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o.p.p. – green beer

while i’m no longer in the land of green rivers (the body of water nor the soda)… my love for st. patrick’s day and all things green continues to persevere.

to keep the kitschy spirit of the holiday alive, i bring you a recipe that is sure to put a smile on many faces. drum roll please… how to make ‘GREEN BEER’ from the folks at myrecipes.com!

it’s a pretty easy no brainer figuring out the key ingredients here. beer, food coloring, a glass or mug -and- some luck of the irish.


found @ myrecipes
what: green beer
where: http://www.myrecipes.com/holidays-and-occasions/st-patricks-day-recipes/how-to-make-green-beer-10000001880390/

tis the season.

there is no doubt that pinterest is the bomb diggity for discovery… a place to curate the things you like, explore things your friends like + find things others like. (so much of a good thing that it’s turned back to an ‘invite only’ model).

tonight when playing around on etsy, i discovered another awesome ‘discovery’ tool – just in time for holiday shopping!

this very clever app syncs etsy with your friends interests, occupations + likes. in return, handmade & vintage gift suggestions for your app enabled amigas & amigos. gift giving just got more fun.

check it out here: www.etsy.com/gifts

ps – intro’ing with the word ‘diggity’ made me think of this tune from blackstreet which was a go-to of mine a la 1996… oh the musical tastes i’ve endured. enjoy!

o.p.p. – ‘holiday’ sangria

this blog could not come at a better time for me… as just this past weekend i thought to myself  “hmmm… I’m going to make sangria one day this month” – and now i have no excuse! the blog this recipes hails from is a pretty damn good blog, so i’m trusting that this too is a pretty damn good recipe. (backstory: i made sangria 1x about 5 years ago… i must have i added a bit too much cinnamon because it was awful + chalky tasting. the experience scarred me from trying to concoct it again)

she calls this a ‘holiday sangria’ (the post is from december) – and with the Australian autumn in full force, this sounds exactly what ‘holiday’ food & bev in the U.S. mean to me = warm flavors. plus, it’s a 5 day ‘holiday’ weekend here in oz! (happy easter)

the recipe calls for:

1 bottle Zinfandel
1/3 Cup Cointreau
1/3 Cup Gran Marnier
1 Can Natural Ginger Ale
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Honeycrisp Apple
1 Large Orange
1 Fuyu Persimmon
1 Pear
2 inches of Peeled Ginger, in rough pieces
2 Sticks Cinnamon
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Dried Cloves
Fresh Mint for Garnish

found @ the sprouted kitchen
what: holiday sangria
where: http://sproutedkitchen.com/?p=2220

4 things i made.

one thing about me… i like to keep busy.

i’m one of those people that can’t sit still – and when you’ve just moved into a new home… well, the craftiness craze is on high speed.

so, i thought i’d share with you a couple of crafty creations that i’ve whipped up over the past week.

1) lamp with ribbon shade
a $19 crystal ball lamp w/ a white shade from kmart revamped by weaving two rolls of ribbon around it

2) fabric art
a frame I had laying around the house, a small bit of fabric, a stencil + a marker = this little wall piece

3) record album bowls
check out this previous post for the how-to… a couple old worn out records paired w/ a bowl, an oven & a molding hand

4) jute rope + clothespin photo display
just your run-of-the-mill jute rope, 2 nails and a couple of clothespins

o.p.p. – custom chalkboard

gone may be the days of school bells and lockers, but the timeless post-it notes that are chalkboards are a lingering sign of nostalgia whether at school, home or in the office.

for christmas, i found the cutest little chalkboard hanging from a string of jute for my mother… and ever since i’ve been looking for something similar to hang in our home, but now the discovery of this article may just be my design solution!

a few simple ingredients and you can turn anything into a home blackboard!

found @ homelife
what: chalkboard paint
where: http://www.homelife.com.au/home+ideas/decorating/chalkboard+paint,3547

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