Well well well. Here we are again. The kids have been in school for a whopping FOUR days only to be greeted with not only a snow day today, but also (!!) no school on Monday due to MLK Jr. Day. They are thrilled… and I am drinking. This week I’m really stepping out of most comfort zones by not only making a drink with an egg white like last week, but I’m adding dairy to it too. This Blood Orange & Thyme Ramos Gin Fizz is not only like a grown up snow-day creamsicle, but also my own personal kick off to Mardi-Gras and all things New Orleans….
You know, for someone who really loves to cook, I really suck at making lunch. Give me a notebook, a few magazines and the internet on a Sunday afternoon and I will whip up a menu of 5 (or more) delicious dinner plans, along side a grocery list sorted by produce/dairy/pantry/protein and some genuine enthusiasm for the week ahead. For dinner.
Cut to Monday afternoon at 1:25. I work from home and so after a few hours lost in my emails and to-dos, I often find myself starving and eating one or more of the following, spread out over an hour of return trips to the kitchen:
- Small Bowl of Costco peanut butter pretzels
- A Baby Bell wheel of cheese (white cheddar please)
- A Yoplait Oui yogurt (basically a dessert)
- San Pellegrino
- Leftover Christmas candy
- A spoonful of peanut butter
- A spoonful of COOKIE butter
- A few more peanut butter pretzels
- a Pickle
My kids have been home for 14 days. There’s snow outside to play in but oh wait– it’s been hovering around zero degrees for the entire time they’ve been on break. “It’s too cold!” they say from their basement lair they now live in.
Somebody get me a drink (Fine I’ll make one myself. Kids are the worst bartenders)….
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Resolution time. Recap time. Best-of Lists. Top 40 Countdowns. Drink a magnum of prosecco by yourself at New Years Eve time (wouldn’t necessarily recommend that one). …
“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat
For better or for worse, everyone’s version of Cousin Eddie is showing up this weekend for Christmas, so it’s probably best you’re prepared with a festive, lighter-than-most, pleasantly spiced, homemade BOOZY eggnog. Let’s get cracking (a dozen eggs…)….
It’s Christmas! What a wonderful time of year to bake 4 dozen cookies for no reason other than you love a logistical kitchen time-puzzle, all attempts at healthy eating have flown out the window, and there’s just something about sticking a box of cookies and some cold homemade nog* in someone’s mailbox that gives me immense joy. It’s like meals on wheels but instead of actual meals for needy elderly, it’s just baked goods and spiked eggnog for suburbanites. The joy of giving. It’s contagious. Pass it on. *spoiler alert: Driveway Drinks!…
Bear with me guys. I’m going to put a persimmon in your cocktail. You know- that fruit at the store that looks pretty but you’re not quite sure how to eat! Just trust me…. It’s 10 days to Christmas and I’m not done shopping and yeah– it’s time to make a drink with weird grocery store fruits….
Somebody order a pizza and crank up the Christmas tunes. It’s Friday in December, there’s (a dusting of) snow in the forecast, the house is glittering with Christmas lights and bottle brush trees, and I’m finally feeling like I’m caught up with the rest of the world after being in and out of real life while traveling for awhile (I know, poor me. Just had to go to Mexico and San Francisco and then New York). Anyway seeing as how I’ve pretty much been non stop celebrating since October, seems like a good time to have a festive cocktail! Is there anything better? This Friday I’m kicking off my Christmasy weekend with this delicious Blood Orange & Rosemary Gimlet. Let’s get mixing….
Ok so….casual poll. What do you prefer: A casual drink on a patio on a warm summer day? Or a spicy, festive cocktail at a Holiday Party? Initially, I immediately thought—well obviously outside. I have a whole section of this blog dedicated to drinking outside on a driveway—and not in the winter time– but then I thought again. I LOVE Christmas parties. I love the music in the background, the red and green festive sweaters, the tiny meatballs on toothpics and the Christmas cookies on a plate. I love the friends and the cheer and dammit, I love the twinkly lights. If there’s snow falling outside? Well I’m kind of a goner. I think the only way to find out is to conduct a very scientific, VERY measured study in which I drink festive drinks from now until New Years—and report back. Sound good?…