A Easter Wish

Happy Easter

“Easter is a good time to enjoy all of your many meaningful blessings: family, friends, Jesus, and, of course, chocolate molded into tasty bunnies.”

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My busy work month has my blogging on hold.  But I will be back with movie reviews, my reading updates, more food, and summer cocktails.  Have a Happy Easter

Published in: on April 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

2012 – Happy New Year!

Thank you to all my readers and followers.

Happy New Year

Published in: on January 1, 2012 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  

New Year’s Eve Plan

New Year’s Eve 2004, I was getting ready to move to Phoenix.  I watched “Waiting to Exhale”.  The movie takes place in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ.  It starts on New Year’s Eve, and spans a year in the life of four friends, and ends New Year’s Eve the following year.  Since I was moving here, it had double meaning.   Since then it has become my New Year’s Eve Movie.  This Christmas I bought the movie to add to my collection. (No need to keep renting it every year.)

I also want to go to the theater to see “New Years Eve” a movie that came out this holiday season.

Then finally to top it off tomorrow, I plan to watch “2012”.  Ok, yeah I know, I’m hokey.  But I love to put a theme together, and this movie combination sounds like a winner.

So for my New Year’s Eve Movie Fest, I will have Champagne, a Lobster Tail, an appetizer food fest, and veg out with my favorite New Year’s Movies.  Whatever you do, “Trip the Light Fantastic”,  Have Fun and be Safe

10,  9,  8,   7,   6,  5,  4,  3,  2,  1 . . .

Happy New Year!

Published in: on December 31, 2011 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Hour @ 1102

Champagne Punch

 

With tomorrow being New Year’s Eve, here is a simple Champagne Cocktail that is light and festive, and would be great to serve at your New Year’s Eve Celebration. 

Ingredients

  • 1 thinly sliced peach
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Simple Syrup
  • 1 bottle champagne or other sparkling white wine

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, combine ice, peach, raspberries, blueberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Slowly pour in champagne or other sparkling white wine.

3 Days til 2012

Published in: on December 30, 2011 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

End of the Old – Awaiting the New

I started this blog a year ago, planning for it’s subject matter to be about the lost art of socialization.  For me to assess my 2011 blog goals and set new ones for 2012, I had to go back to my first LOST blogs and see what it was I’d planned to say.

I thought I had strayed far away from my original goals . . . but when I looked back, I wasn’t too far off.  I asked some questions that shaped this blog. . .

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2011 Goals

 “Why don’t people entertain any more?”    – “It Cost too Much”

“Why is the same crappy food served at every event?” – People don’t really cook anymore – or don’t really know how to cook.

Does NO one respect social etiquette anymore?   No RSVP’s, No thank you’s, never on time, proper Dress Code – “What is Black Tie”?.

Finally – Friendships/Relationships.   Do people know how to be a friend?  The differences between women’s friendships and men’s friendships.

Finally – Me – There will be a lot of me wrapped into this blog.  My love of Friends, Books, Movies, Entertaining, and People.

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Movies – I didn’t see many movies this year – All of the ones I saw we pretty much in the last month of this year.

So Next year my goal is to see 1 movie a month.

Books – I read alot.  I got a Kindle last Christmas and this year I read over 75 books.   So I don’t think I need to set a goal for next year, let’s just say I’m going to continue reading.  Let’s just see if I can break this record for next year.  I will maybe review a few and give my suggestions or favorite.  Maybe some other Kindle Users to share with.

Food – Well I did a  little on food.  Especially for the Holidays.  I took some pictures of interesting meals.  But for next year, I’m going to be more direct on cooking.   I’ve wanted to get better at making soups and sauces.  So I will be starting a feature on Wednesday’s  entitled Soup’s On @ 1102.   I will feature a soup recipe and review my results from last week recipe.  I should be able to come up with 2 or 3  soups worth keeping.

Entertaining – Cocktails

What’s a party without a good drink!  So we’re definitely keeping Happy Hour @ 1102.  New cocktails on Fridays, giving us new cocktail to try at home, which will make you a great mix master when you do have a party.

I’m sure that’s more than enough to keep me busy with LOST.  Hopefully, I will have some events with my friends, and we can focus on party planning. Anything that can keep your interest in 2012.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Christmas 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Happy, Happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!

  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836.

We’ve planned and now it’s here!  Enjoy!

This is a day to store some memories, some that will come back to you year after year.  So make an effort to do something memorable, to share something of yourself, to enjoy the look in someones face as they open a present.  To enjoy the taste of some delicious food.  To feel the of buzz of a great holiday cocktail.

Start a tradition, do a puzzle, read a book, or go to a movie.  Remember this blog is about socializing, entertaining . . .

Good Food, Good Fun, Good Friends!

Happy Birthday Dre! (Christmas Baby)

Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas Eve

It’s the Night Before Christmas and all through the house . . .        How are you spending your Christmas Eve?  Now that the shopping is all over and done with, I hope you are spending time with your friends and family.  We’ve been counting down for almost two months, and by this time tomorrow it will be all over for another year.  So, take time to enjoy the the holiday and remember the reason for the season.

Hopefully, you had a party or two that you shared with, friends, co-workers or family over the past few week.  I will just share a few of mine, to remind you that despite the hustle and bustle, there was some fun that was had by all.

My First Holiday Event was our companies Christmas Party.  We had a great venue, good food, and time spent with friends that we talk to often, but don’t see everyday.

Fun  & Dancing

The Smaller House Party

And then the office/store Party, with our Cookie Day!

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So, as I turn in for a good nights sleep, to wait for Santa to stop by my place.  I hope you all had a Happy Holiday Season, and to all a Good Night.

Published in: on December 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Christmas Puzzle

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Well it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m happy to say, I finally finished my Christmas Puzzle yesterday.  I was getting a little worried.  I started this puzzle November 27th, and it took me longer that the 2 weeks it took me to finish last years puzzle.  But, it was still fun and an entertaining thing to do.

I’m going to post this at Midnite, Phoenix, AZ time.   I still have another post, I want to get in for Christmas Eve.  So be sure to come back later, for the Party.

1 Day – 24 Hours til Christmas

Published in: on December 24, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Hour @ 1102 – Candy Cane Cooler

 

Ingredients

For Infusion:

  • 2 cups fresh mint leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 bottle quality vodka

Directions

Thoroughly wash mint leaves and place in a decanter or jar. Empty vodka into container and muddle slightly to release the essential oils. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days – longer if you want a stronger taste.

For cocktail:

  • 1 tbs. crushed candy cane or peppermint candy
  • 1 1/2 oz. mint-infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz. B&B (Benedictine and brandy)
  • 1/2 oz. half-and-half
  • Ice
  • Peppermint stick
  • Mint sprig for garnish
Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 9:00 am  Comments (1)  

This Christmas

For me it’s 4 days before Christmas, and my last day off before Christmas.  So I need to overdose on my Christmas Movies.  Today’s Choice is THIS CHRISTMAS – Starring Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, Regina King and Chris Brown.

This is the story of the Whitfield Family.  The Mother, affectionately called MaDear, greatest joy is to have all her children home for Christmas.  The family owns a dry cleaning business, which arouses some heated discussions among the children.

The Opening Credits play to “Santa Baby” as the members of the Whitfield family are introduced.  Youngest Brother that every calls baby,  and older sister Lisa, who is the responsible one and is always nagging the other sisters.

Quinton, the oldest, and black sheep of the family, is ultimately the child MaDear longs to be home for Christmas the most.  Joe Black, who is MaDear boyfriend and secretely lives with her – Or so she thinks it’s a secret.

Like with all big Families, there are many secrets, that some are privy too and others are not.  Of course, like most secrets, they have a way of coming out.  And thus the family drama begins.  But this story is an interesting mix of Family dynamics, where almost everyone has a secret.  The unfolding of those secrets make for a funny and heartwarming Christmas Movie.   The music is great, with a couple good songs sung by Chris Brown.  I highly recommend it.  I’m adding it to my Christmas Collection!

3 Days til Christmas

Published in: on December 22, 2011 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment