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The Funny Bunny

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Funny Bunny Cocktail

Inspired by the Rubber Ducky Easter Wreath, we decided to take things to a new level by making a cocktail for Easter brunch that matched the festive orange tulle in the wreath. We’re calling it The Funny Bunny because we use carrot juice and chances are that you will feel very funny after just one. It’s kind of our own version of a healthy Cosmo, but try it and you be the judge. Read more →

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Cucumber Pear Martini

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Cucumber Pear Martini

It’s been a very warm winter here in DC (well for us anyway). The last few days have been sunny, unseasonably mild and the air was giving off just a hint of spring…what a tease! This weekend we couldn’t resist making a drink that would remind us of the warmer weather. We decided to doctor the traditional gin martini to have just a hint of refreshing fruit flavor, without any of the sweetness. The result is a beautiful, refreshing, but also very grown-up martini that warms up the tummy for the season but reminds us that spring is two weeks away! Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Liquor Cabinet Desk

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We love our new urban space in DC, and we’re still trying to get everything settled. It always seems like there’s one area (or sometimes more than one) that just collects clutter. That area for us at our new place was a built in desk in our living room. We weren’t using it for a desk, so it just collected the bar stuff that we didn’t know what to do with. It always looked messy which was driving us crazy! I kept telling Alberto that we needed to buy a cabinet to store everything, but we couldn’t find anything we like (story of our lives…) Then Alberto got the great idea to just leave everything where it was! I know, it doesn’t sound brilliant on the surface, but what he meant is that we could turn the desk area into a bar.  This opportunity also gave me the  chance to try something that I’ve always wanted to do: apply fabric to a wall. To finish it we could just hang a couple of shelves, and all of a sudden, a cluttered eyesore becomes a beautiful accent area in our living room! Read more →

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Irish Coffee Cocktail

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Can you believe that we’re not done with our Christmas shopping? We only have a handful of gifts and only two weeks to go! Add our project for this week and we didn’t really think about making a cocktail for this afternoon. The solution? We literally threw a few things we had on our bar together and an amazing drink was born! We’re calling it the Irish Coffee Cocktail…bet you can guess the reason. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Peppermint Martini

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More often than not, the best cocktails are made from just a couple of ingredients. We’re getting tired of seeing insanely complicated cocktails on restaurant menus. Sure, they are delicious but who wants to wait 15 minutes for the poor bartender to muddle and mix 10 different ingredients. We’ve also noticed that a lot of them are high on sugar. Enter the Peppermint Martini, which is not only perfect for the holiday season, but it’s also super simple to make  . . . and it has only two ingredients. Here’s how we made it: Read more →

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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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Gin & Tonic Oyster Shooters

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We have been fans of oyster shooters for a while, but sometimes the tomato juice and spice can get to be too heavy on the stomach. Not too long ago we came across an appetizer version of this particular drink at Jaleo in Bethesda, Maryland. Jaleo is one of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants! Their app is served on a shell, our version is a shot with a little bit of salt, lemon and parsley. 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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Bourbon Gingerade

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We’re spending the weekend in Washington, DC and it’s been an amazing time. It’s not just a gorgeous city, but it’s also very walkable and there are tons to experience.  After spending a few hours walking around, we were ready for a refreshing drink and came up with this very delicious cocktail. It’s our version of a bourbon Mojito, I guess, but we actually like this one better! Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Pisco Sour

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I’ve been on a Pisco kick lately. Remember the Pisco sangria we made last week? Well after seeing it, many of our friends clamored for a Pisco Sour recipe. The Pisco Sour is the most famous drink you’ve never heard of. It’s amazingly good. It’s a classic, right up there with the Martini, Margarita and Manhattan. And if you’re making Pisco Sours, you might as well make some Ceviche. We made two kinds this afternoon, scallop and halibut. It’s the perfect Peruvian afternoon, except that we’re in New Jersey. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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