80's Inspired Coasters

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Original Coasters
Hi there!

Who is in for a flashback to the past?

Last week, while I was deep cleaning the house, I found some old diskettes (plus hundred of unnecessary things) and suddenly I felt so nostalgic! I remember when I had to stock my school work in a couple of these and the computer took ages to read them. Because, if you didn't use it, the capacity of diskettes was ridiculous in comparison to what we have nowadays. Imagine, in each of them, you could only stock a bunch of pictures so, think on the number of diskettes you would have needed to save the photos we take these days only in a weekend. 

Original Coasters

Moved by the nostalgia for the past, I thought on giving these diskettes a new life like coasters. 

Original Coasters

You will need: 
Spray paint
Silicone self-adhesive pearls

I clean the surface of the diskettes and I painted them with aged bronze spray paint twice with a lapse of 48 hours between each. When the paint was dry, I added the self-adhesive pearls to prevent scratches on the table or any other surface and right after this, I used!!

This is an original way of having old-but-new coasters and for free (or just for the price of spray paint in case you have to buy some).  

What are your projects for the week? Wishing to hear!


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Margarita cocktail
Sometimes we go crazy trying to find some new stunning and genuine recipe when, in fact, the traditional one is so good and simple, that doesn't need anything else.

These days of spring-almost-summer are perfect to drink something refreshing and a great moment to change beers for something more elaborate like cocktails. I could say is the perfect time to celebrate the warm season!
Margarita cocktail

This cocktail is simple, very refreshing (I ADORE limes!) and you can modify the recipe adding your favorite fruits (a very nice combination is with watermelon, strawberries or cucumber and cilantro), although I personally like the most this classic version.
Margarita cocktail

Margarita, serves two:

1 shot tequila
1 shot Cointreau or triple sec
Juice from 3-4 limes

In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and ice and shake it 15-20 times. Notice: the more you shake, the more the ice will melt into your drink.
Moisten the rim of the glass with some lime and add salt. Fill the glasses with the margarita mixture and enjoy!
Margarita cocktail

Do you have any favorite summertime drink?


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Image credits: A Beautiful Mess

I don’t have a real pantry (I wish I had!). I call pantry the drawers and cabinets where I usually store the food. It works for me!

Last year, we had a plague of pantry moths in our kitchen. We were out of the city for two or three months, and when we came back… we had a disgusting surprise with that evil moths! That was a sign to do a deep clean of all the cabinets and throw away everything we weren’t using and/or it was opened and could be ‘infected’ with that horrible plague. 

I normally take a look every few months to the pantry in order to prevent expired food or another plague. Besides, this part of the year is quite nice to do some deep clean because, at least for me, during winter I feel a little lazy to do this kind of things, and in summer is too hot to do anything around the house. Therefore, spring and fall are my favorite seasons of the year for deep cleaning (if anyone has a favorite season for cleaning…). Don't get me wrong, I clean the kitchen quite often, but not with such care as in this seasons. 

What I normally do when I do a purge of the pantry:

1. Check out for possibly infested food: since our last experience, I pay special attention to flours, rice, legumes or any bulk foods potentially susceptible to kitchen pests.

2. Take a look to your spices:  these should be cleaned every year and a half. After that time, spices and dry herbs lost all the flavors and get dusty. Spices are not expensive, so you can easily replace them with new and freshly ones.

3. Expired food: I store cans of tuna, sardines or tomato sauce like if I was expected a zombie apocalypse. Just because it is canned or non-refrigerate doesn’t mean it would last forever. Also, I have the bad habit of open sunflower seeds or any nuts and return them to the cabinet and forget about it. When I have a craving of nuts, is too late because they got stale. Very sad. Also, keep an eye on oils, which use to get bad quite easily.

4. Everything which doesn’t belong to the pantry, out of the pantry: I found cleaning cloths in the same cabinet with the oils and condiments…don’t blame me! These items belong to a specific place, and it isn’t the pantry.

5. Undesirable food: with this I mean that package of chips that looked very cool and delicious in the shop, but are completely disgusting. Or that present some relatives brought you from that trip to somewhere and you really don’t want to try. Give it to someone who could enjoy that pleasures!