today’s recipe: Shrimp Salad with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
April 30, 2012
Let’s face it, its monday.
And as we all know mondays can be kinda drab.
Ever since I woke up this morning I have had a feeling that its just one of those days where you need to have a cocktail for lunch, one for dinner and one after.
And after that might happen as well.
This is a cocktail I came up with for the spring issue of Sweet Paul Magazine.
Its fresh, sweet and has a little bite to it, just like a good cocktail should be.
The cucumber gives it that mild spring flavor.
Simple syrup is simply equal parts sugar and water boiled together.
Enjoy and Happy Monday!
Mint, Cucumber and Lime Crush
Juice of 3 limes
1 cup simple syrup
3/4 cup white rum
2 lime, thinly sliced
1/3 cucumber, thinly sliced
fresh mint leafs
In a large pitcher or jar mix lime juice, simple syrup, rum, lime, cucumber, mint and ice.
Stir and serve in glasses topped off with club soda.
Photo by Colin Cooke
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I think i might need a cocktail before lunch now!
I’m making these for Cinco De Mayo!
Posted by: julie hiner | April 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM
This might be a dumb question, but what is simple syrup?
Posted by: b | May 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
do u muddle the mint?
Posted by: Arlene Lind | May 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
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A Taste of Summer
Benefits of Beekeeping
Mason jar lights
Mason jar lights
By Wendy Russell
Photography by Ryan BrookTurn an old jar into a beautiful pendant light with this quick and easy home decor idea.
This spring, keep your eyes peeled at garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops for vintage canning jars or other great items, such as glass canisters or wire baskets, that you can easily convert into your own fabulous fixtures.
You Need (for each):
• Large glass canning jar or storage jar (with metal or hard plastic lid)
• Hemma 15-foot (14.6 m) cord set ($6, ikea.ca)
• Low-wattage LED bulb or CFL bulb
• Dimma dimmer switch ($10, ikea.ca)
• Cordless drill or rotary tool with 1-inch (2.5 cm) metal hole saw bit
• Utility knife (optional)
• Hole punch
1. Remove lid from jar and thoroughly clean both lid and jar. Drill 1-inch (2.5 cm) diameter hole in centre of metal lid. (For hard plastic lid, use utility knife to cut 2-inch (5 cm) X through centre of lid, then cut small circle out at centre of X so cord will hang straight.) Using hole punch or small drill bit, make a few holes in lid for ventilation.
2. From bottom of lid, insert plug end of cord, threading all the way through hole until lightbulb socket touches lid.
3. Screw in lightbulb; carefully insert bulb into mouth of jar and securely screw on lid. Connect cord to dimmer switch and hang from ceiling hooks included in cord set.
• Do not use incandescent lightbulbs that are over 40 watts. Instead, opt for low-wattage LED or CFL lightbulbs.
• Avoid leaving lights on for extended periods of time.
• When hanging pendants, be sure to use plugs and screws suited to the wall and ceiling materials.
Interested in more great craft ideas for your home? Check out the Craft blog.
Wendy Russell is a craft expert and segment producer for “The Marilyn Denis Show” on CTV.
This story was originally titled “A Bright Idea” in the May 2012 issue.
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Have & Make: Gilded Water Bottle Centerpiece
April 19, 2012
Repetition and shine are two things that always makes an impact. Simple plastic water bottles de-labeled, cleaned, and painted with gold make a stunning centerpiece. Painting the bottom gold actually has a purpose too. The paint works to hide the tell-tale water bottle shape of the bottom. Doing them in multiples takes the focus off of the detail (that it’s a water bottle) and puts emphasis on the whole picture.
You know I’ll dip, paint, or gild pretty much anything so my eyes turned to my recycling bin last weekend. Create a cheap, easy, and plentiful arrangement for dinner, or scatter around the house in threes. This project sure has a lot of bang for your buck.
*quick House of Earnest tip: for cleaning the label glue off the bottles, use Goo Gone or an other citrus oil cleaner and then run through the dishwasher on the top rack. And, If you use cold water instead of warm like I did, your vases shouldn’t steam
Have a PLENTIFUL Thursday!
Mint Infused Bourbon with Free Printables
April 24, 2012
When spring rolls around, I start thinking a lot about weddings, and this year is especially prone to these thoughts because we have several good friends tying the knot.
I’ve noticed, however, that there are a severe lack of manly favors and goodies out there. So whether you’re bachelor party bound, or just getting in the Derby spirit, here is a fun little flavor infused bourbon for your spring.
With bottles supplied by Specialty Bottle (at just two bucks a piece), I bottled my own Mint infused bourbon, and for kicks threw in some homemade simple syrup. Together they make a great Mint Julip with minimal headache – everything is already included, so all the recipient had to do is pour over crushed ice.
First, bruise and crush about seven sprigs of mint into a vessel which can tightly close. Completely submerge the mint with a liter of bourbon. Let the mixture sit for a week to two weeks allowing the flavors to incorporate. Pour the flavored concoction into your vessel and cap! If you also want to make the simple syrup, it’s just one part water to one part sugar. Heat in a small saucepan on medium heat until the sugar is full melted. Let the syrup cool before bottling. How easy was that?
Do you think you’ll try this out? The only special skill you need is a bit of patience, which I understand it’s kind of a lot to ask with minty flavor bourbon taunting you.
Have an INCREDIBLE Tuesday!