cocktails, Recipes

Simple Summer Cocktail with a Twist: My version of the Lynchburg Lemonade



Try this ridiculously simple and refreshing twist on the Lynchburg Lemonade.  
It’s light, refreshing, citrus-y, and it involves whiskey.  Mmm…  It’s perfect for parties, or, you know,  immediate consumption after you get home from work on Friday night, after having already changed into lounge wear that least resembles business-appropriate attire.

Mandarin Oranges (washed)
Basil (for garnish)
Club soda (optional)

Fill a 16 oz. glass 1/3 full of ice.
Add 1 1/2 shots of whiskey (TIP:  Although I’m in favor of making a drink more boozy than it needs to be 9 out of 10 times, this proportion of alcohol is just perfect for this drink.  Adding more whiskey really changes to flavor to something much less palatable.)
Add approximately 3/4 cup of lemonade (or fill to your preference).
Slice a mandarin orange in half and squeeze the juice of one half into the glass.
Slice the remaining half of the orange into several segments and insert into the drink mixture.
Stir drink thoroughly.
Add basil for garnish.

If you’d like to add some bubbles, put a splash of club soda in there.

How easy was that?  Cheers!




Recipe: Black Bean & Quinoa Quesadillas

Easy to make.  Delicious to eat.  A little spicy.  What’s not to love?


Package of corn tortillas.
Canola oil (or other oil for frying).
1/2 cup of quinoa (cook as directed).
15 ounce can of black beans (drained and washed).  Continue reading “Recipe: Black Bean & Quinoa Quesadillas”

Crafts, Home Decor

Foam and Craft Paper Cactus


Follow these easy steps to make an adorable framed cactus out of foam and craft paper.  BONUS: You can get everything you need at the dollar store!

1.) Dollar store picture frame (preferably 8″ x 11″ ish).
2.) Craft paper (any kind will do).
3.) 3 colored foam sheets (also available at the dollar store).
4.) Scissors.
5.) Construction paper (or whatever you’ve got – even a paper bag will survive this).
6.) Mod Podge (and foam brush).
7.) Tape.
8.) A pen or pencil.
9.) An industrial sewing machine and 57 yards of batting… just kidding.  Continue reading “Foam and Craft Paper Cactus”

Crafts, gardening

Painted Terracotta Gardening Pots

Upcycle and rehab your old terracotta gardening pots with this technique.


1.) A terracotta pot, old or new, of any kind.  TIP:  If you’re using an old pot (and I did, with the larger pot pictured above), terracotta pots are fairly easy to clean.  I simply used a sponge, warm water, and dish detergent to scrub away dirt.  After washing, it’s important to allow the pot to dry completely, before applying paint, otherwise, your paint will appear less vibrant and distressed.  If you want it to look more distressed, feel free to apply paint when the pot is partially dry. Continue reading “Painted Terracotta Gardening Pots”