Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cocktail Wednesday - Bloody Mary

With this post I will be caught up on my Cocktail Wednesday posts -- until the next one.

The week's cocktail (October 14), was the Bloody Mary, recipe from here, I think.  I only think, because I didn't make this week's drink.  My husband was the bartender/chef this week.  I was at the Winchester Mystery House on a tour and running late so he took over.


Ingredients:
  • 32 ounces tomato juice (or try using Clamato juice, my favorite)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tablespoons worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground caraway seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground celery seed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Ice
  • 8 ounces vodka (optional)
He had a pitcher of it made (without the vodka) before I got home.

I had never had a Bloody Mary before and these were, again, very tasty.  What a way to get your vegetables!

The drink for this week is a Dark and Stormy.  Looking forward to another one!

Cocktail Wednesday - Cucumber Gimlets

The next drink we had for cocktail Wednesday (October 7) was the Cucumber Gimlet, recipe from here.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 slices Cucumber (.25 inches)
  • 1.5 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
  • 1 oz Lemonade
  • .25 oz Lime juice
We substituted gin for the vodka and used simple syrup and lemons instead of lemonade, but otherwise followed the recipe.


I followed the instructions: 

In a shaker, muddle the basil and cucumber.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber wheel. We used cucumber as the garnish.
(Doctor Who wine/gimlet glasses.)


It was refreshing and yummy.  Another success. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weeks 42 - 45 : Oct 15 - Nov 11


Oct 16 - Wedding dress blues

Oct 17 - flowers (in Napa)

Oct 18 - bread


Oct 23 - potatoes


Oct 24 - TARDIS library

 Oct 31 - New hiking spot


Nov 1 - belated birthday

 Nov 4 - yarn everywhere

 Nov 5 - starbucks

Nov 8 - binding

Nov 9 - finally another finish!


 
Nov. 10 - the birds

 
Nov. 11 - orchid getting ready to bloom

Bread (#4 Molasses Bread) and Soup (#2 Chicken Soup)

I'm very behind on my bread and soup making this year so today I made one of each.

First the bread.  We had dinner at Black Angus (a steak place) on Friday night.  They have delicious bread.  I looked up a copycat recipe, here.




Quite tasty.  I didn't put the oatmeal on like they do at Black Angus. this is how it's supposed to look.

The recipe I used said to bake at 375 for 60 minutes.  I baked the first batch for 50 minutes and it was well done.  The next batch was almost burned.  For the final batch, I decreased the temp to 350 and it seemed to do okay.

And then I made a soup, recipe from here.  Actually, I made the soup first.



It's called the Best Chicken Soup Ever, and it was good and easy.

I didn't modify the recipe except to double it because it didn't seem like it'd be enough otherwise.  It tasted like a chicken tortilla soup, without the tortillas. (so I added tortillas and sour cream).  A definite do over.  I got the recipe from Katie's blog.  I get some of my best ideas from her.

Re-looking at her picture of the soup, it appears she added rice.  probably a good call.  next time.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cocktail Wednesday - Mojitos

On September 30, the drink was a mojito.  Recipe from here.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 leaves mint
  • 2 ounces rum -- white rum
  • club soda
  • old-fashioned glass
I substituted simple syrup for the sugar.  The lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup were muddled together in the shaker. then I added the rum. We poured it over ice and added the club soda.


Typical of my drinking history, I'd never had one before. Another tasty drink -- and it's now my husband's go-to drink.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Week 41 : Oct 8 - 14

Oct 10 - Bodega Bay School

 
Oct 11 - baby and daddy 

Oct 13 - sunset

Oct 14 - Winchester Mystery House



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#37 - Bodega Bay - DONE!!


So, one of the items on my list this year was to go to Bodega Bay.  For those of you who don't know, Bodega Bay was the setting of Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.  Ever since I realized that Bodega Bay was a short drive from our house, I have wanted to go (okay, so it took me 17 years to get there ....).  We finally went this past weekend.

Since I'm not very good at figuring out what to do when I go new places, Nevada and I downloaded a driving tour which highlighted some of the spots where not only The Birds was filmed but also The Goonies.  Though there were some flaky things about the tour, I felt like it was worthwhile to get it.  I would certainly be able to find the places on my own should I ever take someone else there (so no need to buy again).

We also opted to watch both movies the night before our trip.  What a great plan on our part.  The scenes from both movies were fresh in our minds and certainly enhanced the experience.

First stop was the school house.  The school house is in Bodega, not Bodega Bay.  In the movie it's right up the street from the water, not so in real life.


In the movie, the kids are all in the school when the blackbirds start gathering on the playground.  They file out quietly but then the birds start attacking and they start running.

 (Image from here)
  
The tour guide suggested that one person go to the bottom of the hill and take a picture of people running from the school.  I didn't ask the other people who were there to do this, but they so would have.  If I ever go again, I will definitely do that.  That's my husband on the left running.

From there we drove down the hill to the general store where there's a life-sized Alfred Hitchcock out front. 
 
 

We left there and took a back road to get back to Bodega Bay.  Some beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.


By now it was lunch time.  We had a couple of photo ops ... 
  

 
and then we ate at Lucas Wharf.


There really was other food involved, but I didn't take any pictures.  It was nice, right on the water.

After lunch we took a hike at the Bodega Head Trail, which is right along the water.  My pictures don't capture how beautiful it is.






(The requisite picture of a flower for my husband.)

We then made our way to Goat Rock State Beach to see where one of the scenes from The Goonies was filmed.



Can't you picture the pirate ship sailing past the arched rock ...

Stuck between a rock and a rock.
 


That was it for the touring.  We found our way to a wine bar, had a surf board of wines, and called it a day.
 


 We went home through San Francisco so here's a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge ...