It’s time we start perfecting our Porch Sit game.
A Porch Sit is a late-afternoon gathering of friends, neighbors, a dog or two, a guitar or harmonica (optional), overlapping conversations, and sweet cold cocktails.
A Porch Sit is vital to summer, happy relationships, and good health. They stretch on into the evening and usually coincide with snacks, some sort of pasta salad, and a small dose of half-whispered gossip.
Cocktails are only part of the equation. Part but essential.
It’s cocktail time.
Start with the freshness: limes, kiwi, crushed ice and lots of rum.
White or golden rum for this recipe. Wait, do they call it golden rum? I hope so and they should.
Fresh lime juice together with granulated sugar. Stir stir stir until the sugar is dissolved. This lime-based cocktail will be very tart so I like to add a good amount of sugar.
Fresh lime and fresh kiwi into the lime and sugar.
Up next? Something I like to call the smash-muddle. Using the back of a spoon of a muddler to press mint and kiwi flavor into the sweetened lime juice.
Glasses prepared with loads of crushed ice, a lime wedge or two, a few kiwi slices, and big fragrant mint sprigs for each glass.
The cocktail is stirred with ice and divided among the garnished glasses.
Add a splash of soda to fizzy the drink and dilute the sweet lime.
Consider serving with a heap of Roasted Tomato and Feta Guacamole and crisp tortilla chips. Maybe on one of those sunny days when you’re playing hooky from a responsibility or two. Not that you do that… but it wouldn’t be the worst thing.
- lots of crushed ice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice plus lime wedges for garnish
- 3-4 tablespoons super fine granulated sugar, depending on your sweet tooth
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves, plus large sprigs of mint to garnish
- 3 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced into rounds
- 1 cup rum
- splash of club soda for each glass
- In a large glass or cocktail shaker stir together lemon juice and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Add mint leaves and a few slices of kiwi and muddle until fruit and mint are crushed and fragrant.
- Add rum and a handful of crushed ice and stir until combined.
- Fill four small glasses with crushed ice. Add mint sprigs, kiwi slices and lime wedges to each glass.
- Divide the cocktail between the four glasses, top each glass with club soda. Add a straw and enjoy immediately.
I’ve decided to have a very quiet and still weekend.
Today- more pictures than words.
I hope you all find a piece of peace this weekend.
These unassuming, simple and delicious meringues might be just your ticket to bliss.
Memaw’s Meringue Shells
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
Beat whites until stiff; add other ingredients and beat until shiny and very stiff. Draw circles on paper sacks and spread with a spoon or pipe with pastry tube within the confines of circles (I did my meringues free hand). Bake in 225 degree oven until lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Turn oven off, leaving the shells in the oven to completely cool. May be cooked before hand and stored in an airtight container until ready to use. Serve with fresh sliced strawberries and kiwis, or any fruit or berries you see fit.
Certain unromantic things come with adulthood: putting away one’s laundry, paying one’s taxes, drinking one’s spinach.
Certain amazingly romantic things come with adulthood: eating a giant bowl of popcorn with truffle oil for dinner, painting one’s shoes in gold glitter, falling asleep on the couch while bingeing on episodes of The Shield.
It all balances itself out, and… if I might say, the scales definitely tip to the positive end when it comes to adultland.
This week is all about balancing the scales and putting things in order. I’m knocking things out, big and small (seriously though… mostly small). I’m hanging pants on hangers. I’m putting clean laundry away like a grown-up. I’m ingesting coffee and gin, generously and separately, because I can (and I’m worth it). I’m drinking my greens, all proper-like.
I’ve also eaten my weight in white chocolate chunks. All I needed was an excuse to buy a bag. This really is so dangerous.
Just look at all this health! Greens on greens. Fruit: squared. Seeds and magic powder.
This is a feel-good situation. Different from the feel-good nature of cheesecake, but similarly profound.
Let me tell you about the extras we’re working with.
Barley Grass, Wheat Grass & Alfalfa from Amazing Grass. It’s like adding a green powder bull dog to your body and health. Bull dogs are the picture of ferocious health… right? Single serving packets are also available. Rad.
Maca Powder is derived from a Peruvian root. I like it for its mind and body energy boost. It also help with stamina if you’re the type of person who likes to go nutso in spin class (like me). Someone described maca powder as ‘nature’s viagra’ which is exactly the way NEVER TO DESCRIBE ANYTHING EVER… please and thank you.
Chia Seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, and fiber. All good things! When the dry seeds are combined with liquid they acquire a slightly gelatinous coating. Weird and awesome.
These are optional, but really powerful additions to our smoothie.
The fact that we’re drinking spinach is also good enough for government work. ‘Good enough for government work’ is such a mom expression.
It’s like the heavens are shining down on our glass of health.
This smoothie is green without tasting terribly green. It’s thick and sweet thanks to the bananas. The kiwi adds a tartness and mouth-pucker that only kiwi can give provide.
Truth be told, I kicked off this smoothie with a big cup of creamy coffee. That’s just real life.
Spinach, Kiwi & Chia Seed Smoothie
makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies
For the Smoothie:
1 1/2 cups almond milk, cold
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons wheat grass powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder
In a blender, combine almond milk, spinach leaves, frozen banana chunks, and kiwi chunks. Add some of the awesome extras if you’re so inclined. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.