Saturday, August 20, 2016

Favorite Things Friday - Saturday Edition

So my favorite this week is one I also called a favorite years ago .. it is the tree outside the Lake Breeze in Eagle Harbor Michigan.  (I should probably someday show pictures of the Lake Breeze so you can see just what a cool hotel it is.)

So, here are some pictures of the tree.

 There used to be two of these trees on the rocks .. here is what remains of the other one ...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Coctail Wednesday - Orangini

 This week's drink, the Orangini, was a repeat.  It's a cross between a bellini and a mimosa, sort of.

  • sparkling wine
  • peach schnaps
  • blood orange soda
You fill the glass with the sparking wine about 3/4, add a splash of schnaps and a splash of the soda.  (if you like it sweeter, add more schnaps).  That's it.


Yesterday, I went with Nevada to see Carole King's Beautiful.  I knew I would enjoy the music, but it was really good and we had a great time.

Afterwards, we went to a wine bar, the Press Club, and then a beer place. Jamber.  The beer place was more my style .. actually it's called a wine pub.

We had beer flights and some mac &  cheese.  It was fun.

oh, and we also got fried pickles which I didn't eat, but they looked really good.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Kelly!

Here's to you!

I remember the day you were born.  I spent the day with Grandma, shopping and doing normal things and all the while checking the clock to time what I thought were contractions (and they obviously were).  And that night as we were awaiting your arrival, we were watching the Olympics ... and then you arrived! You have grown into an amazing, beautiful woman.


I am so proud of you.  I love you.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Favorite Things Friday

My favorite this week is Snap Chat.  I love all the crazy selfies I can take. 

and the ones I receive...

What's not to love??

Cocktail Wednesday - Plum Vodka Tonic

This week we had Cocktail Wednesday at my OS's house.  Since we were at their house, I let them pick the drink.  They were wavering between the mint julep and the plum vodka tonic.  Since we had recently had the mint julep, I pushed them toward the plum drink.

  • One plum
  • Lime juice - 1.5 oz
  • Simple Syrup  - 1 oz
  • Vodka - 2 oz
  • Ice
  • Tonic water

 (I need to get a bottle with a simple syrup label ....)

First, you muddle the plum in the cocktail shaker...

add the simple syrup, vodka, lime juice, ice and shake.

Then strain into a highball glass filled with ice ...


and top it off with tonic water.

We garnished with a plum slice, which I dropped into the drink and ate at the end.  it was yummy at that point.

I enjoyed the drink and would definitely have again. Though you couldn't really taste the plum (until I ate it from the bottom). I wonder if it would work with gin? We ran out of lime and made a few of the drinks with orange instead.  That worked too.  Overall, a good drink and a great night with my OS and his wife!

and here are the drinks with a lime wedge instead of the plum ...

From our fellow CWPs* in Missouri.

I haven't said this recently, but if you'd like to participate, either in person or from afar, let me know and I'll include you on the email which lets you know the drink of the week.


*Cocktail Wednesday Participants.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Second Finish ...

After a long hiatus from the sewing room, I finished my second quilt for the year today.  It's another baby quilt (of course), this time for a friend of my YD.  She told me her colors were mint, coral, and grey -- and for some reason I thought she was having a boy -- so I ordered fabrics in those colors and went to work.  I blogged about the quilt on July 5 asking for advice on which border to use.  I ended up using a grey polka dot.

However, after finishing the top, my YD and I went to the fabric store to pick out the backing fabric.  While doing this I learned that her friend was having a girl, not a boy.  So my effort to make the quit more boy-ish, though effective, gave me a quilt that I couldn't give her.

So we got more fabric.  

I decided to do a four patch (I think that's what it's called).  I sewed four 3.5 inch strips together and then cut them in 3.5 inch horizontal strips and then began to sew them together -- but first I put them on my design wall to see how they would look.

Pretty but .. looks a little too much like candy canes, so I pulled them down and went with these four fabrics instead:  

I included two small blocks from my original "mint" fabric.

It went together really fast.  So here is what it looked like yesterday after I basted it ...

and finally, the finished project.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Favorite Things Friday

My favorite this week is podcasts.  My commute, since taking the job I now have, is about an hour each way.  To fill the time, I listen to podcasts.

I have about five favorites ..

1) Radio Free Skaro
2) Doctor Who: Verity
3) Embedded
4) Serial
5) Presidential
6) Invisibilia
7) Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
8) Ask Me Another
9) Grammar Girl
10) Lazy Doctor Who
11) TED Radio Hour
12) The Nerdist

Oops, I guess there are 12 of them.  I started with The Nerdist and now see where I am.  I try to get through them each week, but I keep falling behind.

If you have any podcasts that you'd like to share .. please leave a comment.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cocktail Wednesday - Vodka Collins

This week's drink was the vodka collins.  recipe from here.


sweet & sour mix
soda water
orange (garnish)
marschino cherry (garnish)

So according to the recipe, we mixed 1.5 oz of vodka, 3 oz of sweet & sour with ice in the shaker; then poured it over ice, topped with the seltzer water.  Then garnished with the orange and cherry.

A very nice, light summer drink.  I think if I were to make it again, I would not use the shaker, I would just mix it in the glass.  It wasn't strong enough.  My YD said it tasted like a flat Sprite.

Probably should try a Tom Collins at some point.