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Rats in the Cheesecake!

There’s something about rodents at Halloween that are expected and acceptable in connection with food. These rats are so cute and they taste good too! I couldn’t find the candy coated sunflower seeds so I used a pinch of yellow from a candy corn kernel and rolled it into eyes. For the mouth I used a Red Hot cinnamon candy. They even looked a little more sinister! 

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I Love the Muffins, Oh Man!!

These are so cute!! Last year Williams-Sonoma made just an acorn Cakelet pan and I didn’t find time to pick one up. But this year I ran like a little squirrel to gather my nuts and came back with not only acorns but walnuts, pumpkins and pinecones! They have changed the Cakelet icons this year to include 4 different ones for a total of 24 fun, fall shapes. You can serve them individually or sandwiched together to form three-dimensional treats.

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Maple Leaf Cocktail – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Mapleleaf Martini
As we feel the change of the seasons, it’s time to slip into an autumn state of mind. Even in Southern California we can feel the crispness of fall in the air. Rushing home from work on a Friday evening to sit by the pool, sipping a refreshing cocktail, as you fire up the barbeque while the sun still warms your skin is an evening of the past.

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I’ve got a Crush on Wine!


Crush me, Squeeze me, Make me Wine! My husband and I are working on our “wine degree”! I know, hard work tasting all that wine, but someone has to do it. Harvest Season or “Crush” is the time of year when wineries begin to pick the grapes off the vines and start the process of turning those grapes into the wines we enjoy. Continue reading

SOS – Save Our Sodas!

Don’t you just hate it when you flip over your soda can on the carpet, or worse, on your outfit while in the car! Finally a stealth “Sippy Cup” for adults! I love this idea! Usually I find infomercials a creative form of entertainment when you just can’t sleep but this one really grabbed me! It is such a simple solution to a very common problem. You can turn your favorite can drink into a bottle. You just snap on the plastic reusable top and you have a bottle instead of a can. There are so many reasons this makes sense.

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Micheladas – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!


In it’s simplest terms, it’s really a Beer Bloody Mary. According to Wikipedia, the word Michelada is the combination of the words “mix” and “chela” The word “chela” is a popular way to call a beer in Mexico. It comes from the English word “chill”. When you ask for a chela you are asking for a cold beer. “Mix” comes from the mix of sauces added to the beer. Therefore putting the two words together Mix-chela sounds like Michelada. Others argue that it stands for “Mi Chela Helada”, meaning “My cold beer”. The most likely source, however, comes from the word “Michelob.” Continue reading

Build It and They Will Come – Your Own Burger Bar, That Is!

Everybody loves a burger! Just when you thought you couldn’t please everyone, enter the Burger Bar. When you set up a Burger Bar, the only limitation is your imagination. From the kind of burger to the assortment of toppings, there is sure to be something to please even the pickiest eater. I like to have a basic plain burger and several kinds of gourmet burgers and a large variety of toppings. This is a crowd pleaser every time! Continue reading

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