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Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

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Blueberry Lemondrop Martinis

Delicious & refreshing Blueberry Lemon Drop Martinis are perfect for summer! (I’m pretty sure we could claim some healthy “antioxidant” benefits here as well, if it makes you feel better!

Blueberry Lemon Drop Martinis

As many of you know, I’m known for my signature martinis at each event I hold.  I am always trying to come up with something new and different.  I created this one a few months ago for my bunko girls, and believe me- the Blueberry Lemon Drop was a definite hit!

I came up with the idea when I came across Blueberry Puree at Bev-Mo.  I thought it could create a delicious drink, easily, and I was right!  (Of course, I’m right most of the time, after all!  I AM the Queen!)

Martini Drinking in Lake Geneva, Wis.!

This was a great little martini I discovered in Lake Geneva, Wis. on our trip there earlier this summer. Check out the Maxwell Mansion if you need a fabulous little place to stay sometime! BTW- Isn’t my man just the cutest thing in the world?

 DIRECTIONS:

In a small sandwich sized zip-lock bag Mix superfine sugar with a few drops of yellow food coloring, and a few drops of Orange or lemon flavoring- until sugar is a consistent color and flavoring is mixed in. Pour into a plate.  You may skip this step if desired, and just use plain sugar.

Slice lemons  into wedges, to run around the rims of your glasses.  Use Lemon wedges to moisten edge of glasses, and dip into your colored sugar mixture.  This can be done before your event, so you don’t have to take time once your guests arrive.

I garnish these martinis by simply putting 3 blueberries in the bottom of each martini glass.  You could also put the blueberries on drink toothpicks if you want to fancy it up a bit.  I personally like the blueberries floating in the glass.

 

2 parts vodka (put in freezer for a day or two before event to get as cold as possible)

1 part lemonade

½ part sweet & sour bar mix (pre-chill)

½ part blueberry puree (you can find in stores such as Bev-mo pre made, or puree your own blueberries with simple syrup)

¼ part simple syrup

Put all ingredients into a shaker, pour into sugared martini glasses and garnish with the blueberries.

The Watermelon Crawl Martini

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The Watermelon Crawl Martini

If you aren’t into country music, you may not be familiar with the song, “The Watermelon Crawl.”

Too many martinis of any kind, and that is JUST what will happen!  You’ll end up crawling!  I don’t make my martinis very strong.  I don’t want to take a chance that anyone will have an issue on my watch!  These look pretty on a summer evening, and go down very smoothly!

Watermelon Crawl Martini

The Watermelon Crawl Martini, at our “Picnic Themed” Bunko night.

Watermelon Crawl Martini Recipe

2 – 3 Parts Fresh Watermelon Juice

3 parts Watermelon Vodka (I like to store my vodka in the freezer before using)

1 part Triple Sec

1 part Malibu Rum (Chill in Freezer)

2 parts pink lemonade

***  Watermelon Juice 0r Watermelon Puree (Personally, I simply puree the watermelon in a blender). A neighbor of mine found watermelon juice at Costco, which would also work well.)

Put ice into martini shaker, then add ingredients.  Shake and pour into martini glasses.  Garnish with a small watermelon wedge, or strawberries.

You may sugar the rim before serving if you desire.  I add  red food coloring to the sugar, to make it pink.

This drink can also be made in pitchers, and served in tall glasses or mason jars over ice for a more casual event such as a picnic.

It is refreshing and delicious, I must say!

 

Watermelon crawl martini

Here I am enjoying The Watermelon Crawl Martini at our June Bunko Game! We had a picnic theme, so what could be better? Notice my special “queen” martini glass? Also, my necklace says “The Queen of Damn Near Everything”- proving, once again, that I AM!

What Happens in Vegas……..

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World’s Biggest “Royal” Martini!

This martini is even too big for me! On Fremont Street- Old Las Vegas

This martini is even too big for me! On Fremont Street- Old Las Vegas

You know the old saying, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”?  In some cases, that may be a good thing!  If you’ve been in Vegas more than an hour, and haven’t seen something, you must not have left your hotel room!

I thought I’d take a few minutes and just post some of the crazy and silly things we saw on our little 3 day Vegas getaway………

Park on Fremont

While on Fremont Street we came across a crazy little restaurant for lunch.  Park on Fremont, at 506 Fremont. It looked like it was right out of a Tim Burton film.  I absolutely loved the wacky decor!  The courtyard in the back was as cute as could be, but too damned hot to sit out there while we were there. We were just about the only people in the place, and the food and service were both rather enjoyable. We were happy to find it.  I’d suggest you go if you are in the area!

Interior of Park on Fremont

The interior of this place is funky, weird and fabulous! Behind the bar a fireplace surround is used for the beer taps. Everywhere you look, there are things that are, well……. unexpected, in the decor.  I loved all of the strange quirks!

 

Strange picture

One of the strange pictures in the place. Sad thing is, I think I may have once dated this guy!

 

Hallway at Park at Fremont

Even the hallway at Park at Fremont has an interesting vibe! The wallpaper is a bit creepy, look closely at the girl repeated throughout.  There are different chandeliers staggered all the way down the hall.  I fell in love with the colorful one shown in the front! Don’t be surprised if you come to my house someday and see an assortment of different chandeliers staggered down my hallway!

 

Park on Freemont

Another strange picture. The girls dress is made of meat and sausages…… The bodice is a muscle…

 

Check out the lady's face and pose!

This picture was out in the couryard. It’s one of those things you may not pick up on at first, but when you do……….

 

Park on Fremont, Courtyard

The courtyard was really charming and eclectic. I’d love to go back when the weather permits.

Heart Attack Grill. Does America REALLY need this?

Heart attack grill sign

The Heart Attack Grill. OK, not my cup of tea, but there is a HUGE scale outside, and if you weigh over 350 pounds you eat free here……. Go figure!

Sign over the huge scale

If you stand on this huge scale and weigh over 350 pounds, I guess bells and whistles go off and you get to eat free. Now THERE is an honor I hope to never have bestowed on me!

Heart attack grill door

The door at the Heart Attack Grill.  Only in Las Vegas! This place is crazy!  Not my style, but pretty damn funny!

 

Heart attack grill

At the heart attack grill, hospital gowns are considered “mandatory clothing.” After you enter, they take you through an area to “suit you up.”  Not my style, not enough bling for me! But then, I’m the woman who refused to wear a hospital gown to give birth to my daughter.  I had to get special permission from the head of the hospital to bring my own “cute” gown.  After all, there are pictures of such events!

Fun on Fremont Street!

Over Fremont Street

I ziplined over Fremont Street. That’s why I couldn’t eat at the Heart Attack Grill. I may not have made the weight limit for the ride!

Funny Guy on Fremont Street

Don and I came across this funny guy on Fremont street. What a kick he was!

 

Street Comedian

This is the other side of this guys sign. He was a pretty entertaining and nice man!

 

Under arrest in Vegas

Don was put under arrest on the strip! My man is the biggest “boy scout” in the world, but I think he might have gone into a life of crime if these two were going to dole out the punishment!

 

Vegas Cops

I’m not certain what he did to be put under arrest, but he didn’t seem to mind! I didn’t even know they made butts like that! Holy Cow!

 

Naked guy in Vegas

So, Don gets arrested by the best butts in town and I get this naked guy! What is wrong with this picture? The Bodies Exhibit at Ballys was pretty interesting!  Hey, do you like my blingy handbag? If so, check out my shopping page and you can have one yourself!

 

Big Balls in Las Vegas

Only in Las Vegas would you see a booth selling “Big Balls.” I have to confess, I really wanted the large disco ball……Is it just me, or does this kiosk look like it belongs in New Orleans? Check out the zipliners up above!

What Happens to Old Strippers? Ask Don!

Retired Stripper

Did you ever wonder what happened to old strippers? Well, I guess the mystery is solved! Don went from beautiful cops, to dilapitated stripper! You really CAN’T make this shit up!

 

The Mentalist

We went to see the show, “The Mentalist”. What a fabulous show! He knew things about Don & I that no one should know! Go see this show if you are in Vegas! It was fabulous!

Himalayan Salt Cave

After such a difficult few days, what could I do but relax at the Spa? This is the Himalayan Salt cave, experienced after our couples’ massage!

 

 

Luscious Lemon Drop Martini

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A Lemondrop, fit for a Queen!

This lemon drop is the best you’ll ever find! Fit for a queen!

Luscious Lemon Drop Martinis

Last fall I went on a cruise with girlfriends. The cruise was with Norwegian on the Getaway.  One of the bartenders prepared a lemon drop martini that was SO delicious. We would see this bartender every time we wanted a drink…  Seriously, we would traverse up and down from different floors, and from one end of the ship to the other, just to go to his bar to have him make them for us!  I watched what he did, and adapted this recipe from his example. The golden honey color of these lemon drop martinis will let your guests know that this drink is something different from the usual pale and tart ho-hum lemon drop!

W Our bartender on the NCL Getaway, mixing his delicious lemon drop martinis. He took such pride in what he did, and seemed so pleased when we came to see him each evening!

Luscious Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

In a small sandwich sized zip-lock bag mix superfine sugar with a few drops of yellow food coloring, and a few drops of Orange or lemon flavoring until sugar is a consistent color and flavoring is mixed in. Pour into a plate. (After my event, I put leftover sugar into a zip lock bag and use at my next event.)

Slice lemons some in wedges, to run around the rims of your glasses.  Others in round slices to use as a garnish on the glass.

Use Lemon wedges to moisten edge of glasses, and dip into your colored sugar mixture.  This can be done before your event, so you don’t have to take time once your guests arrive.

 

2 parts lemon flavored vodka (put in freezer for a day or two before event to get as cold as possible)

1 part lemonade

¼ part orange juice

½ part sweet & sour bar mix (pre-chill)

¼ part simple syrup

Put all ingredients into a shaker, pour into sugared martini glasses and garnish with a lemon slice.

Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!

Lemondrop martinis

My niece, Kelly and me, enjoying one of our lemon drop martinis on our cruise.

And To All, A Good Night!

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Blog Launch Party Recap!

Don & Patti

My man, Don, always so supportive of my endeavors! Notice, the “signature cocktail” provided by our venue, Green Dragon Tavern!

My two “besties”- Stella & Linda, worked like bees helping me to make the whole event a success!

The official Queen of Damn Near Everything Blog Launch Party took place Thursday evening, May 11th. I think I can say with absolute certainty, a Good Night was had by all who attended!

It was a fun filled event, held at the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad. They let us use the upper bar area, which was very spacious and lovely.  Our servers took great care of us, and the food was all delicious!  I told their event coordinator, Kelsy that I am known for a signature martini at all my events, so they created “The Queens Cocktail” just for our event, and were even so gracious as to give us happy hour pricing on them!  Yummy Blood Orange Martinis, which were out of this world.  How can you beat that? (The added benefit, of COURSE, was knowing that we were all getting our vitamin C from the fresh orange puree!  I do what I can for the healt of my friends!)

Sparkley Crown Cookies by JuJuBee’s Desserts

Did Someone Say Shopping?

Purses, Jewelry and Tiaras!

A girl can’t have too much bling!

I think she is SHOCKED at the great prices!

Every girl needs to have a tiara, or two, or more!

This was not just the launch for my blog, but also the debut of my new line of jewelry, purses and tiaras!  My line is called The Crown Jewels, and quite a large number of ladies enjoyed shopping amidst the eating and revelry!

The Queen, telling a bit about the blog, and upcoming events

There were a few VERY lucky ladies at the event!  I had a lot of raffle prizes, and as always seems to happen, a few of the ladies proved to be VERY LUCKY that evening.  Sandy Rau and Wendy Rippee each won 3 raffle gifts.  Judee Tieger won 2!

Judee Tieger, who owns JuJuBee’s Desserts provided beautiful pink sparkley crown cookies with my logo on them. The kicker was the huge pewter 3 tiered tray she brought to serve them on!  It was, indeed regal!

Friends, You Can’t Beat ‘Em!

Vicki, Wendy & Stella

Patti & Kathe- a talented professional who produces her own podcast. Our regal cookies in the background!

The attendees proved to be a diverse crowd!  Friends from my Good Ol’ Gals networking group, my Lakeshore Gardens neighbors, friends I’ve known through business, my besties, my daughter and my many, friends of friends and more.  I truly appreciated the support and love felt in the room!

Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun!

Barb- holding court it seems!

My daughter, Alyse (on the right) and her friend since birth, Kaitlin. (She’s my daughter from another mother!) Even the youngin’s were in attendance!

Marianne, Patti & BJ

Nancy, so sweet to come to my event!

Stella is always “Miss photgenic!” Don’t we all have one of THOSE friends????

Eloise- Yes, there will probably be swearing involved! Sorry love!

We did a survey to assess what future events the ladies might like, so some of those adventures are in the works right now!

Last, but certainly not least, Don, who was our official event photographer!

Stay tuned to see what comes up!  You won’t want to miss the action!

Blog Launch Party is Almost Here!

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The Queen of Damn Near Everything!

Patti Phillips, The Queen of Damn Near Everything!

The “Big Day” is almost here!  This Thursday, May 11th is our “The Queen of Damn Near Everything” blog launch party!  This is going to be a fantastic event!

Where Is It?

The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, 6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

When Is It?

Thursday, May 11th

4:30-6:30 PM

What Is It?

What in the world is going to happen at this spectacularly fun event you may ask?

I’m a gonna tell you right here! Fun! That’s what!  We will be having appetizers (which are included with your $12.00 ticket price), no host drinks, LOTS of great raffles to amazing things like massages, facials, museum tickets, gift cards, cute shit, free stuff and more! There is also going to be a chance to shop, (and who doesn’t LOVE to shop!

Shop for WHAT you may ask?  Bling.  Pure Bling.  Blingy purses, tiaras, jewelry, hair art. So, if you are lacking in BLING at your house, bring your wallet.  Bring your credit card.  DON’T bring your first born.  I don’t want them.  I have enough of my own……

What Should I Know About It?

What else do you need to know about the day, you might just ask?  Well, you CAN bring a friend, two friends, 16 friends………… They will have fun, and you’ll be my hero.

HOWEVER, if you could take a little minute or two to let me know they are coming, that would be most helpful.  We DO want to have enough of the afore mentioned food on hand, after all…

RSVP’s for the event, prepaid is nice.  Prepaid is only $12.00.  At the door is $15.00.  For the difference you’ll pay, you can almost buy a drink.  Or a pair of cute earrings. Or a mini tiara.  Get your priorities right sister.  These things add up!

You might be asking if MEN can attend.  Yes, men can attend.  They are going to be scarce, but there are a few planning on it.  One very smart single man is planning to attend.  He’s a SMART single man!  I know HIS ulterior motive!

The REALLY Important Stuff…..

Now this is the REALLY important stuff.  To win more great stuff, your chances are much greater when you have more tickets in the raffle… DUH!  How do you get more raffle tickets, so that you might enjoy a massage, a facial, pampering, dinner out at a restaurant?  SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG before the event.

Upon check in you’ll get 5 EXTRA RAFFLE TICKETS! Bring a friend (who isn’t already on my email list) and you’ll get 5 MORE RAFFLE TICKETS! Imagine all of the great items you will win!

Or, you can purchase raffle tickets at the event……. In any case, you will be having a fantastic time, you’ll meet new friends and business advocates, you’ll be eating scrumptious  food AND you will weigh in on upcoming events that the Queen of Damn Near Everything will be putting on in months to come!

To sign up, go to my  Eventbrite page, and sign up NOW, or contact me personally and I can take your cash or credit card!

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS GREAT EVENING!

Emerald Tiara Martini

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The Queen Loves Her Tiaras!

Only the Best for the Queen and Her Guests!

The Making of Martinis

When I give you my drink recipes, I don’t give them to you in ounces. I’ll give you the recipe in “parts.” When entertaining, I typically mix my drinks in a large martini shaker, so that I have 3 or 4 drinks mixed at one time.  Also, I have a collection of martini glasses that range in size, so what will fill one glass, won’t fill another.

With my drink recipes, you are able to mix one drink or a whole punchbowl at a time!  I often mix a few large pitchers of my “signature drink” just before a party, store in the fridge, and pull out one pitcher at a time. I then put ice into my martini shaker, fill it up with my signature drink, shake and pour.  It makes my bar more efficient, and my party goers get their drinks faster!

For all of my signature martinis, I typically try to have all of the ingredients prechilled before mixing them up. I store the alcohol in the freezer for a few days ahead, so it’s as cold as possible.  No sense watering down a perfectly good martini with a lot of ice, trying to get it cold!

The first martini I am going to share with you  was created for my Beauty and the Beast Belle Tea.  Enjoy!

Emerald Tiara Martini

 

1 part Midori Liquor

2 parts Chilled Malibu Rum

2 parts Chilled Pineapple Juice

 

Before the party, I prepare my martini glasses by sugaring the rims. Leave a few unsugared, for those guests who don’t like a sugared rim. (Most of mine seem to prefer the sugared rim).

I simply use a drop or two of food coloring to go with certain martinis. In this case a tiny bit of green and yellow were added to sugar in a zip-lock baggie, mixed until the color is throughout, then put into a medium sized plate to sugar the rims.  Use a lemon or orange, wet the rim of the glass and dip into the sugar.

Then, just before the guests arrive I pour a small amount of Midori in the bottom of each glass, just to add a pop of color at the bottom of the martini.

Add ice to your martini shaker, put in your ingredients, shake and pour into prepared glasses. Add your garnish.

I often garnish with a stick of raspberries and blueberries, also prepared ahead of time.  You don’t have to do this, it just adds a festive and colorful flair to  drinks. Another lovely garnish for this would be a slice of pineapple, or a stick with pineapple on it.

The “Belles” of the Ball!

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"Belle" Patti & Stella the Greek!

“Belle” Patti & Stella the Greek!

The “Belles” of the Ball!

The minute I heard that the new Beauty and the Beast movie was coming out, I knew I had to plan something special!  You can’t let an opportunity for something this exciting just slip on by, without making “an event” of it, now can you?  After all, it had been about 3 weeks since the release of “50 Shades Darker” and we had a fantastic time doing THAT up right at my friend Stella K’s home, so we were DEFINITELY due for a bit of fun with this one! The idea was quickly hatched for a “Belle Ball” tea and movie day!

Me Dressed Up as Belle

Me Dressed Up as Belle

I planned an afternoon tea.  My dining table seats 10 comfortably, 12 if you squeeze.  So, I figured I’d invite 14, and end up with 10 or 12.  Great planning, except a few girlfriends asked if they could bring a friend, and I’m never one to leave someone out of the fun……. So we ended up with 14 in the end!  You should have seen me scrambling to figure out how to add 2 more places to my dining table.  But, remember the old saying about creative minds, and all that!  With Stella’s help, we figured out that one of my end tables was just about the right height. That, and a few pieces of cardboard, and a piece of plywood from Home Depot, and Viola’- a table for 14 we now had!  I just didn’t want to split my friends into 2 groups, so although we were a bit smooshed, by God, it worked!

The table, extended as far as possible!

What Does a “Belle” Wear?

I instructed the ladies to wear their ball gowns, tiaras, or whatever apparel THEY felt was right for Beauty and the Beast.  Then I went about finding myself a gown worthy of Belle herself!  I ordered the prettiest “Belle” costume I could find, then worked on  making it prettier.  It arrived with some weird pink ribbon rosebuds on it.  Belle doesn’t have pink ribbon rosebuds, for God’s sake!  So, off they came, then  I added yellow roses, strands of pearls, tulle netting, more roses, more pearls, a hoop slip, gloves a tiara, and dammit I may be the oldest living “Belle” on the face of the earth, but it turned out pretty darned well!

I decided to go with an Easter theme for my table, since I already had Easter decorations out at my house. I found the cutest darned “bunny” plates in pink and blue at the 99 cent store……… so pastels and bunnies it was!

The ladies arrived, and let me tell you, it’s not every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 that your friends show up in ball gowns, mother-of-the-bride gowns, tiaras, prom dresses and such! What fun it was!

3 of my “Fabulous After 50” Girlfriends!

If I do pat myself on the back, my tea was an amazing success, and the food was awesome.  I’ll share some recipes later.  The first I’ll share will be my “signature” martini I made for the day.  I called it a “Emerald Tiara” and it was enjoyed by all who partook! (Keep your eyes peeled for the recipe!  I’ll be posting it soon!)

I had happened upon an estate sale with some beautiful teacups, teapots and other tea items. They became my party favors. I let each woman draw a number to pick out which gift they would like.

Party Favors for the Belle Ball Tea

Party Favors for the Belle Ball Tea

Making New Friends – Getting to Know You!

We had placecards,  so that the lovely ladies ended up sitting next to someone they didn’t know well, and would have the opportunity to make a new friend. I SO hate it when you are at a party and only get to talk to the person on each side of you!  I like a little “table conversation” which everyone takes part in. I asked each lady around the table to tell us something about themselves that no one might know, and they had to share how they ended up at our Beauty & the Beast party.  My friend Stella and I like to mix up our little parties, and invite new people whenever we can, so that it doesn’t get old and worn out!  This was a great example of that!  Lots of new faces, and ALL so dolled up!

The “Belle Ball” ladies, just before the movie

After tea, the ladies got their movie bags I had made for them, which included a bit of “Naked Popcorn” and candy, and off to the movies we went!  We LOVED the movie!  And let me tell you, the little girls at the movie LOVED that we were all so dressed up!

My favorite part of the movie expedition was one little girl, probably about 6 who came up to me in the lobby and said, “I think you are beautiful.  Maybe you could sell crowns like yours out front, so that little girls could each have one.  Then, you could go to birthday parties and make every little girl SO happy.”  So, there you have it!  I have a new career in the wings, if need be!  And this proves, you are NEVER too old to play dress up! It is so much fun to put on another persona for a few hours!  Don’t worry about what people will say when you step out of “the norm!”  We had positive feedback from everyone around us, and we all felt like a “queen for a day!”