We have had extremely hot weather here in the Northeast (and I know many of you in other places are also experiencing a very hot summer). The humidity was so high that it was hard to find energy to do much of anything! This week is predicted to be more typical - still in the 80's but not nearing 100 like last week. I hope you are staying cool wherever you are!
I thought the cool tones of this digital image that I made from a photo might be a welcome sight this morning. I'll explain how I did this in another post. Do you do any canning? Did you recognize the old-fashioned jars?
Several people asked for the Herbade recipe from the cafe at Fruitlands Museum. I posted it in an answer to a comment but I will add it here too.
Here is the recipe they gave us for the "herbade" - it makes quite a lot! You could probably make a half recipe of the herb mixture so you wouldn't need to used it up so quickly. We just finished ours this weekend and the herbs had gone a bit mushy so I strained them out. The flavor was still very nice.
1 cup chopped basil
1 cup chopped mint
1 cup orange juice
1 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup lemon juice
(simple syrup is made by dissolving one cup of sugar in one cup of water - bring the mixture to a boil and then let it cool)
The herb mixture should sit for at least one hour.
Next, use a container that is about 1.5 liter (they served it in a large carafe) and add 1/3 cup of the mixture, fill half of the container with lemonade and half with gingerale. I used fresh squeezed lemon juice for the mixture and used the Paul Newman brand lemonade for the last step.
Add a few lemon slices as a garnish to make it look pretty!
I hope you like it - we thought it was very refreshing and not too sweet!
I have a few reminders to share about sales that are ending soon - some today!
Craftsy has extended their summer sale. Classes are up to 75% off - some are priced at just $9.99. The sale ends at midnight tonight. If you haven't taken a class before, you might want to check out one of the free mini courses just to see what they have to offer. You can find the free classes by clicking HERE and scrolling to the bottom of the page. I have found these classes to be quite good - so far I have tried quilting and sewing topics but there are also quite a few classes on cake decorating, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, cooking, etc.
There is a Christmas in July sale on the Cricut site. I have received a couple of emails and one says that the sale will end TODAY at NOON (Mountain Time). However, another email stated that the sale runs through July 24th...so I am not sure which is accurate. Digital Cartridges are 25% off, there are some physical cartridges on sale for $9.99, several machines are offered at sale prices and there are lots of accessories offered at very low prices.
If you are a cake decorator (even if you don't use the Cricut to decorate) the cake tools set for only $1.99 (originally $29.99) might be of interest. There is also a cover for the Cricut cake that would fit a regular Expression machine for $1.99. There are also a variety of Gypsy, Yudu and Your Story items at very low prices, end caps for the E2 and plush Cricut toys. Click HERE to go to the sale page and see all of the bargains.
It's almost time for the first ever True Scrap Kids event, coming up next Saturday, July 27th.
On July 27, crafty kids AND their parents can
- LEARN fun new skills…
- CONNECT with other Future Crafters of the Universe…
- INTERACT with incredible instructors in a state-of-the-art web classroom, LIVE…
- CREATE fun and unique projects, from mini-albums to day books to stationery sets…
- AND HAVE TONS OF FUN!
You (and your child) will get full admission to five classes, LIVE entry to the pre-event PJ Party, unlimited access to class recordings to view at your convenience, and chances to win prizes. These events are lots of fun because everything is LIVE and you never know what might happen next. You can relive the True Scrap Kids experience over and over again with the recordings (or catch up if you miss part of the live event). Click HERE to read more details and sign up. I hope to "see" you there!
It was too hot to do much outside last week. Before we know it we'll be complaining about the snow! I hope you have a crafty and happy day!
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