Tag: Colour

The Makeover of a Clothes Valet

The Makeover of a Clothes Valet

In a home, it’s the little things that make a difference, and that’s what inspired this makeover. I’ve wanted to paint the clothes valet you see here for awhile now, even had the paint to do it… But I use it to display my Grandmother’s…

DIY: Zipping Up A Lamp Shade, Painting It With Colour!

DIY: Zipping Up A Lamp Shade, Painting It With Colour!

I picked up a little glazed ceramic lamp base at the thrift store not too long ago, but had no idea what to do for a shade. Knew I wanted to DIY something, but not sure what. And then I came across a tutorial by…

The Cool Quench of a Mojito

The Cool Quench of a Mojito

That’s right. Summer is here! And with that comes warmer weather!

And, with warmer weather comes the need to quench thy thirst. So how about a little thirst quenching in an adult kind of way – maybe with a Mojito? Have you ever had one?

Fresh mint is a must…

Mint Leaves

And since we are into ‘cocktails by Clemens’, guess who got a whole pail full for Father’s Day?! 😉

Pail of Mint

Romantic, right? You see, we have herbs growing outside that came with this house, and one of them looks kind of like mint… but when we used it in our first Mojitos of the season… well, it turned out to be lemon balm! Didn’t taste so bad, but definitely lacked the full on Mojito mojo!

Limes. You have to have fresh limes for this quenching summer drink.

Fresh Cut Lime

Source: Recipe Girl

There are other ingredients, too, and I’ll get to those with a recipe at the end. But you also need tools, like a muddler. This is what our muddler looks like.

Mojito Cocktail

It’s literally a Mojito muddler, not that the mint leaf graphic suggests that or anything 😉 , but you can use any muddler you have on hand, and even a spoon will do.

All you need to do is gently mash the mint leaves and lime, you know, just enough to release the essential oils of the mint, and the inner essence of the lime (that would be the juice!).

Mojito Muddler

Just make sure you don’t shred the mint when you mash.

Mojito Cocktail

Source: Liqurious

We like to use a lowball glass, and I prefer to go with vintage!

However, Mojitos are usually served in a highball glass like this…

Mojito in Highball Glass

Source: Share the Joy

Or a stemless hurricane glass like this.

Mojito in a Stemless Hurricane Glass

Source: Closet Cooking

It’s fun to use a hurricane glass with a stem, too!

But I bet what you’re really looking for is Mojito know how, not the glass it’s in, right?

Here’s a quick little recipe to get you started, but remember, there are lots of variations out there. I’ve gone with Bacardi’s original recipe mainly because my Dad drinks Bacardi, so we usually have it on hand! But… one of our close friends suggested we try Havana Club Rum, so our little secret is that we did, and that’s what we use instead 😉

ORIGINAL BACARDI MOJITO

1 part (1.5 oz) Bacardi Rum

3 parts (4.5 oz) Club Soda

12 fresh Mint Leaves

1/2 fresh Lime (cut into quarters)

2 tbsp simple syrup or 4 tsp granulated sugar (we use simple syrup)

(simple syrup = premixed equal parts granulated sugar and hot water)

  • Place mint leaves and lime into glass, and gently muddle
  • Add simple syrup *if you’re using granulated sugar, add it before muddling
  • Top with ice
  • Pour rum over top
  • Top with soda
  • Stir gently, just enough to lift mint leaves up
  • Garnish with lime, and sprig of mint on top

If you want to see how this drink is made, check it out here. It’s just a short video, but adds in all the extra tips you might want to know!

And voila!

Mojitos on a Tray

Source: Pinterest

Notice the glasses are rimmed with sugar? That’s not usually part of the traditional Mojito, but it certainly can’t hurt it!

Did you know you can also make a virgin Mojito for the drivers, non-drinkers and young ones in the crowd? Follow all the same steps using the same ingredients, but leave out the rum. So simple, and it’s a sparkling, zesty, and refreshing drink every time!

Mojito in a Mason Jar

Source: Linda Wagner Blog

Love the idea of serving a Mojito in a Mason jar. There’s something about it that just feels like summer!

Do you like Mojitos? Do you have a special recipe, or any extra tips to share?

BTW – My friend Kelly over at Eclectically Vintage is of Cuban descent, and if you really want an authentic Mojito recipe, she shares hers here!

The pail of mint will have to be planted outside along with the other herbs, because one thing we know is that mint grows like crazy. But I thought the pail was sweet, and figured we could use it to gather our fresh herbs, and our tomatoes, too! 

Pail of Mint, Mojito Muddler

Cheers to summer!

PS – a little interesting Wikipedia fact…

Did you know that the Mojito was a favorite drink of author, Ernest Hemingway? In fact, he made the bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous because he became one of its regulars and he wrote ‘My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.’ And you know what, this expression in English can still be read on the wall of the bar today, in Hemingway’s handwriting!

Thanks for stopping by… happy muddling!

Signature 100x47 b&w

All photos by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise indicated below each image.

Sunday Brunch on a Wednesday!

Sunday Brunch on a Wednesday!

Okay, I’m a little late getting this post put together, but when it comes to Sunday brunch, it’s better late than never don’t you think? This past weekend we raised a toast to a milestone birthday for my Dad, and were joined by family and…

The Reach of Pinterest: Highschool Project Inspired by Mom’s Pin!

The Reach of Pinterest: Highschool Project Inspired by Mom’s Pin!

If you’re a Pinterest fan, then you know all about the pinning craze. And I bet you’ve been inspired to try an idea or two that you’ve pinned. But would you believe me if I told you Pinterest inspired my daughter’s History 12 project? Here’s the…

Zanatta al fresco anyone?

Zanatta al fresco anyone?

When the sun is shining, it puts a smile on my face.

Pink Poppy in Garden Edging

For outdoor dining, it’s quite the place!

Al Fresco Dining

It feels so calm and peaceful where time moves slow…

Zanatta Winery. A great place to go!

What are your plans for the weekend? Doing anything special for Father’s Day?

I feel so lucky to have my Dad close by. I bet you know by now that he’s my project guy. Dad is always there to lend a hand…

Sweet Peas in Pots

Dad installing a trellis for my sweet peas

And he always gets the job done!

Even if it means he might lose our friendly sweet pea competition 😉 {Click  here to see who won!}

Between Dad and hubs, they’ve got me covered 🙂

Prepping Chandelier Installation

Hubs handling the wiring for the replacement chandelier

Love these guys!

This weekend is a busy one for us. It’s a milestone birthday for my Dad, and it’s Father’s Day! We’ll be spending time with family from out of town, and my brother and I are hosting a birthday BBQ for Dad with all our family peeps. On Sunday hubs and I are planning a casual brunch for everyone, and sharing some Cowichan Valley treats! {UPDATE: Click here to see how the brunch went!} So much fun!

Wishing all Dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day! 

Photography by Sheila Zeller

Bistro Chairs Beachside!

Bistro Chairs Beachside!

The sun is shining today, so a postponed appointment from Monday has been re-scheduled for this afternoon. It’ll all make sense soon, but for now I’m just so happy to see the sunshine 🙂 So with high hopes and longing for more of that bright…

Sweeeet Car-o-line…

Sweeeet Car-o-line…

Do you remember that tune? You know, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond? No, he wasn’t in my music collection either, but he was my Mom’s favorite! Anyway, Sweet Caroline. What’s up with that? Well, Sweet Caroline, Margarita, Marguerite, and Illusion Emerald Lace are the ornamental…

DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

DIY: Giving Terracotta Pots A Second Life

Last week I took a little gander at my random collection of plant pots, you know to start thinking about prettifying the yard a bit. I love terracotta pots, but mine have definitely seen better days.

Like this one!

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

This is the biggest one I have, and it’s been around for at least 10 years, not to mention through a move or two…

Here’s a few more added to the mix.

Prepping Terracotta Pots to Paint

See what I mean? The big pots are in pretty tough shape around the rim.

So I decided to paint this bunch and give them a new life. It’s not like there’s anything to lose, right?

I started by brushing off all the dust and dirt with a stiff-bristled hand broom, and then lightly primed each pot with spray primer.

Primed terracotta plant pots

The wind showed up just in time, and made spraying evenly almost impossible.

I decided to give this Krylon ‘Make-It-Stone’ textured spray paint a try.

Krylon Make It Stone Spraypaint

But I didn’t notice until it was too late that this paint is an indoor paint. Oops! Oh well, like I said, there’s not much to lose at this point.

The pots took the paint really well, but they looked a little boring all sprayed out in stone.

So I went over the rims and sprayed them black instead.

Painting Terracotta Pots

I was trying a little ombre touch here, but a few days later, decided I didn’t really like that either! My technique was a little too blotchy, don’t you think?

So I prepped the pots for another coat of the Krylon Stone to go over the Ombre attempt.

Taping Terracotta Pots to Paint

This additional coat made a big difference to the finished look. I liked the outcome much better than the first round.

Here’s a little peak at round two.

Krylon 'Make It Stone' & Black Rim

I think they look better like this, even up-side-down 😉

And since I liked the way the pots looked, I gave them a few clear coats to seal them, and called it a wrap. Hopefully this will help protect the ‘indoor’ paint from the elements, at least for this season!

Want to see them all planted up?

I stayed with bright red Geraniums and Dracaena in all the pots. They’re pretty hardy plants that I usually manage to keep alive!

I wanted the red to pop against the black and stone colours of the pot, and once the Geraniums fill out, I think they’ll be showy.

The Rhodoes in the background are actually our neighbours, but we get to enjoy them as a backdrop!

Remember the ‘before’ of the big planter?

Chipped Terracotta Plant Pot

What do you think of it now?

Notice the water on the rim? I think that’s a good sign that the sealer is doing its job!

Have you painted terracotta pots for outside? Were you happy with the results?

We spent our weekend weeding, and planting up flowers, herbs, and some of Makaria Farm’s famous tomatoes. I hope you’ll pop back for a little tour of what we’ve done!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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 Photos: Sheila Zeller

Hey, Sweet Pea!

Hey, Sweet Pea!

I’ve got a package of Sweet Peas all ready to go. But don’t really have a place for them to grow! You see, our yard is mostly topsoil on rock, and there’s no great spot to plant the sweet peas and install a trellis… that is until…