My Home Bar: Snakebite

snakebite bottles

You know me, I’m all for the three-steps-or-less cocktail. That’s why the snakebite is a great one.

Half a lager, half a cider (ahem hard cider), pour beer, let set, then finish pint with cider.


Locally made beer/cider are best, but I’m not sure if Arizona has locally-made cider (AZ Beer Buddies, any help?), so I used my new favorite, Angry Orchard’s Apple Ginger. YUM.

snakebite sunset

Happy Full Worm Moon!

Full Worm Moon

“As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.”

The message is not so much that the worms will inherit the Earth, but that all things play a role in nature, even the worm. -Gary Larson

I need to make these flexi-straw worms very, very soon.

Happy Spring Links

This photo has nothing to do with moving, or links, but it’s kind of how ridiculous it is to box up all my stuff.

I have been putting off making a link post for a couple weeks. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I am in the middle of moving, and fighting a cold/allergies/sinus infection? that I need to kick! But hey, let’s get the spring links going!

♠ BuzzFeed has a DIY tumblr, and I am in love. I can’t wait to make some bottle stoppers with magical crystals on top.

♠ Speaking of bottles, I love Design Sponge’s Hangover Cures from the Creative Community. A lot of really great tips.

Beautiful Women With Short Hair is making me feel that ol’ familiar itch…

♠ All my cameras are boxed up right now, so I really needed this.

Poor Worf; he really just needs a place to sit down, not get shut down. This video had me in tears it was so funny.

♠ Valentines’ is not the only time to enjoy romantic things.


My Home Bar: The Ethel O’Connell

DSC00798txtSpecial edition of My Home Bar, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish whiskey, and some of my favorite Irish rogues:


The Ethel O’Connel from Maggie Brown (via Design*Sponge)

  • 2 1/2 oz whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • shot of espresso

Mix ingredients, shake well, pour over ice. Add cinnamon stick for flavor.



While I’m sure this pairs well with corned beef hash and potatoes of any sort, for me, it pairs well with a mini chocolate chip cookies.

5 Things I Have Been Dreaming About For No Real Reason

I don’t know if it is the extremely imminent spring blooming forth, or the fact that I’m in the process of moving and starting the year with an extremely fresh spring cleaning, but I have had certain things bubbling in my mind that I would like to share in picture form.

Summer Dinner Party photos via Oh Happy Day

♠ Dinner parties. Maybe I’m getting overzealous, but now that I have an actual backyard, I am so excited to throw mini-dinner parties. Several courses, mixed company, tasty cocktails (and mocktails!), boisterous conversation with polite but lively debate, the works. I just wish I had a large, overhanging tree to from which to hang a bunch of lights.

Sowing the Seeds of Victory, Vintagraph

♠ Victory gardens. I love the idea of growing a garden to supplement your grocery needs. Our house goes through a lot of spinach, but not in the week window the stuff we buy at the store is preserved. It would be nice to go outside and pluck what we need for a bowl.

  ♠ Neighborhood/block parties. Once again, since I’m moving to a new neighborhood, I love the idea of a potluck on the street, getting to know neighbors. We used to have one every fall at my parents’ place, and I met a few great friends because of it.

This is actually a soda fountain restaurant, but the booths are perfect bar booths.

♠ A great neighborhood bar. I have started to read Drinking With Men, and the loving way Rosie Schap describes the great bars she’s been in, makes it feel like a second home. I don’t need to make a habit of going there, but I would love to find one without blaring music or giant TVs playing sports 24/7. If you must have TVs in the bar, after 7pm they should be only showing crackling logs or some equally calming screen, right?

♠ Pharmacies with soda fountains. I went to one in Albuquerque and it lives in my dreams. I bought beeswax soap, ibuprofen and a dreamsicle float all in one place!

Sound City: Reel to Real

This morning just got 20x better. Thanks to Drew Magary, I found out that NPR is streaming the Sound City soundtrack today. I thought about saving this for links of the week, but I wasn’t sure how long it would be streaming.

“Thanks for the info, Jess, but what the heck is Sound City?”was what I heard from the ether. And just let me take a little excerpt from the amazon info page about it, if you must know:

“SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, NIN, Rage Against The Machine and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

SOUND CITY–REAL TO REEL is a brand new collection of all-new all-original songs, each one composed and recorded exclusively for the film within its own 24-hour session on that console after it was reinstalled in Grohl and his Foo Fighters’ own 606 Studios. The new tracks–featuring an amazing and idiosyncratic cast of collaborators including Paul McCartney, Grohl’s former Nirvana and current Foo Fighters bandmates, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Lee Ving of Fear, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine and more–passionately exemplify SOUND CITY’s celebration of the human element of musicianship and recording in an increasingly digital world.”

So yeah, it’s awesome, and I can’t wait to listen to it in my car, flying through the desert and waiting for the new Queens of the Stone Age album to be released.