Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This morning she went into the basement bathroom, I think because it was cool, and just stayed there. We kept checking on her and I started to notice a bit of a shake. We called the vet and ended up taking her to urgent care. Urgent care vet spoke with our regular vet and decided to keep her and do surgery this evening. They are still a bit puzzled by what may be the cause. We hope that they will find the answer in surgery.
This photo was taken last weekend at Gearhart. She loved the beach.
Rest soundly little doggie.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Who knows maybe one of these will be the unofficial official Oregon State drink. :-) ENJOY!
2 oz. Lovejoy Hazelnut Vodka
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. Chilled Stumptown Espresso (your choice)
1 oz. Whipping Cream
Spiced Cocoa Rim
1 T Superfine Sugar
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
¼ tsp. Penzey’s Spices Chinese Cassia Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Fresh ground nutmeg
Chill Martini glasses and Hazelnut Vodka in freezer.
Mix Spiced Cocoa Rim ingredients.
Lightly dampen (not wet) rim of glasses and dip rim in spiced cocoa mix.
Place all ingredients in a chilled cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds.
Pour into martini glass.
Alternative: instead of rimming glass, add a pinch of the spiced cocoa mix on top of martini
Clear Joy - Serves 2
2 oz. Clear Creek Distillery Pear Brandy
2 oz. Lovejoy Vodka
½ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Oregon Sparkling Wine, you choose!
Chill Martini glasses, Pear Brandy and Vodka in freezer.
Mix Ice, Pear Brandy, Vodka, lime juice and ginger simple syrup in chilled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds.
Pour in martini glass and top with 1 oz. Sparkling Wine.
Ginger Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 inch of ginger root sliced
Bring all ingredients to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and continue to steep ginger. When simple syrup is room temperature. Chill
Sage River - Serves 1
3 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
½ tsp sugar
1 lemon wedge
½ oz simple syrup
4 sage leaves chopped
3 oz. 12 Bridges Gin
grapefruit peel twists
Put sage leaves, sugar and lemon wedge in cocktail shaker crush together with muddler or end of wooden spoon. Add ice, simple syrup and gin. Shake vigorously.
Pour in rocks glass with ice, top with sparling lemonade and garnish with twist. Also will have bits of sage leaves if properly muddled.
Monday, August 18, 2008
First I made a martini with the Pear Brandy ( top secret recipe for now) Good!
Then I made a Espresso Hazelnut martini. GREAT!
It was so fun. Tom is a great one to taste and give feedback. We adjusted both recipes at least 3x's. Don't worry I made very small batches. :-) At one point I even stopped everything and dashed up to Stroehecker's for half and half, which made the drink.
We just looked at the rules and judging criteria for the contest. I think I am going to have a difficult time choosing the region for each of my drinks. They say I can enter one recipe per email. I think I'm going to need one more email address. I want to enter 3 different cocktails.
Can't wait to share with everyone.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Next, check out Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in Long Way Down. First they rode their motorcycle around the world in Long Way Around. Now in the sequel they are riding from Scotland to Cape Town, Africa. Tom and I are loving the Brit Whit!
Also, had a great trip to Laguna Beach, CA last week and then to Gearheart, OR this weekend. Too HOT in Portland. Look for posts of our adventures soon.