This post will share with you the Wildflower Mixology course and a fun quiz to determine what kind of homemade cocktail you are!
I know I am in good company when I say I have been busy lately. 2016 has been a very busy year indeed for my little family and I have accomplished more than I ever thought I would on this little blog. It has helped me make many friends, all across the country, who I have never got to enjoy in person, but collaborate with all the time. Hallelujah for technology! I reached out to many of the experts I know in person to help me with many projects that resulted in resources for you all, and for that, I am very grateful.
One thing that I created in 2016 for you was done in a totally “me” fashion. I tend to be great on the big picture, grand scheme ideas, and not- so- great on the details. I like to say that I’m a Type B person masquerading as a Type A person. I had in mind a course to create for you all that would be really fun since my canning course is so…practical. I love practical, and I know lots of you do too, but this next course is meeting my desire, and I hope your desire, for something a little lighter. In my big picture idea for the year, I wanted to expand upon all the super successful shrub recipes that ya’ll be pinned ALL OVER Pinterest (great job, Wildflowers!) and create a cocktail mixer course where I demonstrated how to make the components of a farmer’s market fresh, unique, and fun cocktail- alcohol not required.
In August, my good friend Serena, the uber-talented videographer who created the videos for Start Canning, called me up to say she was moving out of the area, much to my dismay. She kindly offered to film something for me before she left. This was on a Monday, I think. Because this cocktail course had been in the back of my mind for months, with the big picture crystal clear, I said YES, let’s film something, without really having the details nailed down…at all. We filmed on THURSDAY, which is so “me.” I don’t care about “perfect”, I don’t let details slow me down, and I routinely let enthusiasm lead the way, even when thinking things through a little better would be the wiser choice. In the days between the proposal and filming day, I filled up half a dozen pieces of scratch paper with ideas, went to the grocery store and the farmer’s market and bought a ton of produce, picked fresh mint from near the leaky faucet at the family ranch, and gathered another half dozen pieces of ill-organized notepaper from this big idea’s brainstorm over the first half of the year. I showed up to Serena’s with my produce, gobs of note paper, my big idea and some lipgloss and she brought her lights, her cameras, and her prowess. Together we absolutely nailed it in about half a day. We drank all the drinks, laughed all the laughs, and she moved shortly thereafter. She is on to another adventure, and I’m on to mine here with you!
The resulting course SHOWS you how to create simple, fresh, delicious, easy cocktails yourself, at home, with wholesome ingredients so you can skip the lame, over processed mixers on the supermarket shelves. It allows you to relax and enjoy a refreshing, heartening drink without having to feel guilty that it is loaded with heavily processed ingredients that contain artificial everything including coloring that will dye your teeth if not give you cancer.
I used to really feel apprehensive and anxious when it was my turn to host company. I love people, I’m an extrovert, I love to get-togethers, but I never felt like a qualified hostess.
I know how to waitress, quickly and efficiently, I know how to vacuum the whole house in minutes, but to prepare and serve my guests in a way that makes them feel genuinely welcomed and special?
That’s where I wanted to be and as silly as it sounds, knowing what to serve to drink was a simple but critical piece of that puzzle. I want to help you feel inspired and excited to have guests, or to bring the drinks to your next girl’s night in.