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Rubber Ducky Easter Wreath

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Rubber Ducky Wreath

Easter is next week, and we wanted to make a wreath that would also be fun, colorful and festive to decorate our front door. As we were walking through the aisles of Michaels, Alberto spotted a bag of yellow rubber duckies. Knowing he doesn’t tend to take bubble baths, I knew something had to be up. He then proceeded to pick up a foam wreath base, and I immediately saw the light bulb! My only thought was that it was going to be difficult to cover that base without A LOT of rubber duckies. Then we saw the half round globe, and the idea was born. We’d just cover the globe, add tulle around the edges, and make a rubber ducky flower! Perfect for Easter?! Read more →

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Liquor Cabinet Desk

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We love our new urban space in DC, and we’re still trying to get everything settled. It always seems like there’s one area (or sometimes more than one) that just collects clutter. That area for us at our new place was a built in desk in our living room. We weren’t using it for a desk, so it just collected the bar stuff that we didn’t know what to do with. It always looked messy which was driving us crazy! I kept telling Alberto that we needed to buy a cabinet to store everything, but we couldn’t find anything we like (story of our lives…) Then Alberto got the great idea to just leave everything where it was! I know, it doesn’t sound brilliant on the surface, but what he meant is that we could turn the desk area into a bar.  This opportunity also gave me the  chance to try something that I’ve always wanted to do: apply fabric to a wall. To finish it we could just hang a couple of shelves, and all of a sudden, a cluttered eyesore becomes a beautiful accent area in our living room! Read more →

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Gin & Tonic Oyster Shooters

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We have been fans of oyster shooters for a while, but sometimes the tomato juice and spice can get to be too heavy on the stomach. Not too long ago we came across an appetizer version of this particular drink at Jaleo in Bethesda, Maryland. Jaleo is one of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants! Their app is served on a shell, our version is a shot with a little bit of salt, lemon and parsley. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Coca-Cola T-Shirt Serving Tray

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Everyone has a favorite piece of old clothing that they just can’t bare to part with. I adopted one of Alberto’s. His navy Coca-Cola t-shirt was my favorite because it was so comfy. It had been worn for so long that it was all soft and light. But after so many years, the holes were getting a little large, and I couldn’t repair it because the thread would only rip more of the fabric. When the hole under one of the arms became so large that it exposed most of my side, Alberto had enough. He wouldn’t allow me to wear it any longer, but I still couldn’t part with it. Then this weekend, we were planning to make a tray using some of the old fabric from past projects, and then I got this great idea . . . why not use the t-shirt?! We could preserve it for memories sake, and turn it into something useful and fun. It turned out great! Read more →

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Necktie Napkin Rings

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When Alberto and I were in Maine last summer, we saw a set of napkin rings that were super adorable. They were made out of little preppy belts that used D-ring buckles. Alberto looked at me, and I saw the light bulb above his head. He said, “our old ties!” I was a little dubious, but why not try it, right? It turned out to be a great idea and the tie we used was not really preppy, but it was perfect for the holiday season! Read more →

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Mocha Blizzard

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You guys know that we love to create low-calorie cocktails, but sometimes we just can’t resist the temptation (it’s the holidays, after all) and make a very decadent recipe for our friends and family to enjoy. This weekend we came up with the Mocha Blizzard, a sweet, creamy, and minty cocktail that reminds us of everything that is great about the season. Here is the recipe:

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 4 oz of Brewed espresso (cold)
  • 2 oz of Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 oz of Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Peppermint hard candies for garnish (crushed)

Combine the Godiva, espresso, schnapps, and chocolate syrup in small bowl and stir until the syrup is dissolved. (You must do this before putting the mix into the shaker, otherwise the chocolate will not mix well in the cold temperature.) Add the mixture into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in small glasses (it’s very rich, so a little goes a long way!) and top with the whipped cream and peppermint candies. Happy Holidays!

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The Eggnog Cocktail

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Like everyone else we love Eggnog, but we never have it because it’s so caloric and fattening. That is until we discovered that we didn’t need to make it with all the heavy cream and sugars that traditional recipes feature. The first time we made this cocktail, it was actually a mistake. We received a bottle of Caramel Cream liqueur, and it sat in our cabinet for a very long time until we decided to mix it with Maker’s Mark. The result wasn’t great. To salvage the drink we decided to add a little Frangelico and the result was absolutely amazing…we had recreated Eggnog without the calories! OK, so this drink is not actually low on calories, but it’s far better than the typical recipe. Just yesterday we decided to add more flavor by mulling the bourbon and the recipe just got better. Now we enjoy Eggnog without the guilt….here’s how you can do that too:

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 6 oz of Merry’s Caramel Cream
  • 2 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 2 oz of Frangelico
  • Mulling spices
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp sanding sugar
  • Gingersnap cookies for garnish

You start by adding the mulling spices to the bourbon. This recipe is best if you have time to mull the bourbon a day ahead. If you don’t at least four hours. If you really don’t, nuke the bourbon for 1 minute with the spices (don’t worry, the alcohol will not evaporate). Once you’re ready to mix the drink (make sure the bourbon is cool if you have nuked it!) pour the Caramel Cream, bourbon, and Frangelico into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. To prepare the rimmed glass, combine the pumpkin spice and sugar and dip the glass rim into the mixture. Pour the drink into the glass and garnish with the gingersnap cookie. You will absolutely love this drink and feel good about having another one!

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Tree Branch Napkin Rings

Categories: Crafts, DIY Projects, Entertaining, Fall, Holidays, Linens, Table, Tables, ThanksgivingTags: , , , , , Author:

We had a major snowstorm over Halloween weekend this year and the weight of the snow caused branches and trees to fall all over town. Luckily our house didn’t suffer any damage, but we did have a lot of large branches in our back yard. I decided to cut up the branches for firewood, although I think that most of it will probably end up as kindling. The branches also inspired us to look back at one of our favorite books of the last year, Tree Craft by Chris Lubkemann, and decided to set  a few branches aside and make something for the Thanksgiving table…napkin rings. Why not?!! All we did is just cut up one branch into 1 1/2-inch sections, drill a hole and paint them! Read more →

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Bird Toile Placemats

Categories: Crafts, Entertaining, Fall, Linens, Seasonal, ThanksgivingTags: , , , , , , , , , Author:

As you may remember, a few weeks ago we upholstered a seat cover with a beautiful bird toile fabric. We absolutely LOVE this fabric and had almost a yard leftover from that project…what to do? With Thanksgiving upon us next week, Alberto thought that it would make beautiful placemats for our dining room table. All we needed to do is stop by the fabric store to pick out a fabric for the backside of the mats and the accent stripe we wanted to have. They turned out really nicely! Read more →

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Plaid Pumpkins and Flaming Ghosts

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We’re going with a lot of whimsy for next weekend’s Halloween dinner party. In the past, we  have decorated with pumpkins and apples as a centerpiece, but this year we dressed them up for the occasion….with electrical tape! We love plaids, so imitated one of our favorite patterns on the pumpkins (can you guess what it is?)

To add a bit of drama to the table we decided to make a couple of additional candle holders (other than the spider votives, of course). All we did was paint a couple of old Woodford Reserve bottles (their shapes are perfect for ghostly faces)! Once again, these two projects were very easy…and cute. We love putting a table together! Read more →

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