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lavender-mint vodka lemonade

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hello online world! i’m back from alaska! it was a lovely mini-vacation (a long weekend, really) filled with smokey bars, alaskan summer ale, salmon dip, friends, blueberries, sourdough pancakes, face paint.. all that good stuff.

i brought back 4 or 5 pounds of smoked salmon, 6 jars of salmonberry and blueberry jam, and part of my parent’s sourdough starter that they’ve had for over 30 years. (the folks who passed it along to them said that it was over 100 years at that point, but who knows?)

but i realized halfway through that i wasn’t taking pictures of anything we were cooking. this was the first recipe i captured and you’re lucky i did. it’s so refreshing (it would have been more appropriate in 100 degree oregon rather than 60 degree alaska, but oh well!) and the mint and lavender compliment each other perfectly, neither becoming too overwhelming. best of all, its easy to make, even after you have had a few.

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bloody mary mix, for brunch

i have been hooked on bloody marys for the past month. i think its mostly the olives that you get to eat with it when you order at the bar, but its like a mini salad filled with booze.

this recipe is meant for a brunch potluck, where there are lemon wedges and hot sauce and pepper shakers around for people to tweak the recipe to their liking. while you may like it spicy, your guests might not, so don’t give everyone in your house heartburn.

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