Andrew pulled a muscle in his back today, so I suggested we have a cocktail to help relax said muscle. He found the Big Easy Gin Fizz in my Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times mixbook. To make it even better, was my new martini shaker courtesy of my step mom Pam. And yes, the bell jingles while it shakes. Enjoy!

Big Easy Gin Fizz

2 ounces of gin

2 ounces sweet lime juice

1/4 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 to 3 ounces of club soda (or tonic if it’s all you have)

In your jingle bell shaker, shake all of the ingredients over ice. Pour into a fabulous glass and float the soda on top. Garnish with a lemon or cherry. And without question, enjoy!


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Kindal  By Kindal Cubak

My Aunt Jo comes over every Wednesday to cook for our family. She is a gourmet cook and likes to try new recipes for us. My favorite is her steak, twice bombed potatoes and garlic cake! She makes the most juicy, tender, moist steak in the world. It has the most incredible flavor. On top of that she makes twice bombed potatoes. They are creamy and stuffed with cheese and cream. It is the perfect combination with the savory steak. The juice of the steak blended with the strong but beautiful roasted garlic, and that first bite… so savory and tasty.

The potatoes are so buttery and creamy. The aroma so strong yet so much satisfaction tingles through my nose and tongue. The garlic bread roasting in the oven scents the room with happiness and heavenly aromas of that special bread. It is so thick with different cheeses, roasted and raw garlic that it looks like a cake!

You can almost hear the different cheeses and garlic cloves crackling as it is baking!  When it comes out on the glistening baking sheet, the bread is just waiting for someone to take a heavenly most scrumptious bite.

In the end…our family has eaten every single crumb and morsel on their plate with the most satisfaction and happiness in our tummies.  

Can’t wait for next Wednesday!!

(Written by Kindal. Age 12)

Jo Stougaard  By Jo Stougaard



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