May 28, 2010
Bring the hot weather on! Enjoy this summer drink (pool side) during your three day weekend! Enjoy, and Happy Memorial Day!
- 2 oz Absolut Berri Açaí
- .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Blueberries and mint sprig
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with blueberries and a mint sprig.
May 25, 2010
Too hilarious not to mention. While browsing through sites looking for unique decor items for our readers. I came across these garbage bags that are truly silly. I know my neighbors and my garbage collectors would get a big kick out of these on the curb. Hooray for humor. Twelve bags at seventeen dollars, a great price for making someone smile. Designers: Wieden + Kennedy. Found at Greener Grass Design.
May 24, 2010
We simply adore Christine Tenenholtz’s work. Sheer beauty in everything she creates. Check out her shop: Red Hot Pottery.
May 21, 2010
A toast to my folks who have always made friday at five so pleasurable.
- 2 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
- 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
- orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
- Stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired
- Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.
There are many variations on the classic martini that are a personal preference:
- Dry Martini- Traditionally uses more dry vermouth, however recent trends define a Dry Martini as using little or no vermouth.
- Bone Dry or Desert Martini- No vermouth.
- Gibson- Garnish with a cocktail onion.
- Perfect Martini- Use equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- Dirty Martini- Add a small amount of olive brine.
- 50-50-Use equal parts of gin and dry vermouth.
- Vodka Martini- Replace gin with vodka for a nice alternative.
May 20, 2010
via House Beautiful
On a personal note … Over the last year my husband and I have been sleeping on a mattress with memory foam. In the showroom it was absolutely heavenly. After about two months we noticed two troughs were embedded in the mattress. Just last week, after weeks (make that months) of dissatisfaction, I suggested that my husband select a new mattress as his back was hurting the most. Just yesterday we had the new mattress delivered. Today I’m exhausted, as last night I tossed and turned trying to find comfort on a relentlessly firm surface.
While looking for new ideas to decorate my bedroom, I became mesmerized by these beautiful and cozy looking beds. Oh to have a good night’s sleep. Any suggestions on making a firm mattress softer? I’d love to hear your ideas.
May 19, 2010
Stylish gardens. I love the look of succulents planted in transparent pots. Living in their own little bubble. For twenty eight dollars, augury puts together a healthy and beautiful arrangement of succulents along with all the necessary soil and rocks, giving you the opportunity to put everything together once it arrives on your doorstep. We also like Alexis Tricoire’s terrarium which has it’s own light source which assists the plants growth. via the the horti-culturalist.
May 14, 2010
- 2 oz Chopin Vodka
- 5 Dried apricots
- .5 oz Crème de Peche
- Dash simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- Dash lemon bitters
garnish: Dried apricot
preparation: Muddle the apricots and simple syrup in a shaker. Add the Crème de Peche, Chopin Vodka, bitters and ice. Shake and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a dried apricot.