Back to Rhubarb

As a privileged, white Canadian I know that I am not the demographic for which last night’s election results are the hardest to swallow. Not even close.

I believe there’s a lot of good in this world, but we must continue to hold our own government to account – on climate change, on Indigenous rights, on social justice – and not fall into divisive and fear-based politics. We must amplify the voices of those more vulnerable, and be better allies.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been telling myself to assuage the knot in my stomach.

I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning to watch Donald Trump’s victory speech (file that under things that feel surreal to type), so ended up feeling a bit like a zombie today. Between sadly watching HRC’s concession speech with coworkers and clicking through countless articles and tweets dissecting the election results, it didn’t feel possible for much else to occupy my thoughts today. (We treated ourselves to ramen, though, which was a bright spot.)

But in an attempt to multitask and focus on something apolitical while watching the coverage last night, I turned to my much neglected drafts and decided that the blogosphere could probably use a drink. So we’re going back to rhubarb…DSC_0335 copy Continue reading

Here’s to Good Cheer and Two Years [Pamplemousse 75]

pamplemousse0pamplemousseAround this time of year I feel like I become a hybrid between a sentimental grandmother and an excitable child — ’tis the season? The twinkling lights, my favourite music, the snow, the gingerbread…none of it ever seems to get old for me. And then even uber-consumerist commercials can have me tearing up. I get caught up in it all pretty easily.discoAmidst all the hustle and bustle of the season, I just wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for making this little hobby of mine so much fun. This past week marked two years since I tentatively dipped a toe into the world of blogging, and I’m so happy I did. Continue Reading…

“Gin-stagrams” [G&T sorbet]

Spotty lens, Seattle scene

Spotty lens, Seattle scene

So one day, I’m strolling through a surprisingly balmy Seattle park, and the next I’m running back inside for an extra layer as I rush off to my first day of school. One day I’m sipping on cool, boozy sorbet, and the next I’m craving the cozy familiarity of a pumpkin spice latte. Excuse my Ottawa Valley girl talk, but like, woah. …Where was the transition between seasons? Not that I’m relegating G&T slushies/sorbet to the summer months, but for now they will probably be saved for rare, special homework-free weekend celebrations. G&T It feels like I’ve been (happily) on the go since I returned from Spain, and I was tiring myself out (happily) traveling before that. So I really cannot complain, but as I start getting lost in readings, labs, and field work things might start slowing down and you might see a little less of me around here as I try to focus on that school work. However before I go, I’m excited to tell you guys that I’m the “official instagrammer” for Ottawa Tourism this weekend! You can follow along on my staycation adventures in the capital at @kshap17 and @ottawatourism. Are there any Ottawa moments you think I should share with the social media world??G&T slushieAnd lastly, of course, this awesome gin & tonic sorbet. A fool proof recipe that can be found over at The Boys Club. If you’re a fan of the classic cocktail, then this is for you. Enjoy the taste of summer a little longer. Cheers, and happy weekends. xo
(This one is dedicated to my girl, Dylan– happy belated birthday!)20130905-221529.jpg

Welcome to the Weekend [Peach Gin & Tonics]

20130823-221210.jpg20130823-221253.jpgG&Ts baby! Happy Friday, friends. Let’s celebrate. Summer, an abundance of peaches, the arrival of the weekend, all good reasons.20130823-221442.jpgLike my grandmother, the gin and tonic is my favourite cocktail. It’s actually Spain’s, too, apparently. And one of my favourite DJ’s. Won’t you join us for a drink?20130823-222016.jpg20130823-221845.jpg Read on

Breaking out the Bubbly: Kir Royale

Kir royale only requires champagne and creme de cassis -- it should be in champagne flutes, though!

Why wait for New Year’s Eve to bring out the champagne? We popped open a bottle of bubbly to warm up with some Kir Royale this evening after tobogganing in the fresh snow. This classic French cocktail with a subtle fruity undertone requires only black current liqueur — crème de cassis –with a light white wine (such as Chablis). A Kir Royale uses champagne instead of the wine.

The champagne is what takes a Kir to a Kir Royale.

More bubbly!

O Come Let Us Adore Gin [and a Sangria recipe?]

One more exam to go. Just one more little hurdle before I’m free to celebrate the holidays…oh baby. (It’s descriptive inorganic chemistry on Thursday morning, in case you were wondering.) You can be sure that Thursday evening will find me with a festive cocktail in my hand, and this one, “The Number 4” from Joylicious looks amaaaazing (as does her photography).  

I love gin. A good gin and tonic might be one of my favourite drinks to sip on. When I first fell for the G&T I was worried I was turning into my grandmother, but one of my best friends shares the love for Bombay Sapphire, so it’s all good. I’ll have to let you know how my “Number 4” turns out, but in the meantime here’s another seasonal drink that should help keep spirits bright…

Gem-like fruit floats in Autumn Apple White Wine Sangria

Try sipping some Apple White Wine Sangria…