Cuba in a cup

What a great weekend! Not only was the weather amazing, but Chris and I got so much done in the backyard, just need to plant some herbs and stuff and we’re done! We also finished staining the patio table Chris built, he’ll be posting that soon so check back this week.

After a long day of working in the backyard, there’s nothing better then finishing the day with a tasty mojito. Chris and I got hooked on this drink after our first trip to Cuba. I try to have the ingredients on hand at all times, but luckily if we ever need more limes or soda water our neighbours (who also love mojitos) usually have what we are missing.

Other than being deliciously refreshing, mojitos are so easy to make. Check out the recipe (if you can call it a recipe, haha) below. Cheers!



Mouthwatering Mojito

  • 1.5 – 2 oz’s  of rum (if using a smaller glass 1 oz)
  • A bunch of mint
  • Half a lime
  • Lots of ice
  • Soda water
  • Stiff straw (to drink and stir with)

Cut lime into wedges, I usually use a half lime per drink. Toss in the limes and mint and muddle. Next add the rum, then ice and then top with soda water; stir it up, pop in a straw and enjoy!

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Sippin’ on gin and juice… laid back

Yesterday was a great day. Just one of those days where everything comes together and you get stuff done! Not only was I super productive at work, but I also managed to get a bunch of stuff done around the house and cook an awesome dinner.

Last night’s menu consisted of grilled cajun catfish with a side of grilled potatoes and onions and an awesome salad. I’m not usually a huge fan of catfish but figured we’d give it a go on the BBQ, because what isn’t awesome on the BBQ? By the time we ate the sun was down, but I did manage to snap a shot of the salad and the delicious cocktail I made. Apparently gin and lemonade is an excellent combo and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new summer drink.

Check out the recipes below!

cucumber_salad gin_drinkDill & Cucumber Salad

  • Cabbage cut into ribbons
  • Cucumber sliced however you like
  • 3 x radishes thinly sliced
  • 2 x green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 x celery stalk thinly sliced
  • A bunch of fresh dill chopped
  • Dollop of yogurt
  • Sprinkle of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Gin ‘n’ Juice

  • 1 oz of gin
  • A bunch of ice
  • Top with lemonade
  • Strawberry for fun!


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If the shoe doesn’t fit

Get a new shoe rack! Chris and I have been super busy the last couple weeks and finally have some projects to share with you. The first is a super easy shoe rack made out of two cedar planks and two L brackets. You could make this out of whatever wood or shelving you have lying around, I just love the smell of cedar though — especially right when you walk in the door!

The old shelf we were using was old and rickety and basically falling apart. It was also big and bulky and took up a lot of space. Having just one shelf much lower to the ground made our narrow hallway a little more spacious. The materials we used are listed below.

Oh yeah, and trying to get a picture of the space was no easy feat since it’s so narrow, so please excuse the shifty shots!

before during after_closeup


  • 2 x planks of wood (cedar smells nice and does well with wet stuff)
  • 2 x small strips of wood (to act as extra support between shelf and bracket)
  • 2x L brackets (Chris found these in our basement)
  • 8 x screws
  • Drill
  • Set-square
  • Level (we didn’t use one cause we had it resting against the floorboard)
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When life gives you lemons…

This week has been super crazy — Chris threw out his back and I came down with a bit of a cold. But, it’s been nice to have him around while I work, I love bouncing ideas off him. Hope to knock off some items on our to-do list this weekend if the weather and chris’ back cooperates, until then it’s couch city.


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