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Writer's Block: BFFs

If you had to pick a character from your favorite TV show back in middle school to be your best friend today, who would you choose, and why? Have you outgrown some of the characters you loved when you were an early adolescent?

Starbuck from the original Battlestar Galactica.  That character was my middle school crush-he was fun, brave and very bad with authority!

What will I do with myself?

Bubba's going to start full day pre-k one week from today at 8am.  I'm so anxious about it (I'm hiding it well so that he doesn't catch on!), I really want him to like it and not throw a fit every day before school. 

Plus-what am I going to do with myself from 8:3am to 2pm every day?????  The first few weeks will be fine-I can clean the house top to bottom, reorganize closets, cabinets and drawers, and finish up projects.  After that though?  I'm a stay at home mom, and will be until he goes off to "regular" school on the bus starting in August. 

I won't be able to find a job that will hire me from now til then, as I have to work only certain hours-have to drop him off at 8am, have to pick him up at 2:30pm.  Due to the unemployment around here, almost every place is hiring only "flexible" schedules-days, nights, weekends, holidays.  I'm just not available for that.  So I'll wait til August, when he takes the bus and my hubby can walk him to and from the bus stop (hubby works from home). 

So, what will I do?  Ugh-I need to get a plan...

I cooked Italian food tonight, so I thought I'd post an Italian cocktail!

Sogni di Notte

1 oz vodka
1 oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua or equivalent)
1 tbsp. Amaretto
4 oz. cream

Mix together in a shaker filled with ice and pour into a chilled martini glass...


Drink of the day: Pear Martini

Here's a lovely cocktail that's super simple to make!  Remember the rule, though:  Martinis are like breasts-one's not enough and three are too many!  Enjoy!

Pear Martini

2 oz. pear vodka (Absolut does a pear vodka that is excellent for this)
splash of grapefruit juice
squeeze of lime juice

Mix all in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

That's it!


Since it's so cold everywhere lately (even here in FL it's into the 20's at night!), this one's appropriately named!


1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur
1 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Orange Juice
1 whole Maraschino cherry

Mix all liquids in a shaker filled with ice.  Pour into a highball (tall) glass filled with ice, and garnish with the cherry!



Drink of the day-The British Invasion

Since I'm heading off to the UK tomorrow, I thought as my last cocktail recipe of the year (yep, I won't be back til January) I'd do this one!  This is a labor intensive drink, but done correctly it's awesome!  Especially if you're a bartender-this is an impressive drink to make-your clientele will love it!

The British Invasion  

1 1/2 parts Courvoisier Exclusif Cognac
3/4 part Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
3/4 part Knob Creek Bourbon
2 orange peels
almond cream (recipe below)
super-fine sugar for rimming

1. Pour the Courvoisier Exclusif into a sugar-rimmed brandy snifter.
2. In a separate mixing glass, combine the Starbucks Coffee Liqueur and Knob Creek and stir.
3. Ignite the cognac slowly turning the snifter and rotating it so as to caramelize all the sugars on the rim of the snifter.
4. Express the two orange peels into the brandy snifter so as to coat the inside of the glass with the caramelized orange oils. (This should create quite a spark so be careful!)
5. Discard the orange peels.
6. Strain the coffee liqueur/bourbon mixture directly into the brandy snifter, putting out the flame.
7. Layer the almond cream on top of the mixture.
8. Allow to cool and enjoy carefully as the brandy snifter may be quite hot around the rim.

Almond Cream
Combine 2 oz. heavy whipping cream with 1/2 oz. Orgeat Syrup and shake vigorously in a glass and mixing tin for 20 slow seconds until sufficiently whipped.


I've had this at a martini bar before, and it's lovely. You don't really notice the alcohol content, though, so stick with the old martini rule: Martinis are like breasts-one isn't enough and three are too many!

Blue Snowflake Martini

2 oz. Hpnotiq (a blue mixture of fruit juice, vodka and cognac-yum!)
1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz pineapple juice
Slice of starfruit for a garnish, optional

Mix in a shaker full of ice-shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of starfruit.



...but not just any beer! This is Alagash Brewery's Black-a Belgian style stout so very very comforting in the cold winter. I'm a stout drinker in the winter, but a wheat beer drinker in the summer. Since it's winter, I thought I'd check out a few new stouts from some of my favorite breweries.

Alagash is brewed up in Maine, but bottled and sold in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IN, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, VT, VA & WA.


If you're a fan of full bodied stouts, you've got to try this one! You can taste coffee, chocolate and spices-it's such a mouthful, you won't need a meal! Just have another drink and you're good!


Drink of the day- Gingerbread Cocktail

This one is lovely, I love the gingerbread man garnish-it's so cute for a girls night!

Gingerbread Cocktail

1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
4 oz. ginger beer - not gingerale
float of dark rum
Gingerbread man cookie (Pepperidge Farm ones are recommended)

Pour first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into an 8 oz glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer. Gently pour a small amount of dark rum over the top of the ginger beer (this is called a "float"). Garnish with the gingerbread man and a straw.

This is an awesome drink-if you like Mojitos, you'll love this one as well. It's not too easy to find Cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane liquor), but if your town/city has any sort of a Brazilian population, you should be able to pick it up...


2 tsp granulated sugar
1 lime
2 1/2 oz Cachaca

Cut the lime into 8 wedges. Put the lime and sugar into an old fashioned glass and muddle together. Fill the glass with ice. Add the Cachaca, garnish with a strip of sugarcane if desired.