Behind Every Successful American Is A Good Woman

Liberty Bell Decorated Cookie

  Behind every successful American is a good woman. Dreams and spirits can soar in our land. We are ‘One Nation, under God’. Even if we are individual stars. We may have suffered a few cracks along the way but we are forged together with strong beliefs of freedom and equality which ring true for all to hear. My cookies and I would like to wish you a wonderful, safe and happy 4th of July with all the wonderment and… [Read More]

Red, White & Blue Daiquiris

Make a batch of each color daiquiri ahead of time and have them ready in your freezer in plastic containers. Your guests can choose one flavor or layer all three in a glass. Make all three cocktails from the same base recipe with slight variations. 1 – 6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate (2/3 c.)1/2 of a 6-oz. can frozen limeade concentrate (1/3c.)1 juice can light rum (2/3 c.)1/4 to 1/3 cup powdered sugar (or more to taste)3 c. ice cubesGarnish… [Read More]

More 4th of July Party Decorations

I found some fast and simple 4th of July decorations from Kate’s Paperie.Utensil Holder Starry Streamers Now why didn’t I think of this? 😉

*Patriotic *Party *Paraphernalia

I always begin planning a party with the decorations and these will be so much fun! You twist the bottom to make them pop. No pulling the string on these babies. I’m hoping they are more than the impressive packaging and not a dud. Probably filled with little pieces of confetti that we will be finding all summer long. 🙂 Pier 1 $1.00/each.Next, I think about what can I add to the food or serving pieces to bring in my… [Read More]

Red, White & Blue “Cocktail Of The Month”

Today is cocktail day!The things I do for my readers! (Thank you!!) In planning for our July 4th party I came across this cranberry martini recipe that uses Pop Rocks for the garnish around the rim. What a fun idea ~ fireworks in your mouth! Boston Pops Martini Lime WedgePackage of Cherry Pop Rocks Candy2 1/2 oz. Cranberry Vodka1/2 oz. Blue CuracaoSplash of Lemon-Lime Soda Take the lime wedge or Rose’s Lime Juice and run it around the glass rim…. [Read More]

Preamble to a 4th of July Party

4th of july party invitation

I love the 4th of July!In the past we’ve been in parades riding our vintage bicycles and even cruised the main drag in a purple Prowler. We’ve clapped rhythmically to Sousa marches at the Hollywood Bowl. We’ve watched the spectacular Rose Bowl fireworks from a turn-of-the-century Pasadena villa eating more than our fair share of homemade ice cream. But having a party at home is my favorite thing to do and this week I’m doing a lot of the prep… [Read More]

Molded Sugar Roses and Leaves

molded sugar for tea parties

  Molded sugar makes for a very pretty presentation at tea time and they’re very easy and quick to make.This project took me less than 20 minutes from start to finish.Things you will need: Superfine or regular Sugar Food Coloring Water Plastic Candy Mold Cardboard Baking Sheet (optional) Select your candy mold. I think roses and leaves are nice for spring and Mother’s Day. 🙂 I have used hearts for Valentine’s Day and for wedding showers.Place about 3/4 c. of… [Read More]

Christmas Around The Casa

2009 Snowflakes I adore silver dragees. The Eastern sun was shining through our banner reminding me of a stained glass window.   Silver dragees for each of my red doors. Pearls lights surround my entry mirror, pink and silver balls nestle in a bowl, crystal drips from frosty branches and candles warm my entry. Starting to set up my bar.  Very retro. HoHoHo…

Cookies and Cocktails

I’m so excited to add a couple new features to my blog. Decorative Cookies of The MonthandCocktail of The Month I will feature a post on each one then have a link to the post over on my sidebar. If you’ve been following me for awhile you probably know that I like to make decorated cookies. They are a creative outlet for me and I like giving them away.I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what I come up with. It’ll be… [Read More]

Wine Aerator… It Works!

Vinturi Wine Aerator I took a blind taste test and this little contraption does make a big difference. They even tried to trick me on the first go round. I thought I would be sampling one aerated and one non-aerated and that would be it. I said the two tasted the same and was pretty smug until I was told I drank out of the same non-aerated glass twice. Hmmm. Okay. Give me another chance. Two more sips. I knew… [Read More]