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Wordless Wednesday…{a quick snapshot of my weekend}

What better way to take in the park…

My iPad, a bit of ‘Vino’ and people watching…what fun.

Life in action…

My day isn’t complete until I’ve had a Pretzel with mustard. Yum…

Look closely and you will see a guy jogging in his SUIT, with a beverage in hand.  God, there is nothing like my beloved NYC!! LOL

Whew! All that people watching created a bit of a thirst.  Starbucks anyone? 🙂

Gourmet chocolates…Dee-lish!!!!

Did I mention that I’m a bit of a foodie…

Ended my day with a glass of chilled vino and my ‘Pad…

{Fabulous Cocktails Friday…}

My darlings, can you tell that I am SO ready for Spring by looking at these DELISH cocktails?  After a truly stressful week, what better way to celebrate the weekend than with a few FABU~licious friends and these pretty potions?

Green Appletini

Ingredients
 
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz.  Apple Pucker Schnapps
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider
 Directions
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
Garnish with an Apple Slice.

The Clover

 

Ingredients

1-1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce triple sec
3/4 ounce lime juice
Dash of Pernod (or other anise-flavored liqueur)
Dash of green crème de menthe

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

 

Sangria Blanco

Ingredients

 

6 to 8 ice cubes

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) cachaca

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) Pisco

4 1/2 teaspoons (3/4 ounce) St Germain (elderflower liqueur)

1/4 cup (2 ounces) semisweet white wine such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer

1/8 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice plus 2 thin slices lime

1/4 cup (2 ounces) soda water

3 thin slices kiwi

3 thin slices apple

3 thin slices cucumber

3 green grapes, cut in half

2 fresh sage leaves

1 sprig fresh thyme

 

Lawnmower

Ingredients:
1 cup diced, ripe honeydew, cantaloupe or seedless watermelon
1 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh mint
About 1/2 cup cold brut Champagne or dry sparkling wine
 

Directions:
Puree the melon in a blender (add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if necessary). Press the melon mixture through a strainer into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and mint. Shake vigorously to infuse. Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses and top with Champagne float. Stir once. Garnish.

And these garnishes…simply delightful!

Cucumber Slice Skewer

 

Mint Leaf Ice Cubes

{via Real Simple}

 Have a lovely weekend my treasures! Wishing you love, light and many blessings.

 xoxo

{Oh Joy! The Weekend is here}

Happy Friday, my darlings!  Sorry for the late post.  My schedule this week has been extremely hectic. Between work, projects and family commitments, it’s a wonder that I’ve been able to share with you this week.  But thankfully, here we are at yet another glorious weekend and I am truly looking forward to it.  I’m planning on dedicating much time to a few pleasurable and mindless activities.  What are your plans for this weekend?  Whatever you do, make it a great one!  Smooches!

Image sources:  Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet ; FotobankTaste of Park CityScheys Bouquets;   Tinned Tomatoes

Must They Do This Now?

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This is one of those days when I just want to end my successful shopping experience by dining at one of my favorite bistros with great French food, a delicious bottle of wine and prime seating for optimal people watching. I love to dine with friends and family but today was not one of those days. I just want to feel the cool refreshing breeze blowing off the gulf coast and be alone with my thoughts without the incessant chatter of a companion. I arrive at my favorite bistro just before the lunch crowed descends upon this little piece of heaven. With this being the ideal weather to sit outdoors, the hostess seats me at one of the tables, under a luscious palm tree, for shading. I breathe a sigh of contentment as I take in the scenic view around me. There is soft music filtering through the restaurant and I sit back to enjoy my own company. The waiter, Jon, brings me the wine list. He offers to take my shopping bags and hold them at coat check but I quickly seared him with a look that indicated that he had taken leave of his senses. He quietly slinks away from my stinging glare, now skittish from my obvious displeasure. To think that he actually thought that I wanted to part with my precious shopping bootie. Pfft! As if!!

As I peruse the menu, in walks (for the sake of this post we’ll name them Biff and Lolita) the couple from hell. They were loud, obnoxious and grating against the backdrop of this fabulous establishment. You could feel the mood of the surrounding tables change as Biff and Lolita decide to make their presence known. She, reminiscent of Peggy Bundy from that series, “Married with Children”, he, a facsimile of Homer Simpson but with freshly grown turf on top. I try not to stare, as does everyone else but it is fascinating, this spectacle they are putting on. It’s like a train wreck waiting to happen. Her screeching tone jarred my teeth, as she dressed down poor Biff. I pretend to be engrossed in my menu as she berates him about his overactive libido. His what??!??! Since when is this appropriate conversation in such a public place? And why, oh why, must they do this now? I try to soothe my nerves by taking a sip of my wine but it goes down like vinegar. I feel unsettled by these two.

Now I realize that I’m quite persnickety about the restaurants I frequent and my standards may seem impossibly high to some but my expectation is that if I’m going to spend an obscene amount of money in an upscale restaurant, I would hope that the individuals who patronize this restaurant will not have been raised by farm animals. Biff and Lolita acted as if they had no concept of proper dining etiquette and worse yet it seemed like Lolita was enjoying this vulgar behavior and the attention she was garnering.

That was it for me. My peace and tranquility shattered, I ask the waiter for the check. I notice that others are doing the same. Honestly, if I want drama, I could be in the comfort of my own home, watching reality TV. And THIS was a bit too much reality for me. With shopping bags in hand, I was out the door without a backward glance. Sigh. I guess I was only meant to have a liquid lunch today.