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 ...)

Cocktail Wednesday - Mimosa Sunset

This week's cocktail was the Mimosa Sunset (recipe from here), not to be confused with Sunrise Mimosa, which has many variations.  Sunset actually makes better sense with the colors ..

  • Grenadine 
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sparkling wine
The proportions in the recipe seem to be a little heavy on the juices, however mixing the juices beforehand as the recipe says might be a good idea.  I just mixed in the glasses.  I put a little grenadine in the bottom of the glass, added some of the juices and topped off with the bubbles. 

The drinks were actually redder than they look in the pictures.  On my second drink, I went lighter on the juice maybe, 1/3 of the glass, and 2/3 bubbles and it was actually a little better, and I like sweet.

This is a nice variation of the mimosa.  a pretty good morning drink .. or nighttime ..

Happy Birthday!

Today is my younger daughter's birthday.  She turns 27!  Hard to believe.  So Happy Birthday Robin!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Barrel Tasting in Napa

So, Nevada and I went to Napa last weekend.  She had a few wine shipments to pick up and had made reservations for us to have a barrel tasting at our favorite winery

Our first stop (after McDonalds) was Trefethen.  Nevada and I had shared a bottle of their Cabernet Sauvignon after she had left her previous job and thought it was great, so we had to stop by and get a tasting.  They sustained some damage during the earthquake last year, so the tasting room was actually in a tent.  Super fancy tent, with a fountain and drapes ..

It was rainy which made for great lighting for my pictures (I think).

The first wine was a dry reisling, which was quite good.  The rest we had were reds (but I didn't take any more pictures).

Next stop was Mumm Napa (as usual).

Then we had the barrel tasting at Raymond, which was really fun.  It was a private tasting where they take wine straight from the barrel and you get to taste it.  We tasted three different cabs, one from Oakville, one from Rutherford, and a Generations (which I think uses grapes from all over Napa).  The wine we were tasting won't be available until 2017.

Our final stop was Merryvale.  They were having an event which meant food and wine to your hearts content.  It was fun to be able to go in the rooms that are normally closed off and see everything up close, and the food and wine were good too.

Then we grabbed some pizza and drove home ...

One of these times we'll stay in Napa and not fight the traffic after a long day ...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cocktail Wednesday - Pink Lady

Soooo, we have been having cocktail Wednesday, but I haven't been writing about it.  We had a Blue Kamikaze and some others I don't remember ... guess I need to do this more often.  The last two weeks we had cancelled because of lack of participation .. though last week we had champagne.

This week's drink was a Pink Lady.

Recipe from here.

  • Gin - 2 oz
  • Grenadine - 1 t
  • Cream - 0.5 oz
  • Egg white

The drink was very gin-ish.  Looked like Pepto Bismol.  My father claims that had I added more grenadine it would have been better.  I was so disgusted with it, I didn't want to try.  Hopefully next week's will be better.