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Meyer ’15

As I get older I’m learning to focus on the things in my life that are fulfilling, that make me a happier and more well rounded person. I’ve learned to say no to certain things and hell yes to others. It’s a daily practice of focusing on what actually brings me joy and eliminating what doesn’t.

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This shift has changed the way that I think about many things, but in particular it’s changed how I feel about the ways that I socialize and enjoy time with our friends. Over the past few weeks we’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with some of our very best friends, just relaxing. We cooked and ate amazing food, talked and told stories and listened and laughed and enjoyed each other’s company in the comfort of our homes. It has been lovely.

meyer lemons

I count myself very lucky to have the friends that I have, from childhood, high school, college, our time in Baltimore, and now our friends in Wilmington. Spending the first two weeks of the new year with some of the most important people in my life has been a gift, and it’s given me a pretty good feeling of what this year could be.

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Before Christmas I made a few batches of candied meyer lemons, and I brought the meyer lemon infused syrup with us for cocktails. For New Year’s Eve we tried a spin on a French 75, mixing gin, syrup, and prosecco, which was delightful! Meyer lemons have a lovely marmalade flavor that paired nicely with the gin and dry prosecco. I dubbed it the Meyer ’15- a cocktail that is the perfect balance of tartness, sweetness, and bubbles. A great way to start a new year!

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Meyer ’15

makes 4

4 oz gin

4 oz meyer lemon simple syrup

16 oz prosecco

Lemon for garnish

Fill each glass with 1 shot of gin and 1 shot of simple syrup, and top with prosecco. Give it a good stir and garnish with a lemon slice. Serve and enjoy!

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Lovely Internet 1.9.15

1. Today is Dan’s 30th birthday! He wants to celebrate it by smoking a brisket and making red wine sausage.

2. Who/Whom, a friendly guide.

3. Whenever I went out in the cold as a kid my grandma would warn me about catching “the peu-monies.”

4. I love this.

5. On tipping.

6. Community gardening in Asheville.

7. How do you like your oysters? I like mine just barely cracked open and warm, but still very wet and juicy (with hot sauce and horseradish, of course).

8. Terrorism works.

9. My sister gave me some BB cream for Christmas, and since I’d never heard of it (I live under a rock, apparently) I’m fascinated. Do you use it? What’s your favorite brand?

10. As a life-long fan of Carteret County and a lover of David Sedaris, I hope he continues to chronicle his Emerald Isle adventures.

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a year in review, 2014

I learned a lot in 2014 about myself, and even though a lot of it was difficult I count it as one of my best years yet. Here’s the recap:




– celebrated our fifth year of marriage

– moved into a house in a neighborhood that we love

– celebrated kaylee’s second birthday & river’s first birthday

– ran my third marathon

–  watched in awe as dan ran many races, including his first half marathon!

dove with whale sharks

– witnessed and participated in the weddings of so many of our close friends


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my first cookbookThe American Cookbook, was published!

my second cookbook projectThe Meat Cookbook, was published!

– I put the finishing touches on my third cookbook and I made incredible progress on the proposal for my fourth cookbook.

– celebrated a sixth year of blogging.

– I had the incredible opportunity to tour Southern Living! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I still can’t believe it happened!

– I was featured by a number of incredible magazines and publications.

– We shared meals with the people in my life that mean the most to us, and it was all in the name of B&S.



2014 In Review from Elena Rosemond-Hoerr on Vimeo.

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