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Loopy Turkey

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and we’re putting the final touches to the menu for the day. Alberto’s job is to come up with a signature cocktail and what’s better than using the eponymous brand of bourbon Wild Turkey. The Loopy Turkey is basically a Cosmo made with bourbon. It’s very delicate, but it also offers subtle depth and warmth in every sip. We made it with diet cranberry juice, so we’re sure to save calories for the real food!Here’s the recipe…

Makes two cocktails

  • 8 oz of Wild Turkey
  • 4 oz of Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the rosemary and fresh cranberries. The drink is not only delicious but it’s also the perfect way to start the holiday. Cheers!

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Plaid Pumpkins and Flaming Ghosts

Categories: Crafts, Decor, Entertaining, Halloween, Holidays, TableTags: , , , , , , , , , , Author:

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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Drunken Pumkin

Categories: Cocktails, Halloween, HolidaysTags: , , , , , Author:

We’re having people over for Halloween next weekend, so we’re trying out new cocktail recipes. The Drunkin’ Pumpkin cocktail is more of a dessert…it has frozen yogurt, pumpkin and our our favorite liquor, bourbon. Add a little pumpkin spice and you’ve got yourself a sweet lil’ creamy taste of the season.

Makes two cocktails:

  • 6 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 4 0z of vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 4 oz of canned pumpkin
  • 4 oz of skim milk
  • Pumpkin spice

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve and garnish with another dash of pumpkin spice. So good and it’s probably good for you too. Enjoy!

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Jelly Bean Wreath

Categories: Crafts, Decor, Easter, Holidays, Spring, WreathsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Okay! Call me superstitious, but I think our Winter Glass Tile Wreath was just courting Mother Nature to bring even more snow and ice to our area. And after snow last Friday, we were done and took it down.

Now, being that Easter is only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to entice the warm weather to hurry it along a little…so we’re making a sweet wreath made out of jelly beans.

Yes, jelly beans. We had wanted to use something different to make the wreath interesting and the pastel beans we found at the local grocery store were perfect for our project! Read more →

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Happy Holidays 2010!

Categories: Christmas, HolidaysTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

We’ve had such a good time sharing these projects, and we appreciate all of your support!  We wish you a happy, safe and crafty holiday season!

Best wishes for the New Year from Alberto, Brent, Gertie, Barney and Duff!!!

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More Glass Tile Christmas Ornaments!

Categories: Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, OrnamentTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Because the glass tile Christmas tree ornaments were such a huge hit with everyone –and were super easy — Alberto wanted to do them again…but with a little twist.  We decided to use small square glass tiles and put the initials of the host on both sides on an angle — remember, even the smallest change can give new personality to an old idea!

Once again, we think they came out great!  We’re planning on doing a few more variations before the holidays are over…and we also have Chris and Lauren’s wedding coming up in a couple of weeks! We really love this idea…you should try it too!

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Glass Tile Christmas Ornaments

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Alberto is the driver behind many of the ideas in this blog, but I have to admit that when I heard this particular one, I thought he was nuts.  He just said that he wanted to make ornaments out of glass tile, and all I thought of was the regular 4″x 4″ tile. I told him that it was going to be too HEAVY to hang on the tree. The second thing I thought was, why would anyone want to think of a bathroom when looking at the Christmas tree?!  (Well, unless you’re one of our dogs…)  Read more →

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Teddy Bear Christmas Ornaments

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After our recent visit from our family, we wanted to make something for our nieces and nephews for Christmas.  Our original intent was to make teddy bears for our nieces with some of the leftover fabric from other projects.  We didn’t quite get to that, but we still liked the idea.  So Alberto suggested that we make ornaments for them.  That way, they will always have them at Christmas.   Read more →

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Christmas Napkin Holders (and Ornaments!)

Categories: Christmas, Crafts, Decor, DIY Projects, Holidays, Linens, TableTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

With our family here from North Carolina, we’ve been surrounded by family, which is always wonderful.  During the down time, I can’t help but wonder how crazy they must think we are with our Christmas decorations. I thought of this while I was looking at our tree in the dining room.  We have two silver ornaments of an A and B (for Alberto and Brent).  It made me smile because we made those ornaments years ago, for our second year in our first house. Here’s how we came up with them…  Read more →

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Candy Apple (red) Christmas Wreath

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Alberto and I had wanted to make something shiny and fun for our front door Christmas wreath, like the one we did for our first Christmas together.  It was made with metallic gift bows in gold, silver and copper.  (We don’t have a picture of the wreath, but the matching trees that we made for the center of the table can be seen in our gallery!)  So we were off to Michael’s! Read more →

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