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13th Jul2012

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!!!

 

10th Jul2012

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.

 

06th Jul2012

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

 

02nd Jul2012

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,
29th Jun2012

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!!!

 

Photo Source: Amazon.com

 

26th Jun2012

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 
Union Jack Stools
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22nd Jun2012

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 :)

 

19th Jun2012

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

 

15th Jun2012

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.

 

12th Jun2012

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.

 

08th Jun2012

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!!!

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07th Jun2012

Recycled Text Books

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Text Books, Written By Caitlin Farkas (@Ms_Cait) of This Crazy Life

You, your kids or someone you know is graduating from school. After the congratulations are put to rest, the cake is eaten and the money collected there’s something left over that might seem to intrude on your living space; textbooks. Every student has them, but not all of them want to keep them.

You have a few options to consider. First off, be green in your thinking.

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Don’t be rude to mother earth and fill a landfill with pages of equations and historical accounts.  Instead choose one of three ways to handle the piles of textbooks.

Option 1:  Spruce up your bookshelf collection with a creative design on the textbook.

For example you can cover the textbook with half used paper from the printer, paper bags from the grocery store or left over scrapbooking paper to assemble a cute book collection such as the one shown below, from Apartmenttherapy.com.

Top the blank cover with text, such as “Honesty” or the subject matter to set your home décor mood. Add a bow to spice up the collection.

Picture borrowed from About.com

Another simple, ingenious idea arises from Isaac Salazar, who developed art from an unwanted book.  He cut letters, words and names on the outer edge of pages to present a delightful construction.

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After you’ve decorated the once atrocious looking textbook, move your creative aspirations to the bookshelf. You can check out Freshome to reinvent or construct a more appealing bookshelf to now hold your decently designed book.

Option 2:  Sell them.

Travel to a local buy back store or surf the net to EBay, Amazon or even Oodle Marketplace to resell those bulky books.

Most importantly to a recent grad, this option allows for income to flow back into the bank. By selling those textbooks to future students the longevity of the textbook is extended. Also, that student buyer saves a little dough by purchasing the book from you.

Option 3: Place the textbooks in the blue recycle bin. 

They might be other various colors in your neighborhood.  Recycle those boring books into your local bin to insure the items don’t destroy the environment.

Now you’ve rid your house of those disturbing piles of textbooks, while doing something great for the environment.

 

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05th Jun2012

Movie Party Birthday Bash

by Dinah Wulf

Written By Amy Greene of Pounds4Pennies

Amy Greene of Pounds4Pennies lives in Texas with her husband and blended family of three kids, two who are 10 and a 2 year old. Amy has been a frugal shopper for years and enjoys throwing a party on a budget. She enjoys couponing, cooking and crafts.

This year my daughter turned 10. Yep she is double digits now. I can’t believe it. Where did the time go? I remember she was born a little over two weeks after 9/11. I was thinking of what kind of world was I bringing her into. Things have not changed as drastically as I thought they might.

MOVIE PARTY IDEAS

She picked her party theme “A Night at the Movies.” She wanted this to be a red carpet event. So I did my best to give her a fabulous Movie Party event on an extreme budget.

The Menu

We are talking eight 9-10 year old girls, so I wanted to keep the menu simple. My first thought is what do you get at the movies? Hotdogs are served at the movies. Then I thought nachos, my all-time favorite and hers too. I purchased some Velveeta cheese for this event, one of the most expensive things for the party. I had plenty of salsa from and I bought some chips. Then of course the most obvious thing at the movies is popcorn. I didn’t want to spend my time popping a million bags of popcorn in the microwave. I knew they could eat a ton from the last party she had. So I borrowed a hot air popper from a friend. I popped five batches of popcorn. Yes that is a lot of popcorn. They serve candy at the movies, so I got all sorts of candy and chocolate chips to mix in the popcorn.

Menu:

  • Hot Dogs & Buns
  • Nachos
  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Popcorn Cake

By the way the plain chocolate chips were a big hit. Who knew? Hint hint if you are throwing a party soon, chocolate chips are cheaper than candy.

And of course, since it is a birthday party you will need a cake. I didn’t feel like buying one from the store. So I decided to make one instead. It is a Popcorn cake. Click the link to see how to make this fabulous cake… super cute. I even made a Popcorn Cake of these for a friend who had a Movie Party.

She enjoyed putting the “popcorn” on the cake.

Decorations

I purchased a generic silver star set from the party store last year. I choose this since it would go with a lot of party themes and not be a one-time purchase. We just recycled these and hung them around the house. I found a cheap red carpet at the party store we place outside our door. I colored large yellow stars with sidewalk chalk in front of the house to make it look like the Hollywood walk of Fame. (If I had a little more time I was going to write the girls name who were attending the party in the stars).

I made her a banner for her birthday. Her name is at the end, I do not want to share it to protect her identity. She loved it.

I found the popcorn buckets at Target for $1.00 each. And the paper ones at hobby lobby for 8 for $2.49. I couldn’t find my coupon or it would have been cheaper. They made their popcorn buckets and filled them with candy and popcorn and everything. I didn’t care what they ate as long as they had a great time.

For the table I used a red table cloth. I covered my cake dish with black tissue paper for the stand where the popcorn gift bags were. I also covered a bowl with black tissue paper to place the Popcorn cake on. I thought it looked fabulous for a movie party idea.

Entertainment

My husband borrowed the projector from his work and we hooked it up outside and put a large white sheet on the back of the house. He used a staple gun to tack it up. It looked great. I spread several blankets outside on the lawn where they could lay down eat popcorn and watch the movie. (not too much movie watching happened) They even had a popcorn fight and I didn’t care since all of this was outside. I just picked up the blankets shook them off and I was done with clean up… super easy.

Everyone had a great time! This was fun for me too, since most of the party took place outside I didn’t have a lot to clean up inside.

 

01st Jun2012

Gummy Bear Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Written by: David Edessa

 

There is always room for Jell-O!!!

Last week I mentioned that I was going to infuse Gummy Bears for a trip down the river, and a wonderful mistake happened. I will be giving both Gummy Bear Cocktail Recipes. It proves there are no mistakes!!!! Just Jell-O :)


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Drunken Gummy Bears:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Banana Vodka
  • 48 oz. Bag Gummy Bears
  • 8 oz. White Cranberry Juice

Instructions:
Fill a glass or ceramic container (container with a lid is ideal) about halfway with gummy bears. Then fill the container with vodka and white cranberry juice till the top of the gummy bears. The ratio of vodka to juice is 3:1. Allow the gummies to swim in the vodka for 24 hours in the refrigerator.  If you leave them in the vodka for more than 24 hours, they will get slimy and bloated, so don’t make them too ahead of time. Serve with tooth picks. If you have liquid left behind from the soaking, you have great tasting infused vodka….Drunken Gummy Martinis!!! Or Drunken Gummy Bear Snow Cones (my favorite).

Hint:
The soaking time may vary due to the type of candy. If you have stale gummy bears work great!!!! And you can use rhum if you prefer. You can use other gummy candies.

Be careful when eating these adult vodka soaked candies. It’s very difficult to estimate how much alcohol one consumes per gummy bear.
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The first batch I made a mistake by not storing the batch in the refrigerator. Also, I had them soaking for three days where it started to dissolve.

EUREKA….. I had an idea!!!!
SPIKED GUMMI BEAR JELLO SHOTS :)

I let the batch sit for an additional two days (5days total). Then, I placed batch in a food processor and made gummy syrup. Be careful to lay newspapers down when working with syrup.


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SPIKED GUMMI BEAR JELLO SHOTS:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 mL) bottle Banana Vodka
  • 48 oz. Bag Gummy Bears
  • 8 oz. White Cranberry Juice
  • 1 (3 oz.) package Lime Jell-O
  • 2 cups Hot water

Instructions:
Fill a glass or ceramic container (container with a lid is ideal) about halfway with gummy bears. Then fill the container with vodka and white cranberry juice till the top of the gummy bears. The ratio of vodka to juice is 3:1. Allow the gummies to swim in the vodka for three to five days at room temperature. Then, place gummy batch in a food processor and blend till gummy bear syrup is the end result. Place in container at room temperature.

Boil two cups of water and remove from heat and pour into a heat-proof pitcher. Add box of Jell-O into hot water and stir till it completely dissolves. Mix in three cups of gummy bear syrup into pitcher. Pour batch into 2 oz. plastic cups then cover and transfer cups into refrigerator overnight. Chill until firm.

Enjoy!!!!!

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DRINK RESPONSIBLE & DRINK SMART!!! And always follow the rainbow :)

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