Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Snapshot: Ruby Red

Okay, I have no idea what this is... but it's so cool looking!  Anyone able to help me ID it??

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beg, Borrow, Steal: Classic Shortbread


I don't know why, but shortbread has always been something that sort of intimidated me.  Something about the pretty shapes, the little holes, it just looked daunting!  Plus, it's so buttery and crumbly, that I figured it was a fine line between doing it right and ending up with a big old mess.

When I found this recipe for shortbread by Add a Pinch on Pinterest, I figured... okay.  I can try this.  And man, it was easy!  There are only four ingredients, and the hands-on time is super minimal.  I was able to do the dishes and get a workout in while I was making these!  The only thing that went "wrong" is how quickly I ate it all... #sorrynotsorry


If you are like me and have been scared to try your hand at shortbread, let me assure you: it couldn't be easier!  In fact, making this was so totally doable that I'll be using this recipe as a base for some fun shortbread flavor combinations.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vodka Basil Gimlet

Vodka basil gimlet

I love this time of year!  The weather is warmer, the breezes are beautiful, the trees are leafing out... It's perfect for a cocktail on the patio.  I am loving this drink right now.  The tart lime along with the fresh basil is a perfect compliment to some stoop sitting.

To make your own, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 parts vodka
  • 1 part Rose's lime juice
  • 2-3 basil leaves per drink

Simply muddle one or two basil leaves at the bottom of a glass.  Top with ice, vodka, and lime juice.  Stir gently and garnish with a fresh leaf of basil.
Vodka basil gimlet
Vodka basil gimlet

What is your go-to summer drink?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Snapshot: Mother's Day Celebration

purple flowers arranged in multiple vases

I wanted to share with you some of the other photos from our Mother's Day celebration.  We had my mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law over for asparagus grilled pizza, salad, and cupcakes.  We all enjoyed the white wine sangria as well :)

I love this picture below- in it is a framed photo of my great-grandma, my grandma, and my mom.  It was taken in the greenhouse at my great-grandma's place.
My gift was a mother-daughter day of her choosing

I wanted to make the day special, so I dug up some old pictures with my mom and put them around.  I also decked out the table with multiple vases of flowers.  We had a really lovely time!
Me and my fur baby

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moscato Sangria Recipe

white wine sangria, moscato sangria

This was a tasty little concoction I made for our Mother's Day celebration.  It was super simple, and absolutely delicious!

You will need:

  • Large bottle (1.5L) Barefoot Moscato
  • 7Up or Sprite
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 orange
  • 1 blood orange

Chop up your oranges and peaches, and cut your grapes in half.  Add the cut fruit to a pitcher and top with moscato until the fruit just begins to float.  Let this sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours.  Then, when you are ready to serve, top with 7Up or Sprite.  Stir it up, and serve it up!
white wine sangria, moscato sangria
white wine sangria, moscato sangria

Seriously good.  Do you have a go-to sangria recipe?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Cupcake Banner

DIY cupcake banner

Well, Mother's Day has come and gone, but this banner is too cute not to share.  And, you can make it work for any celebration!

You will need:

  • Paper straw
  • Embroidery floss
  • Washi tape
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • White glue

Cut your paper straw in half- this will be the stakes for your banner.  Then, unravel a length of embroidery floss.  Fold washi tape in half over the floss.  Use your scissors to cut a notch in the tape. You can repeat this process for the entire banner, or you can personalize it by cutting strip of paper the same length as the washi tape.  Fold the paper over the floss and write a letter or symbol on the paper.  Cut a notch in the paper, then use a dot of glue to secure.  Finish the banner off with two more washi flags.
DIY cupcake banner
DIY cupcake banner
DIY cupcake banner
DIY cupcake banner

Tie the ends of the embroidery floss  to the straws.  Then, simply place them in the tops of your cupcakes!  Such an easy way to add a custom touch to a celebration :)
DIY cupcake banner

How did you celebrate Mother's Day this year?
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