You need to have some good friends.
I was out at Dad's, I don't usually post as to the quick visits, but I do get out there regularly to check on him. It's 6 hours on a plane and a couple hours or so in a rental car, neither cheap or easy, but I do what I can to make sure he is safe and happy. Big brother lives close by so I don't worry too much.
One visit, a few months ago, my good friend Brighid at Brighid's Place was able to came over, as she was visiting her grandkids who live only an hour or so from Dad.
When you see a beautiful blond in tight jeans in a HUGE truck pull up, there's not much guessing who it is.
It was a fun visit, and between fun visits out West we share all sorts of things, bad jokes, photos of kids, gun reviews, elegant poems that rhyme with Nantucket and recipes. She's a budding chef, I'm her muse and she is my supply of really, really good wine when I'm at Dad's (Thunderbird? Dad, Really?)
So here is one she sent me a few days ago to try, with just a couple of HOTR tweaks (OK, alcohol and Scandahoovian Spice was added). Enjoy!
Whip two Tablespoons of unsalted butter until very fluffy. Then add:
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Vietnamese cinnamon
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cloves
1 and 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
a tiny pinch of Cardamon
a pinch of lemon zest (the finely grated peel of a washed fresh lemon).
Mix 1/2 cup Cognac and 1/2 cup heavy cream (you can do all cream for young adults and non drinkers) in a separate container with an airtight cover.
Fill each coffee mug with 1 tablespoon of the spice mix, a shot glass of the cream mixture and the rest with good hot strong coffee. Stir well. Makes about 12 cups, and both the spice mixture and the cream mixture will keep in separate covered containers for a week or two in your fridge to make single servings