Pickled Carrots

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(Used in this project: Canning Labels in Classic Oldstyle style.) Mike and I have been friends for a LONG time. We grew up in San Diego together, we moved to the Pacific Northwest together, we’ve played in bands together, we’ve done it all together. So when it’s time for Mike’s birthday, I make sure I… 

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April Fools’ – Snakes In A Can!

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a little bit of a trickster. I loved being a little devil. All mostly harmless of course, but there was nothing more fun than watching someone turn rosy out of embarrassment from a well placed whoopee cushion. I used to love going into magic shops and novelty… 

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Basil Simple Syrup

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The following is the earliest definition of a cocktail comes from 1806, where an answer was provided to the question, “What is a cocktail?” “Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters•” (source) To me, however, a well made cocktail is more than just a tasty libation, it… 

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Flavored Popcorn

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There are some things I just can’t get out of my head. A classic melody, a hilarious moment, and recently a local restaurant’s flavored popcorn. I know what you are thinking, “Popcorn is popcorn. Salt, butter, what’s there to it?”, but at this place they have delicious weekly flavors like olive oil and lemon zest,… 

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Homemade Catsup & Mustard

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It’s here! It’s here! Summer is finally here! Us pacific northwesterners don’t get very long summers, but when they come we take full advantage of them and that means grilling. I wanted to do something special for the first bar-b-cue of the year, so I made my own homemade ketchup and mustard! It was pretty… 

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Rustic Spice Rub

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My dad loves steak. In fact, I’m pretty sure all dads love steak. The problem is my dad can’t cook a steak at all. No matter how hard he tries it turns out bland. Well not anymore, because this Father’s Day, with a little help from this fantastic spice rub recipe, my dad is going… 

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Margarita Mix

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(Used in this project: Bottle Labels, Hang Tags and Here’s What You Need: • 1 cup of lime juice or about 10 limes • 3 cups of water • 1 cup of sugar • 1 tablespoon of coriander • 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro Step 1: Mix the water, lime juice, coriander, and cilantro in… 

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Orange Bitters

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If you’ve read any of my posts on My Own Ideas, it’s no surprise I consider myself a bit of a mixologist. I love being able to have people over and make them any cocktail to fit their mood and taste. I feel like a mad scientist creating delicious concoctions! Bitters was first created in… 

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Guinness Beer Bread

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Well faith and begorrah it’s almost St. Patrick’s day! That means one thing for me and my buddies – Guiness. And who knew there were so many ways to enjoy this great Irish tradition. I came across this recipe here and it looked so delicious I had to try it. Let me tell you, they… 

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