Jelly Bean Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today, my friend and cocktail expert, David Edessa is sharing a sweet and tasty Jelly Bean Martini Recipe.

Written by: David Edessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Jelly Bean Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Sparkling Wine Brut
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cocktail Shaker

Glass Preparation:

Add sugar along the rim of the martini glass. To do this, place blue curacao (blue), grenadine (red), or lime juice (white) on a flat plate (depending on the color of the rim you wish to create) then dip the glass into the liquid to wet the rim. Place powdered sugar on a flat plate or surface then rim the wet rim glass into sugar and coat the rim. Place rimmed prepared martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Put all liquid ingredients and squeeze a lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice and shake vigorously and strain into chilled prepped martini glasses. Float on top of glass the sparkling wine.

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Jelly Bean Infusion Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle of vodka or rhum
  • 16 oz. of jelly beans
  • Glass jar
  • Fine mesh sieve

To create jelly bean-infused vodka, place 750mL bottle of vodka and 16 oz. of jelly beans in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve. Use one color of jelly beans for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum. For a different flavor you can try vanilla flavored vodka or rhum.

{See more Easter Themed Cocktail Recipes by David}

No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

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I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel and a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Easter Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made a few changes since the last time. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two pastel patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for Easter and Spring time. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  They don’t have to be perfect as far as width goes.  That’s the beauty of making your own! I also ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel.  I used spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  

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This would make a great hostess gift.  You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

 

Spray Painted Birdcage

by Dinah Wulf

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I bought this birdcage on sale around Halloween time at Michael’s.  I used it once during Halloween for a spooky skull display. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my craft closet ever since then collecting dust. I like it but the color was to dark and dreary so I decided to paint it a more vibrant color for spring time and use it for my Easter decorations. Here is my Spray Painted Birdcage.

Materials:

  • Birdcage
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint in color of choice

Here is the birdcage BEFORE. Pretty, but drab.

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Since it was so dark I used one coat of spray primer. A good tip is to use primer anytime you are going dark to light. When spray painting, make sure you do it in a well-ventilated area and protect all the surfaces around it.

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I chose a pretty bright green color. I used two coats. Much better!!!

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I used it on my mantel with some fake blue paper grass and some colorful Easter eggs. It adds the perfect amount of color!

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The great thing about it is that if I get tired of the green, I can always change it! With a little spray paint, you can transform almost anything!

Here are a few more of my favorite spray painted projects in case you missed them:

DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set

by Dinah Wulf

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A couple months ago I had the honor of attending an exclusive FaveCrafts Networking event party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Mega Show . One of the brands I got to meet was Krylon. At the event, we were given a Krylon Mystery Box Challenge for CHA Spring Fling. Inside the Mystery Box were six craft items. The items were: 1) a DIY bird house, 2) a small grapevine wreath, 3) a small circular box, 4) 6 canvas pennants, 5) 6 small clothespins, and 6) 3 small corks. Our challenge was to use a minimum of four of the six elements and create a unique craft project. I decided to make a DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set using the wreath, box, pennants, and clothespins.

Here are the contents of the Mystery Box.

Krylon Mystery Box

Another part of the challenge was that we got to pick between two color pallets of Krylon spray paint to use with our project. I chose Pallet #1 which was 1) Color Master Mambo Pink, 2) Color Master Citrus Green, 3) Green Shimmer Metallic, and 4) Natural Stone in Limestone.

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I decided to spray paint the inside of the box Citrus Green and the outside Natural Stone and I also spray painted the canvas pennants Mambo Pink.  They turned out great! I then stenciled “spring” onto the pennants to make a spring bunting.

Once my spring bunting was dry, I used ribbon to tie them together.

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Here is the AFTER of the bunting.

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For the box, I hot glued the grapevine wreath onto the top of the lid to look like a nest and then glued Styrofoam eggs inside as well.

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For the fourth element, I glued a clothespin on top to hold a little gift tag.

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Here is the AFTER of the gift box.

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OK, One more BEFORE and AFTER :)

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The banner fit nicely inside…OK so I stood it up for the picture, but it fit perfectly!

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Here is another BEFORE and AFTER of the final project!

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I hope you enjoyed my DIY Spring Bunting and Gift Box Set! I had SO much fun doing this! Who wants to send me another Mystery Box???!!! Thank you to Krylon for sponsoring this challenge!

Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

 

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

Cardboard Box Photo Booth

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Easter is officially over (hope you had a great one!), but I wanted to share this fantastic Cardboard Box Photo Booth idea from a friend of mine.  This is such a great upcycle and it’s perfect for any party, especially for kids.

My friend had a box from a large flat screen TV which was the perfect size for a photo booth for small children.  She saved it and realized that she could make a two sided photo booth for an upcoming spring party she was planning.  The larger the box, the better, of course!  She cut out one side, and covered the entire box in white paper.

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On one side, painted an Easter theme with a bunny, egg tree, grass, and Easter eggs and cut out holes for your head in the shape of a balloon and an Easter egg.  She painted more Easter eggs and glued them on to add dimension.

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On the other side, she cut out two sections and used two picture frames as a border.  She decorated it with bows and pinwheels from the dollar store.

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The party guests had a great time posing for pictures.

This Cardboard Box Photo Booth could go with any type of theme party, the possibilities are endless!  Consider draping it with material, covering it with patterned gift wrap, or painting it.  You can also place a box or basket of photo props like hats, boas, funny glasses, and masks.  I may have to steal this idea for my daughter’s birthday party this year!

 

Easy Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Plastic Easter eggs are EVERYWHERE during this time of year.  They are probably one of the most inexpensive, if not THE most inexpensive Easter decoration you can purchase at a retail store.  You can buy an entire bag for less than a dollar!  Being the cheapskate I am, I wanted to think of some Easter egg decorating ideas, particularly with plastic Easter eggs, because, well… I’m cheap.  Here are some fun and easy ideas that you can do in a jiffy just in time for Easter this coming Sunday!

Make a plastic Egg Garland.

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Unsnap each plastic egg and snap them back together around a ribbon to create your own Easter egg garland in minutes.  Hang it on a mirror, on your mantel, or use larger ones and drape them on your stair railing.

Embellish them with ribbon.

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Using some glue, ribbon, and rhinestones turn rather drab store bought eggs to fab store bought eggs that you can take out and use again next year.

Make a wreath.

Plastic Egg Yarn Wreath

Talk about a complete transformation!  Cover them in yarn and make a yarn Egg Wreath just like this whimsical one from The Sweet Survival.  I love how she used both small and large eggs.

Display them in glass jars.

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Gather similar color hues and display them in apothecary jars or vases.  Don’t be afraid to mix them up with natural glass fillers to match your décor.

Add your own artwork.

Sharpie plastic eggs

I may have saved the best for last!  Alisa Burke, took an ordinary plastic egg and used Sharpies to decorate her eggs. Mix the tops and bottoms when your done for a fun look!

Before you go, check out this 2 minute tutorial for a spring address wreath I made for Joann Fabrics!

 

Arrowhead Holiday Water Bottles

by Dinah Wulf

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Did you know about Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic? By recycling more, you’re helping us get closer to our goal of making our 500mL ReBorn™ bottles with 100% recycled plastic! This isn’t Arrowhead’s first environmental initiative. And it won’t be our last. In fact, Arrowhead has a long history of treating Mother Nature right.

  1. The new Reborn bottle material that can be recycled again and again, so there is no end to its usefulness.
  2. Arrowhead preserves and protects their carefully selected natural spring sources (and acres surrounding them) to sustainable sourcing of our waters
  3. Arrowhead uses LEED certified facilities to utilizing wind turbines for renewable energy
  4. Arrowhead is constantly improving packaging

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Join Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today!

I am so excited to have partnered up with Arrowhead in this recycling movement.  I wanted to share some creative ways to use plastic water bottles.  I had made this pineapple candy holder to give away as a gift but with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter coming up, thought I’d make some cute water labels for the get-togethers I’ll be attending.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Holiday stickers
  • Circle craft punch
  • Tape or glue

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I cut 9”X1.5” strips of paper or ribbon to fit around the Arrowhead bottle label and used tape to secure it.  I embellished the bottle with stickers and used circle craft punches for the medallion in the center.  These are inexpensive and easy to make and will add a little extra fun and personality to your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter get-together.

Join me and show your support for Arrowhead’s recycling efforts!  

A big THANK YOU to Arrowhead for sponsoring today’s post!

 

Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits

by Dinah Wulf

I have seen a few Pringles can cookie tins on Pinterest.  They are cleverly wrapped and hold the perfect sized cookie.  I’ve seen them wrapped with Christmas paper complete with a bow and I’ve seen them wrapped like a Mummy for Halloween.   These lovely ideas inspired me to create these Recycled Pringles Can Gift Kits with a “pull me” tag and ribbon.  The long vertical shape is perfect for this.

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Here are the cans I used.

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I made these nail kits for a teenage girl is four easy steps.

STEP 1: Choose your gift.

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STEP 2: Make a “pull me” tag.

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STEP 3: Tie all your gifts together with ribbon.

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STEP 4: Insert them into your decorated Pringles can.

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Other Gift Kit Ideas:

  • Sushi Theme- chopsticks, sushi mat, soy sauce dish, packet of soy sauce, instructions on how to make sushi
  • Movie Theme- different types of candy and movie tickets
  • Spa Time Theme – loafa, travel sized soaps, bubble bath, bath wash, foot scrub, sponge
  • Tool Kit – screw drivers, nails, other tools
  • Sewing Kit – needles, thread, scissors, buttons
  • Makeup Kit – brushes and makeup
  • Creative Kit for Kids – crayons, markers, paints, brushes, stickers
  • Travel Theme – travel sized toiletries, tooth brushes
  • Puzzles – puzzle pieces and a photo of the completed puzzle
  • Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Kit- small liquor bottles, shot glass, cards, vail, sash, temporary tattoos, fun straws, games, etc.
  • Fourth of July- fill it with sparklers, snaps, matches
  • General- fill it with holiday themed candy and decorate accordingly

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

What else can you do with a Pringles Can???

 

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

by Dinah Wulf

Recently, I wrote a post on DIY Butterfly Wall Art from items I found in my craft closet.  With my daughter’s garden themed birthday party coming up, I decided to make another craft scrap art piece.  I wanted to use it as part of the decorations at her birthday party, as well as hang it in her room after.

Once again, I didn’t have to buy anything new.  I had every item already sitting in my craft closet.  I even had another ugly painting that I inherited when my husband and I moved in together.  If you don’t have an old ugly painting, blank canvases can be purchased at any craft store.  Also consider going to a thrift store and recycle an old one.  It may even come with a frame you can reuse.

Here is what I used for my Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art project.

  • Old painting or canvas
  • Burlap
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Stencils
  • Paper plate
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft Butterflies

I started off by covering the painting with burlap that I had from my Stenciled Burlap Placemat project by attaching it with a staple gun.  Make sure you pull the fabric taught as you staple it.  Next, I laid out my stencils and butterflies in the order I wanted them placed on the canvas and took a digital photo of it.

I stenciled my daughter’s name on the bottom right and stenciled a butterfly in the center.  Check out my Stenciled Burlap Placemat project for stenciling tips and tricks.  Next, referring back to my digital photo, I hot glued each butterfly onto the canvas.

Both quickly and easily I have a unique and personalized party and room decoration that didn’t cost me a dime!!

 

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Tea Party Inspiration

by Dinah Wulf

I have been contemplating what to do for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party.  For some reason I keep going back to a tea party theme.  I know she’s a little young, but I think it may work.  It’ll be a small and simple party anyway… we won’t go big until she turns five years old (at least that’s what I’m telling my husband).

I decided to get some inspiration from the World Wide Web and… man… there are some GREAT ideas out there… TONS of tea party inspiration right at your fingertips! I love it all!

Check out what I found.  The Better Homes and Gardens Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter party is tremendous!  One of my favorites is using colorful vintage tins as flower vases.  I found a ton of cool ideas from party favors to decorations, and centerpieces to finger food ideas.  I also dug up some of my past ideas that I thought would go nicely.  I added links at the bottom for tutorials and for sources for your reference.  I hope it helps.

If you have more ideas, please comment! I’d love to read them.  I need all the tea party inspiration I can get.

Tea Cup Candles

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Stacked Tea Cups

Pink and Purple Dessert Table

Fabric Flag Banner

Tea Party Dress Up

Accordion Flowers

Tea Cup Dessert Display

Mini Cupcakes in Tea Cups

Party Pinwheel How To

Paper Dahlia Favors

Tea Party Favors

Tea Pot Flowers

BHG Mad Hatter Party

 

Did anything on this inspiration board actually inspire you? Please fee free to leave a comment! :)

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Easter Themed Cocktails Part Two

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

More Easter Themed Cocktails!

Easter White Peanut Butter Egg Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1¾ oz. Peanut Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1¼ oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Smooth Peanut Butter
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup

Martini Glass Prep:

Coat the rim of the glass with crunchy peanut butter. Also, drizzle with milk chocolate inside glass to rim. Then place upside down on wax paper and place in freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Stir peanut butter with Infused Vodka and Simple Syrup until peanut butter dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice in a shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and strain into prepped chilled martini glasses.

Easter Peanut Butter Bunnies Martini Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Peanut Butter Cup Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ oz. Dark crème de cacao
  • ¾ oz. Godiva Original Chocolate liqueur (refrigerated) to be used at end of drink.

Martini Glass Prep:

Coat rim of glass and let it drip into inside of glass with milk chocolate syrup. Then place upside down on wax paper and place in freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Combine infused vodka, Baileys, cacao and cream in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and pour into prepped martini glasses. Then, pour the chilled Godiva Chocolate liqueur slowly on the side of drink to create a tasty two tone effect on the drink. Garnish with Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut Infused Vodka Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 750 mL Bottle of Vodka
  • 1 cup Unsalted RAW Peanuts

Infusion Instructions:

To prepare the infused vodka, combine vodka and chopped RAW Peanuts in a clean mason jar (make sure the peanuts are fresh from a sealed container). Close jar tightly and store in a cool dry place for 7 days. Give it a good shake once or twice per day. Once vodka has been infused, strain into a clean mason jar using a fine mesh sieve. Store in a cool place or in the freezer.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Infused Vodka Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 750 mL Bottle of Vodka
  • 1 cup Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Infusion Instructions:

Combine vodka and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a clean mason jar. Close jar tightly and store in a cool dry place for 7 days. Give it a good shake once or twice per day. Once vodka has been infused, strain into a clean mason jar using a fine mesh sieve and then repeat process. Store in a cool place or in the freezer.

Glass Prepped Instructions:

Rub rim of martini glass with a lemon peel and fresh lavender flower. Place martini glasses in freezer to chill.

Strawberry Lavender Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 ripe strawberries
  • 2 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz. Honey Lavender syrup (recipes below)
  • ½ oz. Fresh orange juice

Instructions:

Muddle strawberries in the bottom of a shaker. Fill cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes, add all liquid ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into prepped martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist or strawberry.

Pear Lavender Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Pear Vodka
  • 1 oz. Honey Lavender syrup (recipes below)
  • ½ oz. Pineapple juice
  • ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Fill cocktail shaker to the rim with ice cubes, add all liquid ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into prepped martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Mango Honey Lavender Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2½ oz. Mango Rhum
  • 1 oz. Honey Lavender syrup (recipes below)
  • ½ oz. Fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Fill cocktail shaker half way with ice cubes, add all liquid ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into prepped chilled martini glass. Use fresh lavender bloom as a garnish.

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I was walking into Trader Joes and saw planters of beautiful small lavender bushes and thought it’s time to add more cocktails!

Honey Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup clover honey
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoon lavender buds
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 1 drop blue food coloring

Instructions:

Combine water and honey in a pot and heat slowly over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Crush lavender buds using a mortar and pestle and add to sugar solution. Reduce heat to a low simmer and steep buds for 15-20 minutes. Steeping lavender buds tends to result in slightly brown tinted syrup, so I like to add one drop each of red and blue food coloring when I add the lavender buds.

After steeping buds, remove from heat. Pour contents through a fine mesh sieve and into a large mason jar. Let syrup cool until you can handle the jar without burning yourself. Line sieve with a coffee filter, place sieve over second jar, and filter syrup. The coffee filter removes fine particulate matter and will result in a clear and debris-free syrup.

Drying Lavender Instructions:

The best time to harvest the lavender flowers are when they are newly opened Harvest the lavender stems. Using a pair of gardening shears cut stems just above the leaves when the flower buds are starting to open and show their color. This is the time when the lavender aroma is at its strongest. Place several stems together and secure the stems with a rubber band. Unlike twine or raffia, a rubber band will stay secure even as the stems shrink from the drying process. Hang lavender bundles in a warm area away from direct sunlight. Place a clean sheet underneath the hanging lavender as it dries to catch any fallen buds. It can take between seven and ten days for the stalks to dry out completely. Remove the buds from the stems. Place dry stems on a length of newspaper or a large towel, and gently roll it up like a tube. Now roll it back and forth on a hard surface like you are rolling out dough. This will dislodge the buds without crushing them.

Lavender works well with the following ingredients when making cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages: Strawberry, Cream, Figs, Blueberries, Honey, Mango, Cucumber, Thyme, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Cream, Rhubarb, and Plum

What to do with the Stems?

Add dried lavender stems to the coals on your barbecue when cooking or on firewood to add flavor or scent to your meal of fire.

Happy Easter!!!! :)

 

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Easter Egg Ornament Tree

by Dinah Wulf

Easter Egg Ornament Tree, Written By: Jennifer Hostetler

Easter’s just around the corner! After putting up the Easter stuff I found a few items that are cute but just needed a little something. One item was this tree, years ago it had something that went on it but I could not find anything in my Easter stuff. My daughter and I decided to make some egg ornaments to hang from the tree.  This took us about 30 minutes and we found everything we need in our craft and Easter stuff. Here is how to make an Easter Egg Ornament Tree.

Materials:

  • Small Easter Eggs
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors

This is the tree that we had that looked just to plain:

1st cut the Ribbon in two lengths.  One that you will loop and make as the hanger and one that you tie into a bow.

2nd hot glued the hanger to the egg and then glued the bow on.

We finished by hanging them on the tree.

Added Tip:  When working with ribbon you can singe the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to keep it from fraying. Take precaution:  Holding the flame on the ribbon to long will catch it on fire so this should be a quick process. Always have a glass of water near by!

Have a fantastic Easter!

 

 

Easy Easter Basket Update

by Dinah Wulf

Every year it seems you buy a new Easter basket for your kids.   I say, first, remember where you put last year’s Easter basket, and second, don’t buy a new one!  Rather, update and recycle the old one! OR go to a thrift store and buy a used one and upcycle it.

Here is my daughter’s Easter basket. There are a few reasons why I bought it: 1) it’s plain, 2) it’s boring, and 3) it’s sturdy. So why buy a plain, boring, and sturdy Easter basket?  You can use it for several years, not just at Easter, and it’s easy to match the Easter dresses and outfits you DO have to buy every year.

If you’re at all like me, you have something like this in your craft closet.

Ribbon has multiple uses for me besides gift wrapping (party decorations, DIY invitations, party games, DIY party favors, and EASTER BASKETS!) and I always seem to have a decent selection at all times.

A few pieces of colorful ribbon, and you have a whole new recycled Easter basket.  I think ribbon can be used for both girls and boys.  You can use coordinating colors and patterns and weave and tie it any way you want.  The possibilities are endless.  Ribbon is also great because after Easter, you can take it off and reuse it for other things. Here are a few AFTER shots.  Simple, quick, easy…

Recycled Candy Wrapper Easter Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Celebrate the Pink, Yellow, and “Green” Hues of Easter

TerraCycle® Provides Easter DIY Project and Free Collection Program for Candy Wrappers

Spring is in the air, and the Easter bunny is just a hop, skip and a jump away. This year, make sure to fill your Easter baskets, but not your garbage cans, with sweet treats. TerraCycle offers an environmentally-conscious alternative for all those leftover candy wrappers as well as fun DIY projects to get the whole family excited about an Eco-Easter. With the help of partners MOM Brands™ and M&Ms, TerraCycle hopes to make this springtime holiday greener than the newly-grown grass.

 

Need an Easter basket to hold those eggs from an Easter Egg hunt?  MOM Brands Malt-O-Meal® cereals and TerraCycle have a fun – and environmentally-friendly – DIY project the kids will love. All you need are food wrappers, scissors, and a few other items to make your very own Easter basket to fill with sweets. Get the free project here.

To keep those candy wrappers in your Easter baskets out of a landfill, TerraCycle and M&M’s Candy Wrapper Brigade offers an easy alternative. Simply collect candy wrappers, send them to TerraCycle and receive two points per item collected that can be used for charity gifts or converted to cash and donated to any school or charity. TerraCycle even covers the shipping cost. TerraCycle also collects Malt-O-Meal bags through its Cereal Bag Brigade, if you choose not to turn them into Easter baskets. Visit www.terracycle.com to sign up for the Brigade programs and view the full list of items TerraCycle accepts.

 

About MOM Brands MOM Brands is the largest family owned cereal company in the U.S. The company has produced quality cereal products since 1919 and manufactures many varieties of oatmeal, family favorite ready-to-eat and all-natural cereals as well as its original, farina-based hot cereal. Today, one in 10 servings of cereal breakfast eaten every day is a MOM Brands cereal. Dedicated to finding better ways to make a better breakfast at a better price, MOM Brands is continually innovating to produce, package and transport its cereals in ways that reduce environmental impact. For more information about MOM Brands and its cereal products please visit www.MOMBrands.com.

 

About TerraCycle TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products.  Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit www.terracycle.com.

 

Easter Inspiration Board

by Dinah Wulf

I have VERY fond memories of Easter. First, an Easter post was one of the first posts I ever wrote for this blog. Second, I recall getting to buy an Easter dress with a hat, gloves, shoes, and purse every year to wear to church Easter Sunday. I also participated in two Easter egg hunts, one at home, and one at a family friend’s. My parents would hide two Easter baskets for my brother and me.  One made of all chocolate (including the basket) and a regular Easter basket filled with goodies…spoiled much?

Needless to say, I love Easter.  There are SO many great crafts out in the blogging world, so here is this week’s inspiration board, my very own Easter Inspiration Board, full of fun Easter craft tutorials from fellow bloggers, decorations, and ideas.

As a reminder, I did my best to find the correct DIY tutorial for each photo.  Some of the photos on this inspiration board are from Etsy.com or other online retailers, so the link will tell you where you can purchase it. Scroll all the way down; the links are below at the end of the post.

Easter Inspiration Board Links

Where you inspired by anything you saw on this inspiration board? Please leave a comment! I’d love to here what you think :)

 

Easter Themed Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

jelly-bean-martini

David has definitely outdone himself this week with some FABULOUS Easter themed cocktails, including a Jelly Bean Martini, a Carmel Cadbury Egg Martini, and …wait for it… a PEEP-A-TINI!!! Plus, at the end there is a bonus recipe for the perfect April Fool’s Day shot!!!

Written By: David Edessa

Happy Easter!!!…Felices Pascuas!!!Feliç Pasqua!!!Joyeuses Pâques!!!Buona Pasqua!!!Beannachtaí na Cásca!!!Frohe Ostern!!!
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Carrot Mascarpone Cheese Milk Shake (With Alcohol):

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vanilla Rhum or Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup of Carrot Purée (recipes below)

Instructions:
Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately in tall glass. Garnish with whipped cream and graham sprinkles to personal taste.

Graham Cracker sprinkles mix:

  • ½ cup graham crackers smashed
  • ½ oz. ground cinnamon
  • ½ oz.  ground nutmeg

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I named this drink after one of my favorite childhood movies…HARVEY written by play wright Mary Coyle Chase.

Harvey’s Carrot Martini

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1 ¾ oz. carrot puree (recipe below)

Place martini glasses in freezer to chill.

Instructions:
Combine strained carrot puree and all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg/ cinnamon mix on top center of glass without mixing into drink.

Nutmeg/ Cinnamon mix:

  • 2 oz. ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz. ground nutmeg
  • 1 oz. powdered sugar

Carrot Purée Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces chopped carrots
  • 6 ounces apple juice

Carrot Puree: In a blender puree carrots along with apple juice, strain using a fine mesh sieve.
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Reminiscent of the Hostess Cakes snow balls…

Coco Snowball Martini

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • 1 ½ oz. Coconut Rhum
  • ¾ oz. Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Blue Curaçao liqueur

Place martini glasses in freezer to chill.

Instructions:
Rim a martini glass with honey and fresh shredded coconut and for variety try toasted coconut. Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass.

Jelly Bean Martini

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Jelly Bean Infused Vodka (recipes below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Sparkling Wine Brut
  • 1 lemon wedge

Glass Prep:
Add sugar along the rim of the martini glass. To do this, place blue curaçao or grenadine on a flat plate (depending on the color of the rim you wish to create) then dip the glass into the liquid to wet the rim. Place powdered sugar on a flat plate or surface then rim the wet rim glass into sugar and coat the rim. Place rimmed prepared martini glasses in freezer to chill.

Instructions:
Put all liquid ingredients and squeeze a lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice and shake vigorously and strain into chilled prepped martini glasses. Float on top of glass the sparkling wine.

Jelly Bean Infusion Instructions:
To create jelly bean-infused vodka, place 750mL bottle of vodka and 16 oz. of jelly beans in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve. Use one color of jelly beans for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum….. For a different flavor you can try vanilla flavored vodka or rhum.

Peep-a-Tini

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Peep Infused Vodka Vanilla (recipes below)
  •  ½ oz. Vanilla syrup (recipes below)
  • 1 oz. Cream

Glass Prep:
Pour a small amount of vanilla syrup onto one plate (add food coloring opposite to that of infused vodka) and sprinkle sugar onto another plate. Dip the rim of the glass into the syrup and then into sugar to coat. Place prepped glass in freezer.

Instructions:
Put vodka, syrup (without food coloring) and cream in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into prepped chilled martini glass. You can garnish with or without a Peep!!!

Peep Infusion Instructions:
To create Peep infused vodka, place one 750mL bottle of Vanilla Vodka and 16 oz. of Peeps in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve, a second straining will be necessary (move liquid in circles in sieve to insure consistent dripping). Use one color of Peeps for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum.
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Caramel Cadbury Egg Martini

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream with Caramel
  • ½ oz. dark crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce Butter cream (recipes below) ½ oz.  chocolate syrup

Glass Prep: Drizzle chocolate & caramel syrup around inside rim of glass. Place in freezer to chill.

Instruction:
Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, including chocolate syrup in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chocolate syrup is completely incorporated with shakers contents. Strain into chilled prepped martini glasses.
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Vanilla Syrup Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract (If you can get a hold of real vanilla bean the better :))

Instruction:
In medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring water and sugar to a boil (stir to keep from burning). Cook until mixture thickens slightly, about three minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Simple Syrup Suggestion:
A couple of suggestions that will make your simple syrup better include adding ¼ cup of corn syrup to the mixture. This will help prevent crystallization of the sugar and keeps it smooth, since it is a super saturated solution. The other suggestion is to add one or two ounces of vodka or neutral grain spirit to the simple syrup after it has been bottled. This will help prevent mold or bacteria from growing.
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Buttercream recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (but not melted!) Ideal texture should be like soft served or churned ice cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectionary), SIFTED
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons of heavy cream

Instructions:
Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream and beat for 3 minutes. If you’re frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add more sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining cream 1 tablespoon at a time.
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Dead Rabbits (shot)

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Rye Whisky
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Carrot Juice (recipes on page)
  • ½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • Crushed ginger snaps

Instructions:
Rim a shot glass with honey and crushed ginger snaps. Place all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, shake vigorously and strain into shot glasses.

HAPPY EASTER!!!ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!!!פסחא שמח!!!Καλό Πάσχα!!!Pasg Hapus!!!Maligayang Pasko ng Pagkabuhay!!!

 

Bonus Shot: April Fool’s Day Gag Drink

Cement Mixer (shot)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz. chilled Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur
  • ½ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions:

Pour the Bailey’s into a large shot glass. Slowly float the lime juice on top. Drink it quickly before chemical reaction takes place! The drink will coagulate in the person’s mouth!!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

 

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