Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Infused Vodka ~ Pineapple Basil

Steve and I picked up a book this past winter on infusing liquor and have been so excited to try some of the recipes. But first we needed some tight sealing jars, which we finally found at Marshal's.  Then we finally decided on a recipe. We chose the pineapple basil infusion thinking that by the time it's ready it will be perfect for summer.
The recipe calls for:
1 Pineapple
6/7 Basil Leaves
750ml Vodka
Peel and chop the pineapple and place in the bottom of the jar. Then add the basil leave and pour vodka over the ingredients. Seal jar and store in a cool dark place for 30 days.
After the thirty days strain out the liquid into a new sealable jar and added simple syrup if needed. I can't wait to try a screwdriver or a pina colada with this infusion.
Our next one will be cherry whiskey.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Teaching Art

Last week I wrote about my love for art. It's something that I have been trying to impart to Mouse. Mouse and I decided to do some art lessons at the museum. So, last weekend we took a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to work on some sketches. We took her friend A with us since she had never been there before. Before heading out there I wrote up history and techniques on a few the paints around the museum. 
We started with Frank Stella and modernist style of shapes and bright colors. Not sure if the girls really liked the lesson part but they both loved the Stella painting. 
Then we moved on through the Matisse exhibit and then on to Mouse's favorite painter Van Gogh.  
They only have one of his at our museum so the girls sat down to sketch the Olive Trees while I talked to them about Impressionism. 
I also talked to them about Van Gogh style about using short strokes and curving lines. 
I was so impressed with the girls focus on their sketches. They seemed to really like their time at the museum. We also discussed which paintings were our favorites and why. I can't wait till we go back. 

~ Cassi

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