Peach + Basil Whiskey Sour

Now that the dog days of summer are behind us, the nights have been getting a little cooler here. Late summer and early fall are my favorite time of year to make whiskey sours. Home bartenders can sometimes be squeamish to use egg whites in cocktails and understandably so. Eggs are the odd man out in the spectrum of cocktail ingredients, but are so important for some drinks because they provide a texture and body that you can’t get from any other method. Sours are a whole category of drinks traditionally made with egg whites, like my beloved whiskey sour. I have put the perfect end-of-summer spin on this classic by muddling fresh peaches and some basil for a fruity and herbal twist.

Peach + Basil Whiskey Sour, serves one

2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
4 fresh peach slices
handful of basil
1 egg white

It is always easier to make egg drinks by using a two-sided shaker, like this one, so you can separate your ingredients from the egg white until it is time to shake. In the larger side of your tin, crack your egg in half and separate your egg white from the yolk. In the smaller side of your tin, add the peaches, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup and give it a quick muddle, then add the bourbon. Pour the smaller side of your shaker into your larger side and give it a dry shake. This is to incorporate the egg white into the rest of the ingredients before we make it cold. Open your shaker up, add ice, and shake again. It is important with all drinks to give them a good shake, but especially with egg drinks, to make sure the ingredients incorporate properly and to also fluff up the egg so you have a nice foam on the top of your drink. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of basil.

Egg whites give a silky, creamy texture to drinks, but they remain light and crisp, which is why I love them at this time of year. The peach and basil are simple additions but make the drink much more fruity and herbal. The basil adds a savory flavor that borders on sweet and is a perfect pairing with peaches and bourbon. I hope you like my twist on the whiskey sour and take a crack at making your own egg drinks at home. Let me know how they turn out, and don’t forget to tag your drinks with #ABMhappyhour. xo Natalie

Credits // Author and Photography: Natalie Jacob. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Palm Leaf Ring Dish DIY

Although it’s probably technically more of a “summer” thing, I love palm print all year round. It’s basically how I decorate my house too—all summery/beach things—so it’s a pick me up through the winter months. Anyway, I thought that the palm leaf shape would be a great base for an easy clay ring dish and it just took a few minutes to make my own leaf replica to hold my scattered rings in one cute spot.Supplies:
-green clay
plastic rolling pin
silicon mat
clay tools
clay glaze (optional)
-aluminum foil
-parchment paper
Roll out your clay into a 5×7″ rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Transfer your clay to parchment paper.Use a clay (or X-Acto) knife to cut out a large teardrop shape for the body of your leaf.Use a clay tool to lightly draw where you want your leaf indents to go. I did two on each side and a little upside down “v” at the bottom to look more like a monstera leaf. Cut your indents out with your knife tool.Use a clay tool that looks kind of like a dull pencil to create the vein and line indents of your leaf.Carefully build a small ledge under the sides of your leaf with aluminum foil to create a bowl shape to hold your rings in. Place your parchment paper and clay into an oven safe dish and bake for the amount of time suggested on the package of foil that you use. Once your clay is baked and cooled, you can glaze it with a gloss or leave it plain for matte finish. How sweet! I like the pop of color that it adds to a dresser or counter, although you can do it in whatever bright or muted shade of green you want (you could even do it in marbled greens, too). I’m notorious for leaving rings scattered all over the house, so I really do keep ring dishes every couple of feet to collect them in so I lose less over time. If you want a quick craft to make you smile AND help you out around the house, this may be just the thing! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Estate Sale Shopping Online

Estate Sale Shopping OnlineEstate sales are one of my FAVORITE things. I am lucky enough to live in an area with a lot of estate sales, but I haven’t always had a lot of luck. And as the years go by, life seems to be getting busier and busier (anyone relate?). I once spent every Sunday afternoon browsing flea markets, but these days I am lucky if I get to go once or twice per season.

That said, I’ve become a big fan of shopping for vintage online. And if I’m being honest, I think I am finding more special vintage things since I started shopping online, due to more ability to be selective, compare and choose my absolute favorite pieces.

I recently discovered Everything But The House, an online estate sale marketplace, and they are sponsoring this post today. At first glance I was pretty impressed, but after really shopping on the site for the past few months, I am HUGE fan. I have found some super unique things for really great deals. So today I’m going to share some of my best finds with you as well as five tips for estate sale shopping online.

Estate Sale Shopping Online This wicker bed tray is one of the more wacky things I’ve purchased, but I just had to have it! It makes me feel like I’m running a tiki-themed bed and breakfast, which makes me smile so much! I can’t wait to use it for birthdays and special occasions.

Tip 1. Keep a running list of keywords. 

This is absolutely essential. To find the best and most special pieces, you’ll need to check back often. On EBTH new sales start every day and they only last a few days! Lately, a few of my key words have been baskets, quarts or crystals, vinyl, holidays, Halloween, brass and Moroccan rugs (as you’ll see below!).

Keep a list of things you are searching for and be patient.

Estate Sale Shopping Online This little collection of Elvis 45s is one of my favorite finds!

Tip 2. Be selective. 

There is no reason to rush! Be picky and you’ll find the most amazing pieces. When I was in my 20’s, I loved to thift and go to flea markets, but I wasn’t picky enough. I’d buy things and not use them and end up donating them later. No more!

Now I only shop for things I have a place in my home for and I only keep a couple of continual collections (like records, my rainbow glassware and crystals).

I was raised a “sale shopper,” so it’s still challenging for me to pass up a good deal. But being more selective has helped me to love and appreciate the things I purchase more!

Estate Sale Shopping Online Tip 3. Always remember to factor in shipping. 

EBTH charges actual shipping costs. So it’s important to keep it in mind when shopping. A lot of the best deals I’ve gotten were crazy steals, where the shipping ended up costing more than the item itself. For example, the first thing I ever bought was a set of 16 classic holiday records for only $7! The shipping was around $10, but when I factor that in it’s still a good deal—only about $1 per record!

When you set your bidding limit, be sure to mentally factor in the price of shipping.

Honestly, I feel like most of the time it’s all or nothing. Either I get outbid like seven times or I’m the only one who bids (which is AWESOME!).

Estate Sale Shopping Online
Estate Sale Shopping Online This The Supremes record I found on EBTH is one of the most beautiful vintage records in my collection. Aren’t those colors nice?

Tip 4. Always measure. 

When it comes to things like crystals, baskets and other home decor items, size really matters. You can’t always tell from the photos how large an item is, so it’s important to always measure.

Below, you can see probably my #1 favorite EBTH find so far: a GIANT quartz crystal point (on top of the cocktail books). It’s SUPER large and heavy. I ended up snagging it for $20 and it’s now one of my favorite things in our living room!

Estate Sale Shopping Online

Estate Sale Shopping Online
Estate Sale Shopping Online Here are a few pink glasses I added to my collection recently. I always get outbid on pink glassware, but I finally got a set of six matching glasses!

Tip 5. Check back often 

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Shopping for vintage online is best done in a regular, small doses. Checking in once a week or so will yield the best results.

Remember that these items are coming from real people’s homes like any estate sale. So one week you might not see much, and the next week you might strike gold!

This is especially important if you are shopping for something really specific.

Estate Sale Shopping Online This vintage Moroccan rug is one of the best things I have found so far. I won it for $130 and it’s large! I have seen so many crazy deals on EBTH (one last tip is to always check the “popular” page). Everything from diamond rings, to cars to amazing vintage furniture and all the cute vintage housewares you can ask for.

Just like a real-life estate sale, it can be extremely random. It’s always a surprise.

I hope this post was helpful to you! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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Truffle Chive Chip Dip (Dairy Free!)

If any of you have shopped at natural food markets before, you know the joy of finding specialized items and the defeat of seeing how much they can cost. I was trying to find a plant-based dairy-free chip dip and Whole Foods had an amazing one with truffle oil that, while so delicious, was almost $10 for a small container. Whoa! I decided that I wanted to try and make a similar dip at home to offset the cost and I love how it turned out!
Truffle Chive Chip Dip, makes one cup

1 cup raw almonds
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dill pollen
1/2 teaspoon white truffle oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk yogurt
unsweetened almond milk as needed Soak your raw almonds in a bowl of water overnight (or for at least 8 hours). Drain and rinse the almonds. Boil enough water to cover the almonds, take the pot off the heat and add your almonds to the water.  Let the almonds soak in the hot water for 5-10 minutes. Pinch the almonds between your fingers and the almond will shoot out of its skin jacket, leaving you with a “naked” blanched almond. Remove the skins from all of your almonds.Place your blanched almonds into a food processor and add in the salt, dill pollen, chives, truffle oil, and almond milk yogurt.Blend ingredients together adding almond milk as needed to get a scoopable consistency and season with more salt if needed. Serve immediately with fresh chives on top or store in fridge in an airtight container. I originally made this dip to eat with potato chips and while it is so good with chips, it’s also amazing on pretzels as well! The truffle oil and herbs, while a little pricy, make this dip taste rich and decadent and you use such a small amount that you can make a ton of batches before you’ll need to restock. Try some at your next party and I can guarantee that your guests will love it and be shocked that it’s so tasty and pretty healthy too! Happy snacking! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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