Thursday, June 27, 2013

GRAPEFRUIT INFUSED VODKA


A while back I made one of my girl friends some homemade grapefruit infused vodka. It's very easy to make all you have to do is add fresh grapefruit to vodka and let it do all the work! Fortunately for me, I had enough of everything to make a batch for myself also!


Recently I used it to make a take on a grey hound and it was delish! Very flavorful and so fun to know that I made it from scratch! On a side note, this glass has been in my family for generations. According to my mom it was my great grandfathers! Tastes even better! Love having a drink with the family relaxing in the backyard.

SMUCKERS BOXES


It has become evident to me that I spend most of my time styling only a few specific places in our house, the front entry being one of them...I am working on that, but until then here is more front entry decor...

I totally love these truly vintage and authentic preserve boxes. Found a ton of them in an old unused barn on the farm; only took two of them but have a feeling I will be headed back shortly for more because I just love them!!


I feel like this entry is a little garden theme-y. {I think themes are gross, but decided to let it slide this time}. STILL can't get over how much I love these Smucker's preserve boxes!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

WEEKLY INSPIRATION + NEW APP


I have a new app obsession. It's called PicLab...and I LOVE IT!!! Finally, its easy and cheap to make quotes out of your very own photos! I have always loved the quotes that are on pinterest so I am really excited to be able to make my own now!! The app is free but there are a couple of upgrades that you can purchase for .99 cents {obviously I did}.

This is one of the ones I made that might be my favorite! Always good to keep these wise words in mind! Have a great week!!

BRIGHT HAIR BANDS


I realize I am a little late on the uptake making these cloth, allegedly crease-free hair ties, but regardless I have been wanting to make them for a while now, so I am excited I finally did. I looked at every possible store that might have the elastic needed to create them but had no luck so I had to resort to ordering it online. Of course, I should have done this from the get go because it was really affordable and came within two days of ordering! I ordered form Elastic by the Yard and chose to buy 1 yard each of 10 different types of fold over elastic. The hardest part of the project was picking which colors to buy! My choices were all over the place but I wanted to have a fun variety!

To make one hair tie you will need 8.25 inches of elastic. From there all you have to do is tie a knot close to the end and pull tight. To keep the bands from fraying, burn the ends with a lighter.



Because I love to wear headbands I also decided to make a few of those. Use the same process as before only this time you will need 22.5 inches of elastic.



Had a little extra fabric so I made a couple of bunches to add to gifts for friends!

SPRING ENTRY


I must have feeling the need to escape to a spa this spring {after a crazy time at work} because I think the vibe of the entry was a little zen. I had all of the pieces {trying to rotate what I already have and use in creative different ways} excluding the faux palm leaf that I purchased at Michaels for less than $10.

Altogether, this simple decor was very clean and easy to put together.

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS


These are my all time favorite muffins! They might not be the best for you {hello butter} but they are so delish!! The recipe is actually out of the local paper back home in Colorado. It goes as follows:

Blueberry Muffins:
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Teaspoons baking powder
3/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup butter-divided into pieces
3/4 Cup milk
1 Egg
1 Cup frozen blueberries

Topping:
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter-melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl combine dry ingredients. Add butter, cut with pastry cutter into pea sized pieces. Beat together milk and egg. Add to dry ingredients. Stir until combined but don't overmix. The batter will be clumpy. Then add blueberries.

Divide into muffin tins and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

Next combine sugar and cinnamon. Brush tops of muffins with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Let them cool and then enjoy!

These are the BEST when they are fresh out of the oven. If you can manage not to eat all of them then, I like to microwave them later to have them as snacks!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

WHO KNEW?

For Christmas my mom received a gift card to Coldwater Creek. We have never shopped there before, but you have to spend free money right?! We went in hoping we would find something to use it on and we both found something we loved! Mom found a beautiful wrap dress and I got this beauty:


I have been on the hunt for the perfect poncho for a long time {maybe a year} and this is just too perfect. Love the neutral colors and its a thick weave so its great quality! So excited to wear this to stay warm around here! BRRRR!!! I'm not convinced that CC will be one of my new shopping stops yet but I am still pleased that I finally found a poncho!