Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blog Changes

Hi everybody~
I have been doing a bit of rearranging to the blog tonight. If you're getting this through a feed, click on over and check out the new layout and title banner.
Let me know what you think,

Friday, November 28, 2008

Traditions & Superstitions-Flowers

Do you wonder why we carry a bouquet on our wedding day? Why a wedding is not complete without flowers? Here are some the answers and a guide to the meaning of some flowers.

  • Flowers have always been a part of weddings as away to show love and well wishes for the couple.
  • In ancient times couples wore garlands or wreaths of garlic, herbs and spices instead of flowers to keep away evil spirits.
  • In ancient Greece and Rome, the garlands symbolized new life, hope and fertility.
  • The bridal bouquet was inspired from garlands and wreaths worn around the heads of both the groom and bride. The garland was considered a symbol of love and happiness.
  • Dill is the herb of lust. When carried with the garlic down the aisle the bride would lust only for her husband.
  • Sage is the herb for wisdom. When carried with the garlic it is said that the bride would gather great wisdom and learn goodness.
  • Traditional Celtic bouquets include ivy, thistle and heather.
  • In Germany, couples would hold candles with flowers and ribbons tied to them, during the ceremony.
  • In India, the grooms brother sprinkles flower petals over the bride and groom at the end of the wedding ceremony to help ward of any evil spirits.
  • In Sweden, the bridesmaids carry little bouquets of aromatic herbs and the groom carries thyme in his pockets as they walk down the aisle to scare off trolls.
  • In Austria, the brides would crown their veils with the flowers of life.
  • In England, as the bride and her bridesmaids walk to the church together. A small girl would lead them to the church while sprinkling flower blossoms along the path so the bride will have a life filled with flowers and happiness. {today's flower girl}.
  • When herbs where still used in weddings, a kissing knot was made with rosemary and roses tied together. The kissing knot was suspended over the heads of the bride and groom at the head table, to bring good luck and lots of love to the couple and everyone sitting at the table.
  • Some cultures and religions still intertwine herbs with flowers in order to celebrate their marriage with a gift from nature.
  • By the 1800's, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds.
  • Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet.
  • Small nosegays were placed beside every plate at the reception, to wish the guests happiness and long lives.
  • In Victorian times, flowers became the secret messengers of lovers; each flower having its own meaning.
  • It is believed that 'the flower language' began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey messages.
  • These meanings are based on a science known as Florigraphy, 'the flower language'. Many flower lovers followed this language as it revealed underlying messages to sending and receiving flowers.
  • In modern times, brides pick their flowers on what they like. Flowers that suit their personality, style and taste.
This bouquet courtesy of Wedding Flowers and Reception Ideas.
Here are some common wedding flowers and their meanings~
  • Ambrosia~Your Love is Reciprocated
  • Amaryllis~Pride, Pastoral Poetry
  • Anemone~ Forsaken
  • Aster~Symbol of Love, Daintiness
  • Azalea~Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
  • Baby's Breath~Festivity, Pure Heart
  • Bachelor Button~Single Blessedness, Hope, Devotion
  • Pink Camellia~Longing for you
  • Red Camellia~You're a Flame in My Heart
  • White Camellia~You're Adorable
  • Carnation~Fascination, Woman Love
  • Pink Carnation~I'll Never Forget You
  • Red Carnation~My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
  • Carnation~ Yes
  • Striped Carnation~No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
  • White Carnation~Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift
  • Yellow Carnation~You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
  • Cattail~ Peace, Prosperity
  • Chrysanthemum~You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest
  • White Chrysanthemum~Truth
  • Yellow Chrysanthemum~Slighted Love
  • Crocus~Cheerfulness
  • Daffodil~Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You
  • Dahlia~Elegance, Dignity, Good Taste
  • Daisy~Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity
  • Gerbera Daisy~Innocence, Gentleness, Loyal Love
  • Edelweiss~Daring, Noble, Courageous
  • Forget-Me-Not~True Love, Memories
  • Freesia~Innocence, Trust, Friendship, Spirited
  • Gardenia~You're Lovely, Secret Love
  • Geranium~Stupidity, Folly
  • Lavender Heather~Admiration, Solitude
  • White Heather~Protection, Wishes Will Come True
  • Hibiscus~Delicate Beauty
  • Hyacinth~Games and Sports, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
  • White Hyacinth~Loveliness, I'll Pray for You
  • Hydrangea~Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
  • Iris~Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor
  • Ivy~Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
  • Jasmine~Grace, Elegance, Joy
  • Jonquil~Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
  • Pink Larkspur~Fickleness
  • Lavender~Distrust
  • Lilac~First Love, Youthful Innocence
  • White Lily~Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You
  • Yellow Lily~I'm Walking on Air
  • Amazon Lily~Maiden Charms
  • Calla Lily~Beauty
  • Casablanca Lily~Celebration
  • Day Lily~Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother
  • Stargazer Lily~Ambition
  • Tiger Lily~Wealth, Pride
  • Lily of the Valley~Sweetness, You've Made My Life Complete
  • Magnolia~Nobility
  • Myrtle~Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
  • Narcissus~Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
  • Orange Blossom~Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
  • Orchid~Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
  • Cattleya Orchid~Mature Charm
  • Pansy~Loving Thoughts
  • Peony~Happy Life, Happy Marriage
  • Red Poppy~Pleasure
  • Yellow Poppy~Wealth, Success
  • Primrose~I Can't Live Without You
  • Queen Anne's Lace~Fantasy
  • Bridal Rose~Happy Love
  • Pink Rose~Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
  • Red Rose~Love, I Love You
  • Tea Rose~I'll Remember Always
  • Thorn-less Rose~Love at First Sight
  • White Rose~Innocence and Purity, You're Heavenly
  • White & Red Rose~Unity, Flower Emblem of England
  • White-Dried Rose~Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
  • Yellow Rose~Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
  • Rosebud~Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
  • Red Rosebud~Pure and Lovely
  • White Rosebud~Girlhood
  • Single Rose ~Love You, I Still Love You
  • Snapdragon~Deception, Gracious Lady
  • Star of Bethlehem~Hope
  • Stephanotis~Happiness in Marriage
  • Sunflower~Adoration, Homage, Devotion
  • Sweet pea~Good-bye, Departure
  • Tulip~ Perfect Lover, Flower of Holland
  • Red Tulip~Believe Me, Declaration of Love
  • Variegated Tulip~Beautiful Eyes
  • White Violet~ Let's Take a Chance
  • Wisteria~Youth, Poetry, Steadfast
  • White Zinnia~Goodness
  • Yellow Zinnia ~Daily Remembrance

Happy Reading~

The top photo is of my bouquet.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Beverage Monday. Thanksgiving Inspired Drinks.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Positively Warm Apple Pie

  • 6 oz. apple cider (heated)
  • 2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
In a glass coffee mug or heat-resistant goblet, combine your heated cider and Tuaca. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add your cinnamon stick.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Fine Living.

Pumpkin Pie Martini
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz crème de cacao
  • 2 shots heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
Put the first four ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with whiped cream.

Maple Clove Twists
  • 1 1/2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled half-way with ice. Shake and strain into a small glass or brandy snifter.

These two recipies and photos courtesy of Rachel Ray.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Colin Cowie & Deanna Pappas~The Bachelorette~ are the new hosts of Get Married on Lifetime. They will start on January 5th. Get Married is the 1st place I advertised so it's exciting to have these new hosts, even though it does come on at 4:30 here. {I have Direct TV} Colin's accent is to die for, too!
Happy Reading,

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bad Blogger

I know I have been a bad blogger of late. I have had a lot going on in my personal life and just haven't had the inspiration to blog. I will try and blog a little more frequently. Thank you all for your support.

Monday, November 17, 2008

p.i.n.k.® Spirits

We are featuring p.i.n.k spirits today on Beverage Monday. They produce an ultra-premium, imported spirit, infused with flavorless caffeine and guarana{a South American plant that produces a bean that has about five times more caffeine than the coffee bean}. They don't add sugar, color or carbohydrates.

The p.i.n.k. Spirits Company produces ultra-premium, imported spirits that is infused with flavorless caffeine and guarana. It has no added sugar, color, or carbohydrates. It comes in Vodka, Gin, White Whiskey, Tequila, Rum and Sake.

Here are a few that are pink~Fun for a girl's night out!

p.i.n.k.® bubble gum
1 ½ oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
2 ½ oz Jones® diet bubble gum soda
Combine ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.
Garnish with bubble gum balls on a skewer.

p.i.n.k.® o
1 ½ oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
1 oz Starbucks™ cream liqueur
1 oz half & half cream
½ oz Chambord®
Combine ingredients over chipped ice and shake well.
Strain contents with ice into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a cherry.

p.i.n.k.® star
1 ½ oz p.i.n.k.® vodka
1 ½ oz X-Rated® Fusion Liqueur™
splash of Cointreau®
splash of cranberry juice
Combine ingredients over chipped ice and shake well.
Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with a
star fruit, placing it on the edge of the glass.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Beverage Monday.

I thought of Kahlua® today since the weather is getting cooler and to me Kahlua® is a cold weather drink., unless you make frozen Mudslides. It is a coffee flavored liqueur from Mexico.

Here are few favorite recipes~

1 part Kahlua
1 part Baily's
1 part vodka
2 parts cream
Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass.

Keoke Coffee
1/2 oz Kahlua®
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz brandy 4 oz coffee 1 1/2 oz whipped cream
Pour alcohols into a coffee cup, add coffee and top with whipped cream

Kahlua Casanova
1 part Kahlua®
2 1/2 parts Vanilla Vodka
1/4 part Sambuca
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 espresso beans.
Recipe courtesy of Kahlua.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Venues of the Southland~The Grand Event Center

The Grand Event Center~Long Beach

Today I am not featuring a view or anything really unique. Today I am featuring a place that is easy on the wallet. The Grand Event Center is located right by the 405 freeway in the middle of Long Beach. The rooms are fairly basic, but sometimes what is important is not the venue but the people who are filling it. They don't charge for the room as long as meet the rooms guest minimum. The largest seats about 400. The smallest 80. The also have a covered patio for the ceremony. The value is the menu.

The Palm Terrace

The Garden Room~there's a built in dance floor and bar in this room

The Grand Ballroom

The Catalina Room

In these times you might not be able to afford the place of your dreams, but you still can have a beautiful wedding.

Happy Planning,

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Don't forget to VOTE!

Today we will make history. So get out and vote.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My Little Knight

Ok so here is the cutest knight ever!
I hope everybody had a fun Halloween.

Beverage Monday. Absolut Los Angeles

How cool is this? ABSOLUT® has resurrected its cities collection and Los Angeles is the second in the series. New Orleans came out last year. They are also donating $250,000 to Green Way LA an environmental group.

It is a blend Acai, Acerola, Pomegranate, and Blueberry. The made it with those flavors to showcase LA's trendy, environmentally forward, and health-conscious ideals. It is made with 100% natural ingredients.

Green Way LA is an organization dedicated to restoring nature’s services while providing for the health and welfare of the community. The donation will be used towards the “Green Streets” initiative. By modifying streets, curbs, and sidewalks, and by planting appropriate trees and other vegetation, rainwater and other polluted urban runoff is naturally cleaned before otherwise flowing unfiltered into the Pacific Ocean.

Here are a couple of recipes from their site using ABSOLUT® Los Angeles. Let's celebrate the City of Angels!


1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Pomegranate Juice
1 part Lemon-lime Soda

Build ingredients into a hi-ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.


1 part Lemon-lime Soda
2 parts Cranberry Juice

Build over ice into a cocktail glass