Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ch-ch-changes

I was in the shower the other day thinking about blogging. It seems that is about as close as I get to writing these days. It occurred to me that life had really changed in the past few months. My mother's death in July ushered in all sorts of changes for my family and me. Not all of them have been "bad" changes.

The nicest change is that we have a whole new generation to celebrate now. My niece and her husband welcomed their little boy, Wyatt, into the world on 10 October 2009.


There's nothing like a brand-new baby to love to make you look at life differently.

Here in the Mouse House, we have begun the first phases of empty-nesterism. (I know that's not a real word, but it communicates nonetheless.)

Pup #1 left the nest the beginning of October. He is spending the next 6 months participating in a Biblical outreach program. Countrymouse and I are very proud of him. He is living outside Indianapolis during this time. I think he really likes it there. Countrymouse and I are hoping to spend a few days with him during the Christmas holidays.

Pup #2 left mid-July for Army basic training. We are very proud of him as well. He graduates next week. Countrymouse and I are taking the rest of the pups to see him graduate. We consider it a pretty big deal and we want to support him. More on that to follow!

We've continued to make changes in the house. (I reluctantly have to tell you my kitchen floor is not 100% done. We are still waiting on trim work. I'm beginning to think we need a Plan B.)

My WC sister is no longer my WC sister and my WC brother is no longer my WC brother. Of course they are still my siblings, but they have left the West Coast. (Yay! I'll take anything that's closer.) WC sister is now living in Denver with her family in their first home and WC brother is right here in my little town! He and his family are currently staying with our father, but they'll be moving right across the street from me once their house (see below) is ready.

That is the good part. The not-so-good part is that his cancer is back and that's why they moved "home". I'm happy to have him near though and to get to be a bigger part of his life.

My other siblings (aka EC brother and EC sister) are facing their own challenges in the work force. EC brother is trying his hand at starting his own company and EC sister is changing careers. She's back in school after a 10-year or so hiatus and finding studying at almost 40 different than it was 20 years ago.

We've had some other bumps in the road in our family, but we are moving on. Change can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes, especially when it isn't invited. The important thing is to stay positive and peaceful. (Granted this doesn't always come easily, but thankfully, we have the ability to change our minds.) I try to look at each day as a little capsule and handle it that way. (Remember, I said this doesn't always come easily, but it does come.)

I love this Nina Simone song. It's called "Feelin' Good" (and yes, as a nod to The Love of His Life, I will admit that Michael Buble' does a decent cover. Although the incomparable Ms. Simone covered it about 10 years before he was even born!). The repeating lyrics are "It's a new day, it's a new dawn, it's a new life for me. And I'm feelin' good." I don't feel that way everyday, but I am working on it.




Tuesday, October 13, 2009

amaretto pie

Okay... I know... you're not sure if that is a cocktail or a dessert, right? It's actually a "shooter". Not my words; it's what the website I found it on calls it. This dates the guy on the website, but I feel right at home with that terminology. That's what we called them when I was in college. (Usually associated with Melon Ball, but there were others.) Nowadays they would just be called "shots". Maybe Midori isn't the liquor of choice anymore, but there are countless concoctions.

I have this whole lounge/martini bar/1960's chic mindset when it comes to drinking. Even though I have never done it, I would love to throw a "real" cocktail party. (Most of my get togethers center around large buckets of beer with the occasional bottle (or 3) of wine.) I am so fascinated by The Cocktail that I have a stack of what I call Cocktail Cookbooks. I peruse them in my free time looking for the best sounding or looking drink.

That brings me to the site where I found the Amaretto Pie, Everyday Drinkers. Their philosophy is:

Imagine a world where you can sit in the comfort of your own home, beside a warm fire drinking your favorite beverage. Perhaps you’re more of a pub crawler or “common man” drinker that just wants to try new spirits without having to risk hitting a bad brew. Perhaps you’re an everyday drinker?
We at Everyday Drinkers are your common consumers of alcoholic beverages, we’re not out to use big fancy words and try to sound all ‘uppity uppity’ about our drinks. Beer, wine, beer, cocktails, mixed drinks or a Midori Sour is fine with us – whatever makes us happy. However, our ultimate goal is to provide you with entertainment through our Drinking Podcast and learn you up on some styles of drinks from Japan to Germany to the good ol’ US of A.


That's me, alright!

One of the things I like about Everyday Drinkers is they actually show you how to make the drinks. Think of it as a DYI for drinkers! You can tell that the host Derrick Schommer is tasting the beverage for the first time when you see him drink it. Not every offering is a winner, but you gotta give props to someone willing to be the guinea pig for the common man. (Can I get that job?)

I like Amaretto. It doesn't matter what you do with it... I like it. My first brush with Amaretto was drinking Amaretto Sours at the Roof Top Lounge at the Sheraton in Dover, Delaware. I was 20 years old and it had live music and a dance floor. (Oh, to be young again!) These days I mostly drink it as an after dinner drink, but it's hard to drink it slowly out of those little glasses! I think I will try the Amaretto Pie recipe, but not as a shot (shooter). I will increase the portions and drink a Amaretto Lovers version. I have to admit when Derrick said it looked like a breakfast shot, I immediately had plans for my next celebratory brunch!

The recipe is an easy one: equal parts Amaretto, pineapple juice and orange juice. He suggests 1 ounce of each for the shooter. (As I said, I have bigger plans.) If you try it before I do, let me know what you think. (Actually, I have sent Countrymouse to the store for Amaretto as I write this!!)

Here's the video from Everyday Drinkers for the full experience! Happy drinking!