• Just Life

    TGIF.

    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…

  • 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…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | Hello June.

    Hello June! I know we’re a week into this month already, but it is the first Friday … which means a special list: Traveling … to New York City – with Marc! – next weekend.  It’s been ten years since Katie graduated college and we officially had “kids who’d moved away”. Katie lived in NYC and then LA before moving back to Atlanta in 2012. Sara moved to Madison in 2014 and NYC in 2017. This will be my umpteenth trip to visit one of them. and Marc’s first. (although it will be my first time visiting and staying in a hotel 😉 ). I’m looking forward to sharing one…

  • Food & Drink

    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

    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…

  • Food & Drink

    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…

  • Food & Drink

    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…

  • Travel

    Beaufort 2018 | Part Two.

    aka “the one with the food and a cocktail”. and note I am writing this post on Friday afternoon, to be sure it lands in your feed reader at just the right time 😉. As I shared last week, our dining routine has been fine-tuned over many years. We did add in two new meals this year and we’re planning to repeat them: First, Thursday night – I picked up a ready-to-heat pasta/spinach/sausage casserole and a caesar salad from Costco (before we left). It was nice to settle into the house, visit with Charlie and not have to think about going out. Also, the meal was delicious! Second, Friday’s lunch…

  • Food & Drink

    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…

  • Food & Drink

    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…