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JD's Digs: my midwestern desert.

Posted on: 4.21.2016

around this apartment lately, things are changing. for more reasons than one but because this is the internet, we'll just focus on the way it's being decorated. i used to want this space filled with bright colors and wild decor but lately i'm embracing a much more natural way of going about it. all the elements coming in are either alive (all of my plant babies) or very very much dead haha. what is my obsession lately with bones, i have no idea. but as a bartender with a few regulars that pay attention, i'm striking gold. i've had numerous people come in to my bar now with skeletons from their yards and are willing to give them away to me, knowing that i love the creepy things! i can't explain it. but aren't they great? here's a quick WE'RE TALKIN QUICK run thru of how things are lookin lately. 
this new deer skull is a day old in my house and lives proudly on the piano. i picked up my first himalayan salt lamp when i got back from new orleans and i love it so much. the light that comes from it is amazing, it purifies the air and it's extremely soothing. i loathe the color pink so that should indicate just how much i love that thing. 
as a bartender, my wet bar has become kind of embarrassingly sad and withered away. i'm trying to fix that one bottle at a time. i picked up this Rekya a few days ago and it's climbing the charts. i'm a vodka drinker thru and thru and tito's has always been my go to. but if you're feelin adventurous, try Rekya. it's scary smooth and you can't beat the price. 
oh my dear dear bull skull. i have been looking for one of these bad boys for years, you guys. i even gave myself a pretty large budget while i was in new orleans thinking i might find one there. but no luck. i even craiglisted my way back home from louisiana. i literally just kept switching my city location and emailing people for their skull ads, trying to bargain hunt before we would pass the exits. but no luck again. so wouldn't it just figure that i picked this guy up for $60 (i know. i hate me too) 3 blocks from my apartment right here in cincinnati. good things comes to those who wait, clearly. 
all of my plant babies are thriving right now and i'm jazzed about it. i have such an addictive personality and i'm glad that each one of them is doing well and seem to be staying alive just fine. yay. 
my vanity fair book was my one souvenir from New Orleans. we went into the most wonky little book store. floor to ceiling and wall to wall books everywhere and i figured it would make for a decent coffee table book. was i right or was i right?

a road trip to new orleans

over easter weekend, which now feels like one hundred years ago, my best friend and i took a road trip to new orleans. one of our girlfriends was hosting her bachelorette party there and we figured why not make a road trip outta this weekend!?  and so, we did. it was long. it was at times a little stressful but oh my god was it fun. maria is probably one of the three people in this world that i could drive cross country with and not want to murder. and as a an only child with a bad attitude, that's saying a lot. i love her. not to say we didn't get into a few spats along the way. (give us a break. two girls in a car for 12 hours and one of them may have been having her time of the month) but it's all good! we rented our car thru enterprise here in Cincinnati and it's probably the smartest option for anyone trying to get anywhere on a budget. i think between the two of us it was like $70? or something like that? and when you've got two thrifters in the car that are wanting to stop everything antique shop from Ohio to Louisiana, you bet your ass we utilized every inch of that trunk space. our first stop wasn't far into kentucky at a small bar called Spinelli's. the place was empty and we had to explain to the poor bartender how to make a vodka & tonic. (no, seriously) but it was still fun. i like any restaurant or bar that allows people to scribble on the bathroom chalk walls. after that, we booked it down to nashville! 
my best found the sweetest print. and then we found the real one. i love her. 
now if i'm being honest, i could have spent a lot more time in nashville. have you been there? that city is magic. one of my best gals stef lived there forever and i knew we could count on her to tell us a few places to hit up in the few hours we had to spend there. she didn't disappoint. we went to Hattie's hot chicken (the line stayed wrapped around the building the entire night) i felt bad because my best friend is a rabbit and could only eat sides. but she's a selfless gal and knew i wanted to try the hot chicken. and it was just that. hotter than actual hell. the cashier suggested getting the hottest they made because HEY! YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!  but i wish i had gone for just the normal, conservative bird. next time! but they did have some of the best mac and cheese that i ate all the way through tennessee from my to go box in the car. 
across the street from hatties was Broadway Brewhouse, a staple location for the area that allowed smoking indoors, had the friendliest staff and offered up Bushwackers. Basically a wendy's frosty made completely out of booze. one of those bad boys and i. was. feelin. it. it made for an even better stop though, as maria and i sat and tried to figure out what our trip hashtag should be. we decided on #twobroketofly in case you were wondering. 
the rest of the night was a blur as we drove a long rest of the way  toward new orleans. we finally stopped at about 1 am in a rest stop and slept in the car. worst choice i've made in a long time, as we were both completely freezing, tired, hungry and ready for a shower. i basically just laid there and watched episodes of The Office on my phone until maria rustled around enough for me to feel comfortable waking her up. once awake, we flew thru the next however many states (georgia, you are one long bitch of a drive!) and fiiiinally we made it to NOLA! 
there's plenty of pictures floating around in my phone of the trip. the fun parts. but i'm pretty sure that the bachelorette party rules clearly state that those photos must be kept private forever. thanks for the road trip, maria! there's no one else i would rather sing usher with. love you. 

a recipe: Blueberry Jalapeño Mint Julep

Posted on: 3.16.2016

oh sweet baby unicorns, it is FINALLY getting warm outside. and with a little sunshine comes the desire for outdoor actives. and with outdoor activities comes the desire for an adult beverage, no? so while at work a few days ago, a yummy new summer drink was born. the blueberry jalapeño mint julep. you guys, it's kind of one of best drinks i've ever had. and i'm not being biased just because it was created where i work :) 

so first, you'll want to make your blueberry jalapeño simple syrup. this will make a whole bottle and you can use it in all kinds of yummy drinks. we tried it with bourbon (which is the recipe below) and also with Absolute peppar vodka & lemonade. both were yum city but the bourbon based drink was my favorite. 

Simple Syrup: 
2 cups of sugar 
2 pints of blueberries 
4 jalapeños, sliced in halves 
boil in water for about 30 minutes. 
strain and store in sealed bottle

easy peasy, right? and not that it really matters but the color of this syrup is sooo pretty. 

so anyway, to make your julep:
muddle about 6 mint leaves and a little sugar
pour in a shot of bourbon 
add a shot of your simple syrup
pour in ice and shake the hell out of it

strain over fresh ice and add soda water or a little sprite. 

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