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DIY // Leather Bar & Drink Tags

March 19, 2014

photos and tutorial by Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect

In case the pom pom leather luggage tags were a bit too girly for you, we have a whole other type of tag to float your boat: DIY leather bar and drink tags! It’s a similar concept, but a whole new aesthetic that the guys in your family won’t cringe from, which is perfect for upcoming Spring evenings.

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DIY // Gold Fringe Drink Toppers & A French 75

December 26, 2013

DIY gold fringe cake toppers and a french 75 recipe

DIY gold fringe cake toppers and a french 75 recipe

recipe and tutorial from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect

New Years Eve is right around the corner, and while it’s super easy to drink Champagne straight all night – if you’re hosting a party or staying in, change it up and make some French 75s! They’re quick to make and delicious. My boyfriend and I made a huge batch as punch for our party last year and had to make at least 5 more batches – it was very high demand!

Now if you’re celebrating this year, here is a very easy and festive drink topper for you to get in the spirit!

DIY gold fringe drink toppers

Materials:

  • • Hexagon wood flourishes (you can buy them here)
  • • Gold metallic tissue paper
  • • Fringe scissors
  • • Skewers
  • • Craft glue
  • • Heavy duty glue

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

Glue your skewers onto your hexagons using heavy duty glue and let dry for about 30 minutes.

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

Once dry, using your fringe scissors, make strips that are long enough to cover the width of the hexagon.

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe! DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

Using the craft glue, glue one piece of fringe to the very bottom of your hexagon and work your way up.

Layer on about 4 – 6 pieces of fringe. Turn the wood over and carefully trim around the edges of the hexagon. Repeat on the backside.

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

French 75s (adapted from New York Times, Yields: 1 drink)

  • • 1 ounce gin
  • • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • • 2 ounces Champagne
  • • Lemon twist

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

To make simple syrup, warm 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water in a saucepan over low heat until dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. (There will be extra syrup; refrigerate if not using immediately.)

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin, lemon juice and syrup. Strain into glass and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist and your festive drink topper!

DIY fringe drink toppers and a french 75 recipe!

recipe and tutorial from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect

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Eats // Homemade Salted Caramel Mocha

September 11, 2013

photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
The other morning I walked into Peet’s to get my morning coffee, when something I saw stopped me dead in my tracks. What was it? The wondrous sign announcing the arrival of fall flavors! Despite it being 80 degrees outside, I began picturing pumpkins, cookies, and everything nice about fall. Seriously. Cups of pumpkin and maple lattes began dancing around in my head. Inspired, when I went home that day, I proceeded to make my own Salted Caramel Mocha. Rich, creamy, yet not too sweet, this is the perfect for those crisp winter days.
Ingredients for Mocha (makes 2 servings):
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk
Salted Caramel (makes about 1 cup, perfect to use for any other dessert topping!
  • -6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • -1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • -3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • -1/2 cup heavy cream
  • -3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk and bittersweet chocolate on medium heat until the chocolate is melted. Keep the hot chocolate on low so it stays warm.
In a different saucepan, gently heat the corn syrup until it’s warm. You’ll be able to tell because it’ll slightly bubble. Add in the sugar and let it cook over medium heat without mixing it too much. Just enough so it’s the sugar and corn syrup are incorporated. When it turns amber, remove it from the heat and quickly stir in butter. Add the cream in a steady stream while mixing with the other hand. Add in sea salt. If it seems to solidify, keep mixing or gently reheat on low until it’s liquid again.
Finally, mix in two teaspoons of salted caramel into the mocha, and serve!
photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics