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

Caramel Apple Trifle - Only 5 Ingredients!

Caramel Apple Trifle - with only five ingredients, if you don't already own a clear glass trifle bowl, pick one up before your next bridal luncheon or shower. Trifle can become your specialty. And if you're lazy like me, you'll love getting a ton of compliments over something simple you put together in less than twenty minutes. Here is everything you need to make this creamy fruit trifle:
  • A box of cake mix (I always use white - doesn't over power the other ingredients)
  • Cool Whip
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • A jar of caramel topping sauce
  • Two cans of apple pie filling
Bake the cake as directed and let it cool. Cut cake into cubes and arrange them onto the bottom of a clear glass trifle bowl. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top. Then comes a layer of vanilla instant pudding, followed by the apple pie filling and Cool Whip. Repeat the layers and drizzle the remaining caramel sauce on top. To make it a lovely low fat dessert, replace with sugar free or low fat ingredients.

Lovely to look at - easy to serve.

No sifting, rolling, baking or boiling. Just five delicious ingredients and one eye-catching dessert!

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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.