Monday, August 30, 2010

political rally or a good excuse to have a party

A few weeks ago,
my brother and my favorite sister-in-law,
threw a political fund raiser. My brother
is a legendary lobbyist in the state of Arizona.
Perhaps you have seen him on tv with the
Arizona governor (who I might add, has guts and fortitude, go Jan!)
and Sarah Palin recently discussing SB1070.
No matter what your opinion is of SB1070,
the governor is taking care of the people in Arizona and securing our border.
Dammit, Mr. President, we live here legally,
and our security should be looked after.
Okay, I think I am done with that little rant.

Like I said before,
my sister-in-law is the best cook this side of the Mississippi.
Everything that she served was delicious.
These "brie stuffed mushrooms" were my favorite.
Also, the artichoke/jalapeno dip from "Costcos"
was yummy.

My niece came up with the idea for the cute
"chalkboard tags".
I think I will be stealing this idea.
She bought little pieces of wood and sprayed them
with chalkboard paint, let them dry, added the names to the
tags and displayed them among the food and drink table.

Cute and clever!

She asked me to make the dessert.
Sugar cookies are always a favorite. I also made
delicious "lemon bars", but forgot to take a picture of them.
I am not a fan of lemon bars, but this recipe sounded really good and
they turned out so tasty...
not your run of the mill lemon bars, way better.

Thanks guys! It was a really fun evening,

Saturday, August 28, 2010

fun blogs

I can't remember how I stumbled upon these fun blogs,
but they are now my two favorites!

cinnamon post
These two women post about everyday life. They are funny, witty and
I would like nothing more than to be in their kitchen with a good cup of coffee
listening to their stories.
Grab a cup of coffee and click on the links above.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

a giveaway!

Be sure and enter
Matthew Mead's giveaway,
a $100 gift certificate to
I love the Holidays,

Monday, August 16, 2010

holly, holly, hot tamale...

Happy, Happy Birthday
to you Holly,
my beautiful daughter and look-a-like...
I adore you!
Hope you like the birthday table I set for you...
I know how much you love party hats
Love, Love, Love,
your Mother

Monday, August 9, 2010

school dresses

My youngest started High School today.
and no she did not wear one of these cute school dresses.

She wore jean shorts and a really cute top.

For 8 years, she wore a school uniform.

I was a little sad not seeing her start school in her uniform.

But we all have to grow up sometime. Cut the cord, as they say, for me
as well as her.
Happy Monday,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

pizzeria bianco

One of the advantages to living in Arizona is having
this place in your state to eat a slice of heaven. We
have been eating at Pizzeria Bianco since Ali was
around 8 months old. She was in the hospital for one
of her surgeries and her Dad stumbled across an article
in the paper that he was reading and he suggested that
we try this place. That was back when they served lunches.
Now they only serve dinner and wait is around 2 to 4 hours.

As you can see, we were happy to wait for a slice of
heaven. The Arizona weather was actually nice
that night, so we waited outside.

This was Ali's first time and she was so excited.

Our oldest daughter and her new hubby joined us for
a fun dinner.

To die for pizza.

Thank you Holly and Mike for a fun evening
at Pizzeria Bianco.
Still Drooling,