Spooky Link Week

Clockwise, from the Cemetery:

♠ Take a virtual tour of Père Lachaise and find your favorite ghosts: Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, etc.

♠ Some fun, spooky bento lunch ideas.

♠ This Owltical Illusion tee is cool, and the hollow eyes are spookerific. The Owls Are Not What They Seem.

♠ It doesn’t seem very spooky in name (New Orleans Pharmacy Museum), but its history is pretty chilling. In the name of spooky, horrifying science.

♠ These fanged pumpkins, found on Martha Stewart’s site, are the cutest spooky item I’ve seen!

♠ Probably the easiest ghost cookies I’ve seen. Plus, I am huge fan of Vienna Fingers.

♠ Warning: the following photos are gross, but totally cool. I need to do this for a Halloween Party, if I ever throw one.

photo from Kim Vallee via Canal Vie

My Home Bar: Black Bee

Yes, another ‘Bee’ cocktail.

It seems I opened the floodgate. It always happens that way: you create a cocktail with the off-the-beaten-path ingredient of honey syrup, lament you have to hunt to find more recipes calling for said syrup and BAM! Everyone else is writing about them, sending out newlsetters with them and you have an embarrassment of honey riches.

Well, I can’t really say I am embarrassed with all these wonderful cocktail riches…

So for today, let’s start with Esquire’s Black Bee:

Black Bee

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout
  • 1/2 oz honey

Combine ingredients (excluding beer) with ice and shake. Pour into a Collins glass with fresh ice. Chill with single spear ice cube if possible. Top with 2-3 oz. Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout (I used Left Hand’s stout and it was still tasty). Add lemon twist on top.

Technically, their recipe with honey is a ratio of 4:1, but hey, I’m all about experimenting here, remember? So I splashed in my syrup.

It was extraordinary. And yes, that is hyperbole, but as someone who is a staunch believer in not creating beer cocktails, this was so delicious!

I have another one in the works too, so don’t worry if you hadn’t had your fill of honey cocktails.


Letter to Someone You Admire: Tank Girl

Dear Tank Girl,

Is there anything you can’t do? Quote Muhammad Ali, stand up to The Man, make friends (or enemies) wherever you go, fashion a truly inspiring bra. You are my icon in more ways than I can count on my fingers and toes. You can accessorize the f**k out of anything (gas mask, tank…), you are sultry and bold, and confidence and optimism like yours is something every Tankette Girl can aspire to.

Thank you

Love, PepperJess

p.s. Happy Birthday, Lori Petty!

photo via suicide blonde

My Home Bar: Bee’s Knees

Thanks to my new book, Speakeasy, I have found quite a few new cocktail recipes, with an emphasis on fresh, high quality ingredients. Which makes the backstory of this cocktail pretty funny.

During Prohibition, since there was a ban on legally manufacturing booze, people of course began to make their own, like the infamous “bathtub gin.” I imagine this couldn’t be the best tasting, or healthy, mix of ingredients, so they would mask the taste with stronger, more fragrant mixers. Like honey syrup.

Obviously, if you just added honey to a cold cocktail, it would just be stuck to the bottom of your glass. So you have to create a syrup from it. I used 1 1/2 cups water and 3/4 cup honey (acacia is best, since it crystallizes least, but I just stuck with what I had on-hand). I also added a splash of vanilla, just to bring out the natural flavor in the honey. Bring to boil on medium heat, then let simmer for about 5 minutes. It will keep for a week, so I need to either drink a bunch of Bee’s Knees, or scour the book for more Honey cocktails.

On to the actual recipe.

It’s pretty simple, kind of a Honey Drop Martini.

2 oz. gin

1 oz. honey syrup

3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

lemon peel for garnish (optional)

shake ingredients with ice, serve in chilled cocktail glass.

Those flappers are right – the honey totally masks the flavor of the gin, so you can even have cheaper gin brands around for speakeasy cocktails like this. Hello, more money for other bar ingredients!

Links of the Week

My discoveries of the week (first four pictured, clockwise from top left)!

♠ These shoes are called “Guide Me Home.” They have a programmable GPS under the insoles and light up in different patterns depending on how far you are from your destination. Neat, but my favorite detail is the gorgeous maps ingrained on the soles. It looks similar to the Twin Peaks town map.

♠ As you might have known, I am very fond of Melanie’s “In a Box” series, even making a few of my own, and she created a beautiful fall one this week. I need to get on a fall care package for my brother!

♠ Found via the Letter Writers Alliance blog, Ann Shen has a beautiful series of postcards called “Bad Girls Throughout History.” Since I am still participating in 31 Postcards in 31 Days, I am thinking my postcard buddies might love to receive one of them. Or I will just enlarge them and hang em on the wall. 🙂

♠ For you crafty, sew-y types, Spoonflower’s blog is a treasure! I get way in over my head thinking I could do some of those things (I’m a long way from sewing The Beau his own shirt), but making a tea towel with handwritten recipes on them seems like a simple way to start my sewing skills ablaze.

♠ I can’t describe how fascinating this Asgarda is, so I will just quote from the site: “In the Ukraine, a country where females are victims of sexual trafficking and gender oppression, a new tribe of empowered women is emerging. Calling themselves the ‘Asgarda’, the women seek complete autonomy from men.”

♠ Remember my post about my pedometer, and how I made a goal to walk more? Turns out, even Thomas Jefferson and Da Vinci were obsessed with step-counting! More about that in this great read about buying a fitbit and the desire of “feeding” it.

♠ And of course, Art of Manliness. This week’s article choice is a guest post on the journey into record collecting. My record collecting secret: I sometimes buy records I already own. Not every single one, but some I feel the urge to give them a home. The Cars, Pink Floyd, Otis Redding – I buy them if they’re there. Sometimes I find a newbie and am able to give them one of mine as a kind of mind-expansion sharing, but yes, I have three copies of The Cars’ self-titled.