Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas is Over...

Now onto the New Year!

Feel like I've been battling colds left and right! I have been too tired after work and Mommy time to fit in any Me time and that always throws me off balance. I keep thinking I will be better the next day and I can get work done then, but that next day has not come yet. Sometime this weekend I am determined to do something artsy! Even if it is just small. I want to sit at my desk, clean up and organize a bit, find an old project or idea that was buried and just have at it! I had wanted to stay up tonight and prep a bit, but I feel pretty tired, yet again!, and it is not looking good. I go to bed early, but then I have a bunch of strange dreams and wake up a lot (so has my daughter... Bad combo). So everyone make a little wish to the get-well-quick fairy for me and maybe I will have something nice to post on Monday.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

I found some Thyme for Lemons

Preparing ingredients for some Lemon Thyme vodka drinks was not as hard as I thought, but the zest harvesting was a bit harder.

Making the thyme simple syrup was super easy. 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 8 sprigs of fresh thyme. I boiled them till the sugar dissolved then let it cool. I filtered the liquid into a container and put it in the refrigerator.

I juiced 12 lemons and put the juice in the freezer. 2 cups of the lemon juice+1 cup vodka+1cup syrup=yummy and refreshing!

Then it took me a long time with a cheap knife to cut off the zest for an experiment I will start next week in alcohol making. If I had just prepped for the vodka drink, it would have been done in under an hour.

The zest took me an hour, but I am hopping it will be way worth it. Man! The zest sneers sooooooo good!! Whole process reminds me of my sister. Ever since our trip to Seattle last year to see her, I have wanted to make infused liquors. She is so me inspiration in all this. It is the Holidays and I miss her.
So glad the crunch season is over, now on to some new projects! I Better get to bed, still fighting this could I have had all vacation long....yuck!!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

December Sketch Day at Classic Farms

What a wonderful place to visit! And a great place to sketch. It was a beautiful morning. Almost too warm in the sun at first and the dew was glistening in the sun. The clouds did roll in towards the end, bringing the cold with it.

The sketching was great, the company was great and the produce looked devinne! It was, yet again, the perfect start to the weekend.

I do like my sketches, but feel each one needs a little more. So glad so many of the group was able to come out. It was a tiny bit of a drive and a busy time of year, and yet 6 of us were out there with big smiles. I look forward to the next one January 21st. Now back to Christmas cards...have half made and still need to get them in envelopes and address them! They will be getting there the day of or maybe late :( I am too committed to quit though.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Bit of Holiday Cheer

Good Holiday drinks, nice parties, a new tree, decorating the tree and someones epic front yard synced to music. I am already so tired! And I still need to work on my Christmas cards.....sigh. Hope the rest of the season is just as awesome as the last few weekends!

Here is a Little Picture Story about Autumn

Persimmon cookies! It does not truly feel like Fall without them. Makes me miss all our family get togethers.