Hendrick’s Martini

Our party went very well – everyone seems to have had a good time (no one has quit and everyone still seems to be speaking to us, anyway).  I took a few pictures because, well, our house won’t look quite that nice again until right before next year’s party.

Living Room

I like this picture for two reasons: it’s halfway decent – I don’t take very good pictures of rooms – and it’s the only time our fugly fireplace is pretty.  If we’d had to buy this house because we loved the fireplace, we’d be living somewhere else, trust me.


Our Amish-crafted bookcases.  We had someone clean the carpets before the party, who looked at the bookcases and said, “Boy, someone likes to read.”  I replied, “Not at all – I’m just allergic to moose heads.”  (Here’s your sign…)

Dining Room – Hutch
Dining Room – Curio

Look very carefully at the dining room.  Appreciate how nice it looks, because the other 364 days a year it is covered with my laptop, note pads, pens, pencils, The Young One’s homework and my photography stuff.  Oh, and ignore that I still have not picked out a color for above the chair rail.  Oh, well.

Hendrick’s Martini

This is a Hendrick’s Martini.  Lately it is the libation of choice if we’re going to drink a martini because A) it tastes really, really good and 2) it’s not exactly cheap so we don’t drink a lot.  Distilled in Scotland, Hendrick’s lacks the junipery sharpness of most gins and has a subtle undertone of cucumber.  Best served very dry, it is also quite tasty garnished with a sour gherkin.

Hendrick’s Martini

serves Beloved and makes him happy

3 ounces Hendrick’s Gin

several drops dry vermouth


Cucumber slice

Chill a martini glass in the freezer.  Place several ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Drizzle the vermouth sparingly into the shaker, just enough to coat the ice cubes.  Add the Hendricks to the ice and shake.  Strain into the chilled martini glass, garnish with the cucumber slice and serve.

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Very Blueberry Martini (And More)

Blog Land is such a lovely place, virtual though it may be, and the people that inhabit it are what makes Blog Land so very, very special.

If you follow Mama Badger from Out of the Boondocks and Into The ‘Burbs (and if you don’t, why aren’t you??  Get on over there – hop to it!), you know that I got to meet her last Saturday.

Yes.  You can touch me.

Can I say gorgeous?  Yes, I can, because she is.  Tiny and gorgeous.  And so very, very nice – I can’t even begin to describe how nice.  I also got to meet PB, who is every bit as sweet and warm as his lovely wife, and LG and little o.  Folks, pictures don’t begin to do those boys justice – they are flippin’ adorable.  LG was a bit on the shy side Saturday afternoon, as well as immersed in watching Mickey Mouse (I wish I’d had more time to spend there, I’d have been doing the Hot Dog dance with him before too much longer), but I did get to spend a little time getting to know little o.   Beautiful blue eyes and eyelashes for days, and he was giving me smiles before I left (as MB said, he can tell a Grandma when he sees one!).

I was also presented with a lovely and thoughtful gift from the Badger clan.  My love of fun and fruity martinis is well-known, and I couldn’t have been more surprised to be given a lovely set of two martini glasses etched with little fishes all around – TOO CUTE!! How could she know I’m so fond of unusual and funky martini glasses? – and a bottle of all-natural Wild Blueberry Martini Mixer.  All natural, folks – not a drop of high-fructose corn syrup to be found.

And it is delicious.  (Alcohol-free primal challenges don’t count when you’ve been given something like this.  Trust me.)  I’m sure it would have been better if Beloved had concocted something with it, but I wasn’t going to wait for him to come home from his business trip either.

I know…I’m bad.  Happy, but bad.

A Very Blueberry Martini

Very Blueberry Martini

serves me, happily

1/2 part Wild Blueberry Martini Mixer

1 part Stoli Blueberry Vodka

1½ parts Stoli Vodka

1 small squeeze of lemon

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 2 or 3 ice cubes; shake well.  Strain into a well-chilled martini glass, garnish with a slice of lemon and serve immediately.

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