Sunday, August 30, 2009
NEW ORLEANS BOURBON HOUSE MINT JULEP RECIPE
12 mint leaves
1 splash of simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2.5 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon
1 splash of soda water
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
In a glass or silver Julep cup, add mint leaves and simple syrup and slightly muddle. Next, add crushed ice, top with bourbon and a splash of soda water. Stir well and garnish with a mint sprig.
* Traditionally a mint julep consists of four ingredients: mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. Southerners usually use spearmint in lieu of sugar or mint. Very similar to a mojito.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I’ve had some fantastic experiences in my lifetime that left me on top of the world but I’ve also been so broken that I’ve felt overwhelmed by circumstances out of my control. I know how it is to lose someone close by a tragic death, I know how it feels to lose your home and all your possessions in a tragic storm, I know how it is to have your family destroyed by a tragic divorce, I know how it feels to lose your fortune do to a tragic career decision, and I know how it feels to be anxious about dealing with a mountain of problems without any solutions. I’ve held the hand of a mother who lost her children, an old man taking his final breath of life, hugged a stranger at the moment of disparity, and cried with those who were deeply hurting.
I don’t have the answers why God allows those who be struck with hardships. But I can tell you that I find great comfort knowing that we do not endure such suffering for absolutely no reason at all. And I believe once you’ve truly suffered you have the ability to encourage, love, and show compassion on others like you’ve never done before. I try to think of people around me and how they are hurting and I try to do what I can in my power to meet their needs. Even if it’s cooking dinner and delivering it to their front door, a kind word, listening to their story. I don’t believe in tearing others down and I refuse to partake with others who do. It’s important when we interact with others to remember who you want to be, what your last words will be remembered, and what you’ll be known for.
I’d like to share with you a secret that helps me to press on while I’m in the midst of the storm. I like to listen to Tye Tribbett’s song, Hold On. I’ll blast it in my car or in my house and sing as loud as I can. Because I know that relief is on its way. Nothing stays positive forever but nothing stays bad either. Life is up and down but it’s your attitude that controls the outcome.
BEFORE LISTENING TO YOUTUBE PAUSE MY MUSIC ON MY MUSIC LIBRARY AT THE BOTTOM OF MY BLOG!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monogram Pillows are my favorite to collect. Love them!!!
Who doesn't own monogram stationary? I receive stationary as a Christmas gift annually.
I adore monogram hand towels for the guest bathroom. I think monogram hand towels along with monogram soaps are a special touch. I should have posted a picture of my soap.
Have a wonderful weekend and drop by http://peeptoepumpsandpearls.blogspot.com/ when you get a chance. She's hosting for a friend of hers. She is such a big sweetie and she has a really fun blog.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I've been using olive oil for years. I use it for multi purposes and even carry a glass jar in my purse. I've tried many types of brands but I'm excited to share my newest find http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/ It's FABULOUS!!! I truly recommend it to all my friends and family. I take into consideration before I promote a product to those close to me. I tell the 100% truth and stand firm on any product recommendation. Y'all this is a fantastic brand of olive oil. I'm so excited to say that my friend over at http://peeptoepumpsandpearls.blogspot.com/ tried this product and loves it. You can stop over at her blog and read her review.
* When you purchase a bottle from the website, you'll want to enter MY PEEPS in the coupon section. Let me know if you order a bottle and send me your review. I'm anxious to hear how many blogger friends love this oil.
Monday, August 24, 2009
It drives me crazy because we have about a million channels and nothing is ever on. If you are not into "REALITY TV" you are pretty much out of luck. Well, I went through all our DVDs and came across one of my ultimate favorites, Auntie Mame. Does anyone else remember this musical? It's hilarious. Maybe the dysfunctional character reminds me all too well of my own relatives. Cocktail hour, Martini parties, and cigarette smoke fills my childhood memories. Who else at the age of 9 could bartend their own Grandmother's bridge club with Bloody Mary's? When thinking of my own Grandmother and Great Auntie's the first thing that comes to mind is Virginia Slims, leopard print, big gaudy diamond rings, and huge luxury vehicles. It's a wonder how I became so conservative with a family like this one. But it does happen....
The little boy's character, Patrick, has a very familiar upbringing. I believe if you've seen this movie and tears stream off your cheeks from laughter you probably understand the humor of this film. The remodeling scenes get me roaring. I remember my own Grandmother and Auntie's remodeling their houses every year in the most trendiest furniture down to the shag rugs and hideous chandeliers, LOL!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I've had my eye on a Babolat Pure Storm Tour. Has anyone played with this beauty? I would love to hear any reviews.
Our fellow Texan didn't win in Montreal but he played hard. I'm proud of Andy Roddick for playing a good game. Tomorrow he'll be playing in Cincinnati. We'll be cheering him on from the Lone Star state. Good luck in Cincy, Andy!!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So, I've spent countless hours searching for the best designs and save them to my blog. It's so much easier to pull up my blog and look them over rather then keeping clipping all around the house. My home office is overwhelmed in samples as is. I came across this one and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! It's very southern and inviting. I'm not sure what I love more the colors, hanging light fixtures, rug, or furniture accents. I love old things and I want to raise my children to appreciate a comfortable environment full of antiques. This look is sooo us....
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
However, we ended up pulling up to the restaurant to only find that they were closed. We didn't think about checking the hours (never crossed our minds). Hungry and no idea where we could find some decent grub nearby, we headed back towards the north loop of the city. I noticed a sign from the feeder and pointed it out to my husband (screaming and pointing) "Shrimp Po-Boys!!!" Being married to a NOLA man all you have to say is the word "shrimp" and you've got his undivided attention. He looped around and we landed at a place called, "Antone's Famous Po-Boys." Hesitantly we sat in the parking lot debating if we dare get our hopes up. Too many times we've been let down on advertised Cajun food. We decided to go in and check it out.
Ya'll, the shrimp was delicious (freshly fried from the gulf). They had a fantastic Cajun mayo too (I always get mine fully dressed). When rating a Po-Boy you don't rate it by stars but by how many napkins you used, the messier the better. I give this little chain restaurant a rating of 6 out of 10 napkins. Not bad!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
If y'all want to play along leave me a comment and I will leave a link to your blog so everyone can learn a little about you and your family.
Here's my 5 Fun Family Facts
I'm related to Clark Gable. He's my Grandfather's first cousin. They look identical too! Everyone always told my Grandpa "you look just like Clark Gable." He would laugh and say, "I hope so, he's my cousin. I'm (his name) Gable." My Grandpa knew Clark and moved out to Southern California back in the 1950's when he returned from the Korean War.
My mom was one of the first Cinderella's at Disneyland (California). She use to ride the floats around the park and wave to all the children. She made a great Cinderella too! This was back in the 1960's.
Both of my Grandpa's were Fire Chiefs. My Grandpa S. was the youngest Fire Chief in the history of California. He got involved in politics after working years at the fire department and finally retired as a cattle rancher in Northern California. He use to have a powerful voice, jet black hair with white around the temples, and smoke a pipe. Grandpa G. was involved in politics and after an early retirement became a Fire Chief. And just retired last year at age 77. He was fighting forest fires in his 70's!!! You would never guess he's as old as he is. The man has more energy than me!
My great great grandfather use to sell horses to Jesse James before he became an outlaw. Story has it that my great great grandfather use to own a large tobacco plantation in Georgia. The Yankee's burned it down during the Civil War. After the Civil War he migrated to Kentucky where he bread horses. Jessee's father use to be a Baptist minister in Kentucky that migrated to Missouri. We are guessing that perhaps he might have been in the area visiting relatives or just passing through. Jesse James might have known him during the Civil War because he took the Confederate side as well. Really not sure how their paths crossed.
Our Ancestors use to live next door to George Washington. George Washington was one of our ancestors "God Father." I think that's pretty cool!
I would love to hear your family's history. It's so important to remember where we came from. Even those crazy things that make our family's unique.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Last week I was so delighted to find a package from California Olive Oil on my doorstep. I ripped open the box as a child on Christmas morning and found a bottle of Arbosana. It's delish! I've already used it at least half a dozen times since I received it in the mail last week. I poured the oil in a small dipping dish and allowed my dinner guests to taste it. They completely finished it off and asked for a second round. My husband loved it on his salad last night. And tonight I'm going to use it on my fish. I highly recommend this oil to all my friends and family.
The bottles are so beautiful that I'm thinking of purchasing them for my friends, neighbors, and husband's work associates as Christmas gifts this year. What a unique and tasty gift!!! Here is their website http://www.californiaoliveranch.com/ They have the most amazing recipes posted on their blog. http://chefs.californiaoliveranch.com/ I suggest stopping by their site when you get an opportunity. You won't be disappointed!!!
Thank you, Kirsten!!!