About a month ago, I started a cross between a lime and lemon liqueur. Today, I found a moment to strain it off the pulp and sample. Yum. All the delicious sweetness and bitterness of a good limoncello, with some added complexity from the lime. It does have a rather muddled color, rather than the fresh lemon yellow of a pure limoncello. I shall endure.

Lemon-Lime Goodness

Batch 85: It’s Been Awhile, Mead

I have not started anything, to my dismay, in many moons. Five, to be exact. So, today, I made it a mission to start something. Beer is likely on the way soon. I’m thinking a nice pale ale or maibock. An orange blossom braggot is on my mind, as well. But I have no time for that today. Today, we made mead.

Looking over ingredients on hand, I decided on a metheglin, that is, a “spiced” mead. And in this case, that means honey, cloves and lemon balm. The cloves we just always have on hand in the spice cabinet. The lemon verbena in the garden is just loving the weather, so we have plenty of it as well.

As for honey, I had a couple gallons of orange blossom, and a gallon of tupelo honey. But I’m saving them for other things (the braggot being one). I went with a gallon of wildflower. Basic, but I’m hoping the lemon balm and clove take center stage!

Mead making is simple, really. I’ve just been a bit lazy. I mean , it can be be complicated, just depends on what your end goal is! At the end of the process – more moons – I’ll perhaps post the recipe for this one. But I am looking forward to it. The lemon verbena Kim helped me pick smelled amazing!

Lalvin-D47, do your thing!

The Day Before Thanksgiving

So, to begin, it’s my mom’s birthday. So, Happy Birthday! Look forward to being there in December for Christmas!

I’m holidaying now in beautiful Banner Elk, NC. And, since it was open, it was the perfect opportunity to visit the book exchange in the historic school. I came prepared, with books that Mr. K’s in Greenville, SC has passed on, books I was glad to part with (or at the very least, was not overly sad to part with).

Quite A Haul

So, a couple nice looking cook books, some witty poetry, a couple of interesting looking Dan Brown novels (he may not be historically, or otherwise, accurate, but they can be a fun romp), a couple Orson Scott Card novels, etc.

I really need to get my “owned” books loaded in Libib. Goodreads tracking of “owned” books leads me grumpy – it never works on mobile. I know I have all but one of the Harry Potter novels, but couldn’t remember which one… I like the social aspects, but definitely not impressed by the collection aspects.

Merry Christmas!

Awww, my parents got Kim and I (or maybe just Kim?) the Vitality Culinary Kit from Young Living. Yay!

Thanks, Mom and Dad!