Thursday, July 14, 2011

Romantic Memories

"Some things don't last forever, but some things do. Like a good song or a good book or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there."
-Sarah Dessen
 $7.96 read the sign by the grocery store mums. Their blooming faces radiating joy in shades of peach nuances blended with mauve overtones, each shade more interesting together than alone. It is magic: the one 6" plant perfumes the dining room as though a dozen  arrangements decked the walls.The olive green cache pot, originally from Blue Hills Nursery, was passed between my mother and I for over a decade.
My gilt edged blue notebook comes out with wine. I like to record what a wine tastes like, what food it would best pair with- and the story it tells.
In my wine journal Roederer Anderson Valley Estate Brut does not have a page of its own- it has a life of its own.

Ill never forget my first time: with Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut. We were dining on the patio of  Spencer's on The Mountain.  I was 50 years old when the first drop touched my lips, but I was 21 again when the glass was finished. 

Over the years, it is on a pedestal in my memory bank as simply the most seductive beverage ever to touch my lips.  Even more so when enjoyed at home, sipped from the vintage Franciscan 'Royal Spendor' cut crystal goblets that I began collecting in high school. 

That is, until this weekend, when my daughter-in-law introduced me to an even more powerful love potion. It is quite simple-

Pour the chilled bubbly not quite to the goblet top. Finish filling with a generous shot of peach schnapps. 

Life should be romantic, by design. Some things should last, like good sofas and sturdy marriages. Other things should be sweet for the tender surrender to time. Brought out to share with intimates over dinner, their scents and tastes calligraphy on our tablets of our hearts .


  1. I'm really thinking about my new (1.00 each thrift) wine glasses and your recipe; on the porch, late summer evening with friends. Loved your post!

  2. Hi there, thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment. Do you think I inspired other bloggers with my new kitchen? I know a lot of them inspired me to finally take the plunge and get it done. I am very happy with it. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Pennies- Your friends will adore you for serving this potion.
    Pamela- Yes- your plunge will help others do the same.

  4. Really, Lydia, it's your words that make me want to taste these wines ;-) And isn't Blue Hill a fun place to visit?

  5. Hi Nikk- LOVE Blue Hills since I was a little kid. We used to pass it on the way to Baskin and Robbins. The meat market in the old gift shop- WONDERFUL.

  6. Well Miss Lydia,

    You had me salivating on my keyboard! I love a beautiful glass filled with champagne. have some beautiful champagne flutes from which I can drink cheap champagne and it tastes expensive. I have come to realize it's the glass that makes the difference. Yes, I was just tonight telling my hubby about the different champagnes I like so I don't know if I want to spoil it with an added beverage. I won't even make a Mimosa. I like mine plain but my niece Cindy loves peach scnapps so I just may give it a taste one of these days.
    OMG I LOVE your bouquet in the pot! Gorgeous!!!

    Good one!
    XO Trisha

  7. Trisha- You are right- the glassware can make or break the drink.

    Can't wait to hear how you like a mimosa- I see it in your future):- It is the perfect poolside brunch drink- a vacation in a glass.


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