The past several holiday seasons, I have made limoncello to give as gifts to friends and family. I perfected the recipe and it received wonderful reviews. But, it is time for a change. This year, I have decided to make Kahlua. So, yesterday while it was lashing rain all day, I simmered about two gallons of water, instant coffee, brown sugar, and dark brown sugar for over three hours. 

Now, it's bottled with a whole vanilla bean and some vodka. The recipe calls for letting it sit in the dark for weeks, with agitation daily. And, that is a perfect metaphor for my life right now. I feel like I am sitting for weeks on end, but agitated daily. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the results.