Category Archives: drinks

Planning a Party

Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about.  As always, great presentation is in the details.  Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor.  Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more.  It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!

Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!

Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party!  Get them made by shopping Etsy.

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them!  Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers.  All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup!  Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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Cake~ this is where you can really go all out!  All of these cakes were handmade!  There is nothing more fun than a theme  cake!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

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My Juice cleanse

In a nutshell, my juice cleanse went better and was easier than I expected.  When I researched juicing, most of the cleanses were 3 days.  My goal was 5 days and I ended up strictly drinking freshly pressed juice, water with lemon and herbal tea for 4 days.  I learned a lot about myself and broke some habits.

My four day lowdown:

Before the fast:

I cut out meats, fried food and sweets a couple days before.

Day 1-4

9am  Hot water with lemon, 10am-7pm I drank 6 oz of fresh juice every three hours.  In between, I drank plenty of water and herbal tea.  Surprisingly, I never felt hungry but I did feel unsatisfied and had cravings.  What I loved about drinking just liquids is that I never had crashes or highs~ I always felt even.  No carb or sugar crashes!  I love having 1-3 cups of coffee every morning and really enjoy the smell, but for some reason I never smelled it and still don’t now!  My intention was to fast for a full 5 days, but I found since I work out daily that I was getting hungry for more at the end of day 3.  That evening I did have my juice and 1/4 of organic sweet potato with olive oil.  The evening of day 4 I ate a sweet potato and homemade guacamole with tortilla chips (which I craved!).  I like the corn one.  I also make slow cooked brown rice and had a couple of bites.

Day 5 I drank fresh juice in the morning and ate raw veggies and fruits for snacks and a salad for lunch.  For dinner my husband make homemade pizza and I had mine with cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes.  Day 6 ate simply but attending a party and enjoyed two homemade chicken nuggets and my wild rice salad and other salads.

After the fast:

Never felt better!  My stomach aces are gone.   I’m off caffeine, excedrin, sugar, mostly dairy and gluten.  I honestly am not smelling coffee any longer or even crave it.  I’ve replaced most of my carbohydrate items with rice or gluten free foods.  Don’t get me wrong- if there’s something fabulous to eat I will have a small portion.  I’m really craving my juice, so a couple days a week I have one!

What I juiced:

I’m a throw it all in gal!  Must be all Organic & washed well before you place into your juicer and DRINK IMMEDIATELY.  When you store any left over juice for the day, place in a thermos or jar with very little air on top in a brown paper bag.  Light is not our friend with juice- diminishes the nutrients.

Morning 6oz- whole pear, apple, cucumber, 2 sticks celery, 2 carrots, inch of ginger, half a lime or lemon and the best, spearmint or peppermint!

1:00, 4:00 & 7:00, 6oz.- whole apple, cucumber, 4 sticks celery, 4 carrots, inch or two of ginger, lime or lemon, chunk of fennel ball, couple pieces of garlic, chunk of sweet potato, banana, orange, red pepper, shallot, baby kale, spinach, parsley and more!!

Body results:

I don’t weigh myself but I did notice my clothes feeling looser and lost my lower belly tube.  Overall, this was the perfect thing to do to feel better, look better and just in time for summer!

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A White Christmas

There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White.  When I look outside after a fresh snowfall.  I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white.  Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!

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We're loving how fashion blogger Christine Andrew styled our ivory high low sweater - add brown accessories and a little sparkle to an all white outfit for a chic fall look #fallfashion

I'd totally do this if my hubby had to go away at Christmas for some strange reason....i LOVE all the white. ~~sigh~~

In the Know: An all white outfit is one trend we HAD to jump on board with! Adding pumps makes for an on-point day-to night outfit!
Flowers: 30 paper white narcissi, 25 white ranunculas, 25 white single tulips, 15 white hyacinths

Classic Chic Home: Dreams of Living in an All White Room

I've been trying to find something to do with the old doors from my house...this is a great use & I like the sparkly chandelier too!
pallet table - love the finish

Milk Glass Collection....thanks Mom :)

all white dessert table

Modern White Christmas Lounge from Elite Home Decoration. #laylagrayce #holiday

Nature is AMAZING!!
I wish that I  could just scoop these pearls into my hands and feel their beauty!  ♥
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Packaging White Xmas.  I would do all one color (ex. Red, Green, White) with different textures of paper and ribbon.
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Merry Christmas by All Things Shabby and Beautiful

Celebrating New Year Eve in Style!

1907 The New Year’s Eve Ball
The invitation
Martha always knows how to decorate!
The perfect NYE dress
I love having party hats & horns to ring in the new year!
There is nothing like fireworks at midnight!
The KISS!
The Bar
{LOVE}
There is nothing like champagne on Dec 31st!
The food
The decorations
And of course….the F*U*N!
(The Last Day of Disco – New Year’s Eve Studio 54, 1978)
Happy New Year 2013!

Pisco Sours

I just spent a week with my sister in law, Florecita in Seattle and we enjoyed Pisco Sours every night!  It was a beautiful thing….catching up with family while cooling off with our Pisco Sours.  I have had Pisco Sour only once before, and really enjoyed the ever so addicting sour flavors.  My father in law, says “you’re born with a sour gene or not born with it”.  Well, I was born with it and crave this refreshing lightweight summery drink.

Pisco is an odorless amber colored grape brandy, which is produced in regions of Chile and Peru.  Florecita is from Peru and I can safely speak for her, ‘Pisco originally came from Peru’.  I’m sure it’s a toss up as which country Pisco started in first.  But, there is a coastal town and river in Peru named Pisco.  I’m just pleased that I know people who share their Pisco with me!

Florecita’s bottle of Pisco

To make Pisco Sours, must have limes, egg & some sweetener

Blend away to create the perfect frothy sour drink!

We had a large party with our entire family, so we just used paper cups to enjoy a taste of our Pisco Sours!  Cheers!

Pisco Sour

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) pisco
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon pasteurized egg whites

Preparation

  1. In a blender, whirl 3 ice cubes, pisco, sugar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. Whirl until smooth (you’ll no longer hear the ice cracking against the side of the blender) and serve straight up in a martini glass with a dash of aromatic bitters and a wedge of lime.
  2. Peruvian Pantry: Pisco. A brandy distilled from several different grape varieties grown in South America, it is the national drink of Peru and comes in many styles–from smooth and sippable to rough and fiery. (Chile also produces pisco, although Peru contends that the Chilean version is not real pisco but a Chilean brandy that needs its own name.) Pisco became popular in California during the Gold Rush, when Peruvian miners there extolled its virtues to fellow fortune-seekers.
  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Greg Hoitsma, Andina, Portland, OR, Sunset
JUNE 2006