Sunday, June 30, 2013

Spicy Chipotle Martini Recipe

Spicy Chipotle Martini Recipe

Last year Hubby and I went on a cruise. One of the fun things we did was a Martini Tasting. There were several to choose from but the Spicy Chipotle Martini was by far my favorite. It had a sweet, spicy, minty kick. I knew I just had to have the recipe. Thankfully, a friend got it for me on her last cruise. I just had to share it with you. I found the Monin Syrup on Enjoy! Please Don't Drink and Drive!

2 oz Vodka
1 oz Monin Chipotle Pineapple Syrup
1 oz Pineapple Juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves

Garnish with Mint Leaf

Friday, June 28, 2013

Old Cell Phones Still Call 911


Please do not give your old phones to your children. 

   Forgive my rant on this topic. I am very familiar with this situation that I am writing about. Parents think it is cute to give an old cell phone to their small children. The problem with this is that old cell phones that are disconnected STILL CALL 911! Hundreds upon hundreds of call every day tie up 911 Emergency lines. 911 Dispatchers have to answer every one of those calls. Your child could cost someone their life. The time it takes to answer your child's call means that if someone with a real emergency is trying to call 911, their call will be delayed. Even seconds count. Imagine you or someone you love has just had a heart attack. You call 911. It rings several time before someone answers. To you or your loved one, that seems like a lifetime. 

Did you know that Domestic Violence Victims are given old cell phones. Yep, it's true. They have them in case they ever need to call 911. 

If your child is playing with an old phone and it dials 911, it could mean life or death for someone. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints Review

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Easy Canvas Prints for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind,
 has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. The opinion is mine. As with any product, your opinion may vary.

photo prints
photo prints

I was so happy to get an email from Easy Canvas Prints to review their products. I was given a chance to receive a 16x20 beautiful print on canvas. This is my favorite picture of Hubby and I. It was a great time and one that I am happy will be displayed in our home.
I had seen one of their products at a friend's home recently and was amazed at the quality of the print. It was thick and sturdy. The picture was beautiful. is an easy to use site. In just a few easy steps you can see your final print. First you choose the size you would like. There are several differents sizes to choose from. Next you upload your favorite photo. You can adjust the photo as you like. Next you choose your border style and color. You can even choose if you would like it in Black and White and they offer retouching. Voila! You are done! 
This is a perfect gift idea. 

I am so excited to receive my print. I will keep you wonderful readers updated and post more photos as soon as I receive it. 

Bogalusa Gospel Fest

Bogalusa Gospel Fest
We had such a great time Saturday at the 1st Bogalusa Gospel Fest.
Even the rain couldn't keep everyone away. 


Gold City Quartet

 The Showers Family

Right Direction

Anointed IMPAK

Calvary's Harmony Quartet 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Storiarts Etsy Store Review/Giveaway

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Storiarts for review
 purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind,
 has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. The opinion is mine, as with any product, your opinion may vary.


Storiarts Etsy Store

I was lucky enough to have a chance to work with 
   Storiarts Etsy Store.
 Storiarts combines my love of books and my love of scarves. I was given an option of what kind of scarf I would like. 
I love this store. All of the scarves and gloves have book excerpts on them. The material is soft and beautiful. It came gift wrapped like a treasured book with a gift of a book marker. 

With so much to choose from, I still knew exactly which one I wanted. 

Jane Eyre

How beautiful is this? With writings from one of my favorite authors and from my favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is perfectly paired with my favorite black shirt. 

Storiarts is a special store of wearable art. There are scarves and gloves but also pillow covers. 

Some of the titles they offer are:
Pride and Predjudice
Wuthering Heights
Sherlock Holmes
Alice in Wonderland
and much more....

This is the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life. I can't wait to get one for my daughter. 
To see more, stop by Storiarts and enjoy.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dermagist Complete Rejuvenation System Review

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge, from Dermagist for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. As with any product your opinion may differ from mine. 
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I was contacted by Dermagist to do a review and giveaway for their products. I was really excited to try them. I am in my early 40's and the signs of aging have been creeping up on me for a few years now. Laugh lines, wrinkles on my chin and a deep crinkle on my forehead (thanks to my job) have become a part of my features as much as my eyes and nose. I am not a person that takes very good care of their skin, sunscreen being one of the only tools in my beauty regimen. Because of my lack of skin care, my age is showing. Dermagist made a big difference in the appearance of my skin. I tried the Complete Rejuvenation System for one month.

This is what I received to try:
One (1) Jar of  Original Smoothing Cream
One (1) Bottle of  Dynamic Age Defying Serum
One (1) Bottle of  Instant-Effect Lifting Serum
One (1) Instruction sheet detailing  exact use of the products




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Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Orleans Mint Julep Recipe

New Orleans Mint Julep Recipe

6 Fresh Mint Leaves
1 Tbsp Simple Syrup 
2 oz. Bourbon      
Crushed Ice 
Wooden Spoon
Rocks Glass or a silver cup    

Combine the mint and simple syrup in the bottom of the glass. Using the handle end of the spoon, 
smash the leaves into the simple syrup . Add the Bourbon, then the top with lots of crushed ice,
 stir, trying to keep the mint leaves on the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

***Simple Syrup  1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar, cooked just until the sugar disolves. Make a batch and
keep the left over in the fridge. 

You need to use crushed ice because it keeps the smashed leaves at the bottom. 

Please Do Not Drink and Drive!!!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Springs Bounty

   This year Hubby planted a huge garden again. Tomatoes, Potatoes, Squash and much more. However, in my front yard I have a few things. Last year we had what we would call a drought in Louisiana.  Because of that, even my lemon tree didn't produce.This year it has been perfect. Here are a few pictures of my goodies:

Figs will be ready soon!

White Grapes

Muscadine! I can't wait to make jelly

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Downtown Cookie Co Review

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Downtown Cookie Co. for review
 purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind,
 has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. The opinion is mine, as with any product, your opinion may vary. 

I was recently sent several cookies from Downtown Cookie Co. for a review. The cookies were delivered quickly in only a couple of days from when I received the email. I loved the packaging. It is cute enough that they could be sent as a gift. 

The first one that I tried was the Oatmeal Raisin. Oatmeal Raisin has always been my favorite. As you can see, it is full of delicious oatmeal and lots of raisins. The cookie was moist and had a very fresh flavor. It tasted like I baked them at home. 

The next one I tried was the Funfetti. I only had a small bite and let my son eat the rest. He loved it. This is the kind of cookie that kids would love. Lots of sprinkles and the flavor of a sugar cookie. 

The four pack of cookies also included Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip. Both were delicious. 

I can't wait to try some of the other flavors. They even have ginger cookies and lavender cookies! 
For a great gift idea or just to treat yourself, check out
 Downtown Cookie Co. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Date Night With Hubby

    Hubby and I had a fantastic and well deserved night out. We started out on a slow drive to the Mississippi Coast. We drove along the beach and enjoyed the sunshine. It is about an hour and a half drive which gave us time to talk and just enjoy being together. 


    Dinner was all set for L.B.'s Steakhouse. 
It is located in the Grand Casino in Biloxi. I had made reservations over a week before our date. L.B.'s is one of those restaurants that you are pampered. The atmosphere is romantic. The lights and music are low. We were seated in a private little spot and immediately a young man brought our glasses and water. Our server appeared. His name was Rick. Rick was fun and entertaining from the beginning. After looking over all of the choices we made our selections. 

Our bread was first. It was hot and so yummy!
What's dinner without a glass of wine?
Next was our Crab Cakes. I didn't get a photo because we ate them immediately. Rick said they were the best on the coast. He was right. After the Crab Cakes, Rick brought Hubby his salad and I had the most divine Lobster Bisque. I really need the recipe for that. As soon as we were finished, our Entrees were delivered. I have to stop here to say that Rick must have have a radar. Maybe it is better to say that he is a very attentive waiter. Probably the best waiter I have ever had. He brought every course at the perfect time. 
I chose the Grilled Chicken Pontchartrain, baked macaroni and cheese and vegetable variety. Doesn't this just look perfect?

We ended the night at our hotel room at a different (undisclosed location *wink*) where we were pleasantly surprised to see a jacuzzi tub. Our room had a corner view of the sunset which Hubby and I enjoyed. 

It was a relaxing and wonderful night out with the love of my life. I can't wait to do it again.