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”
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”
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”
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!
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?
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”
I had the greatest pleasure on Saturday to attend the 90th birthday party of my dear friend, Julia Johnson. She and Earnie have known each other for almost 60 years. They raised their children together, and buried their beloved husbands together. Julia moved to Dallas several years ago, making it difficult to see each other. When I saw her Sunday, I just couldn’t stop touching her. She hadn’t changed a bit, other than to shrink in size to the cutest little lady I just want to put in my pocket. Here she is with Earnie before Julia blew out the candles on her birthday cake… Also at the party, my high school English teacher — Mrs. Dyer. She shared she is 86! I guess eating lots of home-grown vegetables growing up is the secret, because neither of these gals has aged at all. Now that I am grown up, I get … Continue reading “Party Like a 90-Year Old”
Made a batch of these Praline Grahams for Sister Bee’s spring open house with her Thirty One Business and other vendors. I have had this Southern Living recipe for years and it’s very easy. It’s the perfect sweet with coffee or for a wine and cheese party. Enjoy! Praline Grahams 12 whole graham crackers any flavor — regular, cinnamon or chocolate 3/4 cup of margarine (the syrup seems to spread better using margarine, but when I don’t have it I substitute with butter. I actually like butter taste better). 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chopped pecans I have doubled this recipe using almost two packages of graham crackers, 1 cup sugar and 3 sticks of margarine. Works fine. Break graham crackers in half into squares. Arrange on a cookie sheet with sides. Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in sugar and chopped pecans. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. … Continue reading “Praline Grahams”
Recently, out to dinner with friends, we shared if money were no concern, what personal luxury would we indulge in on a regular basis. Most of us said having a personal chef. I can’t help myself when I go to Macy’s and see how they have merchandised the Martha Stewart line of home products. Especially her food storage containers. I upgraded recently to a monogrammed lunch box courtesy of Sister Bee’s Thirty One business. So, I decided it was time to trade in the Gladware plastic tubs where the lids don’t fit anymore. Martha made my yogurt parfait this morning and packaged it in this cute little divided cup. It has a container on the bottom for your yogurt and on top your granola or fruit and a spoon. Then, she packaged my lunch in this cute four piece lunch to go kit. A place on the bottom for your … Continue reading “Martha made my lunch — It’s a Good Thing”
Today is my Sister Lady’s birthday. Everyone should be lucky enough to have a sister. My story is unique in that she was 15 when I came along…much more like a mother to me than a sister. All my positive childhood experiences are rooted deeply in the love I felt from not only her but my two brothers. Several years ago, Earnie gave me a few albums with photos she had made from slides from my birthday parties and family vacations. In almost every photo, I am being held by someone. Earnie always says that my feet never touched the ground my first year of life. But, today is reserved for Sister Bee and the many things I learned from her… She taught me my ABC’s. Always be aware of boys with rocks. “R” for rocks. You must accessorize, even in the mountains. Notice the purse and scarf. Swimming can be fun, but … Continue reading “Everyone needs a Sister in their Hive”