Thursday, May 28, 2009
1) put a little ice in an unbreakable glass.
2) add 1 shot of bacardi silver and 1 shot of absinthe (you can also just use 2 shots of bacardi instead of absinthe).
3) add a generous pinch of fresh mint leaves
4) squeeze about 5 lime wedges into mixture
5) take a mortor or some sort of smashing device and grind the mint, lime, and alcohol
6) pour mixture into a glass and add more ice.
7) add about 1/2 a shot of simple syrup (to sweeten to your liking) and top off glass w/soda water
8) pour drink back into mixing cup then back into your glass
Ths is my favorite drink!!!!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Desperate Housewives of Borondo Pines
Gayle is our Nature girl with a green thumb.
This is our haul.
Dewberries are a small variation of Blackberries.
We could have made a cobbler but we decided to take it up a notch and do something Diva with them.
Our Fantastic Wild Berry Cordial Recipe is in the next post,
better known as Housewife Hooch.
"The World is a much brighter place when you actually live in it."
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Russet Potato Wedges with Italian Herbs and Parmesean
I love eggplant this one will make a nice Baba Ghanoush
or perhaps a Feta and Venison Casserole
Roma Tomatoes with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar
Squash and Rice Casserole
Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
In Loving Memory of Richard Joseph Herrin Sr.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This is 7 tiny cemeteries all together located on Broadway in Galveston. These cemeteries date back to before the 1900 storm. The cemeteries have been covered over 3 times. Meaning that as the island was raised if families had the money to exhume their loved one then their grave would be raised if not someone else would have been buried over them. So in fact there are 3 levels of graves there . I have often wondered how many forgotten souls lay beneath the yellow flowers that bloom for a season each year. The yellow flowers never forget. Memento Mori
by: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
PILE the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,
Shovel them under and let me work--
I am the grass; I cover all.
And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?
I am the grass.
Let me work.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Isle bathing beauty tradition reborn
By Bridget Brown Correspondent
Published May 17, 2009
GALVESTON — In pin curls, polka dots, leopard prints and knee socks, the bathing beauties of the 1920s resurfaced Saturday to parade their style and reinstate a long-ago beach tradition.Eighty years ago, the Pageant of Pulchritude, which later became the Miss America pageant, drew a crowd three times the size of Galveston’s population.On Saturday, fans of pinup style lined the seawall, supporting the resurgence of the retro Galveston Island Beach Revue that was coordinated by Islander By Choice, a retail apparel business.Twelve women competed in a modern bikini contest, while 28 women and two men competed in the vintage round.“This is focusing on Galveston’s history,” said Adrienne Culpepper, a partner in Islander By Choice. “A few years ago, we saw a pamphlet with the bathing beauties, and we thought, ‘why don’t we do this?’”While contestants mingled and quintessential surf-pop, beach-party music blared over the loudspeakers, antiqued photos showed the lineup of the pageant girls from the ’20s and ’30s, when onlookers traveled nationwide to attend the festivities.On Saturday, many of those in attendance recognized their relatives’ smiling faces in the vintage photos.Second in both the modern and vintage divisions, Dana Blue said she remembered looking at her aunt in similar Galveston lineups.“Retro trends are coming back in fashion, and it’s a return to old values,” Blue, who made her own leopard print two-piece, said. “Leaving a little to the imagination is just as beautiful.”The men in the crowd seemed to concur.“It’s classy — it’s fun,” Neil Golemo said. “It’s less about looking at women’s outfits and more an excuse to look at their costumes and say ‘nice gams.’”+++
By Joe Cempa
Published April 24, 2009
GALVESTON — A group called Islanders By Choice wants to resurrect pageants featuring “bathing beauties” that 80 years ago brought as many as 200,000 people to the city.The pageants ran from 1920 to 1932 and nearly tripled the population of the island. Contestants and onlookers attended from all over the country and Mexico via automobile, train and horse.According to Daily News accounts of a 1926 pageant, provided by the Rosenberg Library, first prize was $2,000. Original pageant’s were dubbed, “The Pageant of Pulchritude,” by 1920s promoter, C.E. Barfield.The contemporary event, which keeps the traditional name is set for at 2 p.m. May 16, at Seawall Boulevard and 33rd Street.It will feature contestants in 1920s swimwear and also the current styles, organizers said. “I don’t think we’ll get 200,000 people to this one,” Michael Culpepper said.“But it’ll be fun.” Contestants will compete for more than $1,300 in prizes.“We’ll have two categories vintage inspired and contemporary,” said Adrienne Culpepper, IBC member and organizer of the event. “We also have a silent auction and an after-party at the Float Bar.First prize for vintage-era entries will be $500, while more modern-and more revealing-contestants will receive $200. The 21st century version will feature a panel of judges that include, Tom Schwenk, president of the Galveston Historical Foundation; Betty Massey, chairwoman of the Galveston Community Recovery Committee; and John Nova Lomax, staff writer for the Houston Press.Next year’s pageant may also include a children’s vintage category, Adrienne Culpepper said.IBC was started on July 4 by several island friends who are interested in the history and uniqueness of living here and to promote Galveston and the lifestyle.For more information and registration forms, visit the pageant website at www.galvestonbeachrevue.com.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
HYBISCUS FROM GAYLES GARDEN
SPRING SQUASH FRITTATA
KATHY WITH SPUMANTE AND MANDARIN ORANGES
ALMA WITH COLD DUCK AND LIME