Wine Cork Coasters, Macaron Fail, and Date Night

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I wanted to share a great craft project for wine cork coasters that I recently finished.  I found this project on Pinterest and thought it would be a great way to upcycle old wine corks!

You will need the following items to make these coasters:

At least 25 wine corks, depending on how many and which kind you make.  The square coasters take 4 corks, the circles take 5-7.

Hot glue gun

Thin cork circles or squares

Pocket knife or Leatherman

Cutting board

Coarse sand paper

Directions:

Cut the corks in half (be VERY careful).  Figure out a pattern for each coaster and then begin gluing the wine corks onto the thin cork.  Let the glue set for 5-10 minutes.  If you did square coasters, you’re done!  If you did circle coasters, you will need to turn the coaster over (wine corks down) and trim around the circle.  Once you have your circle, sand around the edges and you’re done!

I need to sand these down a little more, but you get the idea…

Moving onto a kitchen failure.  I got a new Macaron cookbook and attempted to make Coffee Cream Macarons, unfortunately they did not turn out.  At all.  Massive kitchen fail.

What should have ended up like this…

…turned into this mess!

What did I do wrong?!  My thoughts are that I placed the Macarons too closely together on the baking sheet or that my proportion of ground almonds was not enough.  Help!  Does anybody out there have any tips for making Macarons?

I will not give up Macarons, next time I will conquer you!

On a happier note…I had a wonderful date night with Josh-ua.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville, The Local.  It’s a wonderful restaurant with a menu made up of food & drinks from local farmers, artisan cheese makers, vineyards, etc.  Aside from the fantastic food, The Local has a lovely, relaxing atmosphere and a great staff.

I had the Local “Rag Mountain” Trout stuffed with Spanish Chorizo and Parmesan served over Grits and Josh had the Crispy Duck with Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Cabbage.  We shared Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert.  It was all delicious!

My Trout with Grits

Josh’s Duck

Our Blackberry Cobbler

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday night!  Now time to watch the Oscars…

One thought on “Wine Cork Coasters, Macaron Fail, and Date Night

  1. Pingback: PB & J Macarons | Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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