids were growing up, I remember telling folks that where we…

  • Books,  Food & Drink

    Reading Better.

    Way back in November I wrote a post about six things I was going to be working on this year. By mid-April, I’d whittled the list to five things (there was no way a trip to England was going to happen) … and I’ve been making progress on all of them. It feels really good to say that! and 😉 now that there are just over 100 days until my next birthday, I want to get more specific about the progress I’ve made and the actions I still want to take. Today, I’m getting specific about Reading Better. I remember being really pleased when I figured those words out. Read…

  • Books,  Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

    These three things are pretty much my life right now, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Here’s what it looks like this week. First up, it was Week Five of Marmie & Poppa camp.The boys made granola, a few LEGO models, and a set of stepping stones for our yard; helped in the garden (including harvesting the most expensive tomatoes ever 😉 ); learned about electrical circuits (Charlie) and practiced super shooter target skills (Sam). We all laughed and played, and slept well. I didn’t have as much time to knit and read, but I managed some. I’m working through the latest clue of Kirsten’s MKAL, as are most of…

  • Food & Drink

    A Monday Haiku.

    blue skies, faces turned upward, feeling warmth return breath prayer: welcome welcome a fresh start. welcome a full week. welcome connecting with friends (near and far). welcome another day of sunshine (we’ve had three in a row and this makes four – the longest stretch of 2020!). welcome a reasonable to-do list. welcome signs of spring. welcome all. What are you welcoming today? Wishing you a lovely week!

  • Food & Drink

    Cooking the New Frontier | February.

    Happy Tuesday that feels kind of like a Monday and kind of like a repeat of all the other days this month (I’ve decided the movie Groundhog Day was set in February for a really good reason!) It is – yet again – wet, gray, and chilly outside (mostly wet) and 🙂 I am delighted to have something to share that is none of those things. A few weeks back, I told y’all about a new thing we (me, my sister, our mom, our sister-in-law) were doing this year. Cooking the New Frontier! The loose idea is that we meet monthly. for dinner. cooking recipes from the Pioneer Woman’s New Frontier cookbook.…