Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gallifrey One - 2017

Nevada, my husband, and I went to our third Doctor Who convention this past weekend.  We spent three days in L.A. going to panels, interviews, and cocktail receptions.  We watched people do karaoke.  We did a ton of people watching.  There were some fantastic costumes, lots and lots of people cosplaying -- sometimes with crazy costumes, sometimes stealthily.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Coctail Wednesday - Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail

So .... Nevada's mom posted one of those videos on facebook that show how you make this beautiful cocktail.  Check out the video and the recipe here.

This is what the drink is supposed to look like.


We couldn't find any fresh lavender, but did find some dried, in the spices section of our local grocery store.   

  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers (dried or fresh)
  • 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 2 (750ml) bottles champagne
 Got home from work and cooked up the berries (and maple syrup) and lavender, oh and vodka.

I may not have cooked it long enough cuz the berry mixture didn't stay in the bottom of the glass and it didn't look nearly as pretty.  

It tasted pretty good.  Might try again with fresh lavender .. if I ever find it.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Family ...

So this past summer my Uncle Walter died.  He was 95.  He was an interesting man with an interesting life.  He was the husband of my mother's sister.  She was born in 1920 and is still living in Maryland.  He was younger, born in March of 1921.

I didn't know him well enough to write much.  He was a professor at the University of Maryland, geography I believe.  One of his "hobbies" was making wine -- on a large scale.  The day after the memorial service, I went with my cousins, their families, and a bunch of their friends for a day at the vineyard -- picking grapes, pressing grapes, bottling wine.

This was something I'd been wanting to do for the last few years since I started drinking and appreciating wine.  Nevada and I had talked about going to the east coast for the harvest ...

I had participated in the harvest once before.  Prior to moving to California, the fam and I went to Cremona and picked grapes and pressed some wine.  The kids swam in the pool -- a pool where the water was directly from the Patuxent River ...  It was a good time.  No pictures though.

My uncle also used to love taking pictures.  He had a dark room in the basement.  There were always pictures around their house, usually black & white, of children, grandchildren, houses, Africa...

This is a picture taken by my uncle (notice the camera in the mirror) -- probably pre-children.  You gotta love his Charlie Chaplin-esque pose and my aunt's expression.

The following is the link to a blog post by a friend of Ila & Walter's.

And if you're interested, here's a link to a web site with pictures from Uganda/Kenya.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cocktail Wednesday - French 75

This week's cocktail was a three-peat, the French 75.  Recipe from here.

  • Gin, 2 oz.
  • Lemon juice, 1 oz.
  • Sugar, 1 tsp.
  • ice
  • Champagne

I put the sugar, lemon and gin in the shaker with ice.  poured in glasses, and topped off with the champagne.

Very tasty.  I like it better each time!

Ice cream #1-3 - Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla

So I've used the ice cream maker three times.  Made strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.  Quite neopolitan!

They were all three delicious.  The strawberry was the best with the vanilla coming in a close second.

I think the next one to make is coffee -- then I'll add toffee to it to make a Coffee, heath-bar crunch which is my favorite Ben & Jerry's favorite.

The vanilla disappeared quickly ...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cocktail Wednesday - Strawberry Gin Cocktail

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.

  • Gin
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon (fresh lemon juice)
  • Mint (instead of basil -- mix up at the grocery store) 
  • Sugar
  • Club soda
  • Ice

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!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Google Love

Google has this option in photos where they animate your pictures for you.  Here are some pics of Nate Dog from Christmas that I just love.