Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY Prosecco, Soda, and Snow Cone Bar or Why Serve One When You Can Serve Three at Thrice the Price?

Saturday was Beckett's big 6th birthday party. And he's been planning it for awhile. He picked the guest list and the theme, a costume party, and even the menu, hot dogs and tacos. For dessert, he wanted a "wedding cake*" and snow cones. So we bought a snow cone maker and I decided to make my own syrups for them. Because I am crazy. And the electric colors of the store bought syrups frightened me.

It was actually so simple, hence the name, that I made peach, rhubarb, strawberry, cherry and pineapple mint. The strawberry was the simplest and the most flavorful. The cherry just kind of tasted like really sweet syrup with a little cherry. The pineapple mint took a really long time. I really should read directions first. You have to let the pineapple and sugars macerate overnight! But it was really tasty, so I'd make it again...

Since I made all the syrups, I thought it would be fun to also serve lemonade, so one could use all those syrups to make a flavored lemonade. And then, why not add sparkling water and Prosecco to the mix?

So my adult guests had a sort of DIY soda/Prosecco bar and the kids got delicious snow cones without artificial colors or flavors! But a lot of sugar. A lot.

Here are the recipes I used:

Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Peach Simple Syrup
Cherry Simple Syrup
Strawberry Simple Syrup
Pineapple Mint Simple Syrup

Some of the moms were a little tipsy after drinking one of my creations. Turns out I'm a little heavy handed on the Prosecco...which is best.


*A wedding cake is any two tiered cake in six-year-old.







Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Things I Want: Dustbins or White Trash...cans

Is it weird to lust after a trash can? I saw this wondrous piece of design and wanted it immediately. White powder coated iron with a magnetic coconut bristled broom? And the removable dustpan is designed to swing in and serve as a lid? It is everything I ever dreamed of. Functionality + beautiful design.
Also in red and black. They look like Sith Lords...

Now I just need to start saving for it.

Brendan Ravenhill Dustbin at West Elm. $199
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