The title has nothing to do with the post, other than this song by Billy Currington is in my head today, so I thought I’d share:
It’s a good day, although I’m recovering from a busy, fun-filled weekend.
My sweet friends L & E recently finalized the adoption of their precious baby girl, and we had a very festive fiesta to celebration the new addition. Here’s some of us girls poolside, enjoying sangria and sunshine:
What’s a summertime fiesta without adult jello? I couldn’t help but whip up a batch, and I put a new spin on them. They’re more fun (can you imagine a more fun jello shot?), and, for you tree huggers out there, they’re eco-friendly! Well, as eco-friendly as jello can get, at least they’re not in plastic condiment cups this time.
Yes, folks, that is watermelon jello inside lime peels! Neat, huh? I’m quite proud, if I do say so myself.
For those interested, here’s how you make them:
The limes: Halve 10 limes length-wise. Use a small, sharp knife to loosen the lime from the peel, then pop the limes inside out. Use a spoon or small knife to shave the inside peeling of all lime. (Save this lime pulp for a delicious fresh limeade or margarita!) Set lime halves onto cookie sheet so they’re stable and steady (like bowls). (I think if your deviled egg tray is flat enough, this might also work, but I haven’t tried it myself).
The jello: Boil 1 cup water. Add 1 box watermelon jello (or your favorite red). Remove from stove, add 1 cup vodka (or 3/4 vodka, 1/4 triple sec, if you like it tartier). Mix jello until all has dissolved. Pour from pot into a measuring cup (or something with a spout). Carefully pour the jello into the lime halves until full – the closer to the top, the prettier they’ll be.
Refrigerate overnight to make them good and jelled. Cut halves in half with a very sharp knife. You should wind up with 40 baby watermelon slices of jello shots. The fruit/color combinations are limitless. I’d be interested in hearing what concoctions you come up with. Enjoy!
As you recall, I moved into my new house last July. I can’t believe it’s already been a year! For the most part, I’ve been happy with my decorating decisions, but my living room has been haunting me for the past few months. In May, I embarked on a couch hunt that finally ended with me ordering a couch online. I never dreamt I’d be okay with making such a purchase sight-un-sat upon, but I had no choice. I knew in my head what I wanted, I knew in my purse what I was willing to pay for it, and when I found it on jcpenney.com (of all places!), I went for it. Seven and a half weeks later, it arrived. Behold, my grape sectional sofa:
The delivery guys arrived without warning yesterday morning before 8 am. Yes, they woke me up, but it was well worth me stumbling around, sleepy eyed in my pajamas while they assembled this purple oasis.