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Pasadena, Parrots and Halibut at Home

22 Feb

This past Saturday, my friend Heather, her two cherubs and I jumped into her car for a trip up to Pasadena and the Norton-Simon museum. I had not been there since I was about her oldest’s age, about 9, and have wanted to return ever since.

Pasadena is certainly not just up the road from South Orange County, but it didn’t take us too long to get there, and with only one “Are we there yet?” from the back seat. Pretty nice going, if you ask me. I left them at the entrance waiting to be collected for the craft event and swung into the main gallery. I asked one of the staff if it was true—could I really take photos? He said yes, but no flash ever. That I could handle. Continue reading

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere…

14 Aug

OK, so we haven’t started drinking at noon on Sunday. Well, not THIS Sunday. But as our friends know, we are partial to a martini most nights of the week. So it’s time we feature one of The Husband’s fantastic martini creations.

Shaken, not stirred please.

Now, we like our martinis pretty basic. None of that Lemondrop, Cosmo fruity crap. Just give me my vodka, make it ice cold, and make it snappy.

There’s no better place to have a martini than at my house, as The Husband is the best bartender ever. Have you been to a bar where they keep Grey Goose, Pearl vodka and Hendrick’s gin in the freezer? Exactly. When you go to a bar, you end up getting a martini made from room-temp vodka. Ew. We have no kids, so whatever freezer space would be taken up with fish fingers and frozen veg is reserved for our alcohol.

I’m even going to share my special cocktail nuts recipe with you, not that it’s a big secret. Whole Foods gave me the idea, and they charge an arm and a leg (surprise!?) for them in the store when you can just make them yourselves for a lot less dinero. And they’re perfect with martinis.

Bottom’s up! Continue reading