We just returned to our home after a lovely two days with family. It was the first time in a long time that we were all together. It was wonderful, special, and bittersweet. It was our first Christmas with our newest family member and our eldest is battling cancer. There are many aspects of celebrating Christmas that have become a nuisance as I’ve gotten older. My complaints are not original. The over-commercialized, plastic insanity that seems to rule season truly cheapens what this time can be. Like many people, the times we lived in forced us to scale down and economize our celebration this year. Instead of spending time running around in crowded stores with bad lighting, I spent my holiday prep time with baking supplies and paints. I can tell you that the gifts I gave this year were more filled with love than any I have ever swiped my charge-card to buy. The gifts I received: home-made granola, photos, and the hemming and repair of clothing are cherished and savored. We played games, prepared food together, laughed, swapped stories, and comforted one another. It’s been a tough year, but right now I feel like millionaire. I wish a merry Christmas to all.
Gingerbread Goofiness December 10, 2009
Yesterday’s storm gifted me with a day off. Obviously, when it is stormy outside the only rational thing to do is bake. I have never made gingerbread cookies. I always meant to, I just never got around to it. My ingredient supply was shaky, but I managed to cobble together the ingredients for this Food Network recipe without having to leave the house.
Then I realized that I was without cookie cutters, so I decided to try freestyle cookie cutting. I did up my family of four (cats count!) and a bunch of little holiday packages. I did up a very nice Kermit the Frog, but, alas, one of my beloved felines licked the eyeballs off of it before it could be photographed. The cookies were a hit, apparently even with finicky felines. I found this recipe to both easy and forgiving. I brought two dozen of the presents with me to work and only one remained at the end of the day. Why is it no one will ever take the last cookie? I shall save that rumination for another day.
Celebrate Independence Day With A Drink July 4, 2007
Ok, the truth is that at MaisonBisson we celebrate all holidays with a drink. Since we take cocktails quite seriously, I wanted something very pretty for the little Fourth of July soiree we were having. I have found that the secret to a perfect strawberry daiquiri is using frozen strawberries. I also use lots of crushed ice and a ripe banana — it adds a nice creaminess. I garnished with whipped cream, blueberries, and star fruit.
It’s an easy and delicious recipe.
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1 cup rum (light or dark depending on your preference)
- 2 cups (a 16 oz tub) of frozen strawberries (thawed)
- ripe banana
Combine all ingredients in a large blender that can crush ice. Blend, pour, and garnish.
Warning – this is a delicious drink and goes down really easy. If you are not careful you could find yourself standing by the bonfire and singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in your birthday suit.
Rusty Nail: The Maison Bisson Winter Drink January 6, 2007
The holidays are long since past, here’s a drink to carry you through ’till Spring.
- 3 parts Scotch
- 1 part Drambuie
Serve over ice in an old fashioned glass.
Please enjoy it responsibly.