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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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!

 

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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,

Cocktail Desserts and After Dinner Drinks

by Dinah Wulf

Cocktail Desserts and After Dinner Drinks

The first one is reminiscent of my mother’s favorite candy bar… The Milky Way.

 

Milky Way Cocktail Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. white crème de cacao
  • ¾ oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • Hersey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the vanilla-flavored rhum, white creme de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve.


Tiramisu Cocktail Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ½ oz. Godiva White Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s Coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. Frangelico liqueur
  • ½ oz. White Crème de Cocoa liqueur
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Monin Strawberry syrup
  • Crushed Toasted Espresso Beans
  • Tiramisu Cocktail Rimmer Mix (recipes below)

 

Instructions:

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Combine all liquid ingredients into the shaker. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled. Place powdered chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon on a flat dish and strawberry syrup in a separate dish. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the grenadine and then dust the rim in the chocolate mix. Strain shaker into prepared glass. Garnish with toasted crushed espresso beans by floating in the center of glass.

 

Tiramisu Cocktail Rimmer Mix:

Ingredients:

  • ½ tsp. Chocolate powder ( more of in mix)
  • ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Preparation:

Mix all together evenly in a bowl with a spoon. Store it in dry location.

 

Peanut Brittle Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Nocello Walnut Liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream Caramel
  • ¼ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 scoop Peanut Butter (smooth)
  • 1 oz. Agave Syrup
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions:

Place peanut butter with vodka, Simple Syrup and heavy whipping cream in a food processor until peanut butter dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice.

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Baklava Martini Cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Pistachio Bourbon (recipes in cocktail library)
  • ½ oz. Amaretto liqueur
  • ½ oz. crème de cacao
  • ¾ oz. Orange Honey
  • ½ tsp.
  • Baklava powder (recipes below)

Place a martini glass in a freezer till cold. Combine amaretto, bourbon, crème de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well; strain into a chilled martini glass.


Baklava Cocktail Rimmer Mix:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. walnuts, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 lb. almonds, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation:

If you are using a food processor to grind the nuts, process the almonds separately from the walnuts. Almonds take a bit more time to grind than walnuts and you don’t want the walnuts to be ground too finely. Using a coffee grinder, grind walnuts or almonds until they are finely ground. Store it in dry location.

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Café Mocha Pistachio (cocktail):

Instructions:

  • 1 oz. Pistachio Bourbon ( recipes in cocktail library)
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz. Godiva Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Coffee
  • Coffee powder

Ingredients:

Combine all liqueurs and cream in a mug. Stir in hot black coffee with light sprinkling of chocolate powder. Optional, add whipped cream for a garnish.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!!

 

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Upcycled Baseball Themed Dresser

by Dinah Wulf
Written By: Barbara from Chase The Star



Hi there!  I’m Barbara from Chase the Star, a little blog about decorating and crafting on a budget.  I love to take something in need of some DIY love, and make it look fabulous!  I just recently stumbled upon Dinah’s blog, and must say, I’m a big fan already!  I’m so excited to be a part of her blog today!  

A few months ago I updated my kid’s old dresser and shared it with my readers, it was a real labor of love, so I thought I’d share it with you here at DIY Inspired!

In my world there is family and baseball-not necessarily in that order.  My husband has passed his love for the game down to the boys and well in my case, if you can’t beat ‘em…

We’ve recently moved into our new house and I’ve been in a decorating frenzy.  The boys insisted on selecting a theme for their room; yup you guessed it, golf.  Ok, I jest—you were paying attention after all!  Baseball is of course the ‘theme’ for this room, and more specifically the Boston Red Sox (no we are not from Boston; this team is just a random passion my husband acquired in his childhood). 
So in keeping with my need/love for cheap-ness I decided to add a personal touch to their room by updating an old Ikea dresser they’ve had for years.   I decided on what else but a Red Sox, red dresser—get it?  I went with subway style lettering depicting several different common phrases associated with the Red Sox.  Had to consult the hubs on that one (and also our “Fever Pitch” dvd). 

Who knows who #9 Williams is??? Everyone in my house does. Everyone. 

The entire piece was lightly sanded and the drawer fronts were painted in a pale grey that I had leftover from another project (because I’d run out of white).  I bought some vinyl letters at Michael’s, and placed them on the drawer fronts intentionally overlapping some of the words passed the end of the drawers. 

My trusty assistant

 

I enlisted my 3 year old assistant to paint the entire piece Red (Cherries Jubilee by Glidden).  I kid!  He got tired after 4 strokes of the brush. 
Once the entire piece dried overnight, I carefully peeled the vinyl lettering off and sanded the edges, as well as over the letters for a distressed look.

I love the way this turned out!
See the intentional overlapping passed the ends of the drawers?  Love!
This project took lots of patience, and about 2 day’s worth of time, but it was sooo worth it!  The boys are so HAPPY with it, and I’ve even caught them bragging to their friends about it.  

Mom SCORES!

Please stop by my blog Chase the Star for a visit, you’d make my day! :)  Dinah, for letting me share my Subway Dresser your readers!

P.S.  Here’s a quick preview of some of my most popular posts:

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser 
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Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Two weeks ago I posted how to create a delicious Pistachio Infused Bourbon. Today, we will put that infusion to work with after dinner Pistachio Infused Whiskey Cocktails.

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Here are some great party recipes for after dinner cocktails :)

Pistachio Shortbread Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Light cream
  • 1/4 cup Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons JELL-O Pistachio instant pudding mix
  • Hershey’s butterscotch sauce
  • Crushed Shortbread cookie crumbs
  • Whipped cream

Instructions:

Mix cream, Bourbon, and JELL-O instant pudding mix in shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water. Dip rim of glass in butterscotch sauce then dip rim into shortbread cookie crumbs. Strain drink into chilled glass. Top the corner rim of glass with whipped cream and a cookie if you wish :)

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Spiked Pistachio Shake:

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Whole milk
  • 2 oz. Seltzer water
  • 6 oz. french vanilla ice cream
  • 1 oz. Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • ½ teaspoons JELL-O Pistachio Instant Pudding mix
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed almonds

Instructions:

Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water. Combine the milk, bourbon, and Jell-O mix in the blender and blend until combined, about 5 seconds. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds. Garnish with whip cream and crushed almonds.

Pistachio Tumbler:

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Build the ingredients in a cocktail glass over two ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Pistachio Cranberry Bark Martini:

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz. Pistachio Infused Bourbon
  • ½ oz. White crème de cacao
  • ½ oz. Light Cream
  • ½ oz. Cranberry syrup (recipes below)
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Chill a martini glass by filling it with 1/2 cup of ice and cold water.

Place 1 cup of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour the bourbon, cranberry syrup, white crème de cacao, and Irish cream liqueur over the ice; cover and shake vigorously. Dump the ice and water from the martini glass and drizzle the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup. Strain the cocktail into the glass to serve.

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Cranberry Syrup:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cranberries sauce (canned)

Instructions:

Equal parts of sugar and water are warmed until dissolved, and then add two parts of cranberries. Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries are falling apart, about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl and let the strainer sit over the bowl until the syrup has cooled to room temperature, about 1 hour.  Store it in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always enjoy :)

 

Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

by Dinah Wulf

Savvy Tips to Get Rid of Your Unwanted Mattresses

Written By Jack Black

Imagine this scene. A proud owner of a brand-new mattress waiting for his purchase to be delivered is jumping up and down with excitement. Tingles travel down his spine as he thinks of the coming nights with the fresh mattress beneath his tired and aching body. A delivery truck with a mattress logo appears around the bend. The driver climbs down, unloads the merchandise, and sets it down where the owner wants it. The owner, at this time, sees that the old mattress is still where the new one is supposed to go. He then scratches his head in confusion and says, “What should I do with THIS one?”

This is not an entirely uncommon situation. Mattress buyers are usually at a loss on what to do with the old one. The matter of recycling and reusing mattresses is a rather newborn idea in the green world of protecting the environment. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions on the disposal of your old mattress, be it in an ecological or just a practical way.

  • Take It to a Landfill

This is the most obvious answer for everyone. Taking the old mattress to the landfill and letting the people who work there do their own thing is simple for most people. Calling the garbage collectors who have the ability to pick up larger items is even easier even though one might need to call well in advance.

Although disposing old mattresses by dumping them in a landfill is at the height of convenience, there are some landfills that refuse to accept discarded mattresses. They take a lot of room and they damage the landfill equipment in the process. Because of their bulk, the mattresses need to be compacted before they are disposed. In the process of compaction, their springs get tangled frequently in the equipment. Old mattresses are an inconvenience not only to their previous owners, but to landfill operators as well.

  • Donate It

If the old mattress is still of passable quality and can still satisfy the needs of someone else, then why not donate it? There are a lot of centers that can put old mattresses to good use. Battered women shelters, half-way homes, homeless shelters and other similar institutions are in dire need of mattresses for their members.

Less fortunate individuals in the community would also appreciate the comforts of a soft yet supportive surface under their bodies. Just because you no longer find your old mattress no longer comfortable to sleep on does not mean it can’t be for someone else.

  • Recycle It

Recycling mattresses is relatively new, but there are already a few companies that do it. They take the old mattresses apart and separate them into their components. Cotton and cloth may be turned into clothes, foam may be recycled, and wood may be turned into chips. Inner springs could also be sold as metal. If everything goes well and the company does its best, 90% of the mattress can be reused.

  • Dispose It

If other alternatives don’t work out for you, there are always other options that may… If one is refused by garbage collectors and landfill operators, then you may better off going online and find out what you can do with your unwanted mattress. With a little research, you can find mattress outlets that offer to pick up your stuff and pay you for disposing it.

Old mattresses need not be a burden to anyone. In fact, with a little use of your imagination and a little sprucing up, they can let you earn back the money that you once spent on them or be the blessings that other people desperately need!

 

Author Bio: Jack Black is a Global Brand Manager at Mattresses-tomorrow- online retailers of memory foam mattresses. We offer a wide range of mattresses whether you are looking for a double, single or kingsize.

 

Photo Sources: Mattresses Tomorrow & Google Images

 

Happy Father’s Day Cocktails

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

Happy Father’s Day Cocktails

Who’s the Boss?

While having their evening dinner together, a little girl looked up at her father and asked, “Daddy, you’re the boss in our family, right?” The father was very pleased to hear it and confidently replied, “Yes my little princess.” The girl then continued, “That’s because mommy put you in charge, right?”


Spiked Hot Chocolate with Maple Bacon Bourbon

Ingredients:

Instructions:
Place Nutella and 2 oz. of milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until blended. Add the rest of the milk, increase heat to medium-high, and whisk until hot and frothy. Pour into coffee mug and add bourbon and stir well. Top with heavy cream and sprinkle lightly with cocoa powder.

Bacon Manhattan

Ingredients:

Instructions:
Stir (never shake) in a glass or shaker tin with ice. Strain in to a cocktail glass and garnish with a piece of crispy bacon.

 

Maple Bacon Old Fashion

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Maple Bacon Infused Bourbon
  • 2 tsp. Maple syrup (Grade A dark amber recommended)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Orange wedge
  • Orange twist

Instructions:
Muddle an orange slice in a glass and make sure to muddle up the glass to create a cascade of flavor. Add ice, bourbon, bitters and syrup to glass. Pour into a shaker, leaving no pulp behind in the glass and shake vigorously. Then, pour over two big ice cubes in a rocks glass. Rub twist of orange on the rim and use it as a garnish.

Tip- You can use a bacon strip as your garnish.

Bacon Bourbon Flip

Ingredients:

Instructions:
Place egg yolk in cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes and seal. Shake for a few seconds. Then, in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the bourbon, sugar, and cream. Shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and grate fresh nutmeg over top and serve.

Bacon BonBon Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Maple Bacon Infused Bourbon
  • ½ oz. Butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ oz. Vanilla schnapps
  • 1½ oz. Light Cream
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions:
Prep martini glasses by swirling chocolate syrup inside the glass. Place glasses in freezer or refrigerator to chill.

In a cocktail shaker, combine all liquid ingredients. Add ice; cover and shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a chilled prepped martini glass.

Bacon Chocolate Tart Martini 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Maple Bacon Infused Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate liqueur
  • ½ oz. Butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 oz. Light Cream
  • Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • Butterfinger bar, chopped

Instructions:
Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup. Add Butterfinger pieces to flat saucer then coat rim. Place glasses in freezer or refrigerator upside down on wax paper to chill.

In a cocktail shaker, combine all liquid ingredients. Add ice; cover and shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a chilled prepped martini glass.
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Next week I will share more cocktails with bacon bourbon, and drink recipes utilizing the Pistachio Infused Bourbon.

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And have a BACON day!!!

 

Check out David’s complete Cocktail Corner Recipe Index.

 

Scrap Fabrics

by Dinah Wulf

Written by Linn of The Home Project

 

Hi guys! I’m so happy to be the guest writer here at DIY Inspired! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the concept of using up scrap fabrics.

Do you have a scrap pile full of fabrics that seem too small to really use for anything practical? Well, if you do, then that’s an excellent opportunity to get creative and attempt a quilt design. There is something so neat about sewing fabrics together and creating something unique, something that is distinctive to you!

I suggest you make a quilted trivet or an oven mitt, which is a fun and manageable project that won’t take you two weeks to finish. Unlike a large-scale quilt, you don’t need a lot of time on your hands. And if you have never quilted before, then this would be an excellent opportunity to try it out. First of all, decide what kind of design you would like. For this quilted trivet, I was going for a somewhat more haphazard look and not perfect squares.  This can be fun to do, and definitely presents you with more of a design challenge.

However, there is nothing wrong with perfect squares either! And here comes the great part: you can make them as large or as small as you want. If you literally have tiny scraps of fabric to use up, then make a trivet with tiny squares. Sure, it will take a little longer, but I bet the result would be absolutely fantastic!

Or you can go the route that I went with this oven mitt. Here I cut stripes of varying lengths of fabric and sewed them together for a quilted striped design. That works too, and I rather like the way this one looks.

When making oven holders and mitts I strongly recommend you double or triple up on the heat-resistant batting, because it’s no fun to get burned! I also recommend that you sew through your design (the definition of quilting) to get all layers connected (if you’re making a mitt, sew through each side of the mitt before connecting them together.) That way the layers won’t come apart even if you wash the mitt or trivet later on.

 Also check out Linn’s tutorial for a Kitchen Cart Makeover.

 

Father’s Day Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Written By David Edessa

 

Prep for Father’s Day by making him Maple Bacon Infused Bourbon.

WARNING BACON IS NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE!!!

When creating an infusion I like to choose a good and reasonable priced brand. There is no need to waste your money on expensive bourbon. However, avoid buying rot gut booze… NOTHING IN A PLASTIC CONTAINER!!! Furthermore, it would be sacrilege to use a single batch whiskey. I hope you enjoy these Father’s Day Cocktail Recipes.

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

Bacon.

Bacon who?

Bacon a cake for your birthday.

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Maple Bacon-Infused Bourbon:

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. Bacon
  • 3 cups Bourbon
  • 4 to 6 oz. Maple Syrup (amount to personal taste)
  • 1 tsp. Unsalted Butter (the real stuff!!!)

Instructions:

Brown the bacon until you have at least one cup liquid. Be cautious not to over crisp the bacon and avoid burning the meat. Remove fat from heat and pour into a heat-resistant container to cool (I added a teaspoon of unsalted butter). If there is particles from bacon do not worry. Fill a glass container that has a tight-fitting lid with three cups of bourbon. Once the fat has cooled slightly, add one cup to glass container. Add additional pieces of fat or bacon on top. Seal container and let sit at room temperature in a dark place for a 7 to 10 days. Remove the solidified fat and strain liquid by straining through a sieve, then again through coffee filters. Add the 4 to 6 ounces of maple syrup shake and keep refrigerated. Remember to taste-test and this point. You might want to add a little more syrup.

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Pistachio Infused Bourbon recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Bourbon
  • 1½ cups Pistachios (without red dye)
  • 4 to 6 oz. Corn Syrup

Instructions:

Use a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the three cups of bourbon to container. Chop the pistachios using a heavy knife. Gather the nuts in a circle slightly smaller than the length of the knife’s blade. Rock the blade back and forth, rotating it around the circle with a firm, quick stroke. Periodically stop and reposition any nuts that have shifted outside of the circle. Continue chopping in this fashion until the nuts are in large coarse pieces. Be very cautious not to over chop the pistachios and lose that flavorful oils that you will need for the infusion. Add the chopped pistachios to the container with the bourbon then seal and shake. Refrigerate for 12 to 14 days and shake occasionally. After two weeks discard the pistachios by straining through a sieve, then again through coffee filters. Add 4 to 6 ounces of corn syrup shake and keep the liquor refrigerated. Remember to taste-test and this point. You might want to add a little more syrup.

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Next week I will share cocktails just in time for Father’s Day :)

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And have a BACON day!!!

Check out a complete list of David’s Cocktail Recipes and Tutorials.

 

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