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Maude’s Manhattans

Crushed ice, 1 cup

Whiskey, 2 ounces

Sweet Vermouth, 1 ounce

2 dashes of bitters

2 orange peel strips

2 Maraschino Cherries, drained

 

Place ice in shaker.  Add whiskey, vermouth and bitters.  Rub one orange peel on rim of straight-sided glass.  Strain contents of shaker into glasses, add second orange peel and cherries.  Sip away!

 

Big Screen Shots

 

Last weekend, we packed the kids in the car and headed over to the River’s Edge Drive-In to enjoy that big screen experience.  Steve always acts like he’s choosing our final resting spot as he meanders up and down the rows looking for the perfect spot for the car.  Stevie Jr. and Daisy couldn’t wait to jump out and head to the swings.  Luckily I was able to stop them long enough to give them some clues on how to find the car again. The playground equipment swarmed with little ones enjoying the fun until the sun set and the movie started.

This quiet time gave Steve and I some time to catch up alone.  I spread out our grown-up picnic on the bench seat between us.  I unwrapped the tin foil covered pork cutlet sammies, unburped the apples slices, and poured little shots of Manhattans. Steve sat back and relaxed.  A little later, the music from the upcoming cartoon signaled the start of the show and the kids found their way back to us by the time the screen lit up.  They hurriedly changed into their pajamas and argued over the placement of their pillows.

At intermission, Steve took the kids to the snack bar for popcorn and hotdogs swaddled in steaming foil.  I sat back and searched the night sky for the big dipper.  Later, the kids fell asleep leaning against each other and Steve wrapped his arm around me with an exaggerated move left over from high school.  We both chuckled and enjoyed the rest of the movie quietly.

Steve’s competitive edge kicked-in when the credits started to roll.  In his rush to pull out of the space before those around us, he forgot to unhook the speaker from the car window.  I yelped a little and pointed at the slightly crooked post as Steve jumped out of the car to replace the speaker.  I stifled my giggles with the drink I took directly from the thermos.