Get to Know Me Better – 15 Random Things About Me

Hello and happy November! Golly, is it really November already? A few days ago, I took this photo through the windshield of my car as I drove through my neighborhood. Every autumn I am so awestruck by the beauty that abounds. Don’t you just love fall, y’all?

I want to do something completely different today. I think this is going to be fun. I normally write about all things Scottish, but on this gorgeous Monday, I am going to share with you fifteen totally random things about me. It’s a “get to know me better” post. Let’s have fun!

I am addicted to jigsaw puzzles.  Seriously, if Mr. C buys me any more, they are going to need their own room.

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Celebrate Halloween Like a Boss

Hello!

A few of my friends have popped by today to wish you all a happy Halloween! They may look a little frightening but I promise they’re harmless. They are the vault bosses who reside at Elgin Cathedral in Elgin, Scotland.

Elgin Cathedral dates back to 1224.

Never heard of a ‘vault boss’? Yeah, I hadn’t either until I met these guys.

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The Burke and Hare Murders

Greetings, my friends. I hope this day finds you all well.

As I thought about how to begin this blog, my mind kept going back to that hilarious scene in Notting Hill when William (Hugh Grant) and Anna (Julia Roberts) are having a conversation and William’s daffy Welsh roommate Spike enters (“I’m sorry, there’s no excuse for him”, William says), totally oblivious to the famous actress standing at his front door. Spike cruises right on past the two and says…

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THE JOURNEY FROM SAMHAIN TO HALLOWEEN — DEBBIE BOEK

Happy Saturday, Friends! Here is an interesting post by Debbie Boek about the Celtic origins of Halloween. Have a great weekend!

Happy Halloween! Here we are, almost at the end of October already, and I know many of you must be wondering how this holiday actually came about. The good news for you is that I am going to talk about that very subject today. It all started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced […]

THE JOURNEY FROM SAMHAIN TO HALLOWEEN — DEBBIE BOEK

Boleskine Cemetery (and a side of witchcraft)

It was a gorgeous Scottish morning, the start of a day that held the promise of adventure and discovery. Mr. C and I were out early, cruising along the B852 (General Wade’s Military Road), on the south side of Loch Ness, when true to the promise, we happened upon a scenic, old cemetery, nestled in between the road and the loch. You know us. We just had to pull over and take a closer look.

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Recipe: Professor’s Poisoned Apple

Halloween and all of its festivities are nearly upon us, so I thought it would be fun to find a Halloween-themed cocktail that is made with whisky. Notice, that’s whisky without the ‘e’ (Scotch). Because as much as I adore bourbon, I’m pretty much all about Scotland here!

I discovered this particular recipe on a site called Gastronom. The web site is run by an American couple named Jay and Leah, who love all things cocktails. Some of their recipes are pretty interesting! It’s a great resource if you are looking to try something a bit different. And that’s exactly what today’s recipe is. The “Professor’s Poisoned Apple” calls for Laphroaig, an Islay whisky that is made by drying malted barley over a peat fire, giving it its distinctive smoky taste of the island. The Scotch is combined with Amaretto, cranberry juice, apple cider, and bitters, creating a truly distinctive new flavor that isn’t dominated by any one of its ingredients. It is, for sure, an eclectic blend of tastes, but those tastes go surprisingly well together to create a flavor of fall.

Jay and Leah suggest the optional addition of dry ice as a way to really create a fun, atmospheric experience. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any on quick notice, but it would be neat to try it one day. You can see what it looks like by clicking the embedded link above. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

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Whisky Meets Tequila – The Transatlantic Romance Continues

It was another serendipitous find for me and Mr. C. By the way, you can thank him for the silly title. 😉

Thanks to our mutual craving for margaritas one recent Saturday, we accidentally stumbled upon this latest offering from Don Julio while buying our tequila.

A little over a year ago, Don Julio released their first limited edition, a Reposado finished in barrels that had previously held Buchanan’s blended Scotch. I wrote about it here. Well, if I was excited about that one, then this year’s edition has me positively giddy. Why, you ask? One word.

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Invergarry Castle

I am so glad it’s finally fall. It’s my favorite season. Although we are still in the throes of a long, hot, dry summer here in Virginia, there is promise on the horizon. There is a perceptible change in the light as the days begin to shorten. Mornings are cooler and the trees are beginning to show a little color. I have to remind myself that it won’t be long before the heat will finally yield, giving way to those wonderful, crisp, sweater wearing days of autumn.

Anyway, I have been on a short two week break from blogging but today I am back and excited to share with you a very cool castle ruin.

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Traffic Jam in Aberdeenshire

This was such a fun moment for me. We were traveling through Aberdeenshire, Scotland when we came upon this shepherd and his trusty canine companion moving their flock from one pasture to another. It’s a hundred of these wonderful little Scottish moments that stick with me the most.

I am going to take a short media break for the remainder of September, but I will anxiously look forward to seeing you all again in just a few short weeks!

xo,