Making brandied cocktail cherries

Inspired by Brookelynn and Becky!… I simmered up some water, raw sugar, cinnamon bark, lemon juice, and vanilla.

Making cocktail cherries - Simmering

Added cherries (I left the pits in out of laziness and in hope that some of that almond flavor will be imparted), simmered another five minutes.

You like the juice huh

Then bottled the cherries in the syrupy juice and added brandy. In a day they should be ready, but I added one to a Manhattan tonight and loved it.


Awesome Wood

This is on top of a fridge in a break room at work.

DIY at B and N

The kids and I came up the escalator at Barnes and Noble to be greeted by this DIY Guides endcap. They recognized Jane and Sarina’s dad, Mark, right away, and then pointed out that I have most of those other books on my bookshelf, including the excellent Make: imprinted books.