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  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Saturday! Gray and rainy here today. The puppers and I had a cuddle in this ayem, didn't get out of bed until almost 9! I think it's going to be a lazy day today.

    Goldie--yup, we had a pretty big group, it was fun. I don't think I've ever tried guacamole, is that the green mushy stuff that looks like baby poop? I just have trouble with the looks of whatever that stuff is. You have been busy, but it's good to get all that stuff done and out of the way. Enjoy branding day!

    Branding Iron Cocktail

    2 oz of peach schnapps

    2 oz of seagram's vo canadian whisky (or scotch whisky)

    Pour the Seagram's VO Canadian whisky into a rocks or old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Add the peach schnapps, stir and serve.

    From <>

    https://www.cocktailbuilder.com/recipe/branding-iron

  • minustwo
    minustwo Member Posts: 13,156
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    NM - I occasionally add peach schnapps to my Gentleman Jim bourbon or Wild Turkey 101. Yum. I have a friend who will NEVER look at avocado after watching "The Exorcist" years ago. If the "mush" doesn't ring your chimes, try very thin slices layered on sandwiches. Or small cubes in salads. I like to slice a half and add tuna salad in the hole.

    Goldie - I've been meaning to dig out my passport and see when it expires. Just wow for the price of a birth certificate.

    Enjoying a Bloody Mary. It's so hot here I was craving the sale.

  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Sunday Funday! Another gloomy, rainy day here. I'm really getting tired of the rainy and chilly weather. It doesn't seem to bother the puppers any. They love coming in with wet feet and legs and bellies and trying to climb into my lap!

    Minus--I think my Mom likes avacado and puts slices in her sandwiches, maybe I should try one sometime!

    Hmm, I like Mojitos, maybe I'd like this one:

    Avocado Mojito

    Ingredients:

    • Handful of fresh mint leaves (about 40 leaves or more), rinsed
    • 1/4 ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
    • 1/2 limes, rinsed well, cut into small wedges
    • 1 cups of club soda, chilled
    • 1/2 cups crushed ice or ice cubes
    • 1/2 tsp. agave nectar (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Tear mint leaves and place in a large glass shaker or large mason jar with lid.
    2. Squeeze the lime juice of lime wedges and place half of lime wedges inside the glass.
    3. Crush the mint leaves and limes with a muddler to release the mint flavor.
    4. Add diced avocado, club soda, crushed ice, agave nectar, and shake well until avocado is mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
    5. Fill four glasses with more ice and pour avocado mojito. Garnish with a mint spring and serve.

    From <>

    https://loveonetoday.com/recipe/avocado-mojito/

  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,394
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    Just checking in—too much life happening, keeping me to just one thread ("older than 60") lest I never leave my computer. I'm mostly OK, albeit frazzled.

    HK's DH passed away May 24 (peacefully from kidney failure while she was down in AL for her DGD's graduation), funeral was June 1, and she returned June 7. She'd started vacation May 20. Even with only one geriatric kitty to care for (we had to put Happy, 15-1/2, down Feb. 28 due to IBD that became lymphoma and then kidney failure), it was an "adventure" coping with this big house. Just decluttering enough to make necessary safety repairs and possibly stage it for sale so we can downsize would take months.

    I fell Wed. at Bloomie's when my rubber sole stuck (like a suction cup) to the polished marble floor and I pitched forward, breaking my R elbow, bruising the heel of my hand (causing ulnar nerve entrapment with numb pinky & ring fingers), lacerating my palm on my Pandora charms, and bruising but not breaking my R hip. Not a "fragility fracture" (a fall onto a hard floor like that would have broken even a strong bone), but still a reminder of my advancing age—and the need to retrain my gait from occasional "shuffle" to heel-toe.

    When I finally got home, Bob prescribed sangria & chocolates. Next night was the LCM hospital Physician Recognition dinner at a country club. Bob drove (painstakingly slowly, both out of caution and to maximize gas mileage on his hybrid) so I could drink: a glass of champagne, half a weak Aperol spritz, and 1/3 glass of Pinot Noir with salmon & steak. Have had a couple oz. of a chardonnay (white Burgundy) with leftover roast chicken dinner Fri. & last night.

    The Anticonquista Coffee guys have returned to our weekly farmer's mkt. (they skipped last yr.). They own a "finca" in Guatemala, harvest the beans (just a single varietal) in Jan., import them in May and roast them weekly. I get their medium roast for pour-over drip; their light roast makes a better espresso than most espresso blends. The taste of both roasts is amazing.

  • illimae
    illimae Member Posts: 5,622
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    nice to see you back sandy, I’ve been wondering and someone on the dinner thread asked about you too. Sorry about all the tough stuff going on and while I’m no doctor, I do agree that sangria and chocolate are sure to help.

  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Monday Monkey Day! I’m listening to the weather guesser talking about the temps actually getting above 60 later in the week, something I am looking forward to. Being tempted to turn on the heat in June is just ridiculous! Thank goodness for warm puppers who like to cuddle at night, at least I sleep warm no matter how cold it gets.

    Teka--mosquitos are making themselves known, but the blackflies haven't been too bad. I'm hoping it stays that way!

    Chi--your poor HK, losing her DH while away must have been so hard for her. Oh my, what a fall you took! Not breaking a hip is a blessing amid all the other injuries. You must be pretty sore and achey. Glad to hear your coffee guys are back at the farmer's market. Always nice to get something you like back!

    Morning, Illi!

    Chocolate Sangria

    Prep Time 5 minutes

    Total Time 5 minutes

    Servings 2 -4

    Author Cathy Trochelman

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle chocolate wine I used ChocoVine Chocolate Wine
    • 1/2 c. hazelnut liqueur
    • 1/2 c. vodka
    • 1-2 c. sliced fresh

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.
    2. Enjoy!

    From <> https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/chocolate-sangria/

  • goldie0827
    goldie0827 Member Posts: 6,835
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    NM, about the guac looking like baby poop! I never had avocado until I got older, certainly wasn't something that we ever had has a kid. I like to slice mine, sprinkle with salt/pepper and have with toast. Gosh, are you ever gonna get summer?

    Minus, your friend and the Exorcist, another funny one! I can't do Bloody Mary's, too spicey for me. But I will indulge in Vodka and tomato juice. That's as close as I get. Was my morning drink when we went to the casinos in Laughlin. DH would have the Bloody's.

    Sandy, so sorry about your fall, my goodness! It's certainly something I try to be very careful with, NOT falling. Having cancer in just about every bone in my body, I would surely break something.

    Well, DOOMAS me! I was driving out to the ranch and I pass my friend who was having bbq, working out on the ranch. I said "what are you doing out here?" She says "fixing this fence, what are you doing out here?" I said "for the branding." Her "that's the 24th!" OMG, I knew that, and I keep track of my mileage, and wrote Sat. date in my log, but it didn't click. Now I have to make a trip into town for burger fixin's, then another trip out to the ranch (on the right day)! Hopefully my birth cert. gets here and I can get my DL while in town. Today I'm finishing up with my swamp cooler. The rubber washer broke, so I needed that before I could do anything else. Neighbor picked that up for me, as they had to go into town. It's been pretty hot in the house in the afternoons, mid 80's!

  • goldie0827
    goldie0827 Member Posts: 6,835
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    DEF. ME!

  • minustwo
    minustwo Member Posts: 13,156
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    Goldie - actually I cheat. What I call a Bloody Mary is Vodka and V-8 with no other seasonings. LOVE the ducks in a row….

    NM - have you tried the chocolate wine? I bought some chocolate liqueur expecting something to pour as a libation to sip in the evening. It is WAY too thick. So I could mix it with vodka?? Or with heavy cream?? Or I guess serve it over ice cream. (no calories there - LOL). I loved the Godiva Chocolate liqueur, but apparently it's been discontinued.

    Experimenting with combinations to sip. I would say after dinner drink, but my meal was at 4pm. I just got home from a meeting and it's after 9pm. I really didn't want a gin & tonic and I'm trying to use up bottles with a small portion left. Ended up with 1/2 and 1/2 - Gentleman Jim bourbon and Chambord served on ice. The raspberry Chambord does wonderful things, but I had to add a splash of water since the combination was very strong for a bedtime libation.

  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Twofer Tuesday! It's supposed to stop raining and start warming up today, but it sure doesn't look or feel like that's happening. Maybe as the day goes on. . .

    Goldie--it looks like our summer is coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Temps hitting 80's, intermittent showers rather than steady rain. It seems like summers have gotten shorter and shorter over the years. Don't you hate it when you get the date wrong for something? So embarrassing! Love the ducks meme!

    Minus--I actually have had the chocolate wine, and liked it! I've cut Baileys with milk on occasion, the liqueurs can be very thick and overly sweet without mixing with something. I'm fond of adding a little soda water to lighten up drinks. Chambord is a fav, too.

    Raspberry Donut

    Ingredients

    • 2 ounces RumChata
    • 2 ounces Chambord
    • Ice
    • Mint sprig and raspberries for garnish

    Instructions

    1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the RumChata, Chambord, and ice.
    2. Shake to chill.
    3. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with raspberries and a mint sprig.

    From <> https://www.lovetoknow.com/food-drink/cocktails/chambord-liqueur-drinks

  • carolehalston
    carolehalston Member Posts: 7,935
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    Also love the ducks in a row!

    NM, many of us would gladly share some summer heat. Glad you seem to be getting back to normal health.

    Good morning to all. Hope you have a good Tuesday.

  • goldie0827
    goldie0827 Member Posts: 6,835
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    Minus, I can't even do V8. That just goes to show ya what a wuss I am when it comes to spicy! Nice that you can "experiment" with your liquor combinations.

    NM, glad you will be getting some summer weather, and for the weekend! As for the wrong date, it's mostly the extra driving I have to do. NOTHING is close! I remember us talking about chocolate wine in the past, and it doesn't seem like that long ago. Oooooh, that drink sure looks yummy!

    Carole, like you, I'm willing to share some of the heat, but not to WallyCat!

    WallyCat, surely you would take NM's cooler weather!

    Well, 2 for Tuesday. No particular theme for this one, I just thought the presentation was really pretty. A friend posted on FB. Temps here hitting the 90's next week 🥵🥵🥵.

  • wallycat
    wallycat Member Posts: 1,311
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    Goldie, I would happily take any cold weather. We have been having gorgeous weather…our high was 56 yesterday!!! That is two days in a row. We are having drizzle right now and I woke to 45. Heaven! Our little area has been in drought for so long that it looks weird to have any moisture in June. Sadly, the temps will start rising. May hit mid 60s by end of the week…and of course, July and August will be most unkind, I suspect.

  • miriandra
    miriandra Member Posts: 2,105
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    Godiva liqueur has been discontinued?! It was so tasty! There used to be a chocolate ginger liqueur called Hot Sex, but it seems to be out of production too. But this is still available…

    Chocolate Ginger Manhattan

    Ingredients

    • 1.5 oz bourbon
    • ½ oz ginger liqueur (I used Cask and Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey)
    • ½ oz crème de cacao or chocolate liqueur (don’t use a cream based liqueur)
    • 1 dash Bitter Truth chocolate bitters
    • 2 dash Hella ginger bitters
    • 3 drops Old Forester Smoked Cinnamon bitters (optional)
    • 1 bar spoon simple syrup
    • Garnish: candied ginger and chocolate

    Instructions 

    • Combine bourbon, ginger, chocolate liqueur and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until well-chilled – about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass and garnish with candied ginger and chocolate.

  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Hump Day! And Happy First Day of Summer! We're finally moving out of the constant chilliness and rain to "seasonable" temperatures, increasing humidity, showers and thundershowers. I really hope there is some sunshine in between the showers.

    The Puppers say Hi to everyone.

    Carole--I am finally feel well again. I can't believe how long it took. I'll gladly take some of the heat this way!

    Goldie--that Northern Lights drink is very pretty! I'd like to see warmer temps, but I'm thinking 70s, not 90s! That's too freaking hot for me, especially if there is any humidity, and yes, I am aware that what we consider humid in Maine is normal everywhere else in the country!

    Wally--too bad we can't share temps back and forth and get both of us in a comfortable range!

    Miriandra--Wow, that sounds like a cocktail with a bit of a bite! Very pretty, though.

  • goldie0827
    goldie0827 Member Posts: 6,835
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    WallyCat, I figured you would take the cooler temps! LOL

    Miriandra, very pretty cocktail with interesting ingredients.

    NM, I don't care for the 90's either, or 80's for that matter! I'm surprised we haven't hit triple digits yet. I would LOVE to have 70's year 'round! Of course we are dry here, humidity only during monsoons. I do miss the humidity either! How's the hunt coming along for mom with the Independant Living?

    Going through and sorting all kinds of papers and bills around here. Well, when doing so, I found some mail I hadn't gotten to. My car insurance lapped....oops! So, I called and took care of that. Hoping I don't find any more surprises like that! I told you I had to get a birth certificate, and I had no option but to have it shipped next day UPS. I ordered it Friday and I didn't get it yesterday, was hoping. I guess they aren't in a hurry to ship it, just want it to get here quick when they do.

  • goldie0827
    goldie0827 Member Posts: 6,835
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    A few pictures of my Nora!

  • wallycat
    wallycat Member Posts: 1,311
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    If I had to get a new birth certificate, I don't even know what I would do; I have my old, old, very old original from Warsaw, Poland…who knows if the city would have records that long ago.

    Still cool here but we may hit 68 by end of the week…that's getting too warm for me, LOL. My sister, in WI, will hit 95. Glad we don't live there anymore, though the last few years, our little neck of the woods has had to contend with heat-domes. Just trying to coast into October….

    NM, so glad you are finally feeling well. I read there was a nasty virus going around. And I agree, too bad we can't share temps to make everyone happy!

  • jazzygirl
    jazzygirl Member Posts: 11,942
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    Hi ladies - been busy enjoying the start to summer. Greetings from my garden

  • mistyeyes
    mistyeyes Member Posts: 573
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    Hello all, The dance recital was great! The girls are fantastic, I was very impressed. The weather here has been so hot, but this week we have been having a lot of rain, which we really need. My Granddaughter goes tomorrow morning to Tallahassee for some Government thing, they get to tour the Florida capital buildings and talk to some of the officials. It is to provide an opportunity for young women to receive
    citizenship training through a weeklong hands-on program involving a mock city, county and
    state government. Nothing new happening here, but I will add that I like chocolate wine too!

    Sandy, geez, you have had a lot going on with you, I hope you heal quickly and hope you HK is doing ok.

    Jazzy- I love your garden. Its a beautiful post to share.

    NM - Wow! that must be so fun with 16 at Wednesday, Women, and Wine. In my mind I always had it pictured as 4 or 5 women. It is great to have something to look forward to in the middle of the week.

    Goldi - Nora is getting so big. It seems like we were seeing her baby pictures not that long ago.

    Hello to everyone!

  • carolehalston
    carolehalston Member Posts: 7,935
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    Wow! Beautiful garden.

    Nora is so cute. Love her photos.

    Good morning to all.

  • wallycat
    wallycat Member Posts: 1,311
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    I adore cactus! It is, indeed, beautiful!

    Our temps will slowly start to rise and since it is officially summer, I can no longer be in denial. I'm so happy the days will start getting shorter…slo——w—ly, but shorter. 10pm with daylight is no fun for someone who takes time to fall asleep.

  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,394
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    With blackened redfish for dinner (in cast iron, on the grill): NV Mumm Napa Brut Rose Reserve.

  • nativemainer
    nativemainer Member Posts: 7,848
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy TGIF day! Getting out of bed in the ayems has turned into a challenge, mostly because getting to sleep has turned into a challenge. I'm not sure why, but I've gone from falling asleep in the recliner reading or watching TV and stumbling to bed and falling asleep to not able to turn off my mind until after midnight and waking up every couple of hours through the night. I'll be glad when this phase passes off! Fortunately, the puppers don't seem to be affected at all, they sleep quite peacefully through the night.

    Goldie--Mom is still looking for a place, she has found one that she likes, but she's still trying to find out what it costs. It's further away from my place than her current apartment, but it's near some of her friends, her bank, and other things she likes, so it would work really well for her. No fun finding surprises like the insurance bill in the mail! Nora is beautiful!

    Wally--Wow, your birth certificate is a very special document! I hope you never have to replace it. We've had 2 beautiful days here, but rainy and chilly coming back for the weekend. Sigh. I'm glad to be feeling better, too.

    Jazzy--BEAUTIFUL!

    Misty--I bet your granddaughter will have a great time! Maine has a Dirigo State program for teens, it's a week long camp where the students create political parties, run elections, and a mock legislative session to learn about the state political system. WWW was just a handful of ladies through COVID, but we're expanding now, which is great fun.

    Morning, Carole!

    Wally--I like having it be light out later, but it never gets to the point of being light at 10 peeyem. I just wish it could stay light out longer in the winter. Getting up in the dark and going home from work in the dark is not my idea of fun.

    Morning, Teka! Happy Summer!

    Chi--the Rose sounds very nice!

    THE GOVERNMENT MULE

    Ingredients

    • Ice
    • 1-2 oz of your favorite tequila
    • equal parts lemonade and ginger beer
    • fresh lime

    Instructions

    1. Fill a mug full of ice. Add the tequila, lemonade, ginger beer and a slice of lime. Stir well and serve.

    From <>

    https://rockymountaincooking.com/2015/07/the-govrenment-mule/

  • jazzygirl
    jazzygirl Member Posts: 11,942
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    Hi friends- just a quick hello as I am working from home today to finish up the week. Things continue to be slower right now which I am grateful for, but things will get busier next week again with more meetings. I have been taking some extra time off with some long weekends and was up to Santa Fe last weekend for an overnighter to have some museum and shopping time and a soak at one of my fav hot springs here. After a milder start this June, things are heating up now and in the mid 90s going up to 100 by next week. Just read our summer monsoon season may be late this year, but hoping it gets going soon. My yard could use a good drink. My cactus are still blooming like crazy and the gardens are looking great this year.

    Wishing everyone a good weekend!

  • karen1956
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    Very thankful that we had no damage from the two days of hail storms. We were in the mountains all week so we didn't get to see how things fared till this morning. Are plants are all great and no tree limbs down.

  • nativemainer
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    Good Morning, Loungettes! Happy Saturday! It's a pretty morning here, but the rain is supposed to move in later, boo. Looking for a lazy day today with the puppers.

    Jazzy--The cactus bloom are beautiful! Good for you for taking some long weekends. You certainly are getting into some hot weather there.

    Karen--so glad you didn't get any hail damage!

    The Fort’s Hailstorm Cocktail

    Ingredients:

    3 ounces bourbon of choice

    2 teaspoons confectioners sugar

    2 sprigs fresh mint

    enough hail (or crushed ice) to fill one 16-ounce mason jar

    Combine bourbon, sugar, and mint in the mason jar and fill with the hail or ice. Secure the lid and shake vigorously 50 times. The ice will bruise the mint, releasing its flavor. Once well shaken, remove the lid and drink straight from the jar.

    From <> https://www.5280.com/recipe-the-forts-hailstorm-cocktail/

  • goldie0827
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    Wally, I have to smile when I think of how most of wish winter would be gone and summer would get here and looking forward to longer days....except for you! Gets dark here, I think by 8 (I'm usually in bed). My DL expires in August, and I need to get the one with the gold star on it to fly, and that is why they want a birth certificate.

    Misty, what a nice experience for your grand daughter. I loved when my DD was in dance. Yes, Nora is getting big and soon I will have another one to add!

    NM, do you think it's the steroids causing the sleep issues? I know you are off of them, but perhaps they are still in your system? I sure hope your mom finds something she likes. I totally agree with you and wishing for a little more light in the winter.

    Jazzy, monsoons will be here soon!

    Karen, I didn't know you guys had bad weather, but glad for no damage. How have you been feeling?

    Well, today is the branding! It's out at Snake Ranch where my friend also has 2 air bnb's, so I spent yesterday helping her clean those for family. Came home and made a pasta salad with just about every veggie you can imagine! Took me like 3-4 hours, all the cutting and chopping. Before I leave today I have to slice up the onion, tomatoes and lettuce for the burgers. My back is SCREAMING!

  • carolehalston
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    Good news, Karen, that you didn't get damage from the hail.

    We've had rain the last two days but, thankfully, it has been gentle rain and hasn't battered my beautiful container plants on the deck.

    Hope everyone is enjoying today.

  • chisandy
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    At Regalia last night, Villa Sparina still rosé. Tonight with "mystery fish" (pulled from the freezer & defrosting), whatever is chilled in the fridge. Running low (about 1-2 cups' worth) on the Anticonquista "medio" roast (6/2), so will buy a new bag at the farmers' market tomorrow. The "canela" (light, 6/9) and "oscuro" (dark, 6/16) are still making good espresso shots, and produce a decent pour-over drip cup when I mix them together or with Metropolis' Xeno's Decaf—and I have at least a week's worth of each remaining.