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June 2009

More Wine Tasting Details

I found these lovely jars over at Celebrations at Home.  They are perfect for my white wine tasting coming up!  We just bought some mason jars for canning our vegetables.  All I need is moss and butterflies.  Like Chris said, they remind me of catching fireflies in the summertime!  I will probably set them on the tables with white votives scattered around them. 

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Thanks for the great inspiration, Chris! 

(images from Celebrations at Home


Cocktail Time

This looks so good!  About 5:00 today I will be in need of one of these.  Great low-cal version too, using Crystal Light.

Pink Lemonade Margarita

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Prep Time:
5 min
Total Time:
5 min
Makes:
5 servings, 1 cup each
 
Ingredients:
 
1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Pink Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
1-1/2 cups  cold water
1/2 cup cold orange juice
2 Tbsp.  tequila
1 Tbsp. lime juice
5 cups  crushed ice

PLACE drink mix, water, orange juice, tequila and lime juice in blender container; cover.

BLEND on high speed until drink mix is dissolved.

ADD ice; cover. Blend on high speed until thickened and smooth. Serve immediately.


Cool Treat

Here's a cute and fun popsicle idea for you and the kids to try this summer.  These would be great for a birthday party, shower or backyard bbq.

Confetti Pops

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Ingredients:

8 piece(s) (1 1/2-inch) soft-centered candy bars, (like Milky Way or Snickers)
1 pint(s) vanilla custard-style ice cream, slightly softened
3/4 cup(s) assorted-color candy confetti or sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Insert a wooden Popsicle stick into one end of each candy bar and set aside. Place 1 tablespoon of ice cream in the bottom of a 3-ounce paper cup. Place candy in center of the cup, surround with 3 tablespoons ice cream, and smooth over the top.
  2. Transfer cup to a baking sheet, repeat with remaining cups, and freeze until solid. Pour confetti or sprinkles into a shallow bowl and set aside. Peel the cup from each ice cream pop and roll in the decorations to cover completely. Store in freezer for up to 3 days

(photo from countryliving.com)


To Paint or Not to Paint...

THAT is the question.  I've been looking for another project and I think I've found it!  The inside of the house is pretty much done for now so I'm moving to the outside.  In the front of the house I always do monochromatic colors of flowers, chairs, etc.  In the back I decorate with all kinds of colors.  Multicolored tablecloth, chairs and flowers.  I love color. 

My chairs have seen better days because they are totally exposed to the elements.  I've thought about buying cushions to spice them up, but then the cushion would just get dirty. 

Then I found these ideas from BHG for painting patio furniture!  They are so colorful and bright.

Love love the polka dots and daisies below!

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I have a beverage tub like this.  I think this would be a lot of fun to paint.

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The cool blue stripes below go great with the pool.

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So I've painted designs on wooden furniture for indoors.  My question is would this sort of thing work on chairs like this??:

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According to BHG you use acrylic paint then seal with a varnish.  I've heard of plastic paint too.  Anyone ever painted outdoor furniture before?  Mine would be in the sun and rain so I'm wondering if the designs would fade and/or come off.  The chairs are not expensive so I'm thinking it will be fun to try it and if they get messed up it won't be a huge loss!  Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!


Last Minute Gift for Dad

You've still got time to whip up this special Photo Bookmark for your dad today!

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Grab a piece of 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon 3 inches longer than twice the height of the book; snip a point at each end to prevent fraying. Sew a 1 1/2-inch-by-2-inch photograph to the ribbon by hand-stitching each corner. I bet he would like one of his grandkids too!  Place inside a new book and give both as the gift.  Voila!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

(photo from marthastewart.com)


Brand New

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I'm so excited about our new Wine Bottle Cork Cages over at Hostess Jo!  This is the wine gift that keeps on giving!  If you want to give as a gift, insert a bottle of wine then your recipient can use the cage to stylishly store all of their corks after the wine is gone!  You can also keep it for yourself, which is what I'd like to do.

Don't forget all of our Summer Tabletop is one sale!  Fourth of July is right around the corner!


Fruity Arrangement

We've seen fruit arrangements, flower and fruit arrangements, and fruit filled vases.  Have you ever seen a flower arrangement IN fruit?  I've seen this done with pumpkins but never a watermelon!  I love it.  What a great idea for your summer tables.  BONUS-you get even more use out of your watermelon after you eat it!  

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First cut the top off of a watermelon.  Scoop out the fruit and enjoy. Then fill with soaked florist foam.  Trim the flowers of your choice and insert into the foam.  Here they also added fruit using florist picks.  Voila!  You have a fruity, summery centerpiece!


(photo from myhomeideas.com)


Summer in a Glass

I wish I was fortunate enough to live where some of you are still referring to this season as "Spring"!!  Where I am, it has been reaching 90 degrees with 90% humidity everyday and will continue to climb.  So to me it is Summer! 

On a steamy day there is nothing better than an ice cold beer..... Well I thought there was nothing better until I found the Shandy.

Lemon Shandy

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Serves 4

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • four 3-inch strips lemon zest, removed with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • chilled beer, such as pale ale

Preparation

In a small saucepan bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and stir in zest. Cool sugar syrup to room temperature.

Transfer syrup to a small pitcher and stir in remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice, and mint. Chill lemonade until cold. (Makes about 4 1/2 cups lemonade.)

Pour 1/4 cup lemonade, or to taste, into each of 4 chilled beer glasses and top off with beer.

The combo of lemonade, mint and cold beer-you can't get anymore refreshing!


(photo and recipe from epicurious.com)