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Gin Martini

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There’s no better drink than a gin martini on Father’s Day. Our version is neither shaken, nor stirred, but chopped. It’s also very dry, cool and crisp. Here’s the recipe…

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 oz of Hendrick’s gin
  • a tiny splash of dry vermouth
  • cucumber peel for garnish

Pour the gin and vermouth into shaker filled with ice and chop it down using a long cocktail spoon, until half of the ice has melted into the gin (it helps to use crushed ice). Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with the cucumber peel. Happy Father’s Day!

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Salvaged Copper Lamps

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We’re always going through yard sales to see what we can find to make over. Recently, we came across  a couple of GREAT exterior Arroyo Craftsman sconces. We didn’t need sconces on the outside of our house, but we did need lamps for the family room. Hmmmm… Read more →

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Strawberry Piña Colada

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Our lovely neighbors went strawberry picking this past weekend and brought us a big tub of the sweetest berries we’ve ever tasted. He suggested that we make a cocktail with them (he knows us well…most people would have suggested a pie or maybe a smoothie.) We listened and went old school this weekend and made Strawberry Piña Coladas!

The actual recipe calls for a lot of fruit juice which contains a lot of empty calories. To make it lighter, we used real fruit (strawberries, pineapples) and substituted the coconut milk with the beverage-kind, which we found in the dairy section of the market. We couldn’t find a substitute for the coconut cream, so we kept it in the recipe. It’s really a key ingredient and we couldn’t mess around with it…we just used half of what the recipe calls for, which was enough sweetness for us. Here’s the recipe:

Makes 4 cocktails

  • 1 cup of Malibu Rum (coconut flavored)
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Cream (Coco Lopez)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Pineapple slices and tipsy cherries for garnish

Put the rum, fruit, cream and ice in a large blender and blend until smooth (I guess, this is an alcoholic smoothie after all!) Serve and garnish with the pineapple and cherries.

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Sunburst Mirror

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A couple of weeks ago, we made a party wreath inspired by a mirror that we saw in Madrid. We really liked the mirror and wanted to recreate it at home, but weren’t sure what we’d use to make it. But last Saturday, it all came together in (where else) Home Depot!

We were walking through the plumbing section, and Alberto saw decorative metal panels that are generally used for home radiator covers. We immediately thought about using them for the outside border. All we needed now was the small mirror for the center and we found it at Target, as part of an inexpensive set of round mirrors. This project was much easier than we thought it was gonna be, and it makes a GREAT addition to our house! Read more →

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Manhattan

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The Manhattan is the perfect drink for a cool Summer afternoon in the city. We’ve been in love with this drink for many years (oh, the stories it could tell…) For extra sweetness, our version uses orange bitters and a splash of the tipsy cherries juice (the ones marinated in whiskey!) Here’s the recipe:

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 12 oz of Maker’s Mark
  • 4 oz of Sweet Vermouth (Rosso)
  • A few drops of Orange Bitters
  • Tipsy Cherries and lemon twists for garnish

Add the wet ingredients (and a splash of the cherry juice) to a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Serve in cocktail glasses and garnish with a cherry and lemon twist. Except for maybe the vodka martini, this is the best drink in the world. Here’s to Manhattan!

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Spicy Pomegranate Blueberry Margaritas

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The second day of a long weekend usually means another cookout. We’re making another delicious drink, this time with a kick of jalapenos!

Makes one pitcher

  • One bottle (.750 ml) of Jose Cuervo Silver tequila
  • One bottle (1.75 liters) of Tropicana Trop50 Pomegranate Blueberry juice (yes, it’s low-cal too!!!)
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • One medium size jalapeno
  • Lime slices for garnish

Pour the entire bottle of tequila into a large pitcher. Next, using rubber gloves, slice the jalapeno in half and add to the tequila. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes (or longer, if you’d like it hotter). Take the jalapeno out and add the rest of the ingredients and let it rest for about 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the lime. Happy Sunday!

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Blood Orange Sangria

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Yes, we’re obsessed with sangria! It’s the perfect summer party drink and there are endless variations that you can do by combining any type of fruit juice or soda with sparkling wine.  This blood orange version is dry, not too sweet, but certainly refreshing. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher:

  • Two bottles of Spanish Cava (or your favorite sparkling wine)
  • One bottle (1 liter) of Blood Orange-flavored French soda
  • One cup of Triple Sec
  • Orange and lime slices for garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a pitcher (be careful of the wine and soda foaming up the vessel!) and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice and garnish with the orange and lime slices. Salud!

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Summer Party Wreath

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On our recent visit to Spain, we saw a lot of design ideas while shopping through home and interior design shops. One shop in particular had a mirror that really inspired us. We loved the circular diamond lattice design, but it was very expensive and we didn’t really want to deal with bringing it back home. On closer inspection, I told Alberto that I could make that easily. (Famous last words!) We weren’t sure how we would use the design, but we knew that we wanted to find a place for it somewhere in our home. Read more →

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Bellini

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Summer is almost here and the Bellini is one of our favorite warm-weather drinks. The problem is that it’s usually made with peach juice, which contains a lot of sugar. We have been unable to find a suitable replacement (there is no light peach juice, or diet peach soda around here) so we stopped making it for a while. That all changed this weekend when we spotted a can of peaches in light syrup…why, not?! One serving of these peaches has a third of the calories of a glass of peach juice and all we need is 1 can (2 servings) for eight Bellinis — the perfect drink for a light Sunday brunch!

Makes 8 cocktails

  • 1 can of peaches in light syrup
  • 4 oz of peach schnapps
  • 1 bottle of sparkling white wine (Cava for us!)
  • peach slices for garnish

Using a blender, puree the canned peaches (including the syrup). Next all of you have to do is combine the rest of the ingredients in a pitcher and serve! Garnish with a small peach slice and enjoy a fruity and light cocktail this afternoon!

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Kitchen Chair Cushions

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The cushions for our kitchen island chairs have seen better days. We have been wanting to change them, but it’s been one of those things that goes on the “to do at some point in the future” lists. We didn’t really give it much thought until we found this great fabric in the remnant pile of our favorite fabric store. It has everything we wanted for the kitchen:  lots of color and bright prints! They came out great, and it gave the kitchen a new look. Read more →

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