Smashed Strawberry Daiquiri

Hey there!

So new thing on the blog today! I recently obtained my bar tending license, and mixology is something that I’m really interested in, so I’ve decided to start messing around and experimenting with some things and different types of drinks. I figure I may as well share some of these endeavors with all of you!

smashed Stawberry daiquiri

Daiquiris are a pretty great summer drink, and the strawberry one is definitely the most popular. They also usually come in a frozen form. For my daiquiri, I decided to leave out the frozen part, as well as incorporate fresh berries!
You Need:
you need
-1 1/2oz White Rum (I used Bacardi)
-1/4oz Simple Syrup
-Juice from 1/2 lime
-1-2 Strawberries
-Shaker & some ice

One:
smash
Cut the strawberries into smaller pieces and put them in the bottom of the glass you’re using. Use a muddler (or if you’re like me and don’t have a muddler, the back of a spoon) to smash up the strawberries a bit.

Two:
Put the remaining ingredients into a shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake for a minute or so, then strain into the glass on top of the strawberries. Done!

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Yummy!
Hope you guys enjoy these new posts!
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Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

So I completed a small project over the weekend that I want to share with you guys!

basket planter

I’m pretty into houseplants. Mostly succulents and cacti. This weekend I went into ‘get stuff done mode.’ This resulted in me re-potting all my house plants and cleaning up my little cacti gardens. I’ve had this vine type plant on my windowsill pretty much ever since I moved, and I had been thinking it would make a good candidate for a hanging piece! I had picked up a small basket I enjoyed at a thrift shop a bit ago, and had been trying to decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. It worked out perfectly for this project!

paint
First thing I did was spray paint the basket white. I really wanted to keep the fresh, clean look of my apartment going on.

Crochet
After the paint was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite mint colored yarn, and crocheted ‘straps’ directly to the basket. If you were trying to recreate this look, but don’t know how to crochet, you could easily braid some yarn and achieve something similar.

planter
I crocheted a consistent loop over a doorway to my living room so that there wouldn’t be a knot on the top.

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planter3
After that all I had to do was add the plant! I kept it in a plastic pot I also painted white, so that no dirt or water would leak through the basket.

Pretty cute, yes?

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Home Made Hashbrowns

Hey there!

So today I have a recipe for one of my most favorite breakfast foods!

Hashbrowns

Hash browns!!!

I had never really thought about making these at home before, but one day I came across a recipe on Pinterest. Once I saw how simple it was, I knew I had to give it a try!

You Need:
-Russet Potato (one per serving)
-Salt & Pepper
-2 tbs Olive Oil

One:
peel
Peel your potatoes for however many you need. I left a bit of skin on just because I like it that way.

Two:
grate
Use a grater to grate your potatoes.

Three:
dry
Transfer your grated potatoes to a paper towel. Top with another paper towel, and press down to extract as much moisture as you can. Replace the top paper towel with a new, dry one and repeat until it comes back relatively dry. I did this about three times. Getting moisture out is an important step if you want crispy hash browns!

Three:
cook
Heat up some olive oil and add the potatoes. I did about 3/4 of a cup of potato shreds at a time in my small skillet. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Cook on each side until they start to get crispy!

Enjoy!
yum

Hope you guys all enjoy these hashbrowns as much as I did!

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Easy Cat Shirt DIY

Hey, everyone!

I haven’t done a DIY in a while… it’s also gotten rather warm here in Cincinnati. Both of these things inspired me to come up with this little project just for you all!

Cat shirt diy

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty into this whole cat clothing trend… I’m not ashamed to admit I own about sixish cat related clothing items. I don’t really plan on preventing it from expanding either. That’s just me though. Maybe you’re not crazy like me.

Anyways, I started out with a simple white t-shirt (like one of the ones that come in a three pack at Walmart) and some fun fabric. Of course you don’t have to make a cat shirt. It can be anything really. I made something similar using a heart shape last summer!

You need

You need:
-T-shirt
-Fun Fabric
-Thread
-Pins
-Scissors
-Sewing Machine (unless you feel like sewing by hand!)

One:
cut neckline
First thing you need to do is cut a new neckline. I wanted my shirt to be kind of off the shoulder, so I cut it wide. I also wanted shorter sleeves, so I cut those as well.

Two:
pin hems
Pin down a hem for the neckline (and the sleeves if you’re cutting them!) Make sure you do this with the shirt inside out.
Three:
hem
Now use your sewing machine to stitch down the hem!

Four:
draw and cut
Draw the cat (or other shape) on the back of your patterned fabric, and then cut it out.

Five:
pin cat
Pin the cat to your shirt! Make sure you only pin it to the front layer of fabric.

Six:
stitch cat
Now it’s time to stitch on the cat. I used a zig-zag stitch and went around the entire shape twice. This will make sure your cat is definitely secure, and keep the fabric from unraveling too much.

DONE!:
all done!
Gaze at your work in awe!
cat shirt

I love this shirt a lot, and not just because it’s cat related. I love the breezy and laid back fit it has to it as well! If any of you make this DIY I’d love to see the results!

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