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Blue Jean Christmas Ornaments

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We have several pairs of old blue jeans that I just can’t seem to bring myself to throw out. They’re very worn out, but I just hate throwing away all of that fabric. So they continue to sit upstairs in a pile. Until this past weekend… Read more →

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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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Wings Over The Prairie Festival

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We spent our Thanksgiving holiday with Brent’s family in Stuttgart, Arkansas and it was really AWESOME (f0r a Jersey guy like me, that is). The Thanksgiving holiday week is actually a huge deal for the town of Stuttgart, also known as “The Rice Capital of the World” (I like to say it in a Celine Dion accent and Brent gets very annoyed, so I do it as often as I can). Read more →

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Christmas Bow Wreaths

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Many of you know that Alberto and I love making wreaths…and the holiday season always gives us a good excuse to make new ones for the house. We came up with the idea of using Christmas gift bows a few years back and decided to revisit them while walking through our local market and found bags full of them. They were all so shiny and colorful that we couldn’t resist…now, all we needed was a few styrofoam wreaths and the glue guns, of course! Read more →

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Handkerchief Dog Bed

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One of our weekly rituals is taking the dogs to the groomers. Barney and Duff have long hair and being boys, they get dirty every time they’re outside. (Gertie, on the other hand, is a total gem [and short hair] and doesn’t need to go very often…we love girls!) Every time the boys return, they come home sporting adorable little handkerchiefs tied around their necks. We used to throw them away after a few days, but to us it always seemed a waste to throw away all of that fabric…and an idea was born! Read more →

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Tree Branch Napkin Rings

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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

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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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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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Spiced Pineapple Punch

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I think this happens to everyone…after a party we always have several leftover liquor bottles that have just enough liquid to keep around but not enough to make a single drink. They usually sit in our cabinet until they get so old that we just throw them out (what a waste!) Cleaning out this afternoon we found bottles of dark, light and pineapple rum…what to do with them? Drawing inspiration from our days on Fire Island, we came up with this very dangerous punch. Here is the recipe:

Makes two drinks:

 

  • 4 oz of Myer’s Dark Rum
  • 4 oz of Cruzan Pineapple Rum
  • 4 oz of Bacardi Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp of grated fresh ginger (best to use a microplane grater)
  • 1 tsp of lime juice

 

Fill a shaker with ice, add all the ingredients and shake very well. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime. The ginger adds just the perfect amount of spice to this very hardy fall punch — now, back to cleaning out that cabinet and maybe coming up with another cocktail!


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Woman’s Day Halloween Wreath

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As many of you know, last year’s Halloween wreath was featured in this month’s Woman’s Day Halloween Celebrations. We were very excited when the magazine selected us and were quick to put one together for the photo shoot. If you can’t find the magazine anymore, here’s a link to our wreath on their website (including instructions!), but below are a couple of pictures of how we went about putting it together (in May) for the issue!!!

 

 

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