Make a FauxRita!

We recently started making margaritas from scratch. No wonder people drink them – they are so good! I love them. In fact I love them so much that I can't quit drinking them once I start. That's not a good thing since too much tequila goes directly to my head. 

FauxRitaYesterday morning I wondered "What would happen if we used water instead of tequila?" Steve whipped one up last night and it's darned good! There's still some Cointreau in it so it's not alcohol-free, but it's a lot better than it was before.

Becky Goldsmith's FauxRita Recipe

  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 oz water
  • 6-8 small ice cubes

Salt the edge of your glass if you like. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a lid). Shake well and pour it all into a glass. Make it pretty with a slice of lime. Enjoy!

NOTE: The less water you use, the more this tastes like a real margarita. I don't mind mine with a little more water than is listed above. I'm going to try it tonight with a little less Cointreau.

On another note, I see Dr. Hayes today and should get the big bandage off of my foot. I'm not totally healed but I might be able to walk a bit AND get my foot wet. Maybe he'll let me get in the pool!

Installation art…

This is what you can find online when you lots of time on your hands…

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A giant (Trojan?) rabbit made from found wood. Florentijn Hofman is a Dutch installation artist whose work makes me smile. Wouldn't you love to walk on this yellow road…

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Check out his site. It is guaranteed to lift your spirits! I want this bird in my backyard!

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My World Series quilt begins…

I've been thinking about the design of the quilt I am making for the World Series Quilt Challenge. I thought it would be fun to share my progress with you. So far I have an idea and a very rough sketch. I often start this way. I know it's not pretty, but it is what I do.

WSQ-Sketch

I wish I made notes in lovely letters, but I don't always do that either. I type a lot better than I write. If you can't read it, my scratches say: "When I am empty of my memories – please pick them up and keep them safe for me." It is this idea that I will try to put into my quilt.

Worldwide Radio!

I've had my foot surgery. I've been home on the sofa for a few hours. The numbness is wearing off and the pain meds are helping. My foot isn't exactly happy, but I'm OK. You know what's helping? I'm listening to radio from around the world (French radio as I write this).

Logo I have an iPhone and one of my husband's colleagues (thank you Don) told me about the ootunes app. I am surprised at how easy this app is to use and at how well it works. I'm nowhere near my 'real' computer but it may be that I can use it from iTunes too. I don't know if it's an app that will work on other smart phones.

Right now my phone is sitting in the new Bose SoundDock. I had been pondering the best/easiest way to take music outside and this is it.

So, for those of you who are looking for something different music-wise, I hope you enjoy this!

Passion flowers…

I'm having foot surgery today. Dr. Hayes is going to sand off a bone spur and re-shape my big toe. It is my sincere hope that I'm going to bounce back as quickly as I think I will. So today I'm going to share a lovely new flower from my backyard. I've just put in a passion flower vine and so far it's doing well.

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The lady who sold it to us said we'd have passion fruits. We'll see about that.