Mondays are not really my favorite days of the week. I know I am not alone in this.
This morning was particularly harsh because I spent the last half hour of Sunday night watching a YouTube video that had my heart breaking and sobbing uncontrollably. (I’m sure you all have heard about this and I am the last person on the planet to get clued in to popular media…)
A Facebook link took me to the video about Zach Sobiech, an 18-year old boy who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at 14 and in 2012 was given months to live. What is even more tragic is that he passed away less than three weeks after the video was published on YouTube. I didn’t know this going in and it made it so much more poignant.
In the video, Zach talks about being able to express himself through music. There is a video for one of his songs “Clouds” on YouTube as well as a celebrity-Skyped version as well. You can also buy the song on iTunes to raise money for the Zach Sobiech Research Fund.
“You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.”
- Zach Sobiech
It is really touching and emotional and really makes you realize that Mondays might not be so bad after all.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged cancer, Clouds, hope, Monday, motivation, Sobiech, song, YouTube, Zach | Leave a Comment »
This one is for my friend, whose name rhymes with “who” or “clue,” and kind of sounds like “booze.” Hmmmm. Coincidink?
I made this the other weekend, just because, but ended up taking it to a Memorial Day celebration. It is delicious and fizzy and refreshing and may or may not (we can’t really say for sure) have pushed said friend, right off the Pretty Buzzed Cliff and straight into the Drunk Ocean. She may or may not disagree…
So, this is apparently a faux limoncello because the lemons/lemon peels are not steeped in vodka. In this recipe, the juice is added to a simple syrup. This version is quick, delicious and potent. Here’s to cliff-diving! :)
Also, a mantra to live by:
Yield: about 4 cups
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 -12 lemons)
1 1/2 cup vodka
1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves and thickens slightly into a simple syrup.
2. Let cool, then pour into a pitcher or serving carafe.
3. Stir in lemon juice and vodka.
4. Serve over ice and top with club soda.
Source: Pink of Perfection
Posted in The Bar | Tagged alcohol, bar, club soda, cocktail, diy, drink, faux, lemon, lemon juice, limoncello, Pink of Perfection, simple syrup, vodka | 1 Comment »
On Saturday morning, we asked the Misses what they wanted for dinner that night. Sometimes they pick things out of their kids cookbook and we make it together. Miss F asked if we could have cheese and crackers “like that time we were at the beach.” (Last year, we took a quick trip over to Naples, Florida for a weekend and stayed in a hotel suite with a little kitchen. The first night there, we ate cheese and crackers and they had sparkling apple juice as we watched the sunset. Apparently this was a memorable meal for Miss F, although the hotel I would like to forget…) I said, “Of course, but you have to go to the store and pick it out.” Off the Misses went with D, and the result was our dinner:
My babies asked for cheese and crackers for dinner!! Miss F even picked out the “stinky cheese” – she’s always loved it, even as a toddler.
As a cheese-aholic, I am so proud.
Posted in The Kitchen | Tagged bleu cheese, brie, cheese, cheese and crackers, crackers, dinner | 2 Comments »
I hereby declare this the Summer of Boozy
Popsicles Frozen Pops!
Are you with me?
I’ve seen recipes for so many different variations that I want to try that I am making frozen cocktail treats my personal mission (besides training for a freaking marathon) this summer. A girl has to have some motivation to run so much, right? Anyway, I started off with these margarita pops and they are delicious! Kind of like a frozen creamy margarita, kind of like a boozed-up Key lime pie. Either way, creamy, tart, sweet and so good.
I think these little goodies are the perfect start to my summertime of Boozy Pops. Don’t you?
Salted Margarita Cream Pops
1/2 cup Key lime juice
2 tsp. minced Key lime zest
3/4 cup water
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (half of a 14-ounce can)
1 1/2 Tbsp. tequila
2 tsp. kosher salt (I did not use all of the salt, I just put a sprinkle/dash in each pop mold and it was plenty salty for me.)
1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the lime juice, zest, water, condensed milk, and tequila and stir well.
2. Divide the salt evenly into the bottom (later, it will be the top) of each of six 4-ounce ice pop molds.
3. Pour the margarita mixture into each mold, leaving about 1/2 inch extra space for the liquid’s expansion in the freezer.
4. Freeze for 6 hours, or until solid.
5. To release an individual pop, rotate it under a stream of running warm tap water for about 30 seconds. Keep running it under water until the pop can be pulled out gently.
Source: Can it, Bottle it, Smoke it and Other Kitchen Projects by Karen Solomon via CHOW
Posted in The Bar | Tagged alcohol, bar, boozy, Bottle it, Can it, cocktail, condensed milk, frozen, ice, juice, Karen Solomon, key lime, margarita, pop, popsicle, Smoke it, summer, tequila | 1 Comment »
Whether or not you call yourself a "historic preservationist," or if you only like to visit places/cities/towns with a strong sense of place, this blog post from a friend in Winter Park, Florida is definitely worth a read. Make sure to check out the link to the real estate listing of this wonderful and absolutely historically significant home. People need to realize that a place is the sum of its parts. As these parts are lost or destroyed, so is the charm and context of a community.
Posted in Out The House | Tagged 520 North Interlachen Avenue, Capen, Casa Feliz, demolition, Florida, historic, House, preservation, Winter Park | Leave a Comment »