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Puppies Pickin’ Apples

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A few weeks ago all of us went apple picking and it was really fun…here are just a couple of pictures from the day! ( you can tell the pups had a great time!) Now, it’s time to make a PIE!

 

   

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Thai Cyclone

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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!

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Spider Web Halloween Wreath

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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 →

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Spiced Apple Manhattan

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As many of you know, the Manhattan is one our favorite cocktails. This weekend we decided to try a new twist…use some of the apple cider we recently bought instead of sweet Vermouth. The result is an amazing new apple cocktail that is spicy, refreshing and full of seasonal flavor!

Makes two cocktails

  • 6 oz of Marker’s Mark
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anisette
  • Orange peel and wedges
  • Pumpkin Spice

Put the cider, cinnamon, orange peel and anisette into a pot, bring them to a quick boil and turn off the heat. Once the cider has completely cooled off add to a shaker filled with ice, pour in the bourbon, and a dash of pumpkin spice. Shake well and serve. Garnish with a orange wedge and cinnamon stick. Be warned…this drink is delicious but it also packs a punch. Handle with care!

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The DIY Bench

Categories: Benches, DIY Projects, FurnitureTags: , , , , , Author:

Alberto has been itching for a bench under the big windows in our dining room for years now, but all of our furniture hunts have only turned up things that were too tall, too deep, too narrow, too short, or too expensive!

This past weekend while shopping for fabric (you can never have too much spare fabric at home!), we ran across an amazing looking pattern that is perfect for our dining room. Alas, we didn’t have a bench that we could recover. Read more →

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Blue Jeans Vase

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We were going through our closets this weekend trying to clean out some of our old clothes. Generally we give everything to good will when we can, but Alberto found a pair of old blue jeans that he decided to turn into a pair of shorts. Read more →

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Cargo Shorts Book Bag

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Yes, it’s still summer, but for many of our friends it’s also time to go  BACK TO SCHOOL! We don’t have kids (yet!) but the daughter of a friend is a fan of our site and asked us to make her a bag for school. We MELTED and started thinking of how we can make a bag for her…and we thought of her old cargo shorts. Why not, right?! It has pockets, and it’s totally free. We used one of her old cargo shorts to make the bag. And we also used one of our old belts for the strap.  The bag came out very cute, and it only took less than two hours! This is a great project, and you can do it for anyone going back to school! Read more →

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Recycled Drop-Leaf Table

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We’ve had two outside wooden tables just sitting in our basement for the last several years. They’re very functional, but they were so beaten up that we didn’t like using them anymore. We finally brought them up for our party on Memorial Day (covered with a table cloth, of course), and left them setup by the back door out of shear laziness. Read more →

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Birch Picture Frames

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I like having pictures of our travels around our home, but we don’t always find the best frames to display them. This week we decided to take matters into our own hand and make the frames ourselves. So, off we go to the Depot to figure out how to make them…three pieces of birch plywood and a can of whitewash stain later, I’m down in the basement making frames! Read more →

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Crafty Time Lemonade

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There’s nothing better to do during a lazy Summer afternoon than to sit on the porch with a big glass of lemonade. After posting our pictures on Facebook, y’all inspired us to come up with this delicious lemonade made with cava, limoncello, and San Pellegrino limonata. Here’s the recipe:

Makes one pitcher

  • 1 bottle of cava (Spanish sparkling wine)
  • 1 cup of Caravella limoncello (lemon liquor)
  • 4 eight ounce cans of San Pellegrino Limonata (or your favorite lemonade)
  • lots of lemon slices and peel

Easiest recipe ever…combine all the ingredients in a pitcher (don’t add any ice!) and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve over ice and make sure you get several of the lemon slices in each glass — they add a lot of flavor to the drink. Now, we’re ready to relax on our front porch!

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