Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pear Sidecar

Here is my new favorite alcoholic beverage courtesy of the Jan 2009 (really, are we there yet?) issue of Fine Cooking Magazine.

Pear Sidecar (serves two)

1/2 cup Pear Brandy (I use Clear Creek Distillery's Williams Pear Brandy)
1/4 cup triple sec
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 thin strips lime zest

Combine the brandy, triple sec, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into two chilled martini glasses. Twist the lime zest into spirals and drop one in each glass.

So, I skip the zest, just use the juice of 1 lime, and shake in whatever glass I have handy. This is a strong drink with the brandy that I use, but it is verrrrrrry good. If the brandy was cheaper, I could get in a lot of trouble with this one.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bits and Pieces

I am just starting to feel like a person again. I hate hate hate being sick. I haven't had the energy to do anything, and haven't been sewing at all. I do, however, have a picture of the McCalls 5480 swing coat in action outside of my favorite izakaya.

I don't love this coat, but I do like it. I wish it was a little longer, and that I had known that the lining was not going to be attached at the bottom. (I would have finished the edges of the lining a little better.) The buttons are pretty big, so I decided to put snaps under them rather than make giant button holes. I was recently at Macy's and saw a black coat with white interfacing peeping out of the buttonholes. Ack. Since I used a white interfacing here, I didn't want it to show through as well. This is my first coat, as well as my first lined coat, and I am pretty happy with it. I think I am going to make the long version to wear with my holiday dresses.

I also have pumpkin pictures. We take pumpkin carving very seriously here at the compound, even growing our own squash. Io and her boyfriend video-conferenced in from college and carved with us. Also present was my co-parent, his son, co-parent's girlfriend, daughter, niece, best-friend, her husband, and daughter. A fine time was had by all.

Darin's evil masterpiece:

My slightly less evil concoction:

Friday, November 7, 2008

I have a cold.

I have a really bad cold, which is why I have not updated in awhile. I also broke out in hives tonight while watching a version of Twelfth Night that takes place on the Bayou. We left during intermission. I had to explain what was going on to Darin because he gets very confused by iambic pentameter with a New Orleans accent. It was honestly one of the most god-awful things I have ever seen.