Veterans and active-duty military personnel deserve to take advantage of the day. It’s Veterans Day and many want to say thanks! Several restaurants and others are offering FREE meals. Those qualified should plan their schedule around the options — Start here.
How to contribute to Thanksgiving — Make this Turkey Vegetable Platter for your family and/or friends. One friend is making this for her family on Thanksgiving and she’s going to send us a photo when it’s done. We’ll be posting it here in an update. That ain’t no jive.
To me, Veterans and Active Duty Military matter the most — Thank you for your sacrifice! It’s because of that I live free. And because of that, they’re most deserving of a FREE meal at Applebee’s this coming Veteran’s Day. Nice job Applebee’s. See their special menu here.
Happy Halloween — If ever there was a time to carve, decorate or eat a Pumpkin, it’s now.
This year especially, Pumpkins are available in a lot more colors than orange.
Though it kicks off scary, Pumpkin’s purpose is a magnificent thing — It’s simply stylish & tasty.
I cherish its Seeds, Soups and Pies in Fall (or anytime at all).
They’re diverse on the table as decor, a side or dessert, or as the table for snacks and apps.
Several large and small examples are posted for reference.
Post was inspired by this day and our food coloring series — Some shown here.
It’s the simple things in life, like when and where — Enjoy it All Summer Long (and always).
Snapshots of Summer in America — Thanks (again and again) to those who paved the way.
We grew these Grapes (above) and will report more about ‘em later.
Free to cut or sledgehammer a Watermelon, if we so choose.
Pink Lemonade near the pool.
Sipping Whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow – Okay, it was Pina Coladas.
Singing sweet home USA all summer long…
Corn on the Cob with Oil, Butter, Garlic and Herbs wrapped in foil.
Potato Salad with never too much Mayo — The only way to have it (or none is fine too).
Celebrate America Cupcakes anytime.
Pasta Salad — Add a lot of Italian Dressing. If unsure, add more. Better more, than less.
Star Spangled Cupcake.
Water Balloons ready for a fight — Unfortunately had to put away the camera for it.
Maggie (below) ready to catch BBQ area leftovers.
Oh, how we thought those days would never end…
Happy Father’s Day to all great Dads in Heaven and on earth — Life is sweet because of y’all.
The only way to have a Cupcake is with a Brownie in the middle — It’s the Burger part of the pictured Hamburger Cupcake. To make the rest, simply cut a Yellow Cake Cupcake in half, top with a round-cut Brownie, yellow (for Mustard), red (for Ketchup) and green (for Lettuce) Frosting, and then top with other half of the Cupcake and Sesame Seeds. Dessert of the day.
Thank you isn’t enough for such an important sacrifice — We’re forever grateful here.
Now free to BBQ in America.
Honor, and then chow down — A Hot Dog and Hamburger for me, please.
Do you need a recipe for the pictured dessert? If so, it’s here. I’d use fresh Whipped Cream between the layers, or Lemon Curd and Cream Cheese like its publisher. You can use Pudding or whatever you want. And the rest is visually apparent, right? It’s an impressive Holiday Layer Cake that’s easy to make with a store bought Angel Food Cake. Cherish Memorial Day.
I sure appreciate my Mom — I’m reminded to visit and eat on Mother’s Day. Lucky me.
I’ll try to be on-time and it’s likely my gift won’t be as stylish as these, so enjoy the photos.
And/or create something unique, if so inclined — Pictured instructions for all above are here.
Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos – Ideas regarding what to make, eat and drink are here.
I hope not to receive any drunnnnk texts from this dog. Be on alert.
The top line may push it a bit, but I concur with the general finding. All is good – Thank God.
Guess who/what will be celebrating a big anniversary this month? It’s not the pictured couple if you’re trying to decipher the faces – I don’t know who they are (probably models), but what a great way to commemorate. Come back April 24th with Champagne in hand for the answer.
May your day be filled with Jelly Belly Corn on the Cob, quartered Orange Starbursts, Green Apple Runts, Caramel Sauce Gravy, Yellow Starburst Butter and Graham Cracker Chicken.
Oh happy day — Feliz Easter! Hope it’s a feaster.
I want to pull up a seat in front of this setting — Looks like much is about to be served.
Happy Valentine’s Day — To avoid the crowd, we celebrated a couple days before with dinner at Soprano’s (soon to be reported on) and further plan to observe the holiday with cards and surprises the day after. Heart shaped Toast today with much to look forward to tomorrow.
It’s almost Christmas — I often laughingly say that in January. It’s true. Time flies by fast. Celebrate abilities, opportunities, family, friends, food and fun every day with a Martini or Milk.
It’s always a great year when it starts at the OC Fair New Year’s Eve Block Party.
Happy 2013 – God Bless the USA with BBQ and liberty for all.
Block Party entrance view from VIP/Media Lounge (above) and its satisfying food (below).
Familiar OC Fair food like Bacon Wrapped Turkey Legs were found between food trucks.
The Lime Truck, one of many Gourmet Food Trucks throughout an area of the OC fairgrounds.
Queen Nation, one of several (1960′s, 1970′s, 1980′s & 1990′s) cover bands playing about.
Young and old enjoyed the Game Room, Demolition Derby, rides and midnight confetti.
After the fireworks, it was fun to gather and throw the confetti in the air like snow.
We’d gladly attend every year!