So here it is…the weekend…and I have no car! My daughter was in an accident and I am now carless until I have it fixed! I am grateful that nobody was hurt, but I feel naked without a car! So yesterday I kind of attached myself to my husband so I can get a few errands run.
I spent most of yesterday cleaning out my daughters room and making it a bit more grown up…I have to remind myself that they are no longer little girls, but young ladies!
I have to admit that I have been very lacking in the scrapbooking department. I have been absolutely bitten by the sewing bug! I’ve looked up several tutorials on making pillow cases and other small items so that’s what I have been practicing all week. I am going to end up with a house full of pillow cases!
I’ve also been making a wreath or two! I made this wreath to put on my back door and it looks so cute and modern!
I cut some muslin into 2 inch strips and just wrapped it around a foam wreath attaching it with florist pins. I made the yo yo flowers a while back but hadn’t used them for anything so i just popped them on their with a pin. I asked my daughter what she thought of it and she thought it looked like a donut. I like donuts. Every time I come through my back door I think of my daughter and donuts.
Have a great weekend!
It’s been a busy week and there will be busier weeks ahead! The garden is absolutely thriving! We have already had radishes, lettuce, beets and cilantro. I am so looking forward to the tomatoes. I love eating them right off the vine with a bit of salt.
I will have some company in the next few weeks. My nephew will be visiting from Florida and we are all excited to see him. Little does he know he is visiting the most boring house in the world! We will try and make it fun for him!
So since it’s Friday I saved the best for last, an alcoholic drink! I am not big on fruity sweet drinks (I prefer beer, tequila and bloody mary’s) but once in a while I will indulge in a sweet drink!
It’s such a pretty color. Nice and cool sitting on the patio! I loved using the shaker too! I felt so I don’t know…shaken or stirred!
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
- 2 tablespoons frozen pink lemonade concentrate
- 3/4 cup ice
- 2 tablespoons carbonated lemon-lime beverage
- sliced lemon, for garnish
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3/4 cup ice and shake vigorously.
Pour into glass.
Top with lemon-lime beverage, and garnish with lemon.
So go ahead and make yourself a drink and enjoy the evening!
How many of you exercise regularly? How do you schedule it into your day? Do you do cardio or muscle strengthening? I have succeeded in going to the health club at least four times a week. It’s been hard. I’m having a hard time in deciding what time to go. I would love to go in the mornings so that I get up early but I am not a big breakfast eater and it is really important to eat and allow at least an hour for your food to digest then workout but that’s kind of hard for me. On the other hand going in the evening is kind of sucky too. I have kind of gone around my daughters work schedule. I’ve also had a hard time deciding as to whether I should do just cardio or muscle strengthening. So what I started doing was half and hour on the tread mill and then the half hour circuit training. So far so good…but as I type this my arms are killing me! I would love any advice anyone has about exercising and what works best for them!
This agua de tamarindo may not be the most beautiful drink I have seen, but it is tasty!
10 oz. tamarind pods (about 10 large pods)
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar, or more if needed.
Peel the tamarind pods by hand and discard the outer shell. It’s ok if there are still little bits of the shell stuck to the flesh, since the beverage will be strained.
Put the tamarind flesh in a saucepan, seeds and all. Add the water, place over medium heat, bringing to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pulp is very soft about 45 minutes.
Strain through a fie-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing the solids with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much pulp as possible. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Taste and add a little more sugar if needed. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled and serve over ice.
You can find tamarind pods in the Hispanic/Latino section of most grocery stores. When you see them you will probably think “yuck” ! Does this really make a delicious drink? And the answer is yes!
It’s going to be 100 degrees here today so I guess it is cleaning day here at home in the cool air! Stay cool and hydrated!
Recipe from “Paletas” by Fany Gerson
Happy Wednesday! I feel like a taxi driver! Dropping and picking up at work, running errands…It’s never ending! I went out and came home about seven times yesterday…never ends. That’s ok because I’m on vacation so I have all day to run around if need be!
I practiced my sewing most of the evening yesterday and I must say I am getting better. I will have to practice a lot so that I can make something nice. I think my son felt bad for me because he told me that if I make him a pillowcase with musical notes on it he will use it…thanks for the support! Now I really have to figure out this darn pillow case thing! I made a giant mess! Oh well, I guess I will clean up tomorrow. That’s one of the benefits of being on vacation.
It’s going to be pretty hot today and tomorrow so make sure you stay hydrated. This beautiful rosy drink will help! Just in case anyone wants to know the pronunciation of jamaica in Spanish it is ha-MIKE-uh, not like the beautiful place Jamaica in English.
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
4 cups water
1/3 cup sugar, or more if needed
Rinse the flowers in cold water and drain thoroughly. Put them in a saucepan, cover with water , and let steep for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the sugar and continue to cook , stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool at room temperature. Strain through a fine mes sieve into a pitcher, pressing the solids with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Add water to bring the volume up to 4 cups. If the flavor is too intense, add more water as needed. You can also add sugar to your liking. Refrigerate until completely chilled. Serve as is or over ice and enjoy!
Some of the recipes I have posted will need a little planning in advance. I will usually check my pitchers the night before and start getting everything ready so that I can make a fresh pitcher of agua fresca the next day. It is so worth the planning!
Have a great day!
Recipe from “Paletas” by Fany Gerson
So I took my sewing class yesterday and made a pillowcase. I was so excited. It came out beautifully, but because I did have a great teacher this time! I came home and tried making one on my own and I was all confused! I am going to need to youtube a video or something. I would love to continue making these pillow cases!
Horchata…the name just screams MEXICO! Horchata can be made with different ingredients, but the most common is made with milk.
This drink is absolutely creamy and delicious!
2/3 cup medium or long grain white rice
3 cups warm water
1 (2 in. piece) cinnamon stick
1 cup sugar, or more if needed
2 cups whole milk
Put the rice, cinnamon stick and water in a bowl and whisk. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until as smooth as possible. It will feel slightly grainy but should not be gritty. Strain into a pitcher through a sieve or colander lined with cheesecloth, pressing the solids with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Stir in the sugar and milk, then taste and add more sugar if you like. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, tipped with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.
You can replace the whole milk with just water or a low-fat milk (which is what I use), but it will not have the same consistency or creamy flavor as with the whole milk.
Adapt it to your taste and you will be drinking ti all summer too!
Recipe adapted from “Paletas” by Fany Gerson
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weekend was pretty busy here. I went to the Long Grove Strawberry Festival on Friday. On Saturday I did some cooking and ran some errands. I ended the night with a quick date with my husband to eat at a local place called Romano’s. I love going there. Everything I have eaten there is delicious and totally inexpensive. I topped off the night with a delicious gelato. I guess I should work out really hard now! Sunday I was in LaGrange doing some antique shopping and running errands again.
This summer has been very hot already…and it’s going to get hotter…at least that is what the weather man says! Since we drink so much liquid in the hot weather I try my hardest to make different drinks so that my family doesn’t get bored of drinking the same thing.
I absolutely love this agua fresca!
I very rarely drink pop any more…which is kind of sad, but I guess it makes for a healthier me. I guess if Coke or Diet Coke can wash a truck engine I really shouldn’t be drinking it!
3 large limes, quartered
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar, or more if needed
1/4 cup chia seeds
Put the limes, water and sugar in a blender and pulse just enough to extract the juice from the limes but not crush the skins (which makes the drink too bitter). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Taste and add more sugar if needed.
Whisk in chia seeds and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until completely chilled. Stir before serving, then serve over ice.
Makes about 5 cups.
Some of us love it with the chia seeds and some of us don’t. Feel free to omit the chia seeds. The agua fresca is just as good without them. This drink will keep you nice and cool in this hot weather.
Recipe from “Paletas” by Fany Gerson
I am tired! Yesterday I spent the day in Long Grove at the Strawberry Festival with my friends. I have to vent a bit and say how disappointed I was with it. First of all they were charging a $5.oo Donation Parking Fee per person. Really? People go there to shop and eat and basically spend their money there and they are charging for parking. You can go any other weekend and just park for free. The “strawberry “was hardly to be seen. I bought some strawberry doughnuts and some specialty vendors were selling one or two types of strawberry condiments. The strawberry was the star and it didn’t really make it to the show! I was highly disappointed but the best part was that I spent the day with my friends.
Sorry for the venting and thanks for listening!
Stay tuned for next week! I will be showcasing a “drink a day” So make sure to check y blog everyday next week!
Have a fantabulous weekend!