Friday morning began with a series of productive meetings. As the weather warmed up, I ran home to tend the garden, one of my many passions.
My main goal was to “harvest” delicate and intoxicating miniature lilacs. The little lilac bush was a gift from a special friend that was planted many years ago. The bush has endured hard winters, hurricanes, etc. and yet unfailingly produces beautiful bouquets every year. So I snipped away and filled my home with lilacs. Now I must patiently wait for my peonies to burst open…. all thirteen bushes! Years of love have gone into the gardens and I hope to enjoy the fruits of my labor for many years to come!
The rest of my day was non-stop. I finally took a moment to breathe before getting together with a friend for a fun evening of Kirkland Vodka, Italian food and of course, the Stanley Cup. Go Rangers!
I’m hoping to sneak in a swim later today before preparing for the evening’s activities.
It’s Monday and I should be heading out to a “Chianti Lovers” wine tasting seminar and walk around tasting. Instead, I have to attend several meetings that I can’t extricate myself from. Hopefully, something good will come of the meetings because I really hate missing the wine event!
On another note:
My friend came over yesterday bearing gifts, one of which was a very strange little citrus called Calamondin. Neither one of us had seen or heard of it before. He had just plucked it from a friend’s tree and was told to try it with vodka. So, we pulled out the Kirkland Vodka from the freezer, poured two glasses, cut up the fruit and added it to the vodka. The Calamondin infused vodka was delicious!
Although this citrus looks like an orange, it is more similar in taste to lime. The peel is very thin and can be eaten as well. They are very tiny (about one inch in diameter) but pack a punch. It had more of a sour than sweet taste, but it definitely complemented the vodka. I just might have to buy a Calamondin plant!
And now it’s back to work!
Yes, I’ve been off the grid for a day or so. Between work, house projects and lots of snow, I have neglected my blog!
And then of course, I had a touch of sniffles that interfered with wine tasting. So, I haven’t had any wine since Friday evening!
However, I opened my freezer last night and pulled out Kirkland American Vodka. A glass of vodka or snifter of cognac always helps to reactivate my taste buds!
I reviewed Kirkland Vodka on Dec. 9th. This is basically what I said about it. It is 80 proof vodka that is smooth with hints of vanilla that gives it just the right amount of sweetness, providing a long finish. Kirkland uses 100% American heartland grains and pure spring water to make this vodka. It is hard to beat in price and flavor.
I have another busy day ahead of me, but I am looking forward to opening a bottle of wine this evening.
My days have been filled with house guests, cooking, appointments, etc. but I’m juggling it all.
I even squeezed in a cocktail hour last evening with a few friends at my house.
We all tried Kirkland Signature American Vodka, Distilled 6 Times. Notice the word “American”. Most of the Kirkland Brand vodkas are made in France. In fact, I wrote a post on Kirkland Signature Vodka, Distilled 5 Times on 9/23/14. www.thewineknitter.com/1/post/2014/09/day-94.html. So I was most anxious to taste their American made vodka from California!
The 80 proof, 1.75L bottle was cold from the freezer and I served it straight up. We all agreed that it was smooth with hints of vanilla that gave it just the right amount of sweetness, providing a long finish. Kirkland uses 100% American heartland grains and pure spring water to make this vodka. Although I’m not ready to trade in my Belvedere and Grey Goose bottles just yet, Kirkland Signature vodkas are hard to beat in price and flavor.
I think this is a good day to begin my knitting project. The key is not to get sidetracked!
My yarn finally arrived yesterday and my knitting project is underway!
With any luck, I will have it finished by the end of the weekend…we’ll see.
I was able to salvage my friend’s sweater. He tried it on yesterday and now all I have to do is block it again and it’s his to wear.
Since it was cocktail hour we sat and talked about friendship, love and honesty as I sipped a tiny bit of Kirkland vodka and he a beer. It was quite a conversation. However, it wasn’t as good as my next guest that evening.
The same conversation took place, but the drink was better… Hennessy VSOP…and his perspective on all of the above topics was more clear and affirming…and grown up. Amazing…
It’s a beautiful, but cold day. Off to do some work and then home to tackle my knitting project. And I am definitely drinking a big wine tonight!
It has been a long and productive day. It’s time to kick off my shoes and relax.
I tried a very good vodka last night…Kirkland. Yes…Costco brand!! This Five Times Distilled vodka is excellent! It is 80 proof and the bottle is so large (1.75 L) and heavy, I could hardly fit it into my freezer. It is very smooth with vanilla and a touch of sweetness. The finish is long, which pleased me!
Rumor has it that KS bought an old Grey Goose distillery and is using the water from the same river in France to produce it. I can’t substantiate this. In any case, this is a vodka that you can drink straight as well as in a martini. And further more…you can’t beat the price!!