Spring In The Orchard Cocktail

Okay, the weather is improving and this would be an awesome drink to start off the new season and warmer weather. There are a few steps to take first.

1. Clean the deck/patio of all winter debris
2. Quickly wash it down and set out the furniture (hurry before a Spring snow-shower appears)
3. Go to the kitchen and begin:

  • 1/4 cup Cognac
  •  1/4 cup Calvados (yum)
  •  2 tbsp. Grand Marnier
  •  2 tbsp. Pear liqueur
  •  4 tsp. fresh lime juice
  •  2 dashes Angostura bitters
  •  crushed ice
  •  thinly sliced pear pieces

Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake vigorously for about 20-25 times. Strain into 2 martini glasses and top with a thin slice of pear.

Go out on the deck now and toast the new season. Yeah! Bring on the sun…this could be considered a ‘starter’ drink. Take that whichever way you wish…start of a headache ….start of a fun summer ahead…you silly, that is all I was thinking of.

Where’s Spring Martini

After the crazy attempts to a normal Spring, weather-wise, I think it is time to make a martini that just might spur things on.

You will need


  • 3 parts Raspberry Vodka
  • 1 part Chambourd
  • 1 part cranberry juice.


Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake well. Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with ripe raspberries (3 should about do it). I meant 3 raspberries not…you get the picture!

Enjoy! Eventually Spring will arrive.

Gotta Love Spring

You just gotta love Spring…..especially if you are like me and dislike having flannel sheets on the bed. NOW, because it is Spring, I get to remove them and put real, regular, slide-into-bed-cool sheets. This is a game my husband and I play with…he gets the flannel sheets for six months (seems like fifteen)and I struggle until Spring.

I tried to get away with the change to daylight savings time but he wouldn’t buy it. I know we are not the only couple like this. But now, the season is mine, mine, mine!

Warmer Temperatures Makes One Think

Think about sitting on the deck, barbecues, entertaining and you are not alone. We are preparing to move to the desert area in Canada where there is a ton less rain and that means more entertaining with new and old friends.

The salads (icy cold, of course), soups that are cool on a hot day (absolutely to die for) different ways to prepare fish (salmon, shrimp, crab, scallops) and steaks, etc. make my mouth water just thinking about it.

If you are ready, we will begin the journey for a easy, stress-free, wonderful spring and summer ahead.


Where Did Spring Go?

We have had a robin in our yard now for over 3 weeks. We have one shrub in full bloom with pink blossoms, our peony trees are leafing as well as our star magnolia….yet the snows keep coming, it’s cold and I, personally, have had enough. Bring on the warmer breezes (not the hurricane-type winds we have had lately) and let all in our world bloom as it should.

There must be a new martini recipe looming somehwere here. Later