|I'm trying to start up my summer cocktail tradition again. First on the menu, these tart and refreshing Cuban Mojitos!|
And while not nearly as serious as all of the rain and flooding, my own personal complaint is that the puddles and flooding left by the rains here in Houston are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and they've been eating me alive! I swear, I have over 20 mosquito bites on my ankles, ass (they bite me through my damn workout pants!), and arms and they balloon up so it looks like I'm hiding gumballs under my skin. Ugh.
In other news, I've been on console all week this week, which as usual has kept me pleasantly busy and my days have been flying by. This week went so fast! Super excited that yet another weekend has arrived. The last couple of weekends have involved being productive around the house (I'm trying container gardening!), taking the pup out and about (Houston is super dog-friendly), bar trivia with friends, Memorial Day weekend barbecues and pool parties with friends, and cooking up some good food around the house and this weekend we're planning more of the same.
Also a quick shout out to my brother J who just celebrated his 32nd b-day yesterday. Happy Birthday!
|My attempt at an anti-mosquito garden filled with lemon balm, marigolds, rosemary, and lavender. Pandora LOVES playing with the plastic containers that the plants all came in... silly dog!|
|There's also an agave plant that has proven to be quite hardy and some random grass that I'm hoping to replace with lemongrass sometime soon. Haven't noticed less mosquitoes yet, though.|
|And my own personal little herb garden. One thing all of this rain has been helping with is keeping my little container garden thriving. I'm sure as soon as summer comes in full force that these flourishing little herbs will not be faring so well.|
|Pandora is such a funny, ball-obsessed goof. She will happily carry a tennis ball around in her mouth all day, tongue hanging out in this goofy little grin. She is so cute.|
|Some beautiful peonies I bought myself last weekend at Trader Joe's while we were out and about. Also purchased about $150 in groceries with a heavy focus on nuts, dried fruits, and frozen vegetables. Ah, TJ's, I do love you so.|
|And last night I tried my hand for the first time at a grilled beer can chicken. It turned out super moist and delicious. I used this recipe and although I didn't have za'atar for the rub, the seasoning still turned out superb!|