Monday, March 30, 2009

Beverage Monday.

For Beverage Monday this week we are featuring a winery that is having an I DO contest. Go to their website and write 250 words about your Mirassou Moment. The winner will recieve $10,000; a trip to New York City for a 4-hour dream wedding consultation with a editor; and a Reed & Barton 5-piece dinner service for eight, 5-piece flatware for eight, and 3-piece crystal stemware for eight.

They have a pretty informative web site. You can even download wine tasting material to have your own wine tasting. ( A great Couples Shower idea) Their wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Grigio.

So pick up some Mirassou Wine, have your Mirassou moment and then write about it for you chance at a great prize.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

One Year Blogiversary

Today is the 1st Anniversary of my blog. It took me while to get into the swing of things and start blogging regularly.

I have changed around the blog quite a bit since that 1st post. Here is the link to it.

If you look at my profile you can see that I signed up in January 2008. It took me a full 2 months to finally write one post.

I hope you are enjoying what I have to say and enjoy my weekly feature, Beverage Monday. And my occasional series Traditions & Superstitions and Venues of the Southland. Sit back and yake some time to browse the 150 posts that are here on A Joyeux Blog.

Happy Reading,

Monday, March 23, 2009

Beverage Monday


Since we are only a few days into Spring, let's drink to it!

Spring Fever

  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz mango syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
Put all ingrdients into a Sahker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a collins glass half-filled with crushed ice.

Spring Feeling Cocktail

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
  • Splash of Lemon juice
Put all ingrdients into a shaker filled wiht ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  • 1 oz. Brandy, apple
  • 1/2 oz. Brandy, apricot
  • 1/2 oz. Vermouth, sweet
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
Put all ingrdients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Beverage Monday.

A wee bit of the Irish. Don't drink the green beer make your own St. Patty's Day cocktail. Have a safe and fun day.

Irish Flag
1 oz. Green Creme de Menthe
1 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Grand Marnier

Layer them slowly into a shot glass or cordial glass in the order given.

Four Leaf Clover
1 oz. Irish Whiskey
2 oz. Orange Juice
2 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
splash Green Creme de Menthe

Put first three ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Float Green Creme de Menthe on top.

Irish Coffee
2 sugar cubes
1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey
Whip Cream
Place sugar cubes into the bottom of a Irish Coffee Mug {glass coffee mug}. Pour the Whiskey on top. Fill almost to the top with hot fresh coffee. Top with whip cream.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Price of Stamps

This is to remind couples getting married in late May and June to remeber to put either a Liberty stamp or a 44 cent stamp on your response envelopes. If your guests drop it in the mail after May 11, you don't want them getting lost in the 'mail'.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Barbie.

SuperStar Barbie

Malibu Barbie

It seems like everybody is going Barbie this week in honor of her 50th birthday. Today, I even received my new Barbie catalog. They brought back two of my favorites~Superstar Barbie and my first one, Malibu Barbie. I was really into her and had just about everything including her famous corvette.
Here are some fun Barbie facts~
  • Barbie’s real name is Barbie Millicent Roberts
  • Barbie’s signature color is Barbie pink
  • Barbie has never been married~She just likes to model them
  • Barbie’s “real” measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3¼ inches (waist), 5 3/16 inches (hips). Her weight is 7.25 ounces
  • Barbie had had 108 different careers
  • 70 famous designers have outfitted Barbie
  • Barbie has owned 50 different pets including dogs, horses, ponies, cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion club, a giraffe and a zebra
  • Barbie and Ken were together for over 43 years. They brook up in 2004.
  • Barbie has four sisters: Skipper (1964), Stacie (1992), Kelly (1995) and Krissy (1995)
What toy brings back your childhood memories?

Happy Reading,

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Beverage Monday

Today is about the classics.

Gin Martini

  • 3 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • olive

Put the gin & vermouth into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an olive.


  • 3 oz whisky
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • dash of bitters
  • cherry

Put the whisky, vermouth and bitters into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Bloody Mary

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • tomato juice
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash Tabasco
  • 2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. straight horseradish
  • squeeze of lime
  • celery stalk
  • kosher salt

Pour the vodka into a high ball glass filled with ice. Pour the tomato juice almost to the top. Pour into a shaker glass. Add the salt, pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire, horseradish and a squeeze of lime juice. Shake and pour into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. Garnish with the lime and a celery stalk.


  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • lime juice
  • sweet & sour mix

Put the tequila and triple sec into a salt rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. Pour the sweet & sour to the top and add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a lime.

Variation~ put all the of ingredients into a blender and pour into a salt rimed margarita glass.


Friday, March 6, 2009

~So You Want To Be A Banquet Manager~

I have been 'hired' by this company as an Assistant Banquet Manager. Actually, it's a funny blog about the trials & tribulations of the Banquet Manager and the Banquet Manager makes all the followers Assistants. He tells it like it is. It's what I worked in before I decided to open my own business. Check it out and see what it's like to work in the glamourous world of the Banquets!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Newport Dunes Bridal Show

Meet Me Sunday, April 5th in Newport Beach

I will be exhibiting here. Stop and say hello.

Happy Planning,

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March is Women's History Month

Here is press release from President Obama~

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 1:05 pm
Women's History Month, 2009
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 3, 2009
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With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our Nation. Each year during Women's History Month, we remember and celebrate women from all walks of life who have shaped this great Nation. This year, in accordance with the theme, "Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet," we pay particular tribute to the efforts of women in preserving and protecting the environment for present and future generations.

Ellen Swallow Richards is known to have been the first woman in the UnitedStates to be accepted at a scientific school. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1873 andwent on to become a prominent chemist. In 1887, she conducted a survey of water quality in Massachusetts. This study, the first of its kind in America, led to the Nation's first state water-quality standards.

Women have also taken the lead throughout our history in preserving our natural environment. In 1900, Maria Sanford led the Minnesota Federation of Women's Groups in their efforts to protect forestland near the Mississippi River, which eventually became the Chippewa National Forest, the first Congressionally mandated national forest. Marjory Stoneman Douglas dedicated herlife to protecting and restoring the Florida Everglades. Her book, The Everglades: Rivers of Grass, published in 1947, led to the preservation of the Everglades as a National Park. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.

Rachel Carson brought even greater attention to the environment by exposing the dangers of certain pesticides to theenvironment and to human health. Her landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring, was fiercely criticized for its unconventional perspective. As early as 1963,however, President Kennedy acknowledged its importance andappointed a panel to investigate the book's findings. Silent Spring has emerged as a seminal work in environmental studies. Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1980.

Grace Thorpe, another leading environmental advocate, alsoconnected environmental protection with human well-being byemphasizing the vulnerability of certain populations to environmental hazards. In 1992, she launched a successful campaign to organize Native Americans to oppose the storage of nuclear waste on their reservations, which she said contradicted Native American principles of stewardship of the earth. She also proposed that America invest in alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity, solar power, and wind power.

These women helped protect our environment and our people while challenging the status quo and breaking social barriers. Their achievements inspired generations of American women and men not only to save our planet, but also to overcome obstacles and pursue their interests and talents. They join a long and proud history of American women leaders, and this month wehonor the contributions of all women to our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the UnitedStates of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the UnitedStates, dohereby proclaim March 2009 as Women's History Month. Icallupon all our citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirdday of March, in the year of ourLordtwothousandnine, and of the Independence of the UnitedStates ofAmerica the twohundred and thirty-third.


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Let's celebrate Women!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Beverage Monday.

I'm feeling Coconutty!!

All these drinks have Coconut Rum.

Caribbean Breeze

1 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
1 1/2 oz. Midori
Pineapple Juice
Splash of Cranberry

Put the alcohol into a highball filled with ice in the order given. Fill with the pineapple juice and add a splash of cranberry juice.

Jamacian Cooler
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/4 oz. Pineapple Juice

Put all the ingrdients into a shaker filled with ice. Pour into a rocks glass.

Kinky Russian
1 1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
1 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
Half and Half Cream

Pour the Alcohol into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top off with the cream.