Aug 18, 2015

Raspberry Grapefruit Martinis with Fresh Herbs

Spend some time today with Julie and Debbie over at Cooks with Cocktails where you'll find these raspberry grapefruit martinis with grated ginger and fragrant, fresh rosemary.

To make these colorful raspberry cocktails, you'll need to puree thawed frozen raspberries in a blender and then push it through a sieve. Vodka and the juice of freshly squeezed grapefruit gives it the perfect punch.

Any way you can add ripe raspberries to your diet, you can and you should.

Only 64 calories per cup. Half your daily requirement for Vitamin C and you're done. Increases metabolism in fat cells and you know what that means. Hello twenty-seven inch waist, where have you been?

An easy martini recipe in four easy steps.

Raspberry Martinis
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Aug 16, 2015

Easy Fall Trifle Recipe - Only 5 Ingredients!

Is there a person alive who doesn't love trifle?

It seems I need a real crowd pleaser for my fall bridal shower that includes both women and men.

A delicious dessert that looks and tastes so good, my friends will think I'm the next fabulous Food Network star.

Only five ingredients - a box of cake mix (spice would be nice), Cool Whip, instant vanilla pudding, a jar of caramel topping sauce and two cans of apple pie filling.

Add cooled cake cubes to the bottom of a clear glass trifle bowl and drizzle a bit of tasty caramel topping. Then comes a layer of cold and creamy vanilla instant pudding, followed by apple pie filling and Cool Whip. Start all over again and finish it off with sweet caramel sauce.

Lovely to look at - easy to serve.

No sifting, rolling, baking or boiling. Just five delicious ingredients and one easy and elegant favorite fall dessert.


Aug 15, 2015

9 Breathtaking Red Wedding Ideas

I love you...exciting color red.

A red candied apple reminds me of what I had in hand when stealing a sweet sticky kiss from Billy Simpson the summer between fifth grade and sixth.

And red checkered tablecloths - the promise of ice cold lemonade, baked beans swimming in ketchup and molasses, grilled hamburgers and tangy pulled pork.

Cherry red lipstick made famous by Bettie Page, with her jet black hair and beautiful trademark bangs.

Red is passion. Red is pleasure. A red themed wedding will bring you great joy.



Aug 4, 2015

Rustic Love Cake Topper

A delicate wooden cake topper perfect for a rustic themed wedding.

Not that I'm planning a wedding of my own. No need to trade in a small but trustworthy Italian-American man (with beautiful blue eyes) for one 10 years younger, over six feet tall. This short guy will stand on his head and wiggle his toes if that's what it takes to make me laugh.

I'll put this topper on his birthday cake - Pillsbury chocolate cake mix with homemade buttercream icing he thinks is fine enough to serve the Queen and all her court at Buckingham Palace. Thank God for pudding in the mix.

I'll put this on our anniversary cake because he still runs out to the car to carry in my groceries and won't lay his head down on his pillow until he kisses me goodnight.

The kids - now with kids of their own - will see this cake top at parties and potlucks.

For $16.00 it's a small but sweet investment. Laser carved in wood (probably natural birch wood, but not listed as such) and shipped in two to three weeks. Don't know why this lightweight wooden topper - 1/8 inch wide - costs six dollars to ship from Florida to Virginia Beach, but it's a small price to pay for a lifetime of this man's love.


Aug 3, 2015

Good Manners Online - Give It a Try

What happened to good manners?

I just returned from a relaxing week in my little second home in Richmond where lovely white hibiscus flowers pressed their delicate petals against my living room windows to amuse and entertain me. And freshly picked blueberries made their store-bought counterparts seem dull instead of delicious.

We picked up the house for practically nothing - replaced the ceilings, floors, windows and doors and have been loving it's simple charm ever since.

A longer than normal ride back to Virginia Beach because of tourists and traffic jams. (If you travel south to our large seaside city this time of year, thankfully there are alternatives to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.)

Once home, I find a nasty comment left on my blog.

Really it's more of a threat. On my blog post, 7 Refreshing Summer Sangria Recipes I have published a copyrighted photo and recipe that doesn't belong to me. I am told to remove it within 24 hours or face the wrath of some person/place/thing with three unfamiliar initials. Wow, that's creepy.

To be fair, I did use this woman's photo. But I didn't use her recipe. I gave a short description of her delicious sangria recipe with a link for my readers to be able to find her, her blog and everything else she has to offer (and possibly subscribe if they like what they see).

I removed her photo and link, of course. And deleted her comment. I don't take kindly to threats, especially over something so mundane.

A few years ago, someone created a link to one of my recipes - without permission. It is a site called Tip Junkie where you will find blog posts such as 22 Best Duct Tape Crafts to Make and 29 Paper Plate Crafts for Kids (two free links for you, my good online friend).

Thank you, Tip Junkie. I've had more traffic from that link than the New Jersey Turnpike at rush hour.

The reader had every reason to contact me regarding her lovely sangria photo. If I hadn't been in my little hideaway near the banks of the beautiful James River, I would have responded sooner than later.

Now that I know who she is, I won't be sending any friends or followers her way.

Just what she wanted.

Jul 23, 2015

Memorial Wedding Table

So simple, so sweet.

Remembering those you knew you better than most.

Nothing fancy...just a small, round table with framed photos of Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Dave and Aunt Sue.

They gave you the most precious thing a person has to give...their time.

And sadly, their time was up before this day devoted to the greatest love story ever.

Grandma's gift of helping you organize your Girl Scout cookie drive gave you the skills to negotiate complicated contracts with florists and photographers.

There's no reason to think she hasn't showed up in her own way - in a gentle breeze, a flock of birds, a twinkling star.

She'll be happy to see her own wedding photo proudly displayed. And remember how amazing it felt to have a head of thick, curly brown hair and a twenty-five inch waist.

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Jul 21, 2015

Free Printable S'Mores Gift Tags

People that create free printable gift tags...I am forever in your debt.

I can't think of a single person I've known or know who wouldn't love this creamy chocolate treat.

Thank you inventive and thoughtful Girl Scouts of 1925 or so for introducing a hot, melted marshmallow to graham crackers and Hershey's milk chocolate bars (invented in 1900 and just waiting around for your brilliant idea).

A perfect DIY wedding favor idea made that much easier with 4 ounce jelly jars (about $1.50 each), and individually wrapped Hershey's miniatures.