Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:40 am on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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It may be in the middle of February, but that’s no reason you can’t have a taste of summer with the newest drink I made with DIY Cocktails. It tastes just like a Orange Creamsicle.

The drink is also seasonal because it uses fresh-squeezed orange juice–you can get oranges at their cheapest right now. (You can also use store-bought orange juice if you don’t feel like squeezing oranges.) With cream, simple syrup, and vodka, the Orange Creamsicle Cocktail tastes like the popsicle–only more sophisticated.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail
(Makes one cocktail)


    1 1/2 ounce vodka
    2 ounces fresh orange juice
    1 ounce cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 ounces simple syrup
    Sparkling water


Squeeze the orange juice. Combine juice, vodka, simple syrup, and vanilla in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Add cream. Close and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling water. Enjoy!

10 Tasty Vegetarian Sandwiches

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If made right, vegetable sandwiches are healthy, satisfying, and delicious. The key is to use fresh, quality ingredients (good bread; no crunchy tomatoes). Here’s 10 Tasty Vegetarian Sandwiches I want to try:


Smoky Vegetarian Beet Reubens: beets, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese.


Vegetable Sandwich with Hummus and Pesto: radishes, carrots, cucumber, tomato, pesto, and hummus.


Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteaks: mushrooms, peppers, onions, cheese.


Avocado Caprese Grilled Cheese: avocado, tomatoes, and cheese.


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado, & Feta Sandwich

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Green Goddess Sandwiches: avocado, fresh mozzarella, zebra tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled onions, and Green Goddess Mayonnaise. (YUM.)

Fava Bean Patties.


Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches with Zesty White Bean Spread: roasted peppers and zucchini with a white bean spread.

Grilled thin sliced zucchini sandwich w/tomatoes, mozzarella & olivada. Moreton's House 712 Greenwood, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5923. W: 919 967 2185 C: 919 260 7465 A100527_F&W_NealsDeli_Sept_2010

Grilled-Zucchini Subs with Fresh Mozzarella and Olivada


Veggie and Hummus Sandwich: cucumber, tomato, avocado, sprouts, hummus.

A Plant That Grows Both Potatoes And Tomatoes

Filed under: Gardening — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:45 am on Monday, February 23, 2015


How crazy is this? The Ketchup ‘n’ Fries Plant grows both potatoes and tomatoes. One plant grows about 500 cherry tomatoes and over 4.5 pounds of white potatoes.

It might sounds like crazy GMO stuff, but actually a much more natural process–both tomatoes and potatoes are nightshade plants, meaning they’re related. So, this is a cherry tomato plant that has been simply grafted onto a white potato.

Sounds pretty fun to me. This plant would be great if you had limited space in a garden. I’m wagering it would do pretty well in a container, too.

DIY Chanel Pearl Bobby Pins

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:59 am on Thursday, February 19, 2015


So you like the look of the pearl bobby pins from the recent Chanel fashion show. What do you do? Pay $350 for Chanel’s bobby pins? No! You make your own. It’s an easy project using wire, bobby pins, beads (or pearls), and glue.


Here’s a site telling you how to do it.


And here.


And here.

This is giving me lots of new ideas for my beading supplies…

DIY Thrifted Owl Lamp

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:33 am on Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Check out this DIY Thrifted Owl Lamp. It’s made out of a $4 ceramic owl from the thrift store that has been spray painted white.


I used to have a little ceramic owl like that–kind of wish I’d kept it now.

Recycled Glass Panels

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:14 am on Monday, February 16, 2015

savvyhousekeeping recycled glass panels

Check out these gorgeous glass panels made from recycled glass by Daniel Maher Stained Glass. They are made from serving bowls, platters, lids, and jars.

savvyhousekeeping recycled glass panels

savvyhousekeeping recycled glass panels

The panels, which are hand-crafted, cost between $1,000-$4,000. Whew.

It’s a Wild World Caddy

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:28 am on Monday, February 16, 2015


This elephant-shaped It’s a Wild World Caddy is so cute. $19.99

Small Kitchen? Maximize Space With DIY Baseboard Drawers

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:00 am on Friday, February 13, 2015


Check it out: A Tutorial For Installing Baseboard Drawers in the kitchen. Pretty cool.

Silence in the Library Poster

Filed under: Pretty/Cool — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:48 am on Thursday, February 12, 2015


I love this Silence in the Library Poster. $17.68

Rose Champagne Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. To celebrate, DIY Cocktails and I created a twist on the classic champagne cocktail using rose water. We’re calling it the Rose Champagne Cocktail.

Rose water, made with rose petals, is delightful and sweet smelling. (You can make your own here–use organic roses.) Mixed with the champagne, vodka, and a little bit of sugar, this cocktail is lovely and romantic. It would be great for a toast, a pre-dinner drink, or an accompaniment with dessert. Plus, it’s pink.

Rose Champagne Cocktail
(makes one cocktail)


    1 ounce vodka
    1 1/2 ounce rose water
    1 sugar cube
    1 dash bitter (optional)


Put the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add the rose water and the vodka. Top with champagne. If you wish (especially if you’re using cheap champagne), add a drop of bitters. Happy romance!

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