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One of the things that I loved about our house, upon first sight, was the ramshackle barn that is the garage. It is the perfect spot for something that I have always dreamed about having: my very own, grown-up art studio. But, in its current condition (though it is such a fun photo-shoot backdrop), it just doesn’t pass muster: dirt and debris seem magnetically drawn through the cracks and crevices of those old barn doors, the electrical is worrisome, at best, and with no insulation, it is a sweat lodge in the summer and an ice box in the winter. For the last four years, I have pined bitterly for my studio, but with all the work that needed our attention/funds in the house, it has routinely found itself at the bottom of the priority list. But finally, finally! we are moving forward with it, and I am beside myself with excitement to be able to get my art back on. It’s going to be a lengthy process, so to adequately cover it from start to finish, there will be many more posts to come. Everyone’s on the edge of their seat, I know.
….we managed to get our butts to work. The current interior of the garage, I am embarrassed to say, is a dark, disorganized, post-apocalyptic outpost that looks something like this:
The first phase of the project called for building a large storage closet in the back corner of the barn. But first, the area had to be cleared, including removing all the haphazardly attached odds and ends of wood that were tacked along the walls, as well as removing the morning glory vines that had grown inside and turned it into The Not-So-Little Shop of Horrors.
Unfortunately, since we are far from done, I am going to reserve all ‘after’ shots until the whole thing is done. Oh, the humanity!
Phase II coming soon….
The Texan’s parents are visiting us from, well, Texas, and we ended a lovely weekend with some Farmhouse front porch-drinkin’. It was so hot (around 100 degrees), and so, after much serious debate, it was decided that we would revisit the Mojito Sparklers we made over Memorial Day. With one minor tweak….instead of light rum, as the recipe calls for, the bartender got creative and used coconut rum. Oh. My. Gosh. Hands down, this is a better cocktail than the original (if you like coconut–if not, stick to the non-coco-mojito sparkler). So, at the risk of being redundant, I am including the revised recipe:
In a highball or glass that will withstand the muddler, muddle together:
-approx. 5 fresh mint leaves (in this case, we used pineapple mint from le jardin)
-1 teaspoon golden brown sugar
-1/2 oz. simple syrup
-1/2 oz. Rose’s lime juice (or other lime juice)
Muddle that junk together. Fill glass with ice, then add:
-2 oz. coconut-flavored rum
-2 oz. champagne, or other sparkling wine (we used Cava–delicious!)
Give it a good stir, garnish with mint (and a wee umbrella if you are awesome and just have them lying around), and put it in your face!