Every Christmas morning we have brunch and some sort of bubbly cocktail. It started out as mimosas. Later it evolved into prosecco with pear liqueur or St. Germaine.
This year my brother was here for Christmas, a first ever. He introduced us to prosecco and framboise lambic (a Belgian raspberry beer).
Leave it to Nick to get me to drink a beer and prosecco cocktail! Ok, I do actually like a raspberry beer. It tastes more raspberry than beer.
What isn’t to like really, bubbly and raspberry?! This version is less sweet than just adding a raspberry liqueur. And I must say I actually like it better. Who would have thought!!
As I mentioned in my last post this is the year we are embracing citrus season. This is the first year I’ve been able to find blood oranges locally (mind you they are from California). Sean has developed a LOVE for blood oranges, frequently I’ll peel in the morning to pack in his school lunch.
My first memories of having blood oranges were when Josh was working in Italy back when we lived in Germany in 2005. I made the trip with him a couple times and the hotel where we stayed has fresh blood orange juice every morning for breakfast. It was so incredibly tasty. Continue reading
It’s back to school time and that’s reason enough for celebration! Parents across the country are dancing in the streets as their children go back to school. I told our principal I would try not to dance as I left the school last week until I reached my car, though there was a spring in my step!
Back when the boys were younger, even before elementary school or preschool I used to host a back to school playdate for our play group. It was a chance for moms of school/preschool aged children to get together and celebrate the kids being gone either all day or just for three short hours.
It’s been a really strange spring. We started out normal and then wham, two late frosts/freezes. It wasn’t good for my garden. All the pepper plants died and several of the tomato plants too. Luckily the hydrangeas are all right. I’ve seeded more tomato and pepper plants and hopefully we will still have a great garden, just harvesting a few things later than normal.
The true spring weather came a couple weeks ago and in our house that means weekend cocktails on the porch. Josh is usually working in his garage on some project or another and I’m either in the garden or doing something in the house most of the day. Come five o’clock we’re ready to kick back and relax.
The boys also enjoy cocktails on the porch. I fix them a pitcher of cocktails, some kind of bubbly juice and seltzer, add a skewer of fruit in a glass and they are as happy as can be. A plate of cheese and crackers and everyone is loving the weekend!
On our recent apple picking outing we got some cider. I just love cider this time of year, it’s great hot or cold. The boys enjoy it with some seltzer mixed in. The grow ups, however, get to play around a little more!
Over the weekend the weather was gorgeous Sunday so we had cocktails on the porch. I tinkered around with a couple cider drinks, and while they were good it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m thrilled that autumn is right around the corner. It’s next week you know. Sean’s birthday is actually on the autumnal equinox.
In our neck of the woods it cooled off a little recently. This has me very excited. It’s been hot for so long. Cooler temps are a welcome change. We recently had two evenings of an overnight low of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Sean asked if we could have a fire after walking home from the bus stop in the morning. Yes, I have some Southern wimps!!
We were also able to finally eat outside again. Most people enjoy meals outdoors all summer long. Here in the South we stay in the air conditioning and wait for September to roll around to eat out again. We had a wonderful meal of rogan josh with homemade naan to celebrate Josh’s birthday. The boys actually came inside to put long sleeves on before we cut the cheesecake. Like I said, weather wimps!
This summer we have been eating quite a bit of watermelon. It is the perfect summer food, eat it really cold and the juices are simply refreshing. We’ve had a very hot summer so you can imagine how often we eat watermelon! So why not make some watermelon juice and have a little fun with it!
We grow watermelons in our garden, but so far this summer all our watermelons have been store bought. Our own melons will be ready soon and the boys are VERY ANXIOUS to try them! We’ve had good luck though and all but one of our bought watermelons has been juicy and delicious. Continue reading