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Bourbon Sunrise

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We’re not big orange juice drinkers, but we had to buy some for a Thanksgiving recipe a few days back. We couldn’t find anything smaller than a 32 ounce container at the store for a recipe that called for 4 ounces! Well…what to do with the rest but a cocktail, right? We also had left over Maker’s Mark (I know, right?!) and some maraschino cherries, so we came up with the Bourbon Sunrise. It’s probably not very original, but it tastes so good we don’t really care. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Cam-o’-lanterns

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Cam-o-lanterns

How did we come up with this crazy idea? Well…when I took Alberto home to Arkansas for the first time, it was hunting season and everyone was wearing camouflage — even my sisters (although theirs was pink camo!) That was also the time my dad taught Alberto to shoot a rifle. He was terrified and ever since that time, Alberto has always been unnerved around people in camo.

Fast forward eight years later and we find ourselves walking around the fabric store looking for Halloween ideas. We didn’t like any of the seasonal fabrics they had, but on the way out we came across some remnant camo. It made Alberto squirm and that’s when I had the idea of making them into scary Cam-o’-laterns! If nothing else, it will make him cringe every time he sees them at home. PERFECT! Read more →

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Spicy Avocado Margarita

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We’re starting to put together our Halloween crafts this weekend and one of the things we considered doing was making gourds out of avocado skins. Guess what? It didn’t work…AT ALL. What worked was a new margarita recipe we’ve been wanting to put together for a while — a spicy avocado margarita! If it sounds and looks weird, don’t worry because it’s delicious. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Wooden Crate Shelf

Categories: Books, Decor, DIY Projects, Fall, Featured, FurnitureTags: , , , , , , , , , Author:

The summer is officially over and since our move from New Jersey a few months ago,  we find ourselves still working on our new apartment in the DC area. We’ve settled in for the most part, but I never realized how much stuff we have accumulated over the years…books, clothes, appliances, furniture, and an incredible amount of picture frames. Moving from a house to an apartment, storage has become a huge issue. Decorating our new smaller space is a challenge and trying to find an affordable organizing unit that we like can be quite a task.

Looking through many of our favorite craft and DIY blogs, I saw great ideas using leftover wooden crates. Since we seem to collect a lot of books (and I mean stacks and stacks of books), why not make a book shelf to hang on the wall? The project looked easy, so it seemed like the perfect project for this weekend. Alberto wasn’t completely sold on the crate idea because we are starting to go for more simple and clean lines in our furnishings. The crate was a little on the rustic side, but I convinced him that I could make it look very modern by making the shelves look like they’re floating. (Famous last words. Never kid a kidder…) Read more →

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Spicy Mango Carrot Margarita

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We’re already planning for the spring season at Our Crafty Home. In addition to several new garden projects, we’re also planning a few Easter crafts. One of our ideas actually involved a wreath made out of real carrots…who knows if we’ll do it (we really don’t want those pesky squirrels to make off with it!), but just thinking about this wreath made us crave carrots. Instead of heading to the fridge and snacking on a few carrots, we decided to get carrot juice and make one of our favorite cocktails…a margarita! We found a delicious blend from Ralph & Charlie’s made with mango juice, which only added more goodness to the drink. To give it a kick (in addition to the generous amount of Corzo tequila), we added ALOT of cayenne pepper. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Valentine’s Day Wreath

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse to sate our wreath-making obsession! We haven’t had a wreath since the holidays, so we were already itching to have another one for the house. Alberto has been wanting to do a project with some leftover sisal rope and this wreath seemed perfect to try it. All we did was wrap the wreath in rope, paint it pink, add a little sash, satin, and bling…and voila! An over-the-top wreath for Valentine’s Day that is perfect to inspire a little love in the air! (and which will hopefully live on as a picture frame too!) Read more →

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Merry Christmas!

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Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

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We host Christmas dinner at our house every year. (Well, I host while Alberto cooks. You definitely don’t want to eat my cooking!) This year we wanted something special for the center of the table. We kept tossing around ideas, but nothing really seemed right. So to help us with our inspiration, we headed down to the basement to see what we could find. (Weird, I know, but it seems to work for us!)

We were rummaging through when we saw a bundle of wooden shingles left over from when we had the house painted a few years ago. Immediately, Alberto said “Christmas tree!” and just as quickly, I said “Of course!” (Don’t try to figure out how we do this, it just is…) Read more →

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The Christmas Trees (2011!)

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We’re ready for Christmas and here’s a few pictures of the trees this year. The one in the family room (above) always has the most history. We always make sure that it features ornaments from all the trips we’ve taken, along with personal photos of our family and dogs. You can see (below) some of the ornaments we’ve picked up in Spain, Maine and Arkansas. Read more →

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Mocha Blizzard

Categories: Christmas, Cocktails, Entertaining, HolidaysTags: , , , , , , Author:

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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