Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mojitos on the Porch

We've been having a pretty good time trying out different mix drinks lately. This weekend past we enjoyed some refreshing mojitos. Lime and mint mixed with some white rum...... Sooooo good!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yellow Tomato Juice and Really Great Vodka

This happened today!
We got in some fantastic Suntastic yellow and orange tomatoes at the local grocery and it was such an overcast dismal day that I decided to try to make a sunshiny kind drink.
It went well and I thought I'd better share.

I quartered about two dozen of these golden beauties and chucked them in the food processor. I had to split them into four batches and added a 1/2 tsp of salt to each batch.

I whizzed those guys up until they were liquefied.
This smelled SOOOOO GOOD!

I put the fine strainer over the big juice jug and pushed all the liquid through.

I let the pulp sit in a cold bowl for about a half of an hour or so and watched as the clear tomato water collected in the bottom of the bowl. I dumped the tomato water in the juice jug with the rest of the juice and reserved the tomato pulp for later.

I served a tall cool glass of this golden juice up with a shot of some lovely vodka, a yummy homemade pickle spear and some finely sliced basil. There was a sprinkling of fleur de sel over the top too.
This was seriously delicious folks!
They do require periodic stirring because the juice will want to separate. Haven't looked into an emulsifier yet, but it might be worth it for a future recipe.

This is where the tomato pulp went! We fried up some bacon chunks and tossed in the tomato pulp. We lay some sliced eggplant, roma tomatoes and zucchini over the sauce and scattered some sea salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. We tucked in a few garlic cloves for good measure and baked it all at 400 for an hour and a half or so until it got all melty and unctuous. Served up the whole works with some french bread and scarfed until I could barely keep my eyes open.
Um nom nom....

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tiara Nails

I used some metallic scrap booking corner stickers to make these fancy pointy bits.
I painted short gel stiletto nails with a neutral Joe Fresh colour and clear coated with some insta-dry clear by Sally Hansen. Then I stuck on the sticker detail and added three more coats of clear to protect them. I only added stickers to my ring fingers and thumbs. The rest were left nude. I may have to add some rhinestones.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Air Dry Clay Hand Prints

We used some STAEDTLER Fimo Air Dry Clay to make these fun hand print keepsakes.


Lily really enjoyed pushing into the clay. We flattened the clay to about a cm thick and used a clay use cookie cutter to cut out scalloped circles. Then we had Lily push her hand onto each shape. We used a straw to cut a hole in each shape for hanging later. We let the discs dry overnight and then flipped them to dry another day.

Lily sure did enjoy squishing up the clay!

We'll definitely have to make more clay projects with the Lily Beast in the future.

Lily loves making things with Grandma, and Grandma loves it too!

Now all fifteen hand print tiles are off to Lily's house so she can paint them. Can't wait to see what colour she chooses for mine!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spotty Mini Stilettos

I love me some spotty nails. These ones are pointy ombre nails with some evil eyes on them. This paint job will last almost two weeks if I clear coat them every other evening. I used Joe Fresh polish with a Sally Hansen insta dry clear coat.