Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!   There's a huge overly commercialized "art" festival invading our neighborhood this weekend so we are hitting the road and getting out of the city!  We'll be kayaking in northern Iowa, soaking up the sun and dipping our toes in the cool water as we drift down the river.  Hope you're all doing something equally nice!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We're Moving!!!

Some of you may know from previous posts that we've been looking for the perfect next apartment for quite awhile now.   Well we found it!!!  It's the 1st floor of a great Victorian era duplex with a porch, yard, and even a garage for the Comet!    I don't want to reveal too much before we've moved in and decorated but I will say that I'm going to be happy to have a very large separate office and not to be working out of what's supposed to be a dining room!   Sneak peak of the house below, and also the fabric I just bought for the porch swing & porch furniture cushions! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Perfect hot weather drink - The Mojito!

 It's hot here in Minneapolis.  The heat index is at 102 today.  Even though I recently caved and got an air conditioner after not having one for 6 years, on days like this it still helps to have the perfect summer cocktail in your hand, the mojito!   I planted some mint out side this spring and have been enjoying this cocktail throughout the summer.  I've never had anything more refreshing and can't believe I was missing out all these years!   The key is really the fresh mint leaves.  You can usually buy them at the store but I advise getting a small plant and keeping it in a windowsill.  You'll also need a lime, but if you only have that little squeezy plastic lime with juice don't let it deter you because it will still be very good!   There are several variations on mojito recipes and below is a good one.  Don't be afraid to adjust the recipe to your liking or invent your own!  

  • 2 parts White Rum
  • 1 part Lime Juice
  • Soda Water
  • 10 Sprigs of fresh Mint
  • Ice Cubes
  • 2 Slices of Lime 
  • 2 teaspoon of Sugar
In a tall glass muddle the sugar, lime slices and mint. Add a few ice cubes & the rum & lime juice.  Top up with soda water. Stir, sip, enjoy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Pets at the Wedding?

For many of us our pets are some of the most important individuals we know.  I know I love our to kitties Tabby and Groucho like they're my children!   So while your parents are inviting distant relatives you've never even met, it might feel strange for you to leave your pets, who've been by your side through thick & thin, out of your big day.  Our cats were not involved in our wedding because, lets face it, most cats get skittish & freak out when in a crowd. But dogs can be much more social!  If you can't imagine the wedding with out your baby sitting by your side remember there are a few things to consider first. 

First, your pet will need to sit still at the alter with you for 20-30 minutes!  Start training early and be realist about her behavior.  Second, you might want to assign a young relative to attend to your pet.  You're going to be very busy during the reception and there's nothing hot about having to scoop the poop in your wedding gown.  Which leads me to another point; if your pet doesn't show the utmost doggie decorum when it comes to body functions or *Ahem* leaving guests leg alone you should probably forget about including Fido altogether!   It just spells disaster and embarrassment.    Lastly, just as your chose stylish dresses for your bridesmaids, do your pooch a favor & don't dress him in tacky wedding costumes.  A new leather collar, a bow tie or a ribbon can look very chic!   Keep it simple & you'll have one classy Lassie! 

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