Spring is chock full of birthdays for our family. My mom, dad and daughter were all born within a couple weeks of each other. That means extra efforts must be made to ensure that each family member feels special on his/her special day. Read More
This past weekend, we spent some time outside, planting some seeds in trays to start inside, until it’s safe for us to plant them outside. The best part about living in the South is that spring comes pretty early!!
Then we dropped in our seeds, covering them with a tiny bit of soil, and labeled our rows.
As lame as it may sound, one of the rooms I was most excited about when we were building our home was the open, walk-in pantry.
I love to cook and so the idea of having space to store all of the random ingredients I have on hand was particularly exciting to me. While I’ve got most of it set up the way I want, there is a large blank wall that had yet to be decorated.
I swear the pantry has the best light of any room in the house (I’ll often shoot in there). The light made me think that a kind of “living wall” might work perfectly. Since I’m not ready to commit to a full-out wall of plants, I decided to start small with a few wall planters. I wanted to frame them to make them seem more like “arty”. I picked up these simple frames from the thrift shop (50 cents each!!) and spray painted them in silver. The planters are from IKEA, but they no longer carry them. They can be ordered here, on Amazon.
I am officially a citrus farmer. I just harvested 4 good-sized lemons from my Meyer lemon tree! This is my second attempt at citrus farming, so I’m pretty excited that I finally had some success. Since so many of my favorite cocktails contain lemon juice and simple syrup, I knew right away that I wanted to make a simple syrup with my harvest.
These syrup walks the line between acidic and sweet. I love it and am so looking forward to trying it in a Bee’s Knees, a Cherry Gin Sour, and even the Vermont 75. This would be another awesome holiday gift for neighbors and friends (regardless of whether you grow the lemons yourself or buy them from the store!!)
2 large Meyer lemons
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Cut peels off lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith.
Juice the lemons when finished.
Pour water into small saucepan with the peel, add in sugar and lemon juice.
Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then turn off heat. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, and then pour into jar or glass bottle.
Stay tuned for a new cocktail recipe this Friday using this magical syrup …
Simple syrup has to be one of the easiest things to make. Seriously, boxed mac & cheese has more steps than simple syrup does. You simply put equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until dissolved. There are countless ways to add flavors to the syrup, and I’ve included two variations below, one with lavender and the other with mint. I’ve also had great success with thyme and rosemary.
Simple Syrup Variations
Lavender-Infused Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar