3.26.2016

Saturday's Swig & Swag


Hello everyone! It's going to be a wonderful weekend! We had snow last week, but Easter Sunday is supposed to be warm and sunny! Spring in Utah is like that with clouds and a quick rainstorm or snow flurry one moment, and warm sunshine in the next. You learn to keep a coat and umbrella in your car for those unexpected moments. Spring is actually one of the most popular seasons in Utah because you can ski and golf on the same day! So we can't complain too much, right?!

via Pinterest

I shared with you last week that on Saturdays I'll be sharing a refreshing beverage or shake and an idea or two to add a little swag around your home. If you want to see that post go HERE. By "swag", I simply mean character. 

  
 I've never been a great lover of carbonated water until lately. It's amazing how adding a little citrus and herb totally changes the taste. The day I made this recipe to test it my grandchildren were here and they really loved it. It's light, refreshing, and very pretty. This week's Saturday's Swig is:

Blackberry Elderflower Spritzer with Mint
(Non-alcoholic)

Makes about 1 liter pitcher 
(for my family I double or triple this recipe)

1 liter soda water, chilled (I use Schweppes Club Soda)
1/2 - 3/4 cup elderflower syrup, chilled (I prefer 3/4 c)
1 lime, juiced
About 1/2 cup blackberries, washed
1/4 cup mint leaves, bruised

Add the soda water and elderflower syrup with the lime in a pitcher, and whisk together. Stir in the blackberries and muddled mint leaves, stir and serve immediately.


We really love this beverage, and it's easy to put together. I like to add a few berries to each glass and a mint leaf.

 
 If you're not familiar with elderflower syrup, it's a fruity sweetener added to water.  If you've never tasted a drink made with elderflower syrup, it can only be described as summer in a glass. I buy it from World Market, although I've seen it before at Target and a few grocery stores.

 Do you know how to muddle or bruise mint leaves? I honestly did  not know what "muddle" was until I did a little research.
This is what a wooden muddle looks like. You can use this tool or the back end of a wooden spoon works fine. It's done to release the oils in the mint. It's best to add a little sugar in the bottom of a glass, then add your mint leaves and you grind the leaves using light pressure.  You want the leaves left intact, but they will look bruised.
   

 Add a little Swag  to your Easter table with one of these centerpiece ideas.


I was inspired by this easy centerpiece by Decor Gold that I shared yesterday (see HERE), and decided to make a trip to my garden center.


I'll be sharing more on this easy centerpiece in a future post, but I choose small potted plants of the following varieties: 
White Hydrangea (2)
Jasmine 
 Ivy
Fern
 Flowering heather
Pussy Willow stems
Moss
Container (your container needs to be deep enough to hold the potted plants & cover with moss)
Potting soil (it doesn't take much)
Leave the plants in their individual containers and arrange them in your pot, adjusting the height by using a little soil underneath if needed. Fill in around the potted plants with a little soil (you don't need to bring the soil to the top - about halfway up the sides of the potted plants to secure them). Add a thick layer of moss to cover the top of the planter. Insert a few stems of pussy willows ( I used the top half of 4 stems). It's that easy!  Your plants remain in their separate containers so water individually as needed.
 This Jasmine plant is going to smell wonderful when it blooms.


Since it's Easter tomorrow, I'll leave you with a few more fun ideas:

This is a pretty and simple tablescape using potted bulbs by Heather Christo. Place potted bulbs in your containers, top with moss (gotta love that moss), and arrange the pots on top of a runner of moss, or a table runner, and fill in with dyed Easter eggs.  How cute is this?!



Happy Easter everyone. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Easter. Keep the wonderful people throughout our world, especially those in Brussels, in your prayers!

 via A Creative Mind

 I can't help myself, these hand painted eggs are beautiful!

Warmest regards,

2 comments :

Jinaya Whiting said...

Your centerpiece is amazing!! I want to try and make one for my table. I also tried this drink and it is so refreshing...loved it!! Will be serving it at my next get together. Thanks!!

Alexis Gruninger said...

Thank you, Jinaya!

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