When the Outdoors Forces You Inside

The Winter Fizz Cocktail

Learning to be comfortable in different weather conditions is one of the benefits of spending a lot of time outside. Weather isn’t always ideal: hail, while one of my favorite things to watch and listen to, can be quite painful when you are out on a trail run. Wind can be exhausting and frustrating. Lightning can be terrifying if you are in the wrong place, like a ridge. But there aren’t many conditions that keep me from venturing out at

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Honey, Honey

Bee on a hollyhock

Last night the backyard hummed when I took the dogs out, and bees were everywhere. We have two neighbors with hives, so I assumed that something was happening hive-wise, and the bees did eventually calm down and fly away. We have a jar of our friend’s honey, and with a yard full of flowers I am sure that this honey is the taste of our yard and neighborhood. In honor of the neighbor bees, how about a couple of honey

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The Mighty Mosquito

mosquitoes, courtesy of the Field Book of Insects

If you are a fan of gin and tonics, you might want to read this book. It’s a very entertaining history of tonic water, which has quinine as a main ingredient, which was used to treat malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes. “Malaria is not the mosquito’s fault, but mosquitoes suck anyway.” I happened to be reading it in the tent last weekend, with a line of fresh mosquito bites on my forehead, exactly following the bottom edge of my

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Special Edition: Kiwi Gin Fizz

The kiwi fizz cocktail
Many years ago, when I was I an art teacher, I had the very best student who quickly became a friend. She was super motivated to make art, was a buddhist, and lived in a beautiful house in the East Bay hills surrounded by an incredible garden. I remember leaving her house loaded down with bags of lemons and persimmons. Kiwis were picked and then lived in a dark room off the garage for a mysterious ripening period. I wasn’t gifted many kiwis, but they always seemed very special.
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3 Cocktails to Welcome Meteorological Spring (It’s a real thing!)

As you may know, out here in the West we have had quite an exceptional winter. Someone told me Tahoe has had 53 feet of snow! I was in Santa Cruz, California last week and saw trees down, rivers where there used to be trails, and crumbling mountainsides. Here in Utah the story is lots of snow, almost everywhere, all the time. Winter is lovely and all that, but I can’t wait for the return of song birds, flowers, sunshine,

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