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!!
I know February is a short month but boy did it ever fly by in the blink of an eye! It’s already a few days into March and I still don’t believe it.
We had another busy month as usual, though I didn’t manage to capture much as far as photos go. Here’s what I’ve got in my kitchen this month….
My sweetie got me two gorgeous wooden bowls for Valentine’s Day. He know the way to my heart! The first is a huge antique bowl which currently holds all our blood oranges and cara cara oranges. It sits on the kitchen table which is currently covered with plastic and acting as a greenhouse with all our seedlings (hey, just keeping it real this month)!
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
What a crazy month it has been. Once again time has flown by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already the beginning of another month. That brings us to another In My Kitchen post, with Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef hosting this monthly roundup as she continues to heal from back surgery.
In our house August was all about back to school. Okay, maybe it was more exciting for me than the kids! This year was our second annual trip to the mountains the last weekend before school starts. We stayed with Oma and Opa and also went camping for one night.
So in our outdoor kitchen we made grits with smoked sausage, zucchini and onions. It’s always a challenge coming up with a dinner to cook over a camp stove that will handle being packed in a backpack and staying there for over six hours while we hike and setup camp. We stepped up our game this time by also packing a box of wine, best thing invented ever (so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but boy did it make the trip better).
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.