Last week I wrote about wanting to make bourbon lemonades, so Kinnon and I gave it a whirl on Monday night. We followed the Smitten Kitchen “Vermontucky Lemonade” instructions and used bourbon, water, lemon juice, and maple syrup, and they were amazing. Here’s the recipe:
Mix in a pitcher:
1 cup lemon juice (if you’re too lazy to squeeze lemons, get the good stuff at the grocery store)
2.5 cups cold water
0.5 cups maple syrup (again, use the good stuff)
Put ice and however much bourbon you want in a glass, and then pour the lemonade mixture over top to fill your glass. Stir slightly, and enjoy. Mmmmmmm. We used Bulleit Bourbon, and next time we’ll try Knob Creek or Four Roses.
Here are two vacation rental properties (link one and link two) I found on Airbnb recently during one of my semi-regular wanderlust-induced browsing sessions. These are both in Muir Beach, California, which is only about 15 miles from San Francisco. Could you imagine relaxing on the deck of one of these places and looking at that view?!? Dreamy.
[first 2 photos from this rental property; last 3 photos from this rental property]
I usually drink white wine in the summer, with the occasional beer, margarita or even a gin and tonic for variety. But a couple weeks ago I had bourbon lemonade (pictured above) at Hogtown Smoke with my pal Hilary. It was delicious.
I need to figure out how to make them so I can now drink bourbon lemonades all summer long. Do you have a good recipe? I’ve found some online that suggest using triple sec or maple syrup in addition to the lemonade and bourbon, for sweetness. Or this recipe on The Kitchn suggests using honey bourbon with lemon juice, sugar and water. I guess I’ll have to try a few different recipes to find which one I like best. Sounds like a fun experiment.
This past Saturday, Ian, Clara and I went to Bluffer’s Beach. It’s part of Bluffer’s Park (remember this post from 2010?) and it was amazing – seriously the best beach for young kids I’ve seen in Toronto. That’s because it’s man-made. No rocks, no algae… just clean, clear, shallow water with a sandy bottom. We got there around 10:00am and were able to easily find a parking space (although the lots were all full when we left around 12:30pm – so get there early!). We set up our Sportbrella, put on some sunscreen, and set out to build sandcastles and wade in the water. Lake Ontario was cooooooold but it felt good and refreshing after sitting in the sun. A perfect way to spend a Saturday in the summer, and only a short drive from our house. Toronto is so cool sometimes.
Here are some more photos.
I just ordered this print from Holstee – it’s an illustration of Maria Popova’s 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing and Living (a post on her delicious BrainPickings blog). It’s going to look awesome on the wall above my computer in my office.
Other than a few Neil Gaiman comics I read in high school, I don’t often read graphic novels. But I’ve heard of two recently that intrigue me, and both are by Toronto writers. The first is This One Summer by illustrator Jillian Tamaki (whose work I adore) and her cousin, writer Mariko Tamaki. It’s about two girls on the cusp of becoming teenagers, during one summer at their families’ beach houses. Sounds like the perfect summer read.
The second graphic novel that interests me is Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley (you know, the guy who made Scott Pilgrim). Apparently it has a strong female lead (which you know I love).
Have you read any graphic novels that you really enjoyed?
[images via Jillian Tamaki's blog]
Do you like to ride on rollercoasters? I hate them. I get all tense and want to vomit. I can do the kiddie ones but that’s it! Ferris wheels and carousels are enough for me.
This video from last night’s episode of Jimmy Fallon made me laugh. Comedian Kevin Hart seems to hate rollercoasters as much as I do! Enjoy.
[img via Flickr user 55Laney69]
I took off a few hours from work today to put the finishing touches on our new backyard, and I’m so happy to say it’s done! We just finished a 3-week long full overhaul. Our old deck, shed, walkway and pathetic grass patches were full removed, and a new patio, deck, and gardens were put in (with proper drainage and grading and all that not-so-sexy-but-all-so-important stuff). We worked with Ted Hobson and his crew from Hobson Landscapes, and they did an *amazing* job. I highly recommend them. Lots more photos of before, during, and after the landscaping after the jump…
Before Clara was born, Ian and I loved to go camping at different provincial parks in Ontario. We’re not hardcore into backwoods camping or anything – we do “car camping”, where you pull your car up to your reserved spot so it’s much easier to pack and unload. We have a massive tent that fits our queen-size air mattress, and I have even been known to bring a duvet and feather pillows (way more cozy than sleeping bags… hey… don’t judge).
We have camped with our dogs (that’s our old dog, Robby, in the photo above) but haven’t tried camping with our kid. I think this summer it’s finally time. Clara is 3 now, potty trained, eats regular food, and sleeps somewhat regularly. She’d probably love to explore and play in the woods, and splash in the water on a shallow beach. I think there would be enough new stuff to see and do to keep her entertained. And if the whole thing is a total gong show, we can always just pack up and drive home, right?
Have you gone camping with small children? Any tips?
3-year-old Clara came home from preschool with this gem today, tucked inside her Mother’s Day card for me. I think “drink some juice” is a euphemism for wine. I also like that I’m apparently 5 years old.
Happy Mother’s Day!
PS – My blog post from my first Mother’s Day, when Clara was an infant.