Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I'm just wastin' away in Margaritaville

On a message board I frequent, the Question of the day pertained to your favorite "lovely beverage".  This was my answer.

I like fruity drinks and whiskey. Depending on the day and the bar or setting you'd see the following...

Home and had a rough day, and want to unwind... Crown Royal or Makers mark on a few rocks in a comforting, heavy old fashioned glass.

Want to get the party started quickly... a shot or two of tequila (I prefer Sauza Conmemorativo)

Out at a bar where I think they probably can't make a good mixed drink - Either a Cape Cod (with Absolut or better, please) or Malibu and pineapple

Out at a bar - Margarita, Caramel appletini or Pomegranate Kamikaze

Out at a bar - Extremely bad day - Martini, porn-star dirty with extra olives (preferably stuffed with blue cheese)

At home, hanging out by the pool - Margarita or Pomegranate Kamikaze.

Just recently, I've found that I really enjoy Palm Beer. So I'll have that sometimes as well. Especially by the pool or on draft at our favorite watering hole.

I'm sure no one really wanted all those details... but it was fun to write it all so, there it is :)


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Someone to watch over me

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"Angel watching over us"

Squeak is in this picture, although you probably wouldn't recognize her.  She's going to stay here a while and watch over us.

I haven't had the strength to write about her passing, but she is in heaven now and I miss her so much.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Portraits in the rose garden

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"Portraits in the rose garden... Two expired and one
 coming into
 bloom. RIP Shauna and Squeak. "

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cute - now with eyes

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"The camera flash woke her up,
but her tongue is still out! Awwwww!!!!"

Dying of the sleepy cute here....

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"Snoozing with the tip of her
 little tongue sticking out (love)"

Second thing to make me smile today

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"Second thing to make me smile today.
 Sweet Catria with bunny rabbit fur
having a nap."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just what I needed

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"Banking on this big mug of Earl Grey
to soothe this headache away."

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"From my fortune today. Dear Lord, please let this come true."

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Peace for a few hours

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"Grilling, relaxing by the pool today. Heavenly!"

Lovely Beverage of the day - Char's Pomegranate Kamikazes

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"That's how we roll.... By the pitcher!"

Char's Pomegranate Kamikazes

Equal parts of all four:

Triple Sec
Pearl Pomegranate Vodka (Accept no other!)
Margarita or Sour mix
Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice, serve.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

She's a good girl

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"The only snuggle I get from Catria. She lays
 on my hip when I'm sleeping!"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The song Sweet Caroline is playing in my head right now

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"Sweet Catria."

Tomato and Ham Pie

"Tomato and ham pie with Boursin. Oh yes I did!!"

This is seriously delicious y'all.  With tomatoes and Basil at their peak right now, you've got to try this.  I have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I've made it twice now the first time, I mixed boursin in with the rondele, and found that it's just too rich with the boursin, so I just use the rondele.

Char's Tomato & Ham Pie
Adapted from a Publix Apron's recipe


4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 (1-oz) package fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 (4-oz) package sliced Serrano or regular ham, sliced thin and diced
1 frozen prepared deep dish pie crust (I’ve been using Marie Callendars, but you can make your own if you want!)
1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup garlic/herb cheese spread (Like Rondele)

Preheat oven 400°F.
Dice tomatoes
Chop basil fairly fine.
Cut ham into dice.

1. Place crust on baking sheet (for ease in handling); bake 8–10 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle 2 tablespoons over bottom of crust. Layer with one-half of the tomatoes, sprinkle with one-half of the salt and pepper, then add a layer of one-half of the ham.
3. Combine mayonnaise, cheese spread, and basil; spread mixture over prosciutto. Repeat layers of tomato, salt, pepper, and prosciutto. Top with remaining bread crumb mixture. Bake 20–25 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and crust has browned. May be served warm or chilled. (Makes 8 servings.)