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Ten on Tuesday: Memorial Day Weekend

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):

Rhubarb Shrub

  • 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.

Shrubarb Cocktail

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 1-1/2 oz. shrub
  • ice
  • 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.

The other is for Gin's Elwood. I found a hank of purple superwash worsted that I'd dyed, and love it as the main color with SweetGeorgia's "Party of Five" Snapdragon for stripes.



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.

10 thoughts on “Ten on Tuesday: Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Wonderful list but I think #10 is the BEST one of all! Love your yarn colors, too. I used to make shrub a lot when we were reenacting, it was like 19th century gatorade.

  2. Loved the “boy and his bike;” never to be parted from it! Your weekend was great and the baby girl is adorable, blonde streak and all.
    Continue to enjoy!

  3. Our rhubarb isn’t big enough to be picked yet. I love it, but I’m not supposed to eat too much of it.
    The weekend with the kids looks perfect, and I have to love a boy and his bike, even while sitting in his car seat.
    Here’s to a wonderful summer!

  4. Great weekend! I love the boy and his bike photo! The best! Happy 4 weeks old to dear Gin! But, really – 4 weeks? How is that possible??? I declare this the summer of shrubs!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful recharging weekend. Love the purple! How did a month pass already? The blonde streak is sooo cute.

  6. thank you for sharing the shrub and cocktail recipes… totally want to make (and drink!). and sit in your pergola! looks like a super weekend!

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