Last week, we started and ended the week with a night of cocktails and dinner with friends. Monday night we had dinner with our next door neighbors; we've been in our house for 5 years and this was the first time we had them over! We've chatted over the fence or in the yard for years but never … Continue reading Cocktail classic
Summer is in full swing here--sunny outside (most days, anyway) and blissfully quiet at work. I get up in the morning and it's sunny; I get home in the evening and it's light out until after 9:00, plenty of time to play fetch with Roux and then sit on the deck and enjoy the evening, … Continue reading Oh, sherbet!
Woohoo, it's Friday! This week felt so long...I blame the two short weeks in a row for making me feel like Friday should have been here yesterday. But, it's here today and that means pizza and cocktails! The best part of the week. This time of year, all around Seattle, you'll find blackberries. They grow … Continue reading Blackberry Sour
In case you haven't noticed, I really enjoy experimenting with cocktails and playing with flavors. For your drinking pleasure, I'd like to share some shrub-love with you. I recently made the red currant-orange shrub, and as I mentioned in the related post, we've gone through it so quickly. It was a hands-down hit with Skip … Continue reading Shrub-Gin Sour & The Scottish Ruby
Every weekend during the summer, I buy too much fruit for me and Skip to consume before it turns to mush. I can freeze it, yes, but I'm notorious for putting things on a cookie sheet and placing it in the freezer--then, forgetting about it completely until I need the cookie sheet usually months later, … Continue reading Red Currant-Orange Shrub
For our first Valentine's Day together in 2009, we decided to cook a meal together and not really give each other any gift--any store-bought gift, anyway. Skip surprised me with a large container of homemade spicy hot chocolate mix (it was divine and I still dream of it sometimes) and I made him a big batch … Continue reading Cookie dreams
June was a blur, I know I've mentioned that before, but I can't believe it's July already--it doesn't look like the weather around here believes it either, unfortunately. The weather looks anything but summery the next couple of days. Work-wise, the next month should be a little breather from the craziness of the last few months … Continue reading The Swoop (a cocktail experiment success!)
Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Happy America Day! Whatever you call it, it's a rip-roaring, fireworks exploding, BBQ-heavy kind of day to celebrate the United States of America. Roux and Milo aren't really liking the 'fireworks exploding' part--they probably think the world is ending and the humans are clueless. Today was a super busy, … Continue reading Cabbage & Kale Slaw
So, I warned you way back in the beginning that you'd hear about my craft adventures periodically; well, I'm making progress on my scarf (aka squirrel blanket) with only a few hiccups along the way. During my most recent work trip, I carried along my knitting--and, by the way, I was so excited to be … Continue reading Adventures in knitting!
Holy moly, folks, it's July! Where did the first half of this year go?? The last few days of June were perfect--no 'Juneuary' this year (or last year!). For those not in the PNW, June to July 4th is often a crazy, unpredictable weather time. It's rainy and cool, sometimes downright cold, and the next … Continue reading Buttermilk Berry Cake