Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things I Did Over The Weekend
1 -- I made Rhubarb Shrub.
I'd never heard of "shrub" in terms of a beverage until Kat mentioned it, and then I became pretty obsessed with trying it! I'd previously made a rhubarb simple syrup and found it much too sweet, so was very interested in trying this!
Here's how I made mine (adaptation of Kat's recipe and this one):
- 2 lbs. fresh rhubarb, cut into approx. 1/2" pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 c. water
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
Combine rhubarb, sugar, apple cider vinegar and water in a pot; bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Toss in the thyme for a few minutes at the end. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour into a colander or mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and strain for about 30 minutes; stir occasionally, but do not press. Pour the syrup into a jar or bottle and allow to cool; refrigerate.
I loved this! It's a nice sweet-tart mixture, and very syrupy in consistency.
2 - I made Shrubarb Cocktails!
It makes a very refreshing beverage; mine was made with gin, but shrub can also be used to make a non-alcoholic beverage by simply adding club soda.
- 2 oz. gin
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
- 1-1/2 oz. shrub
- sparkling water (or club soda)
Combine gin, lime juice, shrub, and a couple of crushed ice cubes in a shaker; shake for approx. 30 seconds. Strain into an ice (cube)-filled Collins glass, about 3/4 full, and top with water/soda. Cheers!
I will definitely be making more -- and different varieties of -- shrub this summer!
3 - I hung out with the kiddos.
4 - I did a little shopping! I went shopping twice -- once by myself, and once with Ali & the kids.
Junah rode a STRIDER all around one of the stores, and then right out the door. He sort of loves it. I think it will get a lot of use in the coming years.
5 - I enjoyed some lovely weather.
6 - I hung out in the back yard with Rusty. I watched his garden start to grow! He has some onions, spinach, lettuce, and carrots.
7 - I helped Gin celebrate 4 weeks on this earth! Can you believe it? Four weeks ago yesterday!
You can see her little blonde streak in this photo. It's pretty awesome!
8 - I chose and wound colorful yarn for some projects.
The teal/dark purple-y combo is for Kirsten's TTL Mystery Shawl 2016, which I was expecting to start today... and then realized mid-morning that it is not June 1st! That means that you still have time to join, if you'd like.
9 - I hung out on the deck with my #pergolacompanions & started a quick project. It'll be a shoulder bag.
10 - I didn't do anything I didn't want to do. And still managed to make a dent in cleaning up my workroom! I have another long weekend coming up, and I have PLANS!!
I hope you had a great weekend, too.