Sometimes Monday | 4.13.20

Sometimes Monday | 4.13.20

Means a complete “brain dump” – yep, that’s right… today I am dumping out all the things rattling around my brain that I have been trying to remember for “future posts”…

Also, cocktails on Monday need to be a thing when we are back to “normal,” whatever that might be!

First up, the weekend highlights:

  • I had a few brief moments of mourning over the weekend when I reflected on not being in Michigan for the holiday as we had planned. Virtual conversations are just not the same as in person ones. However, Vivi with her Chicks is epic! My daughter says she wants to be “with them” in the barn all.the.time!
  • Church via Zoom is also not quite the same as being together in person and “Apart but Together Easter Breakfast” would have been greatly improved with “smell-i-vision” because bacon! (And someone was having Pecan Pancakes!)
  • An Easter without music is not quite the same, but I did find some Spotify channels to “sing along” with…much to Steve’s pleasure, lol (or is that displeasure! Ha!)
  • A new cocktail was created, and it is a huge winner! (there was some necessity for this as the vermouth stock is dwindling…)
    • 1 Cup Dry Gin
    • 1/2 cup Pear Ginger Puree (recipe follows)
    • 1/3 cup Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquor
      • Ingredients for Pear Ginger Puree:

        • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Pear Halves, diced
        • 1 ginger root, sliced (you do not need to peel it)
        • 1.5 cups water
        • A scant 2/3 cup of cane sugar

Bring all ingredients to a boil. Once boiling turn heat down to simmer covered for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit covered for another 15 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces and pour the pear liquid into a blender. Blend until pears are pureed.

To make the cocktail, add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and enjoy! (makes 2 substantial cocktails!) I froze the remaining puree in ziploc bags for future cocktails!

Now that the “weekend” is out of the way, let’s begin the brain dump portion of this post!

I saw this somewhere in the Blogisphere last week, sorry I don’t remember where (maybe Kym??) I have read it multiple times and have printed it out and put it in my journal. The words are the perfect reminder of how all this should change us.

SAH Book Bingo is sparking all kinds of excitement in my reading! I love the planning part especially, figuring out what books will work for a square. Need some ideas? Look no further! 500 Page book square? This has some incredible ideas (and I have read lots of them!) Let me know if you need a suggestion or two from this list!

Looking for things to fill mystery squares? Goodreads has compiled an excellent list here! (and again, if you need some suggestions – please ask me!)

NPR’s interactive list is a treasure trove of good things! (and it goes back several years!)

And finally, this poem by Carl Sandburg seems like the perfect thing to end this Monday post with.

If it is raining where you are, I hope you can stay safe and dry!

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