Life flies by quickly when you are having fun on a farm…

Whew…I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 months since Angus arrived. Life has been nothing less than hectic and wonderful. The farm is coming along. We’ve run into some issues with the pastures that were meant to hold the sheep…they seem to be eroding due to the big spring storms of 2011…so getting sheep has been put on hold…which in turn puts our cheesemaking adventure at least a year behind. But don’t fret…we are still keeping busy. The chickens are due to start laying any day now…and the turkeys are getting to know their new Tom…so hopefully we will have free range Royal Palms to sell to friends/family come the holidays.

Simon has also decided he would like to raise rabbits…so we are doing our research on that….the gardens are being planned….putting up a hoop house this year to start seeds early and extend the growing season. I have plans for a HUGE herb garden close to the farmhouse that I’m really excited about…

All the while…Angus just keeps growing and growing…..


Drink Recipes for KBO and BarbaricGulp!

Sorry for the delay, ladies. School and work suck!

Sour Cherry Cocktail:

2 parts Vodka

3 parts sour cherry juice (or muttled sour cherries)

Splash of Cointreau

1 lime ice cube

1 regular ice cube

In shaker…give a few jiggles…and voila…Sour Cherry Cocktail

Pineapple Rosemary Cocktail (this is Simon’s creation and I think it varies with each time….)

2 parts Vodka (sometimes we make pinepple vodka by steeping some fruit overnight)

3 parts Pineapple Juice (if not using pineapple vodka)

small sprig of rosemary

a splash of Voss or other sparkling water

ca-ching…refreshing summer cooler…If you use pineapple vodka…sub some simple syrup for the pineapple juice part.

Grandpa’s Lemonade

This one we use ALOT!
1 lemon wedge

1/2 cup superfine sugar, plus more for rims

1 3/4 cups whiskey

3/4 cup kirsch

1 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 to 5 lemons)

4 dashes bitters

6 cups small ice cubes, plus more for glasses

Serve over ice with twist.

Thyme Lemonade

1 1/2 cups sugar ( use superfine)

2 cups fresh lemon juice

1 cup vodka or gin ( i like vodka)

bunch of fresh sprigs of thyme

Make simple syrup with sugar, thyme and 1 cup water.

Add lemon juice, vodka and 6 cups water…chill and serve.  Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Cucumber Mint Cocktail

2  cucumbers ( I like English…)

ice cubes

fresh mint leaves

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)

1/2 cup vodka

2 tbsp Cointreau

Peel, core and whiz cucumber into pulp.  Strain juice. Mix it all together in shaker w/ ice…serve over crushed ice with cucumber garnish. yum.

Strawberry Basil Martini

3 strawberries, plus 1 thin slice of strawberry for garnish

3 basil leaves

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup


1 ounce gin, preferably Tanqueray No. Ten

1 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Muddle berries, basil and simple syrup.  Add the rest of the liquid to shaker…jiggle and pour.

Some of these recipes come from my MIL…some I’ve just made up and some I’ve pilfered from local restaurants in PHX and Vegas….anyway you look at it…they’re tasty…