Entertaining

Blackberry-Lime Gin Gimlet

Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cocktail… This one was worth the wait!
I crafted this cocktail for my sister and I when she came in for a visit a couple weeks ago. Simple, delicious, and good looking – the perfect cocktail combo.
Blackberry Gin Gimlet
(Makes Two)
Ingredients:
4 oz. Gin, Hendrick’s
1 lime freshly squeezed, plus slices for garnish
1 pint or approx. 15 blackberries, plus additional for garnish.
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries. Add lime juice, gin, and simple syrup.
Fill with ice.
Shake vigorously for approx. 10 seconds.
Strain into two glasses filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime slice and fresh blackberries.
Drink. Repeat.
Blackberry Lime Gimlet // Beckham + Belle
Cheers!
-Stephanie

 

DIY Holiday Gifts – Wooden Serving Tray

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These past couple months have been particularly trying. A trip to India, a demanding work schedule, three sick kids, Thanksgiving, followed by own sickness, really did me in. Christmas is quickly approaching and I’ve only just started to pull together ideas for Christmas gifts. When did December roll in and how is Christmas only two weeks away!?

I did manage to carve out a bit of time this week to crank out a Christmas gift, perfect for any adult, really, due to its versatility. Trays like this one, though obviously functional as a serving tray for guests, are also great to pull together odds and ends (books, flowers, candles, etc.) to display on a coffee or end table. My serving tray was simple to make and cost very little for the materials. Wooden serving trays can cost $50+ so this was a steal at less than $15 in (extra savings for wood stain on hand!).

Materials:
1, 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine board, cut to four 24″ long pieces
1, 1″ x 2″ x 8″ pine board, cut to two 13.5″ long pieces (or the total width of your above four boards)
Wood glue
1/2″wood screws
Wood stain
Polyurethane finish
2 drawer handles w/screws

First, cut your boards (or have your local hardware store cut for you!) so you have four, 1″ x 4″ x 25″ pieces and two, 1″ x 2″ x 13.5″ (or the total width of your four boards) pieces. *Note that lumber measurements are often generic therefore a 4″ wide board at your hardware store may actually measure 3.5″*

 Sand your boards on all sides and edges by hand or with an electric sander (my favorite tool!),
Use wood glue on the two narrow boards to pre-attach the pieces of the tray.
Use clamps to grip and dry accordingly.
Once the wood glue has dried, drill a 1/2″ wood screw into each of the four corners on the bottom of the tray. *Do not drill into the two middle boards as you will ultimately attach with the handle screw*
Use a clean, dry cloth to stain the tray with two coats. Allow to dry thoroughly. Once dry, apply a coat of polyurethane to finish.
Once the stain and finish are thoroughly dried, measure and mark the distance of the handle, centering on either side of the tray. Be sure to mark the center of the handle holes, where the screws will be drilled into.
Using a drill bit measuring the width of the handle screws, drill a hole through the entire depth of the tray, one for each handle screw (two at each side).
 
Drill the screws through the bottom of the tray 2/3 of the way in.

 Fix the handle onto the screws before completing screwing through so the handles are ultimately screwed flush to the top of tray.
 Your tray is complete! Such an easy, yet great gift!
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Looking for another great gift idea? The above pictured DIY Gentleman’s Drink Coasters make a perfect gift as well!
Happy gifting!
-Stephanie

 

St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail

Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.

I can’t take credit for this one… One of the hubs’s buddies who is in the alcohol industry, came into town last weekend. As a result of his profession, he has a hand for crafting delicious cocktails. He prepared this one for me one night and I’m hooked. The trick is all in the ratios.
St. Germain Gin Fizz Cocktail
Makes one drink
Ingredients:
2 ounces gin, Hendricks
1 ounce elderflower liquor, St. Germain
1 ounce lemon (approx. one half lemon)
1 ounce club soda
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Sliced cucumber
Freshly ground pepper

Directions:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, elderflower liquor, lemon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with cucumbers and freshly ground pepper.
Drink. Repeat.
Cheers!
-Stephanie

DIY Watercolor Bunting

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On Valentine’s Day the boys and I made cutout watercolor hearts from coffee filters. Sounds a little weird, yes, but they turned out beautiful. They inspired me to make this watercolor bunting, though it took me quite a few months until I finally made one. I love that I could still recruit the boys to help color the filters (they also love when they get to help with a “project”) to make it a “mommy & me” craft. Another plus, it’s super simple and quick to make! Unfortunately I don’t have any kind of parties planned anytime soon because the bunting would look particularly beautiful streamed outdoors.

Supplies:

Washable Markers
Coffee Filters
Water
String
Scissors
Glue
Directions:
First flatten the coffee filters into circles.
Next using markers in the colors of your choosing, draw random scribbles all over the filters (this is where the kids can help!). Because the colors will bleed, its not necessary to cover all of the white space.
 
Once the filters are colored, drip a bit of water over each.
 
The water will naturally begin to make the ink bleed, creating a watercolor effect.
 
Hang the filters to dry.
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Once thoroughly dried, cut the top edges and the sides off the stack of filters to create a point as pictured.
 
Wrap and glue each piece of bunting around string.
How easy is that?!
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-Stephanie

 

Guacamole, My Way

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This has been my go-to guacamole for years. I skip the jalepenos and tomatoes that you’ll often find in guacamole recipes and instead go heavy on garlic, onion and cilantro. It’s always been a big hit with my friends so I thought I’d share it!
Note: if you’re one of those people who is iffy on onions, this may not be the best guac recipe for you!

Guacamole


Ingredients

2 ripe avocados
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
3/4 tsp kosher salt (or more, to taste)

Directions

Mix the lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro and salt into a small bowl. Set aside for 15-30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Mash avocados to desired consistency (I like mine slightly chunky). Mix in the onion/garlic/cilantro mix. Serve immediately.

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