Summer in November

ALERT: Recipes Includes at The End - Cranberry Martini, Homemade Country Biscuits and Country Gravy

Here it is the 7th of November and it's almost 60 degrees. Yesterday it reached 74!!!! Oh, I'm SO not complaining!! In fact, I'd be thrilled if the weather could stay this nice all winter long. Sorry, so not a snowbird or bunny or whatever. The minute I actually have to think about putting on socks, my mood goes downhill.

Reluctantly, earlier in October, I found I did need to throw my hissy fit and get out my Maine socks. My feet were warm and toasty but well, you can tell what I thought about being reduced to putting them on.

The weather gods must have heard me because up went the temperatures! Off came the socks and my feet breathed a sign of relief as did the rest of me. Still haven't put them on yet, but I know (sad face) the time will come. Up until then I'm ignoring it completely.

Whatever the temperature says, it IS fall. The leaves have changed color and the nice warm winds are blowing them off the trees and down to the ground. We turned the clocks back - (you did didn't you? If not you've been late to everything for the past week). And now it''s dark by 5 o'clock. I set my clocks back but my internal clock hasn't caught up with it yet. I'll finish dinner, settle down to watch reruns of "Big Bang Theory" (one of my favorite shows) and then I feel like I should be going to bed. I always feel surprised when I realize it's only 8PM - three more hours to go before bedtime! Somehow it seems like those three hours last forever!

And I have one rant that i absolutely MUST go on. WHY ARE WE SEEING ADS AND HEARING SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!! I mean REALLY!!!!! They started coming out before Halloween! And Thanksgiving is several weeks away! Come on people! No wonder we're so sick of Christmas music and ads and all by the time Christmas actually arrives! I love the lights. I love the music. I love the decorations. But NOT before Thanksgiving! Rant done.

So it's getting darker earlier and the weather is sortof getting colder. That makes me think of something warm and seasonal. A cold drink may not be seasonal, but the booze always warms you up from the inside. My pick for the recipes are a Cranberry Martini, Homemade Country Biscuits and Country Gravy courtesy of a book titled Death Of A Country Redneck by Lee Hollis. Here we go.

Cranberry Martini

1 ounce of vodka

1/2 ounce of Cointreau

3 ounces of cranberry juice


Lemon slice for garnish

Combine all of your ingredients in a cocktail shaker andshake for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled maritni glass and squeeze a little lemon juice in, then garnish and forget your troubles, having to wear socks, the early darkness and the much too early Christmas stuff. The more you drink, the more you forget or can ignore. Just make the biscuits and gravy PRIOR to drinking. Though too much wine never really spoils the food, too much vodka in the cook will!

Homemade Country Biscuits

2 cups of all purpose flower

4 teasponns baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

3 ounces of cold butter, diced

8 ounces of buttermilk.

In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients and knead in the butter with your fingers. Add buttermilk and gently knead on a floured surface only until the dough is mixed together.

With a floured rolling pin flatten out to about an inch thick and use a 3 inch round biscuit cutter or a glass right for your cupboard to cut out the circles. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and brush melted butter on them if you wish.

Country Gravy

1 pound ground pork sausage

2 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup all purpose flour

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups of milk

Brown the pork sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat. Removed cooked sausage to a paper towel-lined plate, leave drippings in pan.

Melt putter into the sausage drippins.

Reduce heat to medium. Add flour, stirring constantly until mixture turns a golden brown.

Gradually whisk th emilk into the skillet. Once the milk is thickened and begins to bubble, return the sausage to the skillet.

Season with salt and peper and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon over warm butter split biscuits and let the feasting begin!

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