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Fun Stuff: April Edition

Hi everyone!  Today I’m sharing some of our favorites from our lives this month.

I made a huge easter dinner even though it was just the two of us.  Ham, sweet potato and chard gratin, deviled eggs, green beans with candied pecans, and a beet, citrus, and mint salad.  For dessert we had lemon mascarpone and mango sorbet parfaits.  And a Bellini bar.  It was a beautiful day, so we had dinner outside and enjoyed the nice weather.

We had so much fun at the Tar Heel 10 Miler!  It was a tough race, including a 1 mile climb up Laurel Hill at the end of the race.  They gave us separate splits for Laurel Hill, and Nick finished third in his age group!  Afterwards we explored Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  We looked at plants at the North Carolina Botanical Garden (they have carnivorous plants!), then sampled some beers at the Steel String Craft Brewery, and had a lovely dinner at Kipos.  We are definitely going to sign up for this race again next year!

Coming off of the race, Nick has decided he wants to run a mile PR (his PR was 6:14 back in high school) and will be using this plan.  We’ll keep you updated!

I cannot wait to make this pad thai salad.  I LOVE pad thai, and this looks perfect for the hot summer months.

In girly news, I finally bought this Garnier BB cream.  I’m now wondering why I waited so long to try BB cream.  This stuff is amazing–the moisturizer is light enough so that I don’t break out, and the tint covers small blemishes.  I’m obsessed.

I’ve been looking for closed toe shoes that look good with shorts.  I run a lot, and a weekly pedi just isn’t a thing for me.  I ended up with a pair of sperrys and a pair of toms.

This year was the one year that I got my veggie garden in the ground on time, but we got frost April 15 and 16!  I covered the plants with plastic bags each night, and everything survived.  I planted Greek basil, Thai basil, mint (in a planter!), rosemary, crookneck squash, grape tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, cucumbers, and jalapeños.  I am wishing I had more bed space so I could plant more stuff!

We hope you had a wonderful month!

 

An Introduction + a Cocktail

Hello there! Since my wonderful husband dove right in with the sports analysis, it is my turn to write and I figured we should actually, you know, introduce ourselves.

Nick and I are both mathematicians by trade. Nick works for a biotech company and I am about 15 months from completing my PhD. During the day we write code, analyze data, fit parameters, and curse at our laptops. When we aren’t working, we enjoying running, cooking, watching sports, entertaining, and enjoying the Raleigh nightlife. We were married in March of 2013 and live in the suburbs with our four crazy cats.

We created this blog to share a little of our life with the outside world. I’ll be sharing workout tips and schedules, (mostly) healthy recipes, and other random things that happen in our day-to-day life. Nick has always been interested in sports analytics, so he will be writing about everything from fantasy football to college basketball to NASCAR.  We will also write about things that pertain to us as a couple that many normal people go through, such as balancing work and life.

Now, onto the fun part. Cocktails! Since we live in a huge (to us) house, we love having people over. We’ve hosted many gatherings, and one way I’ve found to get things started is to serve a signature cocktail. It’s a great icebreaker and you get to expose your friends to something they may not have otherwise tried.

Today, we’re infusing vodka. Sounds fancy, right? It is actually very easy, the only catch is that it involves some advanced planning.

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Vodka + ginger in a mason jar, ready to be infused!

Like most of the rest of the United States, we’ve had insane weather and cannot wait for spring. For the moment, we’re forgetting about all the snow and cabin fever by making an upbeat and fresh cocktail. Craft vodka is infused with fresh ginger, then combined with lime juice and simple syrup to make an elegant yet easy cocktail.   The ginger is present but not overpowering, which makes this perfect for porch sipping.

Ginger Lime Sippers

Makes 2 drinks

Ginger infused vodka (recipe below)
Simple syrup (recipe below)
1 lime
Ice

Combine 4 oz. ginger vodka, 1 tbs. simple syrup, and the juice of 1 lime in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake.

Fill 2 highball glasses to the top with ice. Strain the mixture into each glass, dividing evenly.

The best hosts are ones who take all of their guests’ needs into account. If you have girlfriends who are pregnant or friends who don’t like to drink, consider serving a mocktail version. Replace the ginger vodka with a non-alcoholic ginger beer such as Reed’s ginger brew. Skip the shaking step and simply combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

Inspired by the Moscow Mule at Beasleys Chicken + Honey

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The final (delicious) product

Ginger infused vodka

3-4 inch knob of ginger
10 oz. vodka

Remove the skin from a 3 to 4 inch piece of ginger.  Dice.  Meanwhile, add 10 oz. vodka to a glass jar.  Add the ginger.  Cover and let sit in a dark place, 48-72 hours.  To serve, use a sieve to remove the ginger from the vodka.

Simple syrup

2 c. sugar
water

Bring a kettle of water to a boil.  Place 2 cups of sugar in a glass jar.  Add boiling water until all of the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently.