"THE CRAB IS IN" - I need to get one of these signs for the front door of our house in Annapolis because I'm convinced that it has a much better time hosting United States Naval Academy families and troupes of professional actors from NYC than it does when Stéphane and I are in residence. Whereas our visitors spend their time kayaking, biking, playing games and praising the house for its historic charm, Stephane and I walk through its rooms muttering ominously about aging pipes, warped wood and everything that we have to do to make it look better. At less than half of our painted lady's age, I certainly wouldn't like to hear people whispering conspiratorially about my wrinkles, stomach flab and grey hair!
Nonetheless, in an effort to give our Southern Belle a face lift before the arrival of her next guests, Stéphane and I had to make a quick decision about which colors would best enhance her features. As you can tell by looking at the photo below, it wasn't a straightforward process! Worried that we were going to go with some new-fangled Parisian fashion, like yellow with grey spots, neighbors suddenly found compelling reasons to drop by and ask about our color selections.
In between trimming overgrown trees and washing all of the bedding...
Stéphane and I took a bit of time off from our chores last night to have dinner with some of our neighbors at Reynold's Tavern. After hearing about St-Germain, a delicate French liqueur of elderflower blossoms, while I was staying with Carolyn in Boston, I was pleased to see that their August special is a refreshing Elderflower Champagne Cocktail. Here's the recipe:
Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
Fill a tumbler with ice. Fill three-quarters of the glass with dry champagne or prosecco. Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint. Top off with St-Germain.
P.S. Please let me know if you need some fresh mint because I've been ripping large bunches of it out of the overgrown flowerbeds. The good news is that the air smells wonderful!
|Cheers - to a delightfully refreshing summertime drink.|