Our new apartment is great, but we never seem to have enough seating. It always feels awkward when we have guests and we’re all sitting on the same sofa next to each other or sitting around the rug (which is becoming more uncomfortable the older we get). We were struggling with how to add additional seating without spending too much money when our Peke Barney (during one of his manic episodes) ran into an unused bench in the corner. (Don’t worry, he’s fine. He only hit it with his head!) Read more →
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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 →
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 →
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!
You could also call this a semi-homemade julep. We realized that we didn’t have enough spearmint for the drinks, so we substituted the herb for a couple of drops of mint concentrate. (Make sure you’re extremely careful when pouring the concentrate…it’s really strong.) We added a good amount of one of our favorite bourbons, Woodford Reserve, for a very delicious drink!
Makes 2 cocktails
- 8 oz of Woodford Reserve
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- 2 tbsp of granulated sugar
- A few drops of mint concentrate
- spearmint for garnish
Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or smoothie maker) and blend at high speed for a couple of minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour over a highball and garnish with spearmint. Enjoy the races today!
We love our front porch, and we have a beautiful Wisteria that sits right on the other side of the wall. We decided to build a trellis that will sit at that end of the porch to allow the Wisteria to climb in and around it. We’ll hopefully get to see the beautiful blooms through the summer, and it will create a natural privacy screen on that end of the porch. The trellis was designed so that it echoes the decorative arts and crafts beams we have on our house…perfect for our crafty home! Read more →
Our obsession with Kentucky Bourbon continues this week. Today we’re making a low cal iced tea/lemonade that packs a punch, the KITL (like Skittles). The drink reminds us of the great time we had in Louisville last summer… or at least, what we managed to remember of it!
Makes 2 cocktails
- 4 oz of Marker’s Mark
- 2 oz of Grand Marnier
- 1 cup of Turkey Hill diet iced tea
- 1 cup of Tropicana Light Lemonade
- Lemons slices for garnish
Fill a large glass with ice and pour all the liquid ingredients and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!
We really do love our dogs, and they make us very happy…most of the time. Unfortunately, last Wednesday evening wasn’t one of those times. After letting them back in from outside that evening they all ran into our bedroom before we had a chance to stop them. They immediately jumped right on top of the bench that we did last September and completely covered it with mud. We tried cleaning it but the fabric was stained and thus, ruined.
Se la vie! At least we didn’t need to start from scratch. We only had to recover the top of the bench. One of the great things about doing these projects is that you can always redo it when something like this happens to you. Even if it doesn’t…it’s great to be able to change up the décor of a room without much cost! Read more →
Some days, I just need to have a real cocktail…especially when it’s been raining all day like it has been doing in Maplewood. It was just the type of weather to make one crave an Old Fashioned. We’re calling our version “skinny” since instead of sugar, we’re using Sprite Zero!
Makes 2 cocktails
- 6 oz Maker’s Mark
- 6 oz Sprite Zero
- orange bitters
- lemon wedges
- Maraschino cherries
Muddle the cherries, lemon and a couple of dashes of orange bitters in lowball glasses. Add ice to each glass, then the bourbon and Sprite, and enjoy one very low-cal cocktail!