Friday Musings: A Long, Tall Drink of…

Friday Musings: A Long, Tall Drink of…

While my youngest child has been waiting patiently for his cocktail and to read what I have to say about him, my oldest and middle children are waiting to pounce, so I will be treading very carefully. Since youngest children never have their position taken away from them by a newborn baby, they tend to remain in that “baby” role for most of their lives. Nods of approval from the oldest and middle. They often have lesser expectations placed on them because by the time they come along, parents tend to be a lot more

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A Guide to Local Distilleries, and a drink called The Local Word

A Guide to Local Distilleries, and a drink called The Local Word

It’s a fairly popular notion these days that buying locally made products makes sense for a multitude of reasons. First of all, by supporting our local economy, we keep more money in the community, which has a positive overall effect on our tax base and that is never a bad thing. Secondly, because locally crafted products are not being shipped to us, they have far less of an impact on environmental resources. It’s an easy way to support the idea of being as “green” as possible. Additionally, buying products where you can

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Zodiac Cocktail #5: The Mane Event

Zodiac Cocktail #5: The Mane Event

Out of all of signs of the Zodiac, Leo is the one that most people think they have a pretty good handle on even if they’re not horoscope followers. After all, Leo is symbolized by a lion and it’s fairly easy to begin to figure out the traits that would be associated with the king of the jungle. Leo runs from July 23rd through August 22nd, and the lion in question was terrorizing the hills around Nemea in Greece before it was defeated by Hercules in the first of his 12 battles. It was then cast up into the sky where it could become a

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Friday Musings: I Wished for You

Friday Musings: I Wished for You

Last Friday we talked about the plight of the middle child and I gave you my point of view as a parent as to why some of the scientific facts about middle children may actually be true. This week I’d like to take on the subject of the oldest child, once again speaking from my own personal experience. Oldest children are usually strong over-achievers who put a lot of pressure on themselves to do everything perfectly. They believe that their parents have high expectations of them, which can cause some anxiety, but having once

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Tea for Two: Some thoughts on making cocktails with tea…

Tea for Two: Some thoughts on making cocktails with tea…

Tomorrow is National Tea Day and I’ve teamed up with Elin Lawrence, who writes the blog Travel Food Cool, to bring you some celebratory cocktails this week. There’s lots of information about making cocktails with tea that’s available online, but I wanted to share my own personal thoughts about tea as an ingredient and the experiences I’ve had using it. The first tea cocktail that I ever made was with a green tea vodka from Charbay in California, a company that makes excellent infused products. I found the flavoring to be

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