This week, Eli really started being a little person. Yes, he is totally still a baby, but he’s starting to interact in new ways with us. He’s mimicking what we say (mommy and daddy need to start watching that potty talk) and mimicking what we do. He wants to use a fork like his daddy, and actually accomplished spearing a piece of food and putting it into his mouth. He could not have been happier or more proud of himself! It’s clear that he’s starting to feel that he’s part of a “family” so to speak, and he is really interacting with us.
The other thing he’s doing now is giving kisses, and I don’t think that I’m able to adequately describe how much I love his kisses. I could just EAT him.
Melt, melt, melt.
In other news, I thought it would be cool to greet my man in the evenings with a signature cocktail.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz sage infused honey syrup
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- smoked sea salt for rim garnish
To make the syrup, put 1:1 ratio of honey and water in a pot with a handful of fresh sage leaves, torn. Bring to boil, stirring, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. The longer you let it sit, the more flavorful it will be.
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add all ingredients except salt. Shake vigorously. Moisten a small portion of your martini glass rim (with a little of your leftover lemon, perhaps) and dip in sea salt. Strain into glass and enjoy.
- 2 oz Johnnie Walker Black (or bourbon would work!)
- 3/4 oz star anise infused honey syrup (follow above directions for sage syrup, subbing 1 tsp of star anise for the sage)
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Campari
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
But I’m going to knock it off with “welcome home, dear” cocktails, because they apparently make me gain weight. So you could call this an experiment. While I’m all for enjoying myself in the holiday season, we have two weeks before Christmas and I’d totally like to still fit into my clothes by then.
Wine it is!
However, those cocktails are pretty good. The Wednesday (assuming you enjoy the strong, smokey flavor of JWB) is especially delicious and festive.