My mom is back in town and it makes me so happy. There isn’t anyone in this world that can motivate me to get outside and complete my house projects than her.
I’ve had a long list of projects for the whole winter and we’re finally getting them done.
Isn’t it crazy that at the time you can’t do anything outside because there is 2 feet of snow on the ground you all of a sudden think of all the things the need to be done or that you could do?
Anyway, Tuesday we decided it would be a good idea to stain the fence that we installed last year.
Yes, my mom and I fenced in my backyard.
While I was 18 weeks pregnant.
While the hubby watched the kiddos inside.
He’s super lucky that he has a wife, and mother-in-law, that like to tackle house projects instead of paying someone else to do them. Haha
So we had the bright idea to stain the fence and immediately headed to the home improvement store to grab some fence stain. She originally thought it would take a couple hours but I definitely did not.
We stained the deck last year and she said it would take 4-5 hours and it ended up taking two days.
So I really think that doing the fence will take at least that or more. It should go a little quicker, though, since we don’t have to protect any flooring or anything else.
We ended up starting at about 4pm-ish and got about 1/4 of the way done before it got too dark outside. So about a quarter of the way in about 4 hours… three-quarters left times 4 hours means we should be able to finish the rest in a day? Maybe?
But not today.
It’s raining and so now we’re on hold till the rain stops and the fence dries out. However, since my mom hates to be idle during the day, I went back to the store and got a bunch of lumber to build a raised planter box for my herbs.
And I’ve been making fun drinks for us to enjoy.
This Cherry Purple Haze was inspired by a drink I saw on the menu at Hard Rock Café in the Mall of America. The original drink on the menu called for sweet and sour mix and lemon-lime soda but I wanted to incorporate some of the delicious cherries that I got at the store on Monday.
I made a cherry simple syrup to replace the sweet and sour mix and ginger beer to replace the lemon-lime soda. Only because I didn’t have soda in the fridge but did have some ginger beer.
It turned out absolutely fantastic and the simple syrup makes a large enough batch for you to make many of these cocktails. Or stay tuned for others that I’ve mixed up…
Cherry Purple Haze Cocktail
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh cherries fresh or frozen
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz white rum
- 1.5 oz cherry simple syrup
- 3 oz ginger beer
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat add water, sugar, and cherries. Stir to combine and bring to slow simmer.
- Mash cherries with back of wooden spoon or using drink muddler. Stir again and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is slightly reduced.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- In a cocktail shaker add vodka, gin, rum, and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds.
- Fill glass with crushed ice and strain drink mix over crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with extra cherries and fresh mint leaves, if desired, and enjoy.