Last night, at a progressive dinner gathering of friends, we ended the night with after dinner drinks. I made butterscotch martinis. I saw the original recipe on the Food Network with Sandra Lee. She calls her version a Butter Martini, but the butterscotch Schnapps is so flavorful and makes the drink tastes more like the candy instead of a stick of butter. Here’s what you need: Cocktail shaker — not required, but will make you look really cool while mixing the cocktail Crushed ice cubes One part Vanilla Vodka (I put my bottle in the freezer to make it really cold) One part chilled pineapple juice Splash of butterscotch Schnapps Splash of Chamboard (a raspberry liqueur) For the “one part” I just used the little jigger on top of the cocktail shaker. Mix all the ingredients in the shaker, then pour into glasses. It was just the right blend of flavors. … Continue reading “Yummy Fall Cocktail”
We like to come up with all sorts of engaging activites for our residents at Windwood Trail Haus. Earnie’s homework, and activity in the Day Room on Monday, was making her famous Brunswick Stew. When I was growing up she made this all the time. It never occurred to me that when I be-bopped into her room Sunday night to give Earnie her little last call cookie that she would look at me blankly when I suggested she make it for Monday’s dinner. She said it had been so long since she made it she wasn’t sure what the ingredients were. Actually, I don’t recall her making it since she and Ray moved in back in 2007. Earnie has a stock pile of recipes in a box. All kinds, mostly ones she has cut out from the paper over the years. I suggested she take a look see in her box of recipes and maybe that … Continue reading “Earnie’s Cooking School — Brunswick Stew”
My church lady friends and I were sitting around one day last month talking about what our book selection should be for our November meeting. One of my friends, whom I shall not name, said, “oh, do we have to actually read a book?” Raise your hand if sometimes the last thing you want to do is read? I’ve gotten lately where I am sometimes too tired to even read Good Housekeeping magazine. We said, “yes, (insert name), we do.” Preacher lady recommended An Invisible Thread in the spirit of Thanksgiving. It’s a true story written by Laura Schroff about her friendship with Maurice, an 11-year old panhandler, and how their unlikely meeting on the streets of New York city transformed their lives. There were parts of it that were hard to read. She shares her stories of living with an abusive, alcoholic father, and the death of her … Continue reading “The Invisible Thread”
Each year, at Thanksgiving, I plan two things: First, reading magazines and cookbooks for a new cornbread dressing to make, and the second, how to dress my table for the big day. In the south we don’t stuff our turkeys, so we call it dressing. I loved Earnie’s version growing up but she made hers with a little of this, a pinch of that, kind of hard to replicate. When I lived on the east coast for a stint in my younger days, it was tradition to make oyster stuffing since oysters were plentiful along the shore. Just give this southern gal cornbread dressing please. My recent issue of Country Living magazine had a several page spread of traditional Thanksgiving recipes. The cutie pie Beekman Boys shared their version of the perfect carb loader with your side of roasted turkey… Beekman Boys Cornbread Dressing I think when I make it … Continue reading “Dressing – not just for eating”
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the food (everytime I go to Luby’s I eat turkey and dressing). I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I love it when it’s cold outside, but this year if it’s nice we might sit on the lanai for our meal with the fire going. If I can talk Mr. Bee into it, I would love to install an outdoor tv monitor on the porch for watching the TCU vs UT game. Sip cider and cheer on the Frogs. On my desk I usually try to have a phrase or subway art framed for the season. This Thanksgiving subway art can be found on Eighteen25. Click on the link and it will take you directly there. Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll.
I took a tour group to Southfork Ranch on Tuesday. In all the years of watching the old, and now new, series I never took a trip there. I highly recommend going. The staff were very welcoming and the property is lovely. When the series debuted in 1978, the home was owned by a family so only exterior shots were allowed. The interior shots were taken at a sound stage in Culver City, California. Now with the series renewal, everything is shot in Dallas; both on the Southfork property and in a sound stage in Dallas. Here’s the back patio near the pool. This is where the Ewings would gather in the mornings for breakfast. Remember Miss Ellie asking Teresa for some eggs for Bobby? I didn’t take a photo of the infamous pool because it was covered for a scene they are shooting tomorrow (we missed seeing the cast … Continue reading “Buzz on Southfork Ranch”
I coordinated a breakfast for a large group at work today and had the caterer make this Pillsbury recipe for Bacon Quiche Biscuit Cups. They were delish. This is an easy recipe for your next brunch. I think kids would like them and the recipe is flexible enough that you could change up the cheese or meat. We served them with pumpkin muffins, mixed berries, juice and hazelnut coffee. The florist made this autumnal centerpiece for us… Did you notice what the vase is made out of? I tree trunk! I can’t wait to deconstruct it to see how he made it. Have a fab Friday.
What does your front porch say to your guests? Come on in…go away…this house is vacant…or come around the back? During this transition of September to October, I decorate my front porch with my alma mater, TCU, spirit. I have a rustic pot stuffed with purple and white pom poms, pennants and white and purple twirly twigs. I even put a verse from a school cheer on the chalkboard. Add a few pots of ferns, some pansies, and a cozy place to sit. Your front porch tells a story to your visitors. Even if you don’t have time to do full-on decor like Martha, just put out a few pots of mums and a pumpkin, or two. Be creative with the containers you already have around. I took a pair of rain boots and stuffed them with purple and white mums. I have a wrought iron table on the porch topped with a piece of vintage marble … Continue reading “Make an Entrance — Tips for Getting Your Porch Ready”
During a visit to see bestie this summer, she treated me and Miss Bee to a Gigi’s cupcake. Cue angels singing when I walked into the bakery. This was my kind of heaven. Recently, while I was waiting for a doctor to see Earnie, I read a story about the Gigi’s Cupcakes founder. While Gigi was running her cleaning business, her brother inspired her to open a cupcake bakery. Even though she had good credit and money in her savings, all four banks she approached turned her down. She took out a $100,000 credit on her four credit cards, started her cupcake venture, meanwhile was running her cleaning company to put food on the table. Opening on February 21, 2008 three weeks later she had made enough money to pay her rent. Now with 51 franchise locations across the US, she’s doing pretty well. I loved the set up of the bakery from the … Continue reading “A Sweet Story”
This is where it all began for me. 4617 Meadowbrook Drive. Everything that I am started in this house. Two parents and three siblings that loved me beyond measure. My love of God, family and friends is all rooted from this place. I am so blessed that I had such a magical childhood of playing in the backyard, birthday parties, holiday celebrations, yummy meals every night around the table, a Daddy and Mother that worked as partners to provide for our family, and siblings that geniunely loved me and wanted to spend time with me. “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” Winston Churchill