Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our 2nd Anniversary Video!

We just got back from four days in Desert Hot Springs. It was ridiculously relaxing. I'll post some photos soon, but here's a video I made. I'm in love with it :)

 It was inspired by this one. I made it with Splice, entirely on my iPhone. The titles were made using the Rhonna Designs app.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Boozy Root Beer Float

After the bar cart was assembled, we went on a drinking blitz. By blitz, I mean that we each had one drink a night for maybe a week. Then I remembered that I can't drink that often and returned to the drink a week that I'm used to. However, having it all out and visible has inspired to me to try some of the cocktails from my boozy pin board or try to recreate drinks that we've had out. We've had a few winners so far: Thyme Gin Lemonade, Habanero Cucumber Lime Margarita, Curried Mango Rum, and the Boozy Root Beer Float. 

The first drink we made after we got the bar cart was this fun concoction from A Beautiful Mess. Turns out, I find it was better without the whisky. I picked up some  Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur at BevMo, IBC root beer, vanilla ice cream, and whipping cream. I tried two different versions. Each one had root beer liqueur and root beer (equal parts or to taste). Then I added vanilla ice cream to one and a few ounces of whipping cream to the other- both delicious. The ice cream version is more fun, but the whipping cream version is easier to drink and not as sweet. Both were delightful!

Speaking of root beer. I am on a quest for the perfect root beer. I like it spicy and not too sweet. Any suggestions? I've tried Sprecher and another one that I'm blanking on right now. There is a cool beer shop near to us (Bottle Craft) that has a great selection of root beers. I'm buying one each time we're in the area and hoping that one of them will be that dream root beer that I am sure exists.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I don't always drink beer...

and when I do it, it is so rarely Dos Equis. But I do enjoy commercials with the Most Interesting Man in the World.
I posted a picture of my new {empty} bar cart on Instragram a few weeks ago. It is finally stocked and ready to be enjoyed.

Somehow kegs of Natural Ice at house parties in college turned me onto beer. It was all I would drink for years (to be clear, good beer, not Natty Ice), then slowly we started keeping wine at home and somehow we amassed quite a collection of liquor. Our liquor was kept high above the sink. Not that big of a deal, considering that we didn't often drink it, but I've been craving a bar cart recently. When I found this one at Ikea, I knew that it was just meant to be. It is small, on wheels, and fits a small space next to our couch, where the kitchen and living room meet.

It has three levels. We have the liqueur on the top, bar tools, mixers, coasters, and napkins on the middle, and fruit and the ice holder on the bottom. It's the perfect size for everything that we already had.

because up next is a fun cocktail recipe.

Monday, July 15, 2013

2 years!

Today's my 2 year anniversary with my beloved. And a treat for you, a picture from our faux Malaysian wedding.

Despite our lack of smiles, we were having a lovely experience. We were staying at a family's home. They dressed up in traditional dress for weddings, 'performed' the traditional rituals and then some of the locals came to join us for traditional wedding foods. It's one of my favorite honeymoon memories. Oh, and we weren't smiling because the pictures of Malaysian weddings that we saw, all of the couples were stoic.
Marriage can be tough but feels just right. We are indeed living a lovely life.