So, we had our first Cocktail Wednesday of 2017 last week. We've been quite faithful (?) in continuing this tradition started by my friend Shay.
Anyway, last week's drink was a Strawberry Gin Cocktail. Recipe from here.
Lemon (fresh lemon juice)
Mint (instead of basil -- mix up at the grocery store)
here's me trying to be all artsy with my pictures ...
Basically, you take one strawberry, two mint leaves and 2 teaspoons of sugar and muddle them in the bottom of the shaker. When you feel like everything is well muddled, you add gin (2 oz) and lemon juice (1 oz), and shake. You pour that into the glass, with ice, and top off with the club soda (with a strawberry for garnish). That's it.
It was tasty, not too sweet, but sweet enough for me - another success!
Not sure where to start this. A few years ago a friend of mine gave me a stuffed elephant pattern. I put it away, to make, later. Then at a Christmas party, where we participated in a white elephant gift exchange, one of the kids at the party had a "white elephant" made from this same pattern. It was so cute, I decided that I would try to make one.
This was my first try. I think the trunk should be a little thicker, but I like it very much.
I haven't quite finished it -- I need to sew up the back still and the eyes are a little crooked. I plan to make more.
The full title is: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. This is Volume 3.
It took me all year to read; I actually listened to most of it. I have the hardest time reading non-fiction so I figured this would be the best way (Audible.com). I actually enjoyed it but it was about 60 hours long.
I'd like to give a book report but I'm not great at that. Churchill is a fascinating character and this obviously delves deeply into the history. This would be a great book to listen to when taking a very long road trip. oh and btw, I highly recommend audible -- the narrator was excellent. I plan to read/listen to volumes 1 and 2 as well. Not sure when.
Here is the list for this year. I finished so few of my "goals" last year that a ton of this year's are going to be "finish ..." or "complete..."
1. Take a trip with Nevada
2. Visit Yosemite
3. Finish the Couch to 5K program
4. Visit the East Coast
5. Make a souffle
6. Continue with the 12 biographies (11 to go) ...
7. Finish Grinch quilt
8. Finish making Dalek costume
9. Complete Round Robin blog
10. Trip to Wales?
11. Blog more than last year (not too hard since I only posted 67 times in 2016)
12. Go on 6 dates with my husband.
13. Make 6 new breads (maybe even use the bread maker I got from Nevada)(can include scones, biscuits, etc.)
14. Make curtains for the little boys' room
15. Make a 5-year plan
16. Take a road trip
17. Attend a local art and wine festival
18. Plant thyme, basil, and mint
19. Make/plant a garden with tomatoes, peppers, squash and some other things
20. Go to lunch with someone I haven't seen for a while
21. Make a family photo calendar
22. Cook something with grandson(s)
23. Try a new ethnic food
24. Try one new recipe a month
25. Take 6 new hikes
26. Make doughnuts
27. Make mozzarella cheese
28. One Second Every Day Project
29. Record Story Corps interviews with the boys
30. Have a 35,000 step day
31. Walk 1200 fitbit miles
32. Fondue (have at home or out) -- not just chocolate
33. Do barrel tasting at Raymond
34. Make 6 different ice creams/sorbets/yogurt - 1, 2, 3 - Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla
35. Watch original Star Wars trilogy
36. Make 6 quilts
37. Make elephant stuffed animal - DONE
38. Clean garage
39. Have a blind wine tasting party
40. Try 3 new restaurants
41. Go to a major league baseball game -- A's, O's, Giants, Nats?
42. Go to a museum
43. Visit Nevada (the state)
44. Go to a minor league baseball game
45. Take a walk on a beach
46. Make pillow cases for me
47. Make the perfect French Fries
48. Try a new hair color ...
49. Finish watching new Who
50. Get another Night Before Christmas
51. Have a 100,000 step week
52. Make a list for 2017
and as always, get healthier, i.e., exercise more, eat better (and less).