Do you say 4th or fourth? Or type. Write.
Loooooong weekends for life, man.
I'm so excited for this weekend. We have a few vague plans with friends and family and other than that are going to do a bunch of walking, eating, and general hanging. Ribs will be smoked, and squash casserole with kale is already in the freezer. Besides that, here's what I'm thinking for the most fun eating weekend of the season. ...
We aren't really cocktail people, I'll be honest.
Jay likes vodka mixed with....Le Croix, mostly, which I guess is technically a cocktail, but it's very rarely that we drink some kind of a specialty mixed drink at home or restaurants. Mainly because they're complicated (at home) and expensive (out), and we're lazy and cheap. Full disclosure.
But! That doesn't mean we aren't fully into all the holiday-spiced stuff that is available right now - flavorings, combinations, amped up classic cocktails, I know you've seen them. We've had a few at restaurants that are truly delicious, and I wanted to make a simple version at home to complement a drink setup at a holiday party. I think offering too much liquor is a recipe for disaster (just our friends?), but that having beer + wine + one cocktail at an event is lovely and charming without being too expensive or too much work.
So that's what we're doing! A take on a regular Moscow Mule with ginger simple syrup and soda instead of ginger beer. The garnishes are distinctly holiday, but the recipe can be used year round, DUH. The simple syrup takes all of 5 minutes to make, and gets more delicious the longer it hangs out with the spices in the fridge. So, make now, serve at every weekend until January 4, give or take.
I hope there are giggles, and fun, and family (no matter who your family actually is), and food, and a few pretty leaves never hurt anything, right?
We are celebrating with....nothing. We had a massive storm that hit our neighborhood HARD on Friday night (trees in houses kind of hard), so we're figuring out how to manage the disaster that is our back yard while pregnant and with one leg broken...for free. Wish us luck on that!
When I figured out how people had babies, like when I was 11 or something, I connected the dots between the act of birthing a human and this holiday. Like...we have a holiday to celebrate being in labor! This year that is especially funny, and there seriously should be a holiday for that ish, amirite?
If you're laboring today for the greater good (or hell, to pay your own bills!), THANK YOU. If you're off today, REST. Or clear out brush, whatever is most important.
It's Earth Day!
Now, I know that rain is great for the Earth, but I for one am obsessed with the fact that it's a zero-humidity 70-degree day in these parts. We had a few muggy days followed by a week straight of rain, and sun just makes me happy, ya dig?
So, I'm happy we're having a sunny, breezy Earth day, and I fully intend to get outside to celebrate it as soon as I finish these 5,938 things I'm working on.
I wore green pants yesterday by accident, AND my coworker Dave wore a green shirt.
And here we are today wearing grey and other neutrals. What a waste!
But, we should definitely celebrate. Beer, corned beef, the luck of the Irish, you know.
With green foods! Here are some of my favs:
Guys! It's Black Friday. Where you are, I'm guessing, at least. Where I am? I'm literally on a boat. In the sunshine, a la Olivia Pope, IN THE LIGHT. Not working. For once. I've been on a work-binge these past few weeks, and I can't begin to tell you what a gift this is.
It's a holiday!
Go enjoy it!
It's Tuesday! Today begins the first of three posts discussing a quick + easy German style meal that you can make right at home. So, stick around for the end of the week and we'll end up with a super quick and easy and healthy and yummy meal.
I'm a big fan of German food, mainly because I think that sauerkraut is one of the most baller things ever, right up there with ANYTHING ELSE PICKLED EVER. Lots of the elements in the meal that we're making have some kind of acid, including apple cider vinegar in these yummy potatoes. What I love about German potato salad is that you can serve it hot or cold, and there's no mayo so you can let it sit out all the live long day without being concerned about deadly food borne illnesses.
To be fair, I never concern myself with food borne illnesses, but that's another story. ...
Do something fun. Have a drink. Think of people who serve us who need to be thanked. Breathe in the sunshine or rain or whatever weather is happening where you are right this instant.
GET OFF THE INTERNET AND TALK TO A HUMAN.
Like I'm going to do right now. 🙂
So it's a fake drinking and eating holiday, had you heard?
It's true! People in Mexico don't all celebrate this glorious day that Corona is now exploiting, which is super weird given the current lack of limes, amirite?
Speaking of limes, last night with dinner I had a (big, amazing) Dos Equis with 3 lemons in it. It wasn't that bad. Have you had lime issues yet? They still have them at Trader Joe's, so I'm hoarding the ones that I have and then I guess it's just lemons or bust, right? Beer with citrus is still good, so I'm kind of OK with it. The lime issue has something to do with drug lords apparently, according to one friend I talked to who clearly knows everything about Mexican drug lords via upstate SC.
It's Earth Day, y'all, or as some of us in the dirtyhippyyogi crew say "the day we remember that we're supposed to have Earth Day every day."
Because, you know, one day per year of lovin' on this rock might not be quite enough?
Or global warming and other things is just a fantasy and there's plenty to go around no matter how much we destruct, yes?
Listen, I know some people honestly believe that. I know some people refuse to recycle because they have it in their heads that it's just a ruse for the city to take more of our money and they're really throwing our recyclables in with our other trash. ...
I know the holidays are past but...we start seeing Christmas decorations in October so I get to talk about Christmas a week after it happens, mmkay? I just do.