The Moroccan

The Moroccan was the perfect cocktail to kick off last weekend’s Moroccan dinner party, an orangey, sweet elixir with hints of coriander seed. So good I’ve been dreaming of it all week and couldn’t resist kicking off this Saturday night with a revisit.

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The Moroccan

INGREDIENTS
For the coriander simple syrup (makes plenty to jar and save)
1 cup water
1 cup honey
3 Tablespoon coriander seeds
For the drink
60ml Cointreau
60ml dry vermouth
30ml coriander simple syrup
5-6 dashes of blood orange bitters

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat the water, honey and coriander seeds over medium heat until it begins to boil. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or longer; the longer it sits, the stronger the flavor. Drain the liquid from seeds and set aside.
2. To mix the drink, combine all ingredients (including the simple syrup, but not the seeds) over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice.

I found this fabulous recipe here.

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Williams’s birthday cupcakes

William celebrated his 7th birthday on Sunday so today he took cupcakes to school to share with his classmates.

This was a speedy little recipe from taste.com.au.

Dry ingredients are mixed with wet ingredients to make a simple cake batter.

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With this recipe I made 30 mini cupcakes.

I then had some fun decorating them with the various sprinkles and sparkles I had in the pantry.

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Dry July Mocktail: Cranberry & Pomegranate Spritzer

  by LisaCreated
, a photo by LisaCreated on Flickr.

In the spirit of Dry July, I’m trying to live alcohol free for at least a few weeks*. So far so good but tonight I wanted to end the weekend with a cocktail like concoction.

I added chopped lime and orange with fresh mint to a cup of cranberry and pomegranate juice. I then added a splash of soda water and served over ice. Very refreshing!

I’m on the look out for other great non alcoholic cocktails so please let me know if you have a favourite!

And, as for the asterisk…I’m only sticking to Dry July in Australia. When I head off to the States late next week I might indulge in the odd glass of wine!

I hope you had a great weekend!

Bean Bags for the Boys

Bean Bag for the boys by LisaCreated
Bean Bag for the boys, a photo by LisaCreated on Flickr.

The boys have been very keen gamers since they received an X-Box for Christmas so I’ve made them some bean bags to slump into in front of the TV. It’s been years since I’ve made a bean bag and I’m constantly surprised at how many bags of beans are needed to fill them. This medium sized bean bag took 3 x 500g bags. At $12.95 per bag it certainly makes this little project quite expensive. BUT…I’m proud to say that all of the fabric used was from my existing stash!

I used the bean bag pattern on the Lincraft Website. Their instructions state that you will need one 500g bag of beans. Don’t believe them!!! I adjusted the pattern to be halfway between a child’s and an adult’s sized bean bag.

The boys are very happy with their new chairs!