Instagram Lately: September

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Finally! The day we’ve been awaiting for 6+ weeks has arrived. Today we pick up the keys to our new apartment in the North Loop! Yahooooo! It’s been 5 years of hunkering down in a very pocketbook friendly/not-so-updated apartment with the goal of saving for our first home fund. Eye on the prize, Erin, eye on the prize. Well it’s paid off, and we now have our 20% down payment saved! The only glitch is that we haven’t quite found the right first home for us, so we’re moving downtown to experience city life for awhile as we continue the house hunt. I can’t wait to get settled and make this new apartment, our apartment. Pictures to follow!

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Fresh & Crunchy Saltwater Pickles

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Pickllllles! Oh do I love pickles. Especially the ones you find at Yum! Kitchen any time you order one of their gourmet sandwiches. Have you tried their pickles? They’re bright green, crunchy and salty, and they’re tough to find anywhere else. Thus I decided to make some at home, so that we wouldn’t need to buy a sandwich every time we had a craving for one.

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5 DIY’s to Try

5 awesome handmade projects to sink your teeth into this month…

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Vintage Revival’s creativity and can-do astounds me. How cool is her DIY geometric parquet floor? For us renters, easily translate this marvelousness into a tabletop!

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Weekend DIY: Lattice Tote

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I’m so excited to share a faux leather tote I’ve been working on! When I came across this crazy cool DIY leather plant hanger on Design Sponge, it got my wheels turning as I loved the shapes that were created simply by making slits in the leather. Since we’re not huge indoor plant people (other than the baby fiddle leaf fig tree that we affectionately call “Figgy”), I used the technique as inspiration, and created a tote instead.
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A Bourbon Manhattan with Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

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Cheers to Friday! I’m excited to share our take on a killer cocktail we had at Heyday in Minneapolis recently. It turns out, this bad boy is more of a bourbon manhattan (rather than an old fashioned as I originally thought) as it incorporates sweet vermouth. Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe–bottom line is it’s delicious! Continue reading

How to Make: Wild Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

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We recently discovered a cocktail at Heyday in Minneapolis that knocked our socks off and was the catalyst for our interest in experimenting with home brew bitters. The cocktail was an ‘old fashioned’ type mixed up with wild cherry bark vanilla bitters, a bit of cane sugar and a garnish of orange zest. Oh so delizioso. Check back on Friday, as I’ll be sharing our take on that killer Heyday cocktail!

If you’re not super familiar with bitters, they’re considered to be the ‘salt and pepper’ of cocktails, adding complexity and that ‘je ne sais quoi.’ There are a billion different theories on what proportions make the best bitters (a matter of taste and preference, I guess), so after alot of research, we landed on the recipe and procedure below.  Continue reading