Archive for June, 2009

Saturday sunset



The Gemini


Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about a new artisan elderflower liquor called St-Germain. I found a recipe for a St-Germain cocktail in this month’s issue of Living. It’s quickly become my favorite summer drink, as evidenced by the empty bottle…

The Gemini

(Makes 2)

  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice, strained
  • 3 ounces St-Germain liqueur
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice cubes
  • Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
  • 2 grapefruit-rind twists


  1. Mix grapefruit juice, St-Germain, vodka, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into 2 chilled glasses. Top with Prosecco.
  2. Serve each with a grapefruit twist.

Overheard: Anniversary edition

Ava, after watching our wedding video last  night: Mom, can I please be at your next wedding?

Ten years!


Summer storms

Nights like last night make 100-degree weather worth it.



But then again, maybe not

“But Mom, I am REALLY sure Liv wants to sit on my lap.”




Ava: I really wish Aunt Katie could bring her kitty Sophie with her when she visits.

Mom: Really? Doesn’t Sophie bite?

Ava: No!

Mom: Oh, was I thinking of someone else? Dagny, maybe?

Ava: No, you were thinking of Olivia.

This seems unreasonable.

A headline from our local paper:

Heat advisory upgraded to Excessive Heat Warning

Livie Lou Who Fix

I am starting to get a little nervous about our plan to wean Liv off of pacifiers by the time she’s two.


Sweets for the sweet

I recently ordered the new Martha Stewart Cupcakes cookbook, and it is filled with amazing ideas. The recipes are what really caught my eye, but not surprisingly, there are fabulous decorating ideas, too.

Ava and I made these golf cupcakes for Father’s Day. Since Bryan’s only request for the day was to watch the U.S. Open, they seemed fitting! He did think it would be more realistic if his golf ball was in the sand trap rather than by the pin, though…