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.
Over here, it seems, at least temporarily, as though the crazy heat wave has broken. Triple digit temps have been the norm, and it just makes you tired and lazy. I’m looking forward to being outside more for sure!
This weekend was more active than usual. First off, I got a haircut!
I cut off a ton of hair, as it was down to the middle of my back. SO MUCH BETTER! Ahh.
Hubs and I had date night. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Seasons 52. If you’re not familiar with this chain, they specialize in seasonally inspired cuisine and each dish stays under the 500 calorie mark. Everything there is delicious, usually, and they have a long list of creative cocktails as well.
We started out with our favorite summer martini – Strawberry infused organic vodka with basil and a touch of agave nectar.
I rolled with the Vegetarian Tasting Plate, which consisted of: “grains of life,” soft taco, chili relleno, vegetables, cedar roasted tofu, mango chutney.
The grains of life were amazing. Quinoa and bulgar I think, mixed with dried cranberries and fresh orange. Delicious. The chili relleno was also delicious, but gosh… so tiny. Like, two bite tiny. I was very disappointed with the tofu, which was barely seasoned and cold. The soft taco was good. I wouldn’t order it again. Instead I’d probably roll with the entree sized chile rellenos, because those never disappoint!
Sunday we finally made it to the Farmer’s Market. I’ve been trying to go for months, but something always happens on Sunday that prevents me from going!
So glad we went. Those tomatoes are absolutely as epic as they look. One of my favorite things ever is slices of fresh ripe tomato with mayo, salt and pepper, on toast. Mmmmm!!! I also signed up for a CSA share, so I’m really excited about that!
We had some good friends over Sunday afternoon, and our babies played and kept us busy chasing them. And we sipped on this:
Watermelon punch! I’m not posting the recipe because I think it still needs some tweaking. But in a nutshell, I scooped it out, blended it up with fresh basil and rum, and voila! I think next time I’m going to strain it so it isn’t as foamy. The vita mix really frothed it up. I may also use either vodka or a clear rum, like Bacardi, because I used a dark aged rum, and it’s so smooth and slightly sweet, so the rum taste was completely masked by the watermelon. Perhaps you like that? I really like to taste my booze. 🙂
Anyway, that was my weekend! On the agenda this week: Teach this little one how to sleep again.
Mommy is totally over it!
How was your weekend? Anything fun or delicious happen?