Simple Syrups: Trying New Flavors

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Hello everyone!

First of all, you may notice that The Whale’s Endeavors has gotten a makeover! I’d been working diligently on this for awhile now. I hope you like it! It’s actually still a work in progress… I’m still working hard on adding more tabs at the top for my different categories such as crochet and crafty things, food, ect. For now though lets focus on this particular post!

Today I would like to share with you a few simple syrup flavors I’ve been making!

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First of all is my favorite so far… blueberry! I’ve been adding this to light flavored teas with some milk (bubble tea!) and it is delicious! To make this I just mixed 1 part water with 1 part sugar and about a cup of blueberries and boiled it for awhile. (Tip: smashing the blueberries after they’ve boiled a minute of two helps release the juices and make the syrup more flavorful.) Strain out the blueberries and allow to cool. Fantastic.

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Second is cinnamon! I love this syrup in my morning coffee. It adds a bit of excitement. To make this one, substitute the blueberries for two sticks of cinnamon.

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Finally we have my rosemary syrup. I also add this one to coffee. A bit of an odd combination I know, but give it a try! It makes the drink more on the savory side. I love it. For this one, exchange the cinnamon or blueberries with two sprigs of fresh rosemary. So tasty.

I’m so excited about all of the flavor possibilities there are for simple syrups and they are all so SIMPLE (haha) to make! I plan on creating a ginger, strawberry, honey, and maybe kiwi or mango in the near future! What kinds of simple syrup flavors do you think would be interesting to try???

-The Whale

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Hexagonal Upcycle

Hello, friends!

I have a new upcycle to share with you today! It’s one of my recent thrifting finds! I got this chiffon (I absolutely LOVE chiffon) button up at a Goodwill one fine afternoon. The color and nifty hexagonal pattern caught my eye. Of course the fit and the style.. well not so much.

Before:
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It came equipped with these lovely shiny cuff links as well!
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So to make this work out better for me, I took in the sides a bit, chopped off the sleeves, and then turned the cuff links into more buttons on the front. (The shirt has hidden buttons behind the strip of fabric down the front.)

After:

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Much better yes? I think so!

On another note, I recently got a Tumblr so if you would like do follow me! Also, check out my Etsy shop if you like pretty things!

Until next time,

-The Whale