mostly single malt whisky, single malt whisky, Single Cask Nation, scotch, whisky, Scotland, Highlands, Speyside, Islay

(Mostly) Single

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Shore Whisky Club, and hosted by Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and ImpEx Beverage (and general whisky guru). I spoke of Joshua before in relation to his One Nation Under Whisky podcast in my Expectations Upended post. Anyway,… [ Read More ]

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A Flag for a Dad

It’s Father’s Day! This is a special Father’s Day post because…well, just because. When my husband celebrated his first Father’s Day, I made him and my older daughter special T-shirts for the day. The following year, I did it again. I called it “A Flag for a Dad,” and I used her little handprints as… [ Read More ]

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A Magical Dessert

It all started with Harry Potter My family was obsessed with the boy wizard (well, mostly my younger daughter and I), and we read the books, listened to the audiobooks in the car, and went to all the movies (then bought them on DVD). Yes, we were at Barnes & Noble at midnight for the… [ Read More ]

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That’s the short of it

I’m not short, I’m fun sized That’s what is said on my older daughter’s license plate rim. And with her dad and mom at 5’4” and 5’2”, she comes by it honestly. My husband and I fit together nicely, so it works for us. However, both my girls are currently dating much taller guys (over… [ Read More ]

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I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Quintessentially British is Clotted Cream Clotted cream is something I think of that is so part of the High Tea tradition, so British, that I always assume it will be provided with the scones. You know, as in “here are your scones with clotted cream and jam.” It just rolls off the tongue. However, in… [ Read More ]

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I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about homemade Lemon Curd? Tea Time and Finger Food? Huh? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain…I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens… [ Read More ]

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It’s but a Trifle

Layers upon layers When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into… [ Read More ]

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In a Jam

Making use of Everything – Last Minute Jam Tarts There was an old song, “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake!”…the idea being that having a tasty dessert on hand for last minute guests was a daunting challenge. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not true…with a little prep work.… [ Read More ]