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Happy Barfday!


Remember when the aging a year part of birthdays was one of the things you looked forward to?  We spent the weekend at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort for Sophie's 12th birthday, and I took her out of school so we could check in early on Friday and get a head start on the fun.  She couldn't wait until Sunday, when she would actually turn twelve.  The girl asked for (and received) an Etch A Sketch for her birthday....she is an old soul I think.  This is a picture of her at dinner after we had returned home from the swank hotel, after the nap she took after the migraine she had after the buffet breakfast that was more enjoyable on the way in than on it's way out on the side of the road due to said migraine.  What a good sport.  Her big party is next weekend with her friends and the King Ranch Chicken and Red Velvet Layer Cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting.  So her birthday dinner was some chicken tikka masala and homemade naan from along with cucumber raita and watermelon balls with rosewater and lime.  

   Shot with the new Sony NEX3. 


Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail


Adapted from Heidi Swanson's Sparkling Panakam recipe from Super Natural Everyday  which she describes a as a traditional Indian beverage made during Sri Rama Navami--a Hindi festival.  Hindis probably do not traditionally put Grey Goose Pear Vodka in their festival beverages. 

1/4 cup palm sugar (or turbinado sugar)

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

juice of one lemon

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Sparkling water (I used Perrier)

Pear vodka

Mix spices/salt/sugar and lemon juice into a thick paste and slowly add chilled sparkling water--it will foam up quite a bit so pour slowly.  I did this in a large pitcher.  Pour one ounce pear vodka over ice in a tall glass and fill slowly with sparkling lemonade mixture, stir.  Also delicious as an alcohol-free beverage.

I hope this recipe makes me seem cool like someone who has theme cocktails at their dinner parties.