Oh, sherbet!

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, sometimes with a glass of wine. It’s wonderful! The pup is exhausted and the people are happy. The cat, well, he’s mad that he can’t go outside but seems to love to sit by the screen door and watch the birds and the bugs, and meow dramatically at us. Really, this time of year makes my heart happy. Continue reading

Shrub-Gin Sour & The Scottish Ruby

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 and company! Well, the vibrant color and tart, citrus flavor has given me lots of ideas for cocktails that are beautiful to look at and so very tasty. Enjoy! Continue reading

Red Currant-Orange Shrub

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, though I did have a recent success of actually transferring frozen fruit to a container. There’s also the fruit that I don’t think will freeze all that well, like currants. Admittedly, I haven’t tried it but they seem way too delicate compared to blackberries, strawberries, or even raspberries. Well, in an attempt to quickly use up fruit in a way that didn’t involve baking (or heat of any kind), I discovered shrubs a few years ago–a crazy concoction of vinegar, sugar, and fruit that’s a complex blend of sweet and sour. Now, I have a shrub of some sort in my refrigerator at all times! Continue reading

Cookie dreams

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 of chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were a hit, they still are everytime I make them now. I’m pretty sure that they’re one of the main reasons he married me. Continue reading

The Swoop (a cocktail experiment success!)

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 before the remaining craziness starts for the second half of the year. Oh, and I have a lovely bright pink stripe in my hair now, too, and that makes me smile every time I look in the mirror. Seriously, every time.  Continue reading

Adventures in knitting!

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 knit and fly! Anyway, I knitted a little on the way to Copenhagen, slowly making progress and building a little more confidence with my knitting. While in Copenhagen, work and sleep was the order of my activities, with a few evenings filled with friends. But, on the way home, I made progress!! I moved on to the second ball of yarn while hanging out in the Frankfurt airport, waiting on my connecting flight home to Seattle. Woohoo, so exciting, joining the new yarn with the old, right? I thought it was a picture-worthy moment! Continue reading

Buttermilk Berry Cake

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 day or later the same day, it’s sunny and warm. You never know what to wear, so you layer and pack a rain coat. Then, July 5th arrives and summer settles in for a couple of months, with its lovely long, sunny days and beautiful nights.  Continue reading