Sleeping in a Boutique

I had the pleasure of staying at The Ashton Hotel recently for business.  Considered a “boutique” hotel, I had never stayed in this style of hotel.  Boutique Hotel is a term popularized in the US and United Kingdom to describe hotels which often feature luxury facilities in a unique, smaller setting. One of the first hotels of this kind is in London — The Blake’s Hotel.  Here are a few of their rooms… The Ashton Hotel, where I stayed, is located in downtown Fort Worth and convenient to tons of restaurants and shopping.  However, when I get the chance to stay in a hotel ALL BY MYSELF I don’t care about what’s outside the room.  Give me a big, comfy bed, a TV and a mini bar and I’m good. Here’s what my room looked like Ginormous bed with soft down comforter and freshly laundered sheets. Check. Toiletries in the bath and my … Continue reading “Sleeping in a Boutique”

So long purple, silly bears, and all things little

Miss Bee is done with purple.  She is also done with My Little Pony, rainbows, and Disney dvds.  Entering middle school this fall, she’s wanting to transition to a “big girl” room.  While away on her mission trip, we transformed the room… Summer Dragonfly on the walls.  The chair was a gift to Miss Bee from Earnie’s friend Margaret.  It’s a vintage silk, tufted slipper chair in a beautiful shade of green.  Sophia, the calico, approves.  The nightstand is from Pier 1 and has three drawers for all of Miss Bee’s treasures.  The cobalt blue lamp is also from Pier 1.  On the shelves are Miss Bee’s collectibles of dachshunds, family photos, and a pencil sketch of an English cottage drawn by her granddad. The iron bed, which was a hospital bed, was purchased by Earnie back in the 60s at a flea market.  I painted it a soft yellow back before Miss … Continue reading “So long purple, silly bears, and all things little”

What a Peach — a refreshing recipe for Mojitos

I love to try new recipes especially when they are featured in Southern Living magazine.  This is a recipe from their June issue for Peach Mojitos. I have mint growing everywhere in the garden and the peaches were really good looking at Walmart.  So, I decided to give this little cocktail a whirl. • 2 large peaches (about 1 lb.), unpeeled and chopped • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (be sure to use superfine like the recipe says — it dissolves alot quicker) • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon) • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves • 4 cups club soda, chilled • 2 cups white rum • Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, peach wedges Preparation 1. Process first 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. (Yield should be about 2 cups.) 2. Muddle mint leaves against bottom and sides of a glass pitcher to release … Continue reading “What a Peach — a refreshing recipe for Mojitos”

“Sir, you dropped your prostate”

These are just a few of the funny things that happened this weekend as neighbor bee Cindy and her hubs, Mark, traveled with Mr. Bee and me to Canton, Texas.  The first weekend of every month, vendors of all kinds set up their wares on miles upon miles of space in this sleepy little town.  As I was brushing my teeth the night before (many a great idea is developed from me being in the shower or brushing my teeth), I was trying to think of a way to make this field trip engaging.  I came up with the idea to have a boys vs. girls scavenger hunt.  I briefed the group over pancakes at Cracker Barrell and upon arrival in Canton off we went. When you found the item, you had to photograph it for proof.  We had two hours to find the items then meet back up for … Continue reading ““Sir, you dropped your prostate””

Host Parties With A Punch

I was in Pottery Barn recently and they had so many cute things out for Summer.  I love this time of the year for entertaining outside, until it gets 110 degrees, then not so much.   Here are my three things you need to host a fab party this season… First, a good cocktail book.  I picked up this fun one as a wedding gift for a co-worker. Punch Parties by Ben Reed shares all sorts of drink ideas.  Whether it’s a cool Cosmopolitan Punch, a sophisticated Sangria Blanco or a tangy Mojito, there is nothing like a beautifully prepared drink to add flavor and festivity to any social occasion – or to provide a reason to celebrate!   And with a large selection of non-alcoholic refreshers and tasty light bites to serve alongside, award-winning mixologist Ben Reed has created the perfect guide to hosting a truly unforgettable occasion. Second, you need … Continue reading “Host Parties With A Punch”

What’s in my Lunchbox — Heirloom Recipes

Sporting my Martha Stewart lunchbox today, I love it when I have a good lunch to eat.  Since I work such abbreviated hours, I usually have a working lunch at my desk.  Today I brought left overs from Easter weekend. The focus today is on the Paula Deen Blueberry Jello Salad and Julia’s Vermicelli Salad.    We served these at our Easter picnic on Saturday when we dyed eggs. The jello recipe I tore out of a magazine before Paula Deen became a household word.  It is so yummy and a great dish to take to a friend or potluck.  You could easily make it into several smaller salads, or in my case I just made it in a 9×13 glass dish. Boil 2 cups of water Pour into a large mixing bowl then add: 1 20-oz can of crushed pineapple (drained) 2, 3-oz boxes of black cherry jello (I use sugar … Continue reading “What’s in my Lunchbox — Heirloom Recipes”

Lunch with Church Lady and Mrs. Schumacher

Last year after we lost Daddy, my church lady friend, Kristi (also known as Mrs. Burdette’s Egg Casserole) invited me, Mr. Bee, Miss Bee and Earnie to celebrate the day with their family and the Schumacher quints.  This is the famous Chocolate Dipped Pretzel dipped Schumachers.  It was so comforting to go and spend the day with them. We behaved so nicely that she invited us back for the 2nd annual Burdette/Gode/Schumacher Easterfeast 2012.  There’s always ham because Grandma can’t have Easter without it. And a pile of other food like grits (what Southern household would it be if there wasn’t a grits casserole), pasta salad (this is going to be featured in the Heirloom recipes blog entry later this week), fresh tomatoes, corn casserole, fruit, mini quiches, rolls, and of course chocolate sheet cake, cupcakes, cake balls and Mrs. Schumacher’s pretzels. Each family has beautiful, intelligent and kind children … Continue reading “Lunch with Church Lady and Mrs. Schumacher”

Scenes from an Easter’s Eve — Caution Peeps and Fire are involved

Family came over tonight to eat an Easter picnic and to dye eggs.  I am going to make an entry another day to share the “heirloom” recipes we had for our picnic today.  But, here are some pics of the eggs we dyed.  See an earlier post about using food coloring for your egg dye.  We also got out the Martha Stewart glitter to bling up Miss Bee’s eggs. Sister Bee brought each of us a homemade Easter basket made with a plastic drinking cup.  She tucked jelly beans inside with a tiny pink fuzzy chick.  So cute. Then, we moved into the s’more making station.  I have to admit I took a slight pleasure in roasting my peep over the fire. I highly recommend peeps on your s’more next time.  The slight crunch of the sugary coating and the hint of yellow made for a very delish dessert. Happy Easter!

Cinnamon Roll Saturday

This past Saturday, I took Miss Bee to Ginger Brown’s diner in Lake Worth.  It was a cold, rainy day and the perfect conditions for comfort food.  Each meal comes with their famous homemade cinnamon rolls.  The chatty older couple next to us shared their cinnamon rolls with us (you see, she has diabetes and can’t eat them).  Plus, while we were waiting to be seated we did their “text us and we’ll give you a coupon for a free cinnamon roll” incentive.  So, we left with six of these bad boys… We missed the “cinnamon roll happy hour”.  During non-peak times of the day, if you purchase nine cinnamon rolls you get nine free.  Perfect for a sleepover! Are you like me and savor the center of the cinnamon roll for last?

RIP Stir ‘n Frost

Three fun things at work today…first it’s my favorite day of the week Friday, second we had cake at 10:30 a.m. for one of our student workers for her birthday (no, I didn’t eat any because of my Lenten sacrifice, but it was okay because it was chocolate), and third, I have a chicken salad sandwich from my favorite place, McKinley’s, for lunch. During our snack time this morning, I had another realization that I am old enough to be the mother of the girls I work with.  None of them remembered Stir ‘n Frost cake mix.  How tragic.  They looked puzzled as I tried to explain how it came with its own pan and two packets — one for the cake mix and one with ready made frosting.  Bake and eat from the same pan!  Genious. So, I did a little research and here’s what I found.. “Next time … Continue reading “RIP Stir ‘n Frost”