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My eldest daughter is officially a teenager. Yesterday, we celebrated her 13th birthday. 13!! I have no idea where the years have got to, but here we are. I am the mom of a teenager! I think I’ve been a wonderful mom so far. I mean, how could I not? They’re little and cute, they’re sweet and want to hang out with you ALL the time! They are constantly asking me questions because they truly believe that I know everything! And most importantly, they don’t have attitude or answer back.

Now, it’s a whole new ball game. I’ve been wondering what kind of mom I’ll be to a teenager. Will I still be cool and fun enough for her to want to hang out with ALL the time? Will she still ask me all kinds of questions, or will she just assume that she knows it all? Will she be sweet and cuddly, or will she push me away when I need a hug?

In her birthday card, here were my words of wisdom to her…

My sweet Charlotte! You’re 13! I don’t know where all the years have gone but I have truly enjoyed watching you grow into the “teen” that you have become today. I want you to know that it’s a great big world out there and if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want! Anything! EXCEPT… get a tattoo, have attitude and answer back!! I love you my Charlotte! Happy, happy birthday!

I mention it here in case she loses that card or forgets what I’ve told her. If that “I told you so” day ever comes, she cannot deny it. This will be a constant reminder! And who knows, this could lead to a new blog: “The trials and tribulations of a teenager’s mom.” Or, “How I ended up in an asylum.”

So while the teenagers were hanging out in the basement doing whatever it is that teens do, I was upstairs doing what every teen’s mom does…enjoying this most delicious cocktail! I do hope that none of her friend’s parents will read this… Oh! How could I forget? One of the mom’s WAS here. Sue made sure to come back for cocktail hour when she discovered what I was concocting!

I mentioned in my last post, Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon, that I had a very yummy cocktail at this restaurant. So yummy in fact, that I tried to recreate it at home. And recreate it I did! Oh wow! It was fantastic! I began by making maple syrup jelly. That’s right, maple syrup jelly! Oh! So! Yum! I mean, REALLY yum!

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Sprinkle a small package of unflavoured gelatin, about 2 teaspoons, over 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Set aside while you proceed with the next step. In a small saucepan, stir 1 cup of water with 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup. Bring to a boil and stir in the gelatin. I wanted a layer of about 1 inch/2.5 cm thick, therefore I poured it into 2 separate glass dishes. Refrigerate until solid, about 3 to 4 hours. You can either try and get the whole thing out in one piece and chop into little cubes, or you can cut cubes right out of the dish. If you could refrain from eating it all before you use it for your drinks, good on you!

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Drop the chopped maple syrup cubes into a whiskey glass. Using Kentucky Bourbon, I poured about 2 tablespoons/30 ml (or 1 1/2 oz) into the glass, along with the same amount of carbonated water (I used San Benedetto, but you could also use Perrier or even club soda). Add about 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. Give it a taste and adjust to your liking. Add a couple of ice cubes and an orange slice, slightly squeezed. Blood orange adds the perfect colour to it, don’t you think? Slurp it up and enjoy!

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