Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday on the Patio - Classic Gin Fizz







My view on most Friday afternoons during happy hour is just like these photos I took last Friday. It's very green and sun dappeled since we are surrounded by trees. The flowers in the pots are looking pretty and add a bright splash of color in the midst of all that foliage. This time of summer is the payoff for all that work, spreading wood chips and planting, that I did a few weeks ago. Now is the time to sit and enjoy that peace and quiet with a cocktail and my iPad.

Sometimes I like my cocktail to be simple and classic and I am a big fan of a tall, cool gin and tonic in the summer. I recently finished reading a book set in the roaring twenties and there were a lot of references to drinks made with bathtub gin. After a little research, I found a mention of a classic Gin Fizz and it sounded light, refreshing and perfect for patio sipping.

To make: Add 2 ounces gin, 1/2,ounce lemon juice, 1 tsp powdered sugar and 4 ounces club soda to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake (it will fizz) and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lemon slice.

Note: The book I got my gin inspiration from is The Other Typist and if you loved Gone Girl you will love this book too. However, the ending is crazy and there are many sites with opinions about what actually might have happened. If you read this book, can we please discuss :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two Books I Loved





There is a genre of books; sometimes a memoir, sometimes a novel, that include recipes as part of the story. I have always been drawn to this style of book, because I think every great recipe usually has a good story or memory that goes along with it. The stories of dinners around a table, celebration meals, holidays and delicious food cooked with love.

These two books; Lunch In Paris and Picnic in Provence are beautifully written memoirs about an American girl who falls in love with a man, a country and its food all at the same time. She seamlessly weaves stories about Paris, Provence and the French culture and people, with her love of cooking and eating good food. The books are about her life, her marriage and her struggle to fit in as an American living in France. Cooking, shopping in the daily markets and family recipes are what ultimately help her come to grips with her new life.

At the end of every chapter are recipes; some classic French, some from her American roots. This is not five star French cuisine, but rather simple, hearty recipes, where the fresh ingredients are the star. But, more than anything, it's the stories that go along with the recipes that will tug at your heart strings and make you long to be in Paris or Provence, sitting around the author's table.

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, June 20, 2016

7 Layer Greek Dip - Pinterest Success {43}




We had a lovely Father's Day celebrating all the wonderful dads in our family; my husband, my dad, my brother and my brother in law. We spent the day outside and even though it was a hot day, it was pleasant under the shade and next to my sister's pool.

We like to keep things simple for these summertime family parties and the easiest way to do that is a potluck, where everyone brings a dish to go with whatever my brother in law decides to grill. I took two things - Healthy Nutty Coleslaw that I have made before and is similar to a ramen noodle salad, but better for you and I also tried a new appetizer recipe that seemed perfect for a hot summer day.

The 7 Layer Greek Dip I made is a Skinnytaste recipe and the original pin can be found here. It is light, refreshing and delicious served with pita chips. The use of plain yogurt as a healthier creamy layer is so smart and the addition of fresh dill, garlic and lemon juice makes for a bright flavor that compliments the hummus and veggies. It's a fresh new appetizer to add to my go to list.

Happy Monday!


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