My mom always says that plants make a house a home. I can’t agree with her more. So this weekend Alberto and I went out to buy plants for the new apartment, but we were shocked at the cost and lack of diversity among the planters we found. We wanted something with clean lines and modern, but everything that we remotely liked was expensive. After much going around, we decided to hold off on buying anything. However, we still needed to cover the black plastic containers that came with the plants…what to do? The solution was staring right at us… Read more →
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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 →
We had some down time this weekend to do some late Spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is always a little nostalgic for us because I remember all of the things that we’ve done together. This weekend was no exception. As we were going through the closets and old boxes, we found some old teaspoons that we used when we were living in our apartment in Manhattan. (I’m not sure how they traveled with us all of this time, but I guess we need to go through our boxes more carefully the next time that we move!) Read more →
It feels like we’ve been searching for a headboard for a very, very long time. We have never found anything that we liked, wanted, or was affordable. The perfect choice was, literally, under our feet. Alberto realized that an old bamboo rug would be the perfect material to make the headboard! It’s a beautiful rug, but we no longer had a place for it in the house.
Making the board was actually really very easy. We just needed to cut out the rug, attach it to plywood, and frame it with 1″x 2″s. We also decided to hang it on the wall instead of attaching it to the bed. It turned out even better than we thought it would! We added a few framed prints above the headboard to finish off the look, and now the bedroom is finally coming together! Read more →
When we first moved to our house we decided to adopt a botanical theme in the dining room. It’s tough to keep up as a lot of this type of art is expensive and requires to be framed professionally. But this past weekend while cleaning up the house, Alberto came across a book featuring old prints. The images were reproduction of old pencil drawings, and the book contained an entire section devoted to birds…it was the perfect opportunity to finish up the decor in the dining room! We built our own frames for this project and we also got to try out resin, something we had wanting to do for a while. The result is a set of really cute frames that are perfect for the room! Read more →
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!
We found a great little table at a local yard sale a few months back. Someone had converted it into a futon by putting a cushion on it. Alberto saw it, and immediately came up with an idea. We could glam it up by adding a mirror to the top and transform it back into a side table for the living room! Read more →
We’re having people over for a Halloween dinner party next weekend and we wanted to do something fun and easy to decorate the dining room table. We weren’t really sure what to do until we took a look at a few remaining paper twine balls we had left from the previous project…and thought of making spider votives! Read more →
Southeast Asia has been on our travel wish list for some time now. Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are just a few of the places that we’d like to visit in the near future. So when our friend Marla at Travel Curious Often gave us the chance to “experience” Thai culture through one of its most famous exports, Mekong Whiskey, we jumped at the opportunity.
The term whiskey is applied to many different types of liquors in Southeast Asia. Mekong is made mostly from molasses, technically qualifying it as dark rum. In Thailand it’s often mixed with Coke, but we wanted to make a cocktail that would reflect the richness and complexity of the land. We came up with the Thai Cyclone, a deliciously sweet and spicy drink that is based on the traditional Dark ‘N Stormy recipe.
Makes two cocktails:
- 6 oz Mekong Whiskey (or dark rum)
- 8 oz Ginger Beer
- ½ tsp of fresh ginger (finely minced)
- Splash of lime juice
- Lime for garnish
Fill two highball glasses with ice and add the whiskey, the ginger beer and finish it off with a bit of the fresh ginger (to add spice). Top it off with a splash of lime juice and garnish with the slice. For such a simple drink, the flavors are very exotic but also comforting…like sitting on a remote island beach. Enjoy!
A few weekends ago, while trying to figure out what kind of Halloween decorations we wanted to do this year, Alberto and I came across a ball of paper twine at the local dollar store. The ball was weaved into a pattern that we really liked and we immediately thought…the perfect material for a cobweb wreath! (sorry…this is very normal for us) Read more →