Thursday, June 30, 2011

M is for Mojito

One of my favorite summer drinks is a Mojito.  They are so refreshing and great on a hot Summer day.  Plus, I can omit the Rum and still enjoy them while I'm pregnant.

Melissa's Mojito Recipe:

1-1.5 oz Rum
1 oz Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1 Lime 
10-12 Mint Leaves
Approximately 6 oz. Club Soda

Choose your glass of choice, add mint leaves, juice from one lime and simple syrup, then muddle.  Next, add ice and rum (unless you are preggers, like me), stir and fill remaining glass with club soda.  Garnish with a lime.  Enjoy!

Simple Syrup Recipe:

2 Parts Sugar
1 Part Water

Bring water to boil, add sugar and stir constantly.  Once sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat.  Allow to cool and thicken, then bottle.  I usually leave my simple syrup in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.

Simple Syrup


Lime, mint, muddler, & citrus press


Happy Champagne or Mojito Thursday!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spray Tan

Our fence got a spray tan a couple weekends ago.  I think we had one maybe one and half days without rain, so we decided to try out the new paint sprayer, I received for Mother's day.  We share a fence with our neighbors and the side we share with our neighbors behind us, was put up before the rest of our fence and was way more faded than the other sides.  It was in desperate need of some stain or a spray tan :)

The paint sprayer worked great and there wasn't too much over spray.  The only thing that slowed us down was that we had a tarp hanging on the backside of the fence, so we wouldn't spray into the neighbors yard and garden and we had to keep moving it.  Oh and we ran out of stain with about four feet left, so Chris had to go across town to pick up more.  At $35 a gallon, we didn't want to buy more than we needed.

Graco Spray Station from Lowes

Fence Before

Fence After
Big improvement from before, even if you can still see the water stains our sprinklers have left.

While Chris was spraying the fence, I stained our raised garden bed with a brush.  Its amazing how different the fence and the garden bed colors turned out with the same stain and different application techniques.

By the way, we enjoyed a nice salad, courtesy of our garden last night.  It's so convenient to be able to go to your backyard and pick fresh fruits and veggies.  

We have a few different colors going on in our backyard, but the spray tan improved the look quite a bit.

We are finally having some warm weather here.  I'm looking forward to some fun in the sun!

Happy 1st day of Summer!