Rhubarb and Jalapeño Tonic 2

We’re celebrating my birthday this week!!!! I’m turning 31. THIRTY ONE! I’ve been told it’s not quite the same milestone as the big 3 – 0. And maybe it’s not. It certainly hasn’t been creeping up with the same gifts of a slowing metabolism and aging skin. (I’ve been there. […]

Rhubarb and Jalapeno Tonic

Pour 6 ounce of the vodka into a glass and save for another use. Add 6 ounces of sweetened lime juice to the bottle of vodka. Shake. Place in the freezer until completely chilled – at least 6 hours. Serve straight up or on ice.


I’m writing you today from a leather recliner. Garrett and I are sitting on the 12th floor of a downtown Boise condo complex. Out the window I can see the capitol and beyond it brown hills. There’s a glass of iced tea and a gimlet between us. We’re “sharing” them. […]

Seafair Menu 4

There was one Seafair Friday, I couldn’t have been older than 10, when my mom and I got stuck on the 520 floating bridge. The Blue Angels were practicing. At the time, my mom was driving a blue Suburban – the huge boxy kind that looked more like a tank […]

Inside My Mail Box – Salted Coffee 2

I don’t get a lot of mail. As I’ve gotten older I get more bills and less birthday invitations. It has been years since someone’s invited me to freeze tag, swimming and cake. Each month I do get a few special things – magazines. My mom subscribes me to a […]

Vanilla Cinnamon Coffee

Normally I take my coffee like my mom does.  Black.  Since I was little, I remember her telling me how she learned to drink coffee.  When she asked her grandfather for a cup, he said she could only have some if she promised, “Not to bastardize it.”  It was one […]

Note on Beer

If you are trying to cut costs, then you probably don’t want to be shelling out all kinds of dough on your alcohol.  This doesn’t mean you have to miss out.  Buy a small amount of what you and your friends like best.  I’m partial to Fat Tire.  A lot […]