Sunday, November 29, 2009

H.A.S. season 3: and so it begins...


A Very VanDerbrady Thanksgiving...

It seems I didn't get my pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Anticipation Series posts rolling this year. Ah well, we'll have to jump right in then, shall we? We celebrated a very Brady-heavy VanDerbrady holiday this year. Thanks, Mom and Dad for coming from so far away to be with the Boston fam. Adam -- I don't think you read this fluff, but we missed you!


Before/After


More after...

Like the good Americans we are, within a few hours we jumped directly from harvest time to winter wonderland complete with tree, carols, and -- my personal fave -- nog full of rum. More to come on that... Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xo,
L

Sunday, November 22, 2009

cocktails against nasty

It is getting a bit nasty around here -- in my book that means cold, gray, bare trees, winter onset angst. To fight the nasty, P and I heated up rum and mixed it with some stuff. We tried:

Hot Buttered Rum
My mom made me my first hot buttered rum. Here's how we made ours last night.

Took our two biggest mugs (Tufts and World Elvis), in each we put

2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 alspice berries
1 tsp butter

Poured boiling water in each much and let steep for 5 minutes. Then, added 2 1/2 shots dark rum (or to taste).

Mulled Cider Plus
3 cups cider
orange zest
cloves
allspice
cinnamon stick

Instructions: Mull it. Pour some dark rum in.

These remedies seemed to work. In any case, it felt much warmer...
xo,
L

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rodents of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.


...what about the ROUSes?

We looked awfully hard during a recent trip to the swamp, but no sign of nutria. However, we did see some other stuff:

Learned some stuff, too. Our guide taught us that:

  1. I am a Yankee whether I like it or not.
  2. Yankees ruin everything (knew that already).
  3. Yankees shouldn't reproduce.
  4. Yankees who move south are known as "Damn Yankees."

Other bits of trivia:

  1. Don't touch Spanish moss even though it's pretty -- it can be full of chiggers which will burrow into your skin and feel like pieces of glass wriggling inside your flesh.
  2. Tourists like turtles.
  3. At Bourbon St. Blues Co. you can get 3 for 1 on the first floor until 6pm, but if you go upstairs, you can get 3 for 1 until 9pm.
  4. Yankees ruin everything.

More to come,
L