Monday, May 21, 2012

Mistletoe Margarita

I scored an amazing pile magazines while hitting garage sales with my mother this past weekend.  There were two stacks of random holiday magazines all tied together with string.  As I'm going thru them today I found a recipe in Family Circle for a drink that sounds like it would be really good.  I host a big Christmas Open House every year to show off all the trees.  For the last couple of years I've served a holiday cocktail.  I'm going to have to try this one and see if it's in the running for this year's drink.

Mistletoe Margarita
1 ounce Tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce Wild Hibiscus Syrup (
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Directions: Shake all ingredients very well in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: 3 cranberries and a mint sprig (to give it that mistletoe look) and an optional salt rim

I dislike salt so I'll likely try it with sugar instead...CHEERS!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Christmas 2011 - Tuscan Themed Kitchen

Whoa...I'm way behind on blogging lately.  I've been planning a wedding for my brother and it has taken over my life.  LOL 

When it came time to finalize the decor plans for the house I decided to use a bunch of the stuff I had made throughout the year.  I went with a Tuscan theme for the kitchen, using the colors brown, lime green and purple.

There are several parts of this room that include projects I made throughout the year.  Here's a list of what made it into this room's theme.
Here's a look into my kitchen last year...

Those crates are not a part of my everyday decor in the kitchen.  I added them just for the season to compliment the theme of the room.  It's always more fun to decorate the whole room...not just put up a tree.

I always say that no space is safe from being decorated...LOL  Notice that I even add a sprig of garland to the tops of my pictures and hangings, then decorate them to match the rest of the room.

I always decorate this old window pane that I have hanging from my ceiling year round.

I tried something new with the cupboards this year by lining the underside with garland.  It was done by placing a few screws along the bottom of the cupboards and then wrapping a branch around the screw to secure the garland.  It was kind of neat and different.

I should note...a lot of the lime green and brown ornaments are plastic "filler" ornaments that I've purchased for 75% and 80% off after Christmas each year.