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Cocktails #77 Peppermint Patty

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: white creme de cacoa, white creme de menthe, dark creme de cacoa, cream

Drank on: December 16, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: I wasn’t finding white creme de cacoa so I looked up this recipe on other sites and they had it being made a little differently. One called for chocolate vodka (which I couldn’t find) and Chocolate liqueur (which I found with Godiva). and garnish with a peppermint patty.

This completely tasted like the chocolate treat.

A couple of other recipes made it with hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. Which I recently had as a Mint Kiss. the schnapps was way to strong so I couldn’t really drink it.


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Cocktails #72 Old Fashioned

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: sugar, angostura bitters, orange slices, bourbon

Drank on: November

Location: visiting family in Santa Clara, California

Notes: Thanksgiving dinner with family. An Old Fashion was the drink of choice for my Nana. This was a holiday version with cranberry added in. Took a little while to get used to the bourbon.


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Cocktails #69 Mudslide

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: vodka, coffee liqueur, irish cream liqueur

Drank on: March 24, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: Got in the mood for a mudslide, but the bar didn’t make them. So, on the way home I stopped at the grocery store and got this pre-made 4 pack. Figured it’d be my dessert. Tasty for sure. definitely one of the drinks that’ll sneak up on you.


Posted in Generic Ones, It's Artistic/Creative, Super Duper Easy

#778 – Who’s on First?

AKA – Express absurd opinions seriously and see who listens

What’s in the quotes is the item to be checked off from the book. I could probably come up with a few discussions that I took very seriously and have it turn out to be quite mis-leading or absurd. And I am sure my “friends” could share more than I even imagine. The other side to it, is that I am NOT the only person in those absurd but serious conversations. There were one or more others that contributed. In the end, I think we couldn’t keep straight faces any longer and busted up laughing.

While I was thinking about different conversations to write about and check this item off, there was one that relates to the famous sketch that Abbott & Costello performed; “Who’s on First?” This is a PERFECT example of expressing absurd comments, maybe not opinions, but it fits.

My mom, sis, and I were in line for movie tickets one day. I don’t recall how it came up, but my sis and I started trying to recall the Who’s on First? skit. We might have argued, seriously, on what were the correct lines or not. It definitely entertained our mom, and the guy in line behind us. Finally, he couldn’t help but remark that it was neat hearing us talk about a skit from comedians that were from a black & white era of tv show, NOT to mention first starting their careers on radio shows. He was impressed.

I love watching skits from the “black & white” comedy era. Especially when they cracked themselves up during the skit. There are some “color” era comedians that did that too, Carol Burnett and Tim Conway skits come to mind.

I’m going to make it easy and leave you with the Who’s on First? skit found on YouTube to enjoy.

Have you expressed absurd opinions seriously?

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Cocktails #64 Midori Sour

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: melon liqueur, whisky sour mix, lemon-lime soda

Drank on: March 24, 2014

Location: Kupros in Sacramento, California

Notes: It’s not as bright green as this photo depicts. You have to be in the right kind of mood for a sweet/sour drink like this. It was pretty tasty.

I usually hand off my cherries, not a big fan, if you do that too, warn the person or wipe off the sour taste if they don’t want that flavor to go with the cherry.


Posted in Generic Ones, Sporty Chance/Heart Stopping Adventures, Super Duper Easy

#511 – See How High You Can Swing

During a weekend in April of 2014, I was at my cousin’s kid’s 3rd birthday party. It was such a beautiful day and they decided it would be nice to have it at a park for the kids to play around. There was a playground nearby with swings. I decided to go ahead and get a video of me for this item.

1) I need to make sure the operator of the camera (this time being my mom) knows how to work it. She wasn’t sure it was recording so she kept pushing the button and I ended up getting a few short video clips.

2) It seemed I got a lot higher on a swing as a kid. It was pointed out that this observation is probably due to myself being smaller and less weight on the body.

3) I had forgotten how to be able to land well. My dismount had me crashing down into the sand and bending my ankle. I had an instant fear of being that person that broke her ankle doing a simple stupid thing. luckily it’s just sore.

I wouldn’t mind going swinging again, it’s oddly calming and fun for a short bit. This item is definitely super duper easy and can be repeated as many times throughout your life as you wish. Don’t you agree?

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Cocktails #63 Melon Ball & #76 Pearl Harbor

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: melon liqueur, pineapple juice, vodka

Drank on: October 20, 2014

Location: My House in Sacramento, California

Notes: As some friends and I were looking at the list of cocktails, we noticed these 2 drinks shared the same ingredients. So, made the drink and ended up drinking it twice, so I can go ahead and check both off my list.

Good or bad that some drinks have multiple names?


Posted in Festivals/Special Events, Generic Ones, Home Town, Learning Lessons/Research Discoveries, On This Day, State of Mind, Super Duper Easy

#1042 – Thank a Veteran

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)

I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.

I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.

Posted in Bon Appetite, Generic Ones, Super Duper Easy

#758 – Make Your Own Lunch

Not really sure why this is a “must do before you die” item listed in the book. Maybe because we’ve gotten to the point where one can easily never make their own lunches. It’s either made for the person (like when we are kids and our parents made them) or fast food, store bought pre-made stuff, or going to places like subway.

During the weekday, I am able to come home at lunchtime and make something to eat and relax. Every once in a while, I’ve made a salad the night before. Typically I’ll have a wheat wrap, a slice of cheese, and two slices of turkey. No mayo and often no mustard (because I am lazy and don’t want to add the extra bit of effort) So, while it’s a bit dry, I’m fine with it.

lunch 1Then I’ll add chips or fruit.

And Bon Appetite! Mission accomplished for this book item!

Do you make your own lunch?

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Cocktails #61 Manhattan

from the 111 cocktails (you must try) challenge

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Ingredients: bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters

This is how they made it:  Rittenhouse Rye Bourbon, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth and Blood Orange Bitters, Garnished with a Luxardo Cherry

Drank on: December 15, 2015

Location: Lucca in Sacramento, California

Notes: My friends joked that I was going old fashioned / sex in the city. I never got into the tv show, so not sure about that part, but it did make me feel old fashioned with a classic.

Posted in Bon Appetite, Drinks Galore

Recipe #7 & #8 – Shrimp Ceviche & Tomato Salad

“Everyday Dining with Wine”

Read about this ongoing cookbook challenge here

This time I made 2 recipes to enjoy side by side, so I only had one of the wine suggested pairings for my meal.

Summer Tomato Salad:
ripe homegrown, farm-stand, or heirloom tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
sherry vinegar
fresh lovage or chives
pumpkinseed oil
Manchego cheese (can also use parmigiano-reggiano or aged monterey jack)
(I added some bell peppers)

Shrimp Ceviche with avocado, cilantro, and lime:
coconut milk
dry white wine
saffron, tabasco sauce, cilantro
lime juice
(I added radishes)

Wine recommendations:
for the salad – New World Sauvignon Blanc (Brancott, Nautilus or Canyon Road, Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc)
for the ceviche – Sparking Wine (Aria Cava Extra Dry or Argyle Brut or Italian Vermentino)

I chose the Ferrari-Carano Fume BlancMy Review:
They paired very well together. I forgot to buy pumpkinseed oil so not sure how much of a difference in taste it would be in the salad. Either way, I would definitely make both again. My mom and I like to talk about other ways to try new recipes we eat, and both thought adding kalamata olives would go well here.

For the ceviche, very yummy! I would probably not do the radishes again. And I see how having tomatoes in it, helps offset some of the hot sauce and shallot taste. Next time, I want to add some green apples in it and see how that tartness might go.