Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cocktail Wednesday - Long Island Iced Tea

After a long hiatus of posting about our Cocktail Wednesday drinks, here it is.

The Long Island Iced Tea is a drink I've been wanting to try for a long time.  People warned me against it, but I really wanted to try it.  I had heard that it tasted like iced tea (not true).

So, I got the recipe from here.


Tequila, 1 oz
Gin, 1 oz
Rum, 1 oz
Vodka, 1 oz
Triple sec, 1/2 oz
Lemon juice, 2 T
Cola, 1/2 cup

According to the recipe, you put the alcohol, and lemon juice, with ice in a shaker and then pour it in the glasses and top off with coke.  So that's what I did.

I added loads of ice, and a little extra triple sec.  It was okay, but I won't be ordering one of these when I go out.

Fun this time, we had some others joining us: my new SIL's parents in Missouri ...

and my sister, in Pennsylvania ...

So all in all, a great cocktail wednesday .. looking forward to next week.  Wondering what the drink will be.  For those who care, let me know and I'll include you on the pre-weds email where I let you know what drink and where to find the recipe.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bridal Showers and First Birthdays

So, on April 30th, there was a bridal shower for my YD who got married on June 11 (I'll post about the wedding next).  It was a lingerie shower (sorry no pics of the gifts).  There were about 20 people there, friends from middle school through graduate school, as well as work.

It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to have fun.  

We played two games.  The first was bra pong, where you had to get a ping pong ball into the cups.  It was amusing.  The second was a "how much do you know about the bride game.  I didn't win.  Who knew that Lion King was her favorite Disney movie?

Then she had to answer questions about her future husband and for every answer she got wrong she had to put a marshmallow in her mouth.  She got about 8 wrong.  :(.

My two beautiful DILs.

Then, the following day, May 1, we had a first birthday party for my youngest grandson.

It was a very hot day.  My OS and his wife hosted it for my YS.

You can tell how hot it is by how this baby looks ...

I made pretzel bites for the party...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Tree - 2016

A friend of mind is in the U.P. and I asked her to please take a picture of "the tree", so she did.  She promises that there are more, and I'm looking forward to seeing and posting those. 

I've never been there in May so this is an early season picture of this very old tree.  The lake looks high -- I wonder if lake levels are up or if it's just because it's early in the year.

Here's a picture of the same tree from the 1930s (i took a picture of a photograph in the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse several years ago).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kirkwood - Wedding Food Tasting

So we left the house on Saturday morning, at 5 a.m. to go to Kirkwood to taste the food for the wedding ... at 8 a.m. it was 50 degrees at home ...

In Kirkwood ....

And the night before it had snowed, 12 inches.

The traffic was light and we got there in about 3 1/2 hours.  Went by the florist -- "Enchanted Florist" in south Lake Tahoe -- to check on things and drop off some vases for the reception.

We then drove over to Kirkwood.  They were having a tasting for about 10 couples, including my YD and her fiancee. The tables were set up with each couple's name on it.

We were there early, so we tasted some of the beer and wines, prior to the appetizers.

They had Deschutes in bottles, and I tried the Black Butte Porter.  It was pretty good.  Then I tried the house cabernet and the house chardonnay, then it was time for the cheese and appetizers.

the caprese skewer


bacon wrapped scallops

Seared ahi wonton

They were all excellent -- so hard to choose. 
Then on to the entrees ...

Salmon, tri tip, chicken (with a pesto and macadamia nut sauce), and pork with a mango salsa.
for sides: asparagus, red  potatoes, cauliflower.

No dessert (after all, we'll be having cake at the wedding), but they did give us s'mores to make on the fire pits.

Guess we overcooked the marshmallow .. and then it fell on the ground. 

And the view outside ..

and another shot of the centerpiece .. with a photo bomber.

oh, and btw, this is my 1,000 post.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cocktail Wednesday - Bramble

This week's drink was the Bramble.  Recipe from here, sort of.  I actually used the recipe from the app on my phone, Cocktail Flow.

  • gin
  • lemon juice (the recipe above says lime juice)
  • creme de cassis (didn't have any blackberry liqueur)
  • simple syrup

It was a good drink, a little potent, but since I only had one, that was okay.  Fattening though.  250 calories.  not a diet drink.  I think the color would have been better with the blackberry liqueur.  We'll have to get some and try it again.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Things I learned in March

Here are some of the things I learned in March ...

1 - the only constant is change (okay, I knew this before this month)

2 - when you drop your iphone in the toilet, you should turn it off until it dries out

3 - John Cusack is really funny in Must Love Dogs

Friday, March 25, 2016

Birthday Dinner ... Stuffed Steak Rolls

I try to make a special dinner for my kids on their birthdays -- rather than going out, we stay in and have our favorites.  This year, my YD asked for something new:  stuffed steak rolls (recipe from here).

  • Flank steak (2 lbs)
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • baby spinach
  • provolone cheese

Cooked up the onions and mushrooms...

Put the flank steak on the cutting board -- should have beaten it until it was much much thinner.

Layered the mushroom/onion mixture and then the spinach ...

and then the cheese .. then rolled it up, sliced it, browned the slices, and put them in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

This is what it looked like out of the oven ...

and this is on the plate .. why do my daughter's pictures look so much better??? 
anyway, very yummy!

(This is just to prove that I do more than just have cocktails ...)