When Life Hands you Lemons…

February 10th

make limoncello.

Limoncello party

My friends Juliann and Jennie are super smart librarians who can drink me under the table. Our outings regularly involve new restaurants and swapped recipes, books that are secret gems of the library, Meatloaf lyrics, and wine. Red wine, to be precise.

They recently decided to make limoncello with the current bounty of Arizona citrus. They threw a limoncello party this weekend and it was, as described above, more fun than you can imagine. We sat outside by a great fire while the men smoked cigars as we sipped our limoncello, enjoyed countless rounds of bruschetta and homemade biscotti (these foodies know no limits) and laughed until my cheeks hurt.  This is a new group of friends for me — but one where I’ve quickly found a comfortable place. And they seem rather comfortable with me too — calling me on my BS and deliberately not laughing at my jokes when they could have been told better.  Juliann and her hubby are two of the most generous hosts I’ve ever encountered. They’ve had me over countless times in the last year and each time I’m surprised by the caliber of their welcoming friends into their home.

Limoncello party

It also helps the Js are as sarcastic and cynical as I am about many topics. Much like their limoncello, they are tart and strong. We three are the sole members of the “Anti Vampire Book Club,” where the only rules are: no poetry (not my rule) and most certainly no vampires. If you knew them, even if you are a Twilight fanatic, you’d understand. And you’d be laughing.


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9 Responses

  1. The repurposing book looks Awesome! I am going to have to save my pennies for that one!
    Your friends are the wine , or in this case the limoncello of life!

  2. Sign me up for THAT party – I can do alcohol and anti-vampires any day of the week! They sound like my kinda people 🙂

  3. Always a fan of limoncello. You, my dear, are a friend to the world.

  4. I’m so glad to know that there are other book clubs out there with “NO:X” rules and that one of them is “no vampires”. I just joined a new book club after being burned by a few previous clubs, and I chose this club mostly because of its “no:X” rules. It’s important to find a good fit!

  5. Ryan’s been making gobs of limoncello these last few weeks. We may have gone through a whole bottle solo this weekend.

  6. I still can’t get over how cool it is that you guys can just grow lemons in your backyards! The limoncello party sounds really fun – and cheers to new friends!

  7. Fun! I’ve never tried limoncello!

  8. Did you just call me a tart?! Wow…

    Just kidding. I love having people over for good food, good conversation and good booze. Especially since that means I don’t have to drive home.