Fall Cocktail Round-Up

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:55 am on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tis the season of pumpkin, apples, and pears–all of which go great in cocktails. Here’s a round-up of fall cocktails I have made with DIY Cocktails.

savvyhousekeeping fall cocktails pumpkin flip

Pumpkin Flip. Pumpkin, bourbon, allspice liqueur, and egg white.

savvyhousekeeping hot buttered pumpkin rum

Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum. A Hot Buttered Rum with pumpkin and spices added to it.

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Pumpkin Spice Bourbon. Infused bourbon with pumpkin spices.

savvyhousekeeping fall cocktail harvest highball

Harvest Highball Cocktail. Apple cider, rye whiskey, and ginger.

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Apple Brown Bourbon. Apple dessert in a glass.

savvyhousekeeping fall cocktails pearaschino

Pearaschino. Pears, ginger ale, bourbon, and maraschino liqueur.

Happy fall!

10 DIY Projects With Logs

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Friday, November 8, 2013

Following yesterday’s post about DIY Natural Branch Coasters, it occurred to me that there are a lot of projects you can make with a log or sliced wood. For example:

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Wood Slice Walkway.

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Birch Tree Log Table.


Another Wood Slice Side Table.

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Log Lights.


Wood Clock.

Log Speakers.

Christmas Wreath.

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And of course, Log Cabin.

DIY Natural Branch Coaster

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:48 am on Thursday, November 7, 2013

I am tempted to make these Natural Branch Coasters. All you do is cut a log to coaster-sized wood slives and paint with varnish. These wood look great on the backyard patio set. Great idea.

Our Juice To Cider Experiment

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:05 am on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

We bought two bottles of this 100% juice at Costco, thinking it would be a nice thing for the baby to drink, but he doesn’t like it and neither do we–it was too sweet. However, it says it’s 100% juice, so we decided to try fermenting it.

Using the method we use for making apple cider, we have it in a carboy, bubbling away.

It will either taste good or taste like someone tried to make alcoholic cider out of Kool-aid. Only time will tell. Stay-tuned for the results.

5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:59 am on Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Here’s an interesting article on 5 Reasons Packages Get Destroyed, as written by a former UPS worker.

Apparently writing “fragile” on a package might mean postal workers treat it more roughly, but it might work to “Camouflage It as a Heartwarming Gift.” From the article:

My default is to curse every package that comes down that slide. Anything that sticks out is going to brighten my day. So if you want your package handled a little more tenderly, give it to your small child (or a friend’s child — anyone’s child will do) and let them write on it in crayon.

See, I’m not about to smash a package that belongs to some kid. I see all the crayon scribbles and poorly spelled adulation for mom, or grandpa, or whoever the hell, and all I can picture is a toddler sending his beloved teddy bear to grandma on the raisin ranch because she only has days to live. And I’ll be goddamned if I’ll let anything happen to that teddy! Maybe you aren’t allowed within a certain distance of small children. That’s fine; just make the package look like a gift. Some stickers, “Happy Birthday” written on it, whatever. As long as it’s enough to create a heartwarming story to make us care a little more.

Got it. Write the address in crayon, maybe avoid this?

Read the rest of the article here.

3 More DIY Advent Calendars

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:02 am on Monday, November 4, 2013

I’ve mentioned DIY Advent Calendars before. Here are three more advent calendars you can make yourself:

Make an Advent Calendar out of Altoid Tins. I’m always wondering what to do with those nifty tins.

A Cone-iferous Advent Calendar. Download the template, cut the cones out of green paper, and make these cones. Each day in December, lift one up to see what’s underneath.

Advent Calendar out of toilet paper rolls. This is quite clever.

Chick Egg Separator

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Friday, November 1, 2013

This Chick Egg Separator is cute. “Tilt the chick and the yolk remains inside while the egg white drips through the beak.” $13.

Of course you could also use a plastic bottle instead. Or just the eggshell/your hand.

Owl Earrings $.99 Shipped

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:50 am on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Check out these cute Owl Earrings, $.99 shipped. Great deal.

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: News — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Thursday, October 31, 2013

I hope you have a great night. Here’s my favorite costume this year, the Baby LED Light Suit:

Peel and Stick Vinyl Chalkboard Decal

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:52 am on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I’m digging this Rococo Chalkboard Decal. You can use it to write lists or notes just like any other chalkboard. And if you get sick of it, you can remove it because apparently, “this chalkboard decal is removable, reusable, and safe for surfaces.” $36

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