Hazelnut After Dinner Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Many moons ago when I first turn 21, a bartender friend turned me on to these two Hazelnut After Dinner Cocktails. There those that will substitute the Frangelico liqueur on both drinks with an Amaretto liqueur. That combination also will create a delicious cocktail.  Also, I made one drink as a martini and the other in a tall glass. I wanted to show that you do not have to be limited by glassware.  Furthermore, both drinks work great as blended after dinner drink. I usually will add one scoop of French vanilla ice cream with all the ingredients including the cup of ice.

 

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Russian Quaalude Martini:

Instructions:

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • ¾ oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 oz. Whole Cream

Instructions:

Pour over ice; shake vigorously, Strain into hazelnut prepped martini glass.

Jamaican Quaalude Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. Coconut Rhum
  • ½ oz. Dark Rhum
  • ½ oz. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Whole Cream

Instructions:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the hazelnut prepped old fashioned glass with crushed ice.

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Glass Prep Instructions:

Start by placing the glasses in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Place the crushed hazelnuts on one side of a plate. Squeeze about a tablespoon of agave syrup on the other side of the plate. Invert the chilled martini glass and rub it through the syrup to coat the rim. Once coated, rub the rim through the hazelnut until the rim is completely covered. Once you are done, place glasses in freezer until ready to pour and serve the drink.

Hazelnut Rimmer Procedure:

Spread shelled hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in an oven that has been preheated to 275 degrees. Let them bake until the skin cracks, usually 20 to 30 minutes. Use a clean towel to rub the skin off of the nuts. Leaving some skin on is not a reason for concern as long as the majority of it is removed. Make sure to use an old towel when cleaning the skin from the nuts as hazelnuts may stain the fabric. Place the hazelnuts in a freezer bag and lay the bag on a flat surface. Zip partially shut and use the palm of your hand to push any excess air from the bag. Close the bag the rest of the way. Use a rolling pin, or a can, to roll the nuts until they are crushed. Turn the bag over several times while crushing to make sure you are crushing evenly.

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Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

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Java Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Java Cocktails!!!!

I love coffee. The flavor leaves me wanting another. I enjoy coffee flavored ice cream and enjoy it as an after dinner cocktail.

“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.”

Talking about coffee, French statesman Talleyrand (1754-1838).

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Espresso Cocktail Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • 1½ oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Espresso or Strong Black Coffee (cold… But not iced)

Cocktail Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the cold espresso, crème de cacao, Kahlua, and vodka, and cover and shake vigorously until the shaker has frosted over, strain into a chilled martini glass. You are ready to serve.

Mocha Heath Bar Cocktail Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. Dooley’s Toffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • 1 Heath Bar
  • Hersey’s Chocolate Syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place the Heath bar and the martini glasses in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Take a hammer and smash the Heath Bar while in its wrapper into fine pieces on a hard safe hard surface. Place them on one side of a plate. Squeeze about a table spoon of chocolate on the other side of the plate. Invert the chilled martini glass and rub it through the chocolate to coat the rim. Once coated, rub the rim through the Heath Bar pieces until the rim is completely covered. Next, turn the glass upright and hold at an angle. Twirl the glass as you drip chocolate on to the inside. Finally, place the glasses in the freezer until you are ready to pour and serve the drink.

Cocktail Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the toffee liqueur, crème de cacao, Kahlua, heavy cream, and vodka, and cover and shake vigorously until the shaker has frosted over, strain into a prepped martini glass. You are ready to serve.

I did this one because I really like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

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Wanted to add a two minute video I made of the projects featured on this blog over the past 16 months. Thanks for watching! -Dinah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIVsDIpHi0A&feature=plcp

 

 

Styling Rooms by Zoning

by Dinah Wulf

Styling Rooms by Zoning , an exclusive Interview with Julia Kendall from DIY SOS talks through how to create open plan designs

“With the growing trend for open plan living and large wet areas, there are endless possibilities to creatively zone areas by adding character and distinctive style with tiles, mosaics and warm woods. Zoning multiple areas to identify individual functional spaces can work just as successfully in large rooms as it can in the most bijoux of spaces.

 

“As kitchens and bathrooms have become multifunctional spaces in the home, creating separate, distinct zones will keep a sense of order and create boundaries. Tiles are an excellent design tool for zoning each function of an open plan room to suit your needs and a must have feature in today’s open plan living designs.

 

“For kitchen and dining areas, consider the function of each area and define it by choosing a practical flooring option suitable for cooking, eating and socializing.

 

“For wet areas, a wet room allows the showering area to blend naturally with the rest of the room and with the use of mosaics you really can create something to be marveled at, whilst still providing slip resistance.”

A special thank you to ToppsTiles for sponsoring this post.

 

Cocktails Inspired by Pears

by Dinah Wulf

Pear of Aces: Cocktails Inspired by Pears

I’ve always enjoyed pears. In fact the pear had been on my top ten favorite fruits.

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Canned Pear Purée recipe:

In a blender, purée the entire can of pears including the syrup and two ounces of Marsanne wine (Pinot Gris will also do). Set pear purée aside in a separate bowl. Rinse blender bowl and return to base.

Pear Mint Lemonade (non-alcoholic) recipe:

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Pear Purée
  • ½ cup White Cranberry juice
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 12 oz. Lemon-lime soda
  • 6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves

Instructions:

Scoop the pear purée and blend with the white cranberry and lemon juice in a blender until well mixed. Stir in mint leaves (tear with hands first) with a spoon. When you are ready to serve add soda and serve immediately over ice.

This recipe will also work as a mixer with your favorite vodka or rhum.

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Drunken Pear Lemonade:

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. of Pear Mint Lemonade
  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Agave syrup
  • 5 oz. of Pear Mint Lemonade
  • 16 oz. glass

Instructions:

Add ice to glass then pour into shaker. We will build the drink in the shaker. Pour the vodka, triple sec, agave syrup, pear lemonade in the shaker and shake at least three times. Transfer contents from shaker including the ice back into glass and top with ice and soda water.

Pear Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Pear Purée
  • ½ Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon
  • Fresh Pear, slice (garnish)

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker add the pear puree, agave syrup, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add the vodka and Cointreau then ice scoop. Shake vigorously at least 10 shakes or shake until the shaker has frosted over. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and add a slice of pear in the center of glass then serve.

Pear Spritzer Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • 2 oz. Pear Purée
  • ½ Organic Honey
  • 1 oz. White Cranberry juice
  • Soda water

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker add the pear puree, honey, white cranberry juice, rhum and then a cup of ice. Shake vigorously at least 3 shakes then pour ice in all into cocktail glass. Then add ice if needed and top of with soda water.

Pear Berry Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Strawberry Vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Pear Purée
  • ½ Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon juice
  • ½ oz. Sprite
  • ½ oz. Hennessy Chambord liqueur

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker add the pear puree, agave syrup, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add the vodka and Cointreau then ice scoop. Shake vigorously at least 10 shakes or shake until the shaker has frosted over. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and then in the side of the glass add half an ounce of Chambord liqueur to create a layering visual effect. Then you are ready to serve.

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Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

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Frozen Summer Fun Day Part Two

by Dinah Wulf

Written by David Edessa

Frozen Summer Fun Day Part Two

You do not always have to use fresh fruit to make a delicious cocktail. Canned fruit are a great substitute if fresh is not accessible or if unripe fruit is the only produce to your grocery store currently carries.  In fact I find more often that grocers will carry unripe sour fruit. That should not stop you from creating your favorite cocktails or desserts. Here are some recipes inspired by peaches.

 

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Canned Peach Purée recipes:

In a blender, purée the entire can of peaches including the syrup and two ounces of pineapple juice. Set peach purée aside in a separate bowl. Rinse blender bowl and return to base.

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Strawberry Peach Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Silver Rum
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • 2 Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 Fresh Lime

Ingredients:

Juice one lime, and pour juice into blender. Add rum, schnapps, peach purée, strawberry and honey. Fill serving glass with ice, add ice to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with whipped cream.

 

Banana Peach Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Silver Rum
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • ½ Fresh Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 Fresh Limes

Instructions:

Juice one lime, and pour juice into blender. Add rum, peach purée, banana and honey. Fill serving glass with ice, add ice to blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glass.

Peach & Mint Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 2½ oz. Citrus Vodka
  • ½ oz. Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 2 oz. Peach Purée
  • 2 Mint Leaves

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker add the peach purée, agave syrup, and two mint leaves (torn to pieces). Add in the vodka, lime juice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

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For more frozen drink recipes, check out Frozen Summer Fun Day Part One!

 

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Decor & Design Inspirations

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: Lisa Jolan

Decor & Design Inspirations for Creating Unique Live Space Around Your Sofas

In every home, the living room is the one space that is used rather frequently. The family tends to lounge, work and do school projects in it. Sometimes, this room even doubles up as an entertainment space as well. With such multiple uses, when designing your living room, it should accommodate all the activities that are carried out on a regular basis. Besides the theme of the living room, your sofa is one of the largest elements in it and designing or choosing one to suit your theme will help in creating the perfect ambiance.

Living rooms can be of several different types. Interior designers have a range of terms to classify styles such as modern, eclectic, traditional, Victorian, contemporary and bohemian. When designing your living room space and planning for your sofa, you need to keep a few points in mind. The first is that there should be a flow from one room to another. If your foyer leads to your living room, then continuity in terms of wall colours or flooring material can help set the base. Similarly if one steps out from the living room to another space, it should not come across as a whole new world, but rather a fresh interpretation to a single theme.

Themes you can choose from

Eclectic: If you are a family that loves to socialize, then you can tweak the eclectic theme to suit you. Try to put earthy colours on the walls and mix in some metal tones as well. Add in some silver strie to the paint on the wall to give the space additional texture. When you are choosing your sofas for this theme, stick with high backed ones so that you create a close-knitted setting that will facilitate good conversation. Another version of the eclectic theme would be to add in low cushioned seating interspersed with antique chairs. This ensures that you have comfortable seating for all age groups.

Romantic: Many couples who are doing up their spaces for the first time would like the romantic setting. You can choose Tudor styled furniture or even a Victorian set. Light, neutral shades on the walls with heavy drapery, the right size chandelier, an intricately carved love seat and a few single sofas with deep set soft cushioning will create the ambiance you are looking for. Throw in sofa backs of silk taffeta and you have the perfect setting.

Transitional settings: These are designs that are meant for people who prefer to have the best of both worlds. In this kind of designing, older styles are blended in with modern furnishing allowing a transition of sorts between the old and the new. Your sofas can be covered in plaid or classic floral designs. You can add in more solid colors that are soft on the eyes rather than being bright. Materials for your sofas can be leather, cotton or even corduroy. In your choice of wood, go with natural shades of wood, even if they are a mix of dark and light.

Contemporary settings: This is a term that for the layman can be a bit difficult to understand. Contemporary living room and sofa settings are based on the trends that are popular at the time you are designing. One of the best ways of coming up with ideas for such settings is to visit showrooms at your favorite interior designing companies; they will have on display the latest in designs. You can mix and match themes from such showrooms to create something unique of your own.

Modern theme: The basic idea here is to convert your space into an artistic one with minimal furniture that exudes an aura of being high end. Based on the scale of your room, you will need to choose sofa pieces that function as the single largest piece of furniture in the room. You will have to have a very clear colour scheme and stick to a maximum of three colours on your palette. Using larger prints will give the look of a modern touch.

 

When choosing your sofas…

In most cases, your sofa will be the largest element in your room. Therefore, you want to have the right amount of space to accommodate it. In larger spaces, it is left entirely to you as to how much space should go to the sofa. Consider the other elements you want to add in and allot space to everything. In the end, you should also have maneuvering space as well. This will give you a good idea about the size sofa you should get, personally I have Alston sofa shown below in my living room area.

 

Keep in mind that the sofa has to be brought into your home. If you are on a high floor then your sofa will have to fit through elevator doors and your home’s doors and walkways so size is an important consideration here. Also, decide which direction you want your sofa to face and think of all other elements in relation to this. Once you have settled on a particular design for your sofa, changing its alignment is not going to help much.

The shape of your sofa will also determine the flow of your living room space. With all these factors considered, you will be able to have a living room that has the sofa as its centre attraction and which will leave all your guests in awe at your designing capabilities.

 

Lisa Jolan is the writer of this guest post of home décor. Connect with me on twitter @lisajolan

 

Summer Fun Day

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Summer Fun Day! Just in time for Sunday Fun day!!!

Watermelon & Strawberry Juice recipe (non-alcoholic Agua Fresca):

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs. Strawberry
  • 3 cups Watermelon
  • 3 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 cups of drinking water.
  • 4 tbl. Organic Honey (I like to warm honey…. Not hot)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Instructions:

To make watermelon & strawberry juice we have to prep the fruit.

Heating the watermelon draws out more of the flavor and juice. Cut the rinds off the watermelons. Slice the flesh into small chunks. Blend the chunks until the watermelon becomes mushy. Pour through a sieve into a saucepan. Press down using a wooden spoon to release the most juice. Mix the juice with honey. Turn the heat on medium-low. Heat to reduce to a desired thickness, stirring frequently. Make sure that the mixture never comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a container and chill until cold.

Wash and remove the leaves from the strawberries. Then slice the strawberries in halves and store in refrigerator. If you freeze the strawberries you can create a smoothies effect.

When ready to serve, place the strawberries, watermelon mix, lemon juice, water, and salt into blender. Blend the mixture for about one minute when you reach a nice juice thickness. Serve immediately over ice as non-alcoholic beverage or if refrigerated before make sure to stir vigorously before serving.

If juice mix is not sweet enough, warm up a little more honey and stir in (not hot).

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As a mixer for a cocktail this is an awesome refreshing drink.

Also, a greet replacement to your mimosas by substituting the orange juice with the Agua Fresca and combining it with your favorite

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Watermelon Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Silver Rum
  • 2 oz. Pink Lemonade
  • 4 oz. Agua Fresca (strawberry & watermelon)

Instructions:

Fill a tall glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the Rhum and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a shaker and shake at least 10 times. Return the contents from the shaker to the glass. Garnish with a mint leaf or lemon wheel and serve.

Strawberry & Watermelon Coddler Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vodka
  • 5 oz. Agua Fresca (strawberry & watermelon)

Instructions:

Fill a high ball glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the vodka and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a shaker and shake at least 10 times. Return the contents from the shaker to the glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

Strawberry & Watermelon Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Silver Tequila
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. Margarita Mix

Instructions:

Fill a tall glass with ice and build your drink with all the ingredients starting with the tequila and ending with the Agua Fresca. Pour all the contents from the glass into a blender and blend for at least 30 seconds. Pour the contents from the blender to a glass that has been rimmed with the sugar & salt mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Prep Glass:

Place lime juice in a shallow dish. On a second dish add a mix of equal parts powdered sugar and kosher salt. Invert a glass and dip the rim in the lime juice. Immediately dip in the sugar & salt mix to coat the rim.

Whenever using an electric blender to crush or make a cocktail with ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can without damaging your blender.

******DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! ******

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Frozen Summer Fun Day Part One

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Part One

The original daiquiri was a mixture of rum, lime, and sugar, served over ice. The name Daiquirí is also the name of a beach and an iron mine that is near Santiago, Cuba. The drink was a local favorite of the area. However, an American mining engineer by the name of Jennings Cox and a Cuban engineer named Pagliuchi, who happened to be in Cuba at the time of the Spanish-American War refined the drink by adding cane sugar.

Constantino Ribalagua, the famed bartender at Havana’s La Floridita blended the drink with shaved ice, thereby creating the frozen daiquiri. And bartenders have been experimenting ever since by adding exotic fruit juices & fruit.

The basic recipe for a Daiquirí is also similar to the Brazilian Caiparina (recipes below) or the grog British sailors drank aboard ship from the 1740s onwards. By 1795 the Royal Navy daily grog ration contained rum, water, ¾ ounce of lemon or lime juice, and 2 ounces of sugar. These are common drinks across the Caribbean and South America.

On July 31, 1970, Britain’s Royal Navy officially stopped its daily ration of rum to crewmembers aboard naval ships, ending a centuries-old tradition.

 

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When using an electric blender to crush or chop hard ice always check the manufacture manual to verify that you can crush and chop ice without damaging your blender.

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Classic Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Light Rhum
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients well with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a martini glass will do in a pinch.

 

Hemingway Daiquiri recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. White Rhum
  • ¼ oz. Maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Fresh Grapefruit juice
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • Lime wheel

Ingredients:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a V-shaped cocktail glass or in a martini glass (not the traditional glassware… But it will do ). Garnish with a lime wheel.

You can also serve it over crushed ice in a cocktail glass…. My favorite!!!

 

Banana Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Coconut Rhum
  • 1 Banana
  • 1½ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice (crushed ice is easier to blend.)
  • Maraschino Cherry

Instructions:

Pour all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then at high speed until smooth. Pour contents into a chilled hurricane glass or tall glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

 

Cantaloupe Daiquiri:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Fresh Cantaloupe slices (medium-sized)
  • 1½ oz. White Rhum
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice (crushed ice is easier to blend.)
  • Mint leaf

Instructions:

Place the sliced cantaloupe in the refrigerator uncovered so it may soften for an hour or two. Then, pour all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on low speed for a few seconds, then at high speed until smooth. Pour contents into a chilled hurricane glass or tall glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

 

Caiparina recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cachaça (liquor made from fermented sugarcane)
  • 1 Key Lime medium-size (cut into 8 wedges)
  • 2 tbsp. Superfine Sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Instructions:

Put the lime wedges and the sugar into a thick-walled rocks glass and muddle together until the pulp and the juice of the limes are well macerated. Muddling well is the key to releasing the fruit’s entire flavor. Add crushed ice to glass, and then pour the cachaça over crushed ice and fruit.

 

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Going Bananas

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Going Bananas!!!

Most mornings I wake up to a nutritional breakfast of a banana and cup of coffee…. I know… I should have better meal to start the day.

Well, I thought it would be fun just to keep it simple and use the banana as the main ingredient in this week’s cocktail recipes.

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Banana Margarita:

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz. Banana liqueur
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier liqueur
  • ¼ large bananas

Instructions:

Build your drink in the glass you will be using. Start by filling the glass to the top with ice. Combine the lemon juice, lime juice, banana liqueur, tequila, and bananas. In the container of a blender add the built cocktail. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into margarita glass to serve. Drizzle on top the Grand Marnier. The reason you want to build in the glass is to make an exact portion…Waste Not!

Banana Foster Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 1 oz. Banana liqueur
  • 2 oz. Godiva Original Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Instructions:

Fill a glass with ice to the top. Build your drink by combining all ingredients (except powdered cocoa) in the ice filled glass. Pour the ingredients into the blender container and blend until smooth. Take a glass and drizzle the caramel

Put syrup in the inside of glass. Pour ingredients from blender into the prepped cocktail glass. Garnish with a dusting of powdered cocoa, and serve.

Banana Split Martini:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Godiva Original Chocolate liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Banana liqueur
  • ½ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • ¼ oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Syrup
  • Cherry

Instructions:

Swirl three syrups in Martini glass. Add vanilla vodka, banana liqueur, Godiva liqueur, Malibu and pineapple juice into a shaker. Add a cup of ice to shaker and shake vigorously. Pour chilled ingredients into prepped glass. Garnish with a cherry

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!And Go Bananas!!! ;)

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

by Dinah Wulf

Hello everyone!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star, and I’m thrilled to be a guest here at DIY Inspired!  I’m such a fan of Dinah’s work, so having an opportunity to share one of my projects with you guys is so exciting!  I have a super simple project you can make with what you may already have (or can run to the dollar store to pick up), a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser!   I’d seen these pinned and around the web a while back, so today, I figured maybe I can try to figure out how to make them myself!

What you’ll need:

  1. Mason jars
  2. Glue (I like E6000 for these kinds of projects)
  3. Pumps (I bought some cheap soap dispensers and used theirs)
  4. Hand soap, or lotion, or whatever filler you’d like
  5. Drill
  6. Hammer
  7. Nail
  8. Twine (optional)
  9. Love (mandatory) ;)

Tutorial:

Take the lid off the mason jar and separate its parts.  With a nail and hammer, puncture a few holes on the top of the lid.  Then with a drill and the biggest drill bit you have (ok, use your judgment here!), drill right through the holes to create an opening large enough to fit your pump securely.  Put the pump through the hole.

I glued the lid parts together so they wouldn’t slip, although in retrospect, not sure if that was necessary.  Better be safe than sorry I guess!  Once the glue dried, I made sure to clean the jar and lid/pump, before I actually put the soap in it (oh, the irony!).  I wanted to make sure all the drill, nail, and hammer cooties were washed away.  Then simply filled the jar with the hand soap (also a dollar store find) and added the twine as a rustic and decorative touch.

In about 30 minutes, we went from this, to this:

You can get really creative with what you put in the jars; I love these for any other occasion, or just around your house!   I made 3 of these in half an hour, and spent about $6 for the soap, and the dispensers, the rest came from my good ol’ supply closet.  Pretty simple isn’t it?  Again, a big thank you to Dinah for giving me this great opportunity!  Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at Chase the Star sometime soon!

 

 

Sour Drink Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Sour Drink Recipes, Written By David Edessa

Sour Hour!!!! Bar is open :) This weekend I tried my hand once again on sour drink recipes.  Also, I gave a recommendation on beer (great even if you think you do not like beer… Take a chance :)

Sour Peach Sweet Tea (non-alcoholic):

Ingredients

  • 5 individual tea bags
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1½ lbs. of fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced.
  • ½ cup Balsamic syrup (recipes below)
  • 1 or 2 lemons, juiced (regular lemons=1 /if you use Meyers lemons=2)
  • 5 cups of ice cubes
  • 1 cup fresh peaches, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • ½ cup sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Steep tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes; set aside to chill. Meanwhile puree the peaches and balsamic glaze. Then, push pulp through a strainer. Add the strained puree to a ½ gallon pitcher, stir in the lemon juice, and top with ice and pour tea over the top; stir. Taste, if it needs more sugar or balsamic vinegar. Cover and chill in refrigerator until needed, stirring before serving.

Balsamic Syrup recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Organic Honey

Instructions:

Simmer ¾ cup of balsamic vinegar in a pot until it reduces by half. Add 1 cup of honey and stir until it starts to bubble. Remove from the heat, allow it to cool slightly and pour into a squeeze bottle.

Following recipes can be used as a mixer for your favorite booze, vodka, Rhum, and even Bourbon over ice.

Example:

  • 1½ oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 oz. Sour Peach Sweet Tea mixer

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Orange Blossom Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Citrus Vodka
  • ½ oz. Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ teaspoon Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Orange Slice

Instructions:

Put ice into a cocktail shaker. Add Vodka, Grand Marnier, Vermouth and Balsamic Vinegar. Shake cocktail vigorously. Take an orange peel and rub the inside of the glass with the zest side. Pour contents of shaker onto prepped cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge on the rim.

Strawberry-Balsamic Crush Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 2 ripe strawberries (hulled)
  • ½ teaspoon Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

In a shaker tin, muddle 2 of the strawberries with the vinegar, lime juice, and agave syrup. Add the vodka and top with ice. Then shake cocktail vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with a twist of fresh ground black pepper. Garnish with a strawberry.

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What is a Flanders Red Ale?

It is a complex, sour, red wine-like Belgian-style ale. Long aging and blending of young and well-aged beer often occurs, adding to the smoothness and complexity, though the aged product is sometimes released as a connoisseur’s beer. Known as the Burgundy of Belgium, it is more wine-like than any other beer style. The reddish color is a product of the malt although an extended; less-than-rolling portion of the boil may help add an attractive Burgundy hue. Aging will also darken the beer. The Flanders red is more acetic and the fruity flavors more reminiscent of a red wine than an Oud Bruin. It can have an apparent attenuation of up to 98%.

History:

The indigenous beer of West Flanders, typified by the products of the Rodenbach brewery, established in 1820 in West Flanders but reflective of earlier brewing traditions. The beer is aged for up to two years, often in huge oaken barrels which contain the resident bacteria necessary to sour the beer. It was once common in Belgium and England to blend old beer with young to balance the sourness and acidity found in aged beer. While blending of batches for consistency is now common among larger breweries, this type of blending is a fading art.

Two that I recommend… it’s also the two from the three that I’ve tried that I enjoyed :)

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge: A strongly acidic aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, molasses, and dark cherries. Strong acidity up front with some black cherry notes. Dark caramel appears in the middle and lends some sweetness to the beer as it finishes with notes of vanilla, oak, and complex sweet/sour balsamic notes.

Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne: Aroma of sour cherries, blackcurrant, vanilla, over-aged wine, soft hints of oak. It has lots of sour and tart taste with a subtle fruity sweetness. Crisp and bubbly!!!

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!

 

Hand-made Clothes for Your Little One

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: JoEllen Krauss

 

BIO:

JoEllen Krauss is a freelance writer for 1800WheelChair.  In her spare time she enjoys decorating and designing new room layouts for friends and family and making clothes for her little ones, Matt and Shona.

 

Mama Does It Best: Hand-made Clothes for Your Little One

 

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The arrival of a new baby automatically puts a new strain on the family budget. Diapers, formula, doctor visits and daycare take a huge chunk out of any extra cash or savings. When it comes to the amount of money new parents spend on clothing for newborns and infants, the family budget gets eaten at an alarming rate. Small children outgrow clothing almost as fast as they are buttoned or fastened on their bodies. Moms who wish to fight the expense may be able to save a little money by making clothes for their child.

First, moms will need to know how to sew, knit or crochet in order to make clothing. If these are not skills she already has, mom will need to take a class or teach herself through online tutorials, educational CDs or watching others who are already good at it. The first projects will be simple ones: diaper bags, bibs, blankets and hats. Mastering any one of these beginner-level projects leads to a natural eagerness to see what else can be made. Classes and tutorials will teach the basics of using patterns to make clothes, taking proper measurements to make patterns and trying new techniques to add flare to clothing.

Once a mother knows how to make clothing for her newborn, it is time to make sure she has the right tools and work space. A designated space in the house is best so that making clothes does not interfere with regular family rituals. A guest room, attic, shed or bonus space above the garage are ideal locations. If this is not an option, it is best to buy supplies that can be tucked away easily to preserve space.

For sewing, a sewing machine will eventually be necessary, and for crocheting and knitting, mom will need sturdy needles. Depending on her comfort level, she may choose crochet or knitting needles made of bamboo, other woods, plastic, aluminum or other metals. The key is to find needles that can withstand her work habits and that she can be comfortable holding for long periods of time. Otherwise, the urge to create new clothing will die often.

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Fabric and yarn can turn newcomers to sewing, crochet or knitting into fiber addicts easily. There are so many alluring patterns, colors and textures to fall in love with for a baby. The best practice is to buy enough of a particular fabric or yarn to make your project and store it in a safe place until it is time to use it for a new project. It is never good to lean toward hoarding fabric, yet there should always be enough in a personal stash to complete a new garment for the baby.

Although it might seem a bit extreme, the best way to start learning how to make clothing for a baby is to practice with doll patterns. This does not cost as much as ruining baby clothing patterns because it requires much less fabric. Doll patterns also are a great way to learn about how clothing is put together. It is also a great idea to be surrounded by other moms who sew or community groups of crocheters or knitters. Most who love the craft are eager to offer suggestions, give feedback or assist with difficult projects. The key to fabulous new baby clothes is usually just one single help request away.

 

Strawberry Shortcake Shake and Almond Joy Martini

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

This weekend I had two treats at a friend’s dinner party. First, a 1988 Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky with two ice cubes just to chase that burn away and let the flavor of the whisky surface…… It was delicious!!!  The second treat was an IPA from Full Sail Brewery.  I highly recommend both if buying a gift for a Scotch Whisky fans and Indian Pale Ale lovers!!!

This week, I’d like to share two more alcoholic treats, the Strawberry Shortcake Spiked Shake and Almond Joy Martini.

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Strawberry Shortcake Spiked Shake:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ oz. Pinnacle Cake Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Amaretto Liqueur
  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries, thawed
  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed Graham crackers

Instructions:

Place thawed frozen strawberries, amaretto liqueur, vanilla ice cream, crushed ice, and vanilla vodka into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle crushed graham crackers over the top.

Almond Joy Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Chocolate Vodka
  • ½ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Piña Colada Mix
  • ¾ oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Hersey’s Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Take martini glass and drizzle chocolate syrup inside the glass and store in freezer to chill. Add all ingredients into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Then, trickle the Godiva over or down the round back side (convex side) of a bar spoon or teaspoon (not down the handle) into the glass while keeping the spoon end against or very near the wall of the glass. The end of the spoon should also be kept above and near the bottom or previous layer. The ingredient should flow gently down the side of the glass and onto the previous layer.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!

Check out a full list of David’s Cocktail recipe index including tutorials and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Photo Sources: RicardoCuisine.com and Google Images

 

Reupholstering a Dumpster Find

by Dinah Wulf
Written by Loren Crane

 

I thank you for Dinah for  letting share my new chair with you guys. If you remember my last chair was done with Ikea fabric.

 

I decided to go in another adventure in reupholstering a chair. The new chair is completely different from the other one I did and it had different challenges. I again found this beauty by the dumpster months ago. It just seating in my porch getting abused by my cat. My kitty and dog love to abuse furniture that does not belong in our home. I believe they smell other animals on fabric and they start just smelling it and stretching their nail on it. Also with the warm weather coming in and the bugs coming out, I decided to start reupholstering process. I really did not want to be outside in 90 degree weather.

 

The first thing to do was to remove the fabric from the frame of the chair. Removing the fabric is my least favorite part because there are thousand of staple to remove. Unlike the previous chair this chair was factory made and there was not as many staples but it took three days to remove all the fabric. It took so long because I was doing it all by my lonesome. I finally convince the hobby to help remove the last of the fabric since I need some muscle to pull it off.

 

Here are the tools you might need:

 

1. Knife
2. Tack lifter
3. Fabric Scissors
4. Pliers

 

You might also want to wear a mask when removing the fabric. The fabric will through up dust that will irritate your sinus, trust me.

 

 

The first thing I did was to find a place where the fabric was no longer attached to the frame. Then I a used the tack lifter to help pull the staples away from the frame enough to where they can be pulled out with the pliers. The foam in the inside of the chair was in good condition so this time around I won’t need to replace it.

 

 

You might find this funny but I use a oven mitten to remove the metal things ( I really don’t know what they are) in one pull. You will need to be careful not to damage the frame. At times when removing staples you can crack the wood.
In some places where the staples were impossible to remove I use a knife or fabric scissor take off the fabric. I really was trying not to damage the frame of the chair while removing the staples. The chair is modern and the wood is not really good quality wood.

 

 

The bottom fabric of the chair needs to be removed by placing the chair upside down and removing the black fabric. I going to keep the black fabric because it helps keep out dust and other things from getting in the chair.
On the top third bottom picture you see a thin rope where the stables there was twice the amount of staples. You will need to remove staples from the top and the bottom of the rope line.

 

 

The inside foam was cut into different panels and each one was inserted in between two pieces of fabric. One fabric was the reupholstering fabric and the other looked like muslin which was stapled to the frame of the chair.
Once the purple fabric was taken off the back of the chair it expose the foam and then I just pulled it up to slip off the foam from both fabrics. Then I just removed all the staples from the inside of the frame of the chair. The foam looks like tentacles…I must be tired.
I am sorry I am repeating the word remove but that’s all you are doing. haha. Trust me this step is super frustrating. Because it seems like the staples never end.

 

 

I finally finished!! All of foam and the batting was in good shape and it did not need to be replace. So I just Lysol the crap out of it  (excuse my language, hehe).

 

 

The only piece of fabric that I did not remove was where the cushion would rest. This piece of fabric is attached to the inside of the frame while the chair was in two different pieces in the manufacturing process. It would be impossible to attach a new piece of fabric. I decide to leave it and I’ll show you what I did with it later on.
Here is the link to the previous chair I did.
 I am so excited to get started on the fabric. As of right now I have $0.00 invested. It great to find a free chair.Come and take a look at the finished chair here!

Here is a sneek peek, hehe

 

 

Till Later,