It’s Citrus Season in Houston, and I’m drinking to celebrate! Limoncello: Part I


I believe in magic.

And in hope and prayers. And blessings. . . . .

And Craigslist.

I kid you not, whenever I really, REALLY, need something. . .like so much so that I’m praying for it. . . .which means its dire. . .I find it on Craigslist. . . .the very day I wish for it.

The very same couch I wanted from Star Furniture ($1200) found it on Craigslist for $300.

Glider Chair for Baby Phoebe’s room. . .$20.

TV for guest room. . . .$30.

It think that’s it. Which is making my list of DIRE necessities seem a bit short and pathetic, but whatever. Anyway, yesterday . . .

I told Warwick, ” We need a refrigerator for the garage. It will change our lives. MY LIFE. 6 people is too many for one fridge. This must be bought. Like now.”  And he looked at me sideways and nodded his head up and down. Agreeing to spend the $400 since my blubbery snot was dripping on his collar.

THEN. . . .

My angel whispered in my ear.

“Go check Craigslist.”

And I did. I found a listing over twenty days old, for a $30 refrigerator, that was just waiting for me. . . 18 cubic feet of white cold-hot love.





The lady cleaned it out with bleach and scrubbed all the marks and buffed it up. She has NEVER EVEN USED THE FRIDGE, its just been sitting in her garage.  She bought it for her daughter and her daughter didn’t need it so she only wanted to charge me $25!!! I made her take the full $30, the big spender that I am.

I HAVE BEEN WANTING A FRIDGE IN MY GARAGE FOR 13 YEARS. NO JOKE. And now I have one that is practically new (to me anyway) , for $30.

For $30.

I am ever SO grateful.

And thankful.

And happy.

So very happy.

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And what do people do when they are happy?

Well, in my family they praise God and then drink.

Which is what I’m getting ready to do. . .

In 2 weeks . . . .when this Limoncello is done-ish.

My happy pants are making this sipping drink as a digestif to Thanksgiving dinner since I still have 399 million lemons lying around my house.  I’ve never made this before, but how hard can it be?  The recipe is inspired by Gabriel Corcos from Extra Virgin.  In his recipe he says let it rest for 1 1/2 months, but 1.) Most other recipes I googled allow for drinking as soon as 7 days and 2.) I don’t have that kind of time. So. . .we shall see. . .in any case, I’m sure my guests will be so loaded they won’t be able to tell the difference.

To happiness!

And Wonderful things that come from unexpected places!



Limoncello Part I:


7 LARGE lemons

750 mil Everclear Grain Alcohol

750 mil water

2 1/4 cup granulated  sugar

1. Remove rind from all 7 lemons, being careful to only remove the yellow part. The white is quite bitter. A microplane can be used, though I found it much easier to use a potato peeler.









2. In a large glass container (that has a sealable lid and is large enough to accommodate all the ingredients in the recipe), place the rind and Everclear. Close and stow away to rest for 1-2 weeks. (He says 2 weeks. . .I’m only going to do 1 week.)

That’s it for now.

Part Two will be next week. . . . . .








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