Gin in a glass…

… does not have the same ring to it as “Whiskey in a Teacup“, and I love Whiskey in a Teacup – the utterly fabulous book by Reese Witherspoon. Get hold of a copy somehow, it is a wonderful read. I purchased it on a Friday and had finished reading it by the end of the weekend – very unusual as a part-time working Mum!

What is so fabulous about it? In my opinion it is because it is a little bit of everything, it is a small window on a whole person, and there is something in there for everyone. It probably helps that the South has always held a certain appeal to me. New Orleans is the only place I have travelled to in my life that my impression before going and the actual experience were the same, it was everything I imagined. And on my bucket list is a Charleston, Savannah, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta trip.

I have even tried out one of the recipes in the book, the Pecan-crusted chicken skewers –  and I have only owned the book for one week. I must have been inspired. They were easy to make and delicious to eat, they will be made again. I was even wearing a dress in the kind of fabric that possibly has some southern appeal that day. Next on the list is the champagne ginger ale cocktail… I will tell you how that goes!

There is one line from the introduction I will quote, it resonated with me, “…so when it comes to shortcuts and good-enough-ing, I have been there and store-bought that“. That is a genuine working parent statement that welcomes you into the book. I cannot remember where in the book, however I also liked the notion that you can be smart and like nice clothes, they are not mutually exclusive – I needed that reminder. And of course the central theme of strength encased a delicate covering – whiskey in a teacup – really appeals to me.

To conclude with a smile – I decided to re-watch a Reece Witherspoon movie sent in the South to really get in the spirit.