Monday, August 24, 2015

Cocktail Wednesday - Gin Gin Mule

This week's drink was a Gin Gin Mule.  This was a little more labor intensive than last week's root beer float, but not too bad.


The ingredients:

  • lime juice (I went for fresh squeezed)
  • simple syrup
  • gin
  • min
  • ginger beer (we used the alcoholic version - though the one in the picture is actually non-alcoholic)
I had to juice the limes but I already had the simple syrup made, which made things a little easier.



Basically, you muddle the lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves.  After that add ice and gin and shake away.


This mixture gets strained into a glass with ice and the ginger beer is added on top.


It was quite refreshing.  Tasted a little like alcoholic ginger ale .. I will definitely have this one again.


We don't have the next drink picked out yet, but I'll update here as soon as we do.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week 33 : Aug 13 - 19


Aug 13 - more chevrons ..

Aug 14 - gift from Paris (macarons)

Aug 15 - backing for the quilt

Aug 16 - chevrons done

Aug 17 - the tree 

Aug 18 - the other cat

Aug 19 - cocktail Wednesday

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cocktail Wednesday

This week's cocktail was an adult root beer float.  It is simply a root beer float with vanilla vodka.  What could be easier?  I got the recipe from here.


We normally have cheap ice cream but decided that we should go a little fancy and got the good stuff.  My favorite root beer is A&W so we had to have that.


We put a couple of scoops of ice cream in the glasses...


Then filled about half way with root beer ..


We then added the vodka, about a shot in each glass and filled the glasses the rest of the way up.


It was pretty good.  I could really taste the vanilla vodka.  If I do it again, I'll either use plain vodka or less.

We think the vanilla vodka would be really good with orange soda.  Kind of like a creamsicle.  That's for another Wednesday ...

Next week's cocktail is another gin drink .. a Gin-Gin Mule, recipe from here.


Week 32 : Aug 6 - 12


Aug 6 - Chat Noir pillow cases -- really bad photography 
(and they've been sent on their way)


Aug 7 - design wall

 Aug 8 - Breakfast


Aug 9 - pillow cases (bday gift)


Aug 10 - pink chevrons

Aug 11 - a sight we don't see often


Aug 12 - Cocktail Wednesday

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pillow Cases

My go-to gift these days is pillow cases.  If Shay were still doing "favourite things friday", these would show up in mine.  Here are some of the ones I've made.

For my #2 son -- his favorite football team .. (I also made some for my #3 son for his favorite football team as well -- not sure why there aren't pictures).

Super hero ones for the grandkids.

A housewarming gift for a fellow Doctor Who fan.

Birthday present for my OD. Again, forgive the bad camera shot.


Two more sets of Doctor Who pillow cases .. (birthday gifts for Nevada).

and the first one I made .. for Katie.

I also made some to match my YD's duvet cover.  They are quick and easy to make.  I usually use this pattern, but with French seams.

#36 on my list is to make pillow cases for me.  I think it's time for me to do that ... 

Happy Birthday, Nevada!

(image from here)

Today is Nevada's birthday!  I am so glad that she's my friend.  We'll be celebrating her birthday this coming Saturday by going to see Chris Hardwick's Funcomfortable Tour.  Can't wait!

Happy Birthday!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today is my older daughter's birthday!  She is in Berlin today and won't be back in the states until Monday.  I hope she is having a great time celebrating.  We miss having her here with us.





Here's to you! We love you!


Friday, August 7, 2015

August Goals

My goals for this month ...

  1. start quilt for Nathaniel
  2. organize closet
  3. organize sewing area better (clean up the rest of the room)
  4. clean garage
  5. make two soups
  6. make two breads
  7. start quilts for YD and YD's friend(s)
  8. get caught up on blog posts
This weekend, I'm going to work on #s 1 and 2.  Will update on that.

Btw, I think I have too many pictures of alcoholic beverages on my blog, and not much else.  hmmm.

Week 31 : July 30 - Aug 5


July 30 - lunch at the VA


July 31 - Wine Bar ...

 Aug 1 - Sewing! Yay!!


Aug 2 - hanging out with cousins

Aug 3 - new fabric

Aug 4 - cake for baby shower

Aug 5 - Pina Colada!! 

Cocktail Wednesday

This week's drink was the pina colada.  This was a first for me..

We used the recipe from here.

The ingredients:
  • Rum
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Pineapple juice
  • Ice





They were very good, inspite of the rum.   I didn't take any prep pictures which I'll have to remember to do next week.

My future SIL requested next week's cocktail : adult root beer floats.

Looking forward to it!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Finish #2 - Churn Dash Menagerie

I finally did some sewing in my new sewing room!!  We were having a baby shower for a friend so I had to get my act together and finish this quilt.  I finished the quilt top in 2013 (see posts here and here for pictures).  





I didn't have a piece of flannel big enough for the backing so I pieced the white stars on blue with the blue polka dot on white.

I stitched in the ditch around all the squares so the quilting was pretty fast, and the binding is strips of the red, green and yellow.  I like a scrappy binding.



And here's a picture of the whole quilt with me and the mama to be.