Month: October 2013

Fall Foliage

Last week, watching the leaves turn around me, I went out for a walk with my camera to try to capture the gorgeous sights of Walla Walla in the fall. Then I saw an owl.

It was pretty awesome.

Here are my favorites of those photos.


A cocktail in a Mason jar, with a slice of lemon on the rim.

Gingy Whiskers

At one point during the week that R and I spent in Alaska this past summer, our friend and adventure buddy accidentally spoonerized a certain phrase. We were discussing what to buy for groceries and what sort of drinks we could make, and although she intended to suggest “whiskey gingers,” what came out was “gingy whiskers.”

It was too good a name to pass up, so I filed the name away in my brain, waiting to develop a drink to go with it. I think I’ve figured it out:

Gingy Whiskers
Honey and lemon meet ginger and whiskey in this twist on the classic whiskey ginger.
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2 oz. whiskey
  2. 4 oz. ginger ale
  3. lemon
  4. honey
  5. ice
  1. 1. Pour the whiskey into a glass. Add honey to taste--I usually do a teaspoon or two. Stir to dissolve.
  2. 2. Squeeze half of a lemon over the drink.
  3. 3. Add ice.
  4. 4. Top with ginger ale. Stir.
  5. 5. Garnish with lemon.
  1. One of the difficulties with this drink is dissolving the honey; pouring it over ice is decidedly antithetical to your desires. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to go here.
  2. Ginger beer like Reed's or Cock & Bull would kick this recipe up another notch.
  3. This is (obviously) a rough recipe. Adapt it to your tastes.
I would also be remiss if I didn’t tip my hat to Emma’s Whiskey Ginger over on A Beautiful Mess. I hope to make a cocktail that mouth-watering some day.

Holding America hostage

In case you somehow missed the news, the U.S. government has entered shutdown mode. Congressional Republicans held up negotiations over the federal budget because Democrats wouldn’t delay part of the Affordable Care Act. At 12:01 Eastern time, since a budget had not been passed, the government shut down.

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