Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush

Beat the heat with this cool treat.

Bourbon Slush

Serves 16–18

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.

recipe from Porch Parties

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fast forward to Fall

I know I weird but...

I CANNOT wait until Fall!

(especially Halloween)

Let the decorating begin!

Trick-or-Treat Garland

Halloween Window Decals

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Window Decals

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! (Tesh Tuesday)

The average person tells a lie at least 10 times a week. Luckily, the vast majority of those lies are what psychologist Bella DePaulo calls “false positives.” That’s her term for the little white lies we use to spare people’s feelings - like telling your host you enjoyed an overcooked dinner. Sometimes people lie to take advantage of us. Here’s how to tell when someone’s stretching the truth, courtesy of Forbes magazine:

  • Liars give short answers. According to a University of Virginia study, liars provide fewer details and use fewer words than someone who’s on the level. That's because they’re trying to keep track of the things they’re making up.

  • They don’t use the first person. Joseph Buckley has taught thousands of police officers how to interview suspects. He says that people who are deliberately misleading tend to use second- and third-person pronouns like "you," "we" and "they," instead of first person pronouns, like “I” and “me.” Liars are also more likely to use phrases like, "to tell you the truth," and "to be perfectly honest,” as if they’re trying to convince both of you they’re being truthful.

  • Liars don’t talk with their hands. Jeffrey Hancock is a professor of communication at Cornell University. He says that when we believe in what we’re saying, we make hand gestures to emphasize our point. However, when someone’s lying, they may fidget or drum their fingers on the table, but they won’t make wide or open movements with their hands. That's because they don’t want you to pay too much attention.


Our sweet little angel

Has turned into THIS...

We can't even sleep through the night anymore. We are up almost every hour trying to discover what he has knocked over or gotten into. Not only is it making me cranky and irritable from the lack of sleep, I am in constant fear that someone is breaking in our house.

The "CRASH... BANG... BOOM" has got to stop.

Are there any cat whisperers out there?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ABD Winner!

I cannot tell you all how excited I was when I received an email from Ashley Brooke Designs telling me I'd won a $200 gift card. Now comes the hard part!! What should I choose?!

A custom design?

Cute wedding "Thank You" notes?

Some "Soon to be Mrs." cards?

*all pictures from ABD


Friday, July 16, 2010

"We're not old, We're Vintage."

For those of you who don't live in Lexington, Kentucky... You're missing out. Not only are we home to the University of Kentucky, Keeneland Racetrack and proudly boast the title of "Horse Capital of the World", we have one of the cutest vintage stores around!

Earlier this week I paid a visit to Street Scene (off Regency Road) and was so delighted. Here are some pictures from my visit...

Kitchen Supplies

Old Games and Toys

Here comes the (vintage) Bride.

How precious is this Pink and Green Couch?

I grabbed a few goodies and now Carlisle will show you what I got!

Cute Bag

Quirky Pot Holder

Gold Bangle

Mr. and Mrs. embroidered pillow cases

If you live nearby check it out!!

Street Scene
2575 Regency Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Petty Please

I am so excited!

Tonight, Michael and I are going to see...

Here are a few of my Petty favs....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Treats - Fried Banana Peppers

Last night I ventured out of my culinary comfort zone and journeyed to the land of Fried Banana
Peppers. The outcome... Awesome! Fried Banana Peppers are one of my favorite "cheat treats" and I am so glad that I can now enjoy them from the comfort of home. Here is the recipe ...

Banana peppers


8 medium sweet banana peppers
2/3 c. beer
1 egg
1/2 c. self-rising flour
1/2 c. Bisquick
Salt to taste


Wash and de-seed the peppers
Cut the peppers into similar size pieces (2" squares)
Mix remaining ingredients together and dip peppers into wet mixture
After the peppers are coated drop them into a skillet of hot veggie oil
(They cook pretty fast so make sure you keep a close eye on them)
Drain them on a plate covered with a paper towel
Season with salt and enjoy with lots of cocktail sauce

Ta Da...

**(A BIG thanks to Dad for all his help)