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Saturday, June 23, 2012

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Saturday 9

1. Do you ever have trouble making up your mind?

yes I do all the time I like to make the best decision and side on the side of perfect so I ask many that are involved

2. Do you think you always learn from your mistakes?

well I hope I do I have made many in my lifetime

3. Have you ever felt that you were either older or younger, for your age during a particular time?

I wish I was older during hs years as I always hanged out with the kids that were older

4. Have you had trouble losing weight?

well stayed about the same weight 20+ years

5. Who's the most "wholesome" rock artist that you like?

well not really into rock while I do think many of them like Bruce Springsteen had many wholesome goals

6. Do you like to party or are you more of a homebody?

like to party and stay at home depending on my mood but always have fun

7. Do you feel the need to share your burdens?

sometimes if we are as a group but manly keep them to myself

8. Do you know the lady next door? (yes, you can pick either side.)

yes I do know all my neighbors we have lived in this community for 10+ years

9. Do you ever feel inferior?
dont we all there are those with more knowledge at times and those with more strength at time

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Aloha Friday : The Next 30 years

Aloha Friday a day to rest and prepare for the busy weekend. A day that the blog An Island Life celebrates with this fun little meme where bloggers ask simple questions and allows other bloggers to give an easy peasy answer.

Today is my husbands birthday he has reached the mid 40s and the song the next 30 years makes me think a bit

what is it that he would like to leave with his kids and his grandkids. What is his legacy. What sort of stories does he want told about him during and after his life time.

This brings me to my Aloha Friday question which may or may not be so easy

What is it that you want to do in your next 30 years? What are your goals? your attributions?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Skoy review

We have reviewed skoy at previous times and must say that we love them. If you are looking for an easy clean up, attractive piece that does the job and a great way to help display your summer food on the buffet in style you need to check out skoy. As we have all heard sponges harbor dangerous bacteria after uses which makes re-using them hard to do. My mothers practice of doing the dishes was to use a sponge and when done withit lay it on the back of the sink til its use was needed again. When the sponge had ran out its use it then would be transferred to another place in the kitchen and its use would change from the counters and table to the floors as it became more and more wore. Many consider using papertowels in the kitchen and their use is valuable but the cost of their use can mount up. Skoy is the answer to the age old problem, the multi use cloths can do the job safer and easier.

Skoy multi-use cloths look great and work great as well. They are absorbent, biodegradable and natural made. The perfect wipes for the kitchen and bathroom and any other room that needs a bit of cleaning up. Skoy cloths can be used on most surface areas in your home or office and provide that needed little wipe wherever a mess may take place. Skoy multi use cloths are made up of natural cotton and wood based cellulose pulp and are 100% biodegradable when their use is up. The colors of the cloths are not only beautiful but chlorine free as well which means that their colors should be steadfast.  Skoy cloths are durable and can be used over the length of a month. One skoy cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of papertowels making the more effecient as well. If your house is like mine then you love saving every little penny you can and changing from papertowels to skoy makes an awesome change. Skoy cloths can be washed with your laundry allowing the bacteria to be washed away.

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Can You Imagine . . . . Back In 1967

This week in history 6/20/1967 2 days before my husband was born and a bit before my time one of the greats was convicted of draft evasion. The vietnam war was action packed from the states to the battle on the fighting war line. There was no one it seemed that went untouched even the greats. The conviction was later over turned by the U.S. supreme court.

A couple of recipes that may have made it to the family table may have included:

The Classic Iceberg Wedge Salad

To make the classic wedge salad,
simply take the outer leaves off of an Iceberg or Crisphead head of lettuce, do not core, and cut in half and then in half again or as small a wedge as you like.

Top with 1/ 4 cup bleu cheese dressing,
1/ 4 cup chopped tomato and
1/4 cup crumbled bacon
garnish with 1 / 4 cup chopped green onions (optional)

The classic Ham Bone Vegetable Soup

    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 3 medium onions, chopped
    • 1 medium red bell peppers, chopped
    • 1 large grated carrots, or small dice
    • 1 meaty ham bone
    • 8 black peppercorns
    • 2 bay leaves, dried
    • 3 quarts chicken stock ( or water)
    • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed into 3/4 inch
    • 3 cups chopped cabbage ( 1 small head)
    • 1 (28 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes with juice
    • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or 1 tablespoon oregano ( 1 tsp. dried)
    • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme ( 1 tsp dried)
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce ( tabasco)
    • 1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
    • salt and pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  1. Heat oil and add onion, carrot, and bell pepper.
  2. Saute until soft and beginning to colour.
  3. Add ham bone, peppercorns, bay leaf and stock or water.
  4. Cover bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer one hour.
  6. Skim off foam.
  7. Add potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, partially cover.
  8. Cook on simmer for one hour. 
  9. Add herbs and sauce and simmer 15 minutes.
  10. Add the parsley last, and serve immediately.
recipe source here
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Red White and Blue Parfaits

I love little easy desserts like this. They look attractive and taste yummy as well. The best part is that i know little hands love this type of dessert as well.
2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) or 2 pkg. (3 oz. each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
2 cups cold water
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved 

ADD boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour into 9 parfait or dessert glasses.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm.
SPOON 2 cups COOL WHIP over desserts; top with berries and remaining COOL WHIP

recipe source : Kraft

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Flank Steak with Grilled Mango and Mellon Chutney

  • Steak:
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • Chutney:
  • 2 peeled ripe mangoes, each cut into quarters (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly vertically sliced onion

    • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
    • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
    • 2 cups finely diced seedless watermelon (about 3/4 pound)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    • Mint sprigs (optional)
    • Lime wedges (optional)
    Prepare grill.
    To prepare steak, combine first 4 ingredients. Sprinkle steak evenly with sugar mixture. Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.
    To prepare chutney, place mango on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side. Cool and chop. Set aside.
    Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes. Add ginger; sauté 1 minute. Add vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in mango; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in watermelon, cilantro, and mint. Add mint sprigs and lime wedges, if desired

    JULY 2006

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    Be A Champ At Small Business : Spark and Hustle book review

    In this day and age when the goal of finding a job is becoming one tough goal my mind (and maybe yours as well) has began thinking about starting my own small business. Years ago starting my own business may have been something that would not have crossed my mind but now days it seemed like a possibility that would work well. Many others have dreams of starting their own dream business and that may be the very reason that will spark your interest. In fact recently I was able to join in a blog campaign and read the book Spark and Hustle by Tory Johnson.

    At first her name Tory Johnson may not ring a bell. However Tory has been around for a while now working for national T.V. news til she was let go. It was after she was fired that she decided to start her own business networking companies with women who were looking for work theirselves. Tory led a Spark & Hustle series of conferances to help those women that were looking to start their own businesses. You may have also noticed Tory Johnson on the Good Morning America show  as well as uccess magazine.

    The cover of the book reminded me of a series of books that my father may have read on how to subjects when I was a kid. Reading the book I thought at first may be dull and uncreative as many how to books are. There are many other businesses within the pages that share their own testimonies and stories and  makes this book a bit different than a how to but rather seems like a how we did it book. Seeing how others have done it and following along Johnsons guides and worksheet I can see how it can be done and have become very excited for a change of pace.

    If you are a person who has a spark of interest in getting your own business together then you may want to get your hustle over and check out the book Spark and Hustle on amazon.

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Crab hushpuppies

    1 cup self-rising white cornmeal mix
    1/2 cup self-rising flour
    3 green onions, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
    1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 8 ounces fresh lump crabmeat, picked
    • 1 large egg
    • 3/4 cup beer
    • Vegetable oil
    Stir together cornmeal mix, flour, green onions, bell pepper, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in crabmeat, egg, and beer until just moistened. Let stand 10 minutes. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Serve with your favorite rémoulade or cocktail sauce.

    APRIL 2012

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    Great Time For Grilling : June Is Burger Month

    Mexican Veggie Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, Avocado and Jalapeno Ketchup

    June is burger month have you had a chance to try any new burgers? Don't get in a burger rut and just to help make sure you don't I wanted to share this very interesting burger recipe with you. It is a Mexican Veggie Burger that looks very pretty and tasty.

    Do you have an great burger recipes? Would love to hear about your recipes as well

    Summer Punch Peach Tea (oh so good and sweet)

    3 family-size tea bags
    2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
    1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
    1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
    1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
    1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
    1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
    Garnish: fresh peach wedges
    1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
    2. Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
    3. Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
    recipe source here 
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    Pillsbury Baguette Chips

    In our family summer time is normally a late night event, a season full of snacks and light meals and a perfect time for Pillsbury Baguette chips. These new chips are a healthier way to snack enjoy them alone or with a dip or salsa of choice. We were lucky enough to recieve a package of these Pillsbury Baguette Chips which are available in two great flavors Italian Cheese & Herb and Cheddar Sundried Tomato.

    Pillsbury Baguette Chips are delicious chips cut from oven baked bread then seasoned with yummy spices and cheeses. Pillsbury Baguette Chips have 50% less fat than traditional potato chips and are a lot less greasy. I have also found that they are the perfect crunchy toppers to top off casseroles or serve along side soup. Dieters these are great for you as well enjoy 21 chips for only 130 calories

    You can download a printable coupon for .75/1 package of Pillsbury Baguette Chips

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    we recieved a package of Pillsburg Baguette Chips for review puposes I shared my own thoughts in this post

    Baked Huevos Rancheros

    Our hungry bunch loves a good breakfast and never goes without. Sometimes it is not as good as we could do because of time. But when the time is there and we are all enjoying each others company this casserole is like one that we would serve

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 large onion, diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 large green bell pepper, cored and diced
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles (optional)
    6 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
    6 large eggs
    1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    Sour cream
    Black beans
    Chopped black olives
    Avocado slices
    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Season with the cumin and salt, and then add the tomatoes and chiles, if using. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are hot and somewhat broken down. Turn off the heat. (This sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.)
    3. Lay the tortillas in two rows on a large rimmed baking sheet or in a single row in two 9-x-13-inch baking dishes. Top each tortilla with a spoonful of the tomato sauce and crack an egg on top. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the eggs are set.
    4. Serve immediately with sour cream, black beans, olives, salsa, and avocado.
    Serves 6
    Excerpted from Not Your Mother's Casseroles © 2011 by Faith Durand

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Snack Time Giveaway

    Summer time snacking is some of the best. Next to the holidays there is so many great snacks and after all summer hot days are meant to be lazy in why not enjoy a snack as well. Yummy and now there is a giveaway where we can win a delicous Fisher Summit Trail Mix. The blog where you can enter is located at Laughing Lindsay and the giveaway ends July 3, 2012

    YooHoo Wannabe Friends Review and Giveaway

    The first yoohoo friends were introduced by Aurora in 2006. Since that time more than 14 million pieces have been sold around the world. Not only is the collection available to fans of the Yoohoo collection but there is an interactive entertainment website located at There are animals around the world located on the website and some of them are endangered. This type of fun website I believe brings knowledge to children and fans as well as helps build on their skills of pretend and imagination. All of us need more of that in our lives.

    Have you ever wanted to be something other than who or what you are? Well the fun yoohoo friends wanted to do this as well and Aurora World Inc came out with a new line of friends called the wannabes The Wannabes are funny friends dressed up as other animals.

    The WannaBes are an average of 5 inch and are an average price of $9. They are very popular in the Yoohoo friends line. In 2012 Aurora adds jungle and domestic/barnyard assortments. Friends may include giraffe, elephant, lion, tiger, horse, cow, cat and dog. Each friend will make a fun sound when squeezed and sports removable hoodies for added play value

    You can purchase YooHoo friends from retail locations and online at YooHoo friends are located on Facebook page , Twitter: @yoohoofriends and blog:

    Want to win a YooHoo Wannabe Friend of your own? Aurora and YooHoo friends is allowing one special winner to get their choice of YooHoo Wannabe Friend.

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    Strawberry recipe

    Nothing better than strawberries in syrup and this recipe dresses it up a bit for adults leave the liquir out for a family friendly recipe

    2 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, cognac, or fruit brandy
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
    1. Place the strawberries in a large bowl.
    2. Simmer the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the Grand Marnier. Pour the syrup over the strawberries and toss.
    3. Beat the cream and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
    4. Divide the strawberry mixture among individual bowls and top with the whipped cream.

    Z. Daisy Blankie Bungie Review

    One of our favorite things to do in the warm weather is to get outside and take a walk. The little ones  I believe enjoy it as much as we do. They of course get to ride in the stroller or wagon and we take a casual walk but we are all together and having an awesome time in the great outdoors. The only thing I can think that can irritate us all is if we use a blanket to cover our little ones up and it consistently falls down and onto the ground. Not only irritating to us because of constantly having to stop but also a bit dangerous as we are not always aware when the blankie drops and may run over it with the stroller or trip over it with our feet that follow quickly behind. There is a solution to this problem though and the solution has been resolved by Z. Daisy.

    The Z. Daisy blankie bungie makes a big difference but is so small that it will not bother the passengar of the ride it is attached to. In fact the rider may enjoy the ride more knowing that their blanket will not fall. Not to mention those that are too small to realize why or where their protective blanket is going. Parents will love the simple to use clip as well that will attach easily to the blanket and stroller.

    The blankie bungee works great in the car as well. How many of us have securely covered our little rider up or handed a blankie to a precious child and only have to continously pick it up because it slips and falls off. The Blankee bungie clip makes it where this will not happen and we do not have to worry about the childs blanket ending up in the floor. Mothers who breast feed will love the fact that it can be used to help the nursing cover up to stay in place making a private atmosphere with less worry of the nursing cloth exposing anything that they do not want exposed.

    You can check out the blankie bungee and other great items at the Z. Daisy website. Also find Z. Daisy on twitter and facebook

    Summer TIme fun and Recipe for Sausage Corn Dogs

    This past weekend my daughter and her family were abe to get out in the community and have a bit of fun. I love carnivals, fairs and summer time fun and love making that sort of food at home as well. You can have a taste of fair food with the recipe I share here in the annies home post for sausage corndogs

    1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
    1 cup flour
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
    1/4 cup minced shallots
    2 teaspoons chopped garlic
    2 cups buttermilk
    18 to 20 cooked mini sausages (3 to 4 ounces each) or 6 to 8 hot dogs
    Cornstarch, for dusting
    Peanut oil, for frying
    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cayenne; set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeño, shallots, garlic, and buttermilk. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, and whisk until well combined. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes before frying.
    3. Skewer each cooked sausage with a 4-inch skewer. Fill a deep fryer or pot with peanut oil, and heat the oil to 350°F (use a candy thermometer). Dust each sausage with a little cornstarch before dipping (this helps the batter to stick to the sausage and not fall off in the hot oil).
    4. Dip sausages into the batter and gently place in fryer, one at a time; fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
    Makes 18 to 20 mini sausages or 6 to 8 larger hot dogs

    Excerpted from
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    An omnius cloud from nature

    This cloud looks a bit scary but in the end nature does some odd things

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    Celebrate Cherry Tart Day in June recipes

    Rustic Cherry Tart
    Nonstick cooking spray
    1 refrigerated pie crust (half of a 15-ounce box), at room temperature*
    1 cup extra-fruit cherry pie filling*
    1 1/2 teaspoons orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec, or 3/4 teaspoon orange extract
    Zest of 1 lemon, about 1 teaspoon
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    Sugar, a light sprinkle, to taste
    Vanilla ice cream, optional for serving

    Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Unroll piecrust, (it must be at room temperature), onto prepared sheet. Spoon cherry pie filling, (using as many of the cherries as possible), onto crust, leaving a 2-inch margin. Sprinkle liqueur, lemon zest and almonds evenly over filling only.
    Gently fold edges of crust inward over first 2 inches of filling, leaving center open. The sides of crust will overlap slightly at edges. If crust happens to tear, gently press it back together with your fingers. Sprinkle sugar lightly, to taste, over the exposed crust.
    Bake, uncovered, until crust is light brown and almonds are golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet until slightly warm, slice and serve, with vanilla ice cream, if desire
    This is a cherry tart that is as enjoyable and a bit easier for those of us who like to get in the kitchen make something great and get out. Some summer days are so full and busy but when you make something like this to enjoy with others the day will be so much more in wonderment

    9 graham crackers (each 2 1/2 by 5 inches)
    2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup sugar
    6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    6 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    3/4 cup heavy cream
    1 pound fresh sweet cherries, such as Bing, pitted and halved
    1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers and 2 tablespoons sugar until finely ground. Add butter, and process until combined. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using the base of a dry measuring cup, firmly press mixture into bottom and up sides of pan. Bake until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add cream, and beat until soft peaks form; spread mixture in cooled crust. Scatter cherries on top. In a small saucepan, combine jam and 1 teaspoon water; heat over low until liquefied, about 2 minutes. Using a pastry brush, dab cherries with glaze. Refrigerate tart at least 30 minutes or, covered, up to 1 day.

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    Awesome Icy Sweet Tea

    There is no wonder why June is the month for iced tea. With the heat turning on and all of us needing a way cool down the delicious iced tea seems to hit the spot. Now I am of course talking about cold sweet tea, after all I am a southern girl but I recently found a new way to enjoy the taste of sweet tea in a delicious icy way

    3 family-sized tea bags
    6 cups boiling water
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup water
    2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
    6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    Lemon slices (optional)
    Mint sprigs (optional)

    Place tea bags in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over tea bags; steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Combine sugar, 1/2 cup water, and light-colored corn syrup in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add sugar mixture and fresh lemon juice to tea; stir to combine. Let cool to room temperature. Pour cooled tea mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; cover and freeze for at least 6 hours or until firm. Remove tea mixture from freezer; scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy. Spoon into a container; cover and freeze for up to 1 month. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.

    Corn and Bean Salad

      Looking for a delicious recipe to share with friends and family at the next summer time grill or just an easy weeknight supper check out this recipe I found here. Oh so yummy and perfect to enjoy the taste of summer
    • 3 15-ounce cans beans (choose a variety from garbanzo, red kidney, white kidney, black, and pinto)
    • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen, cooked and cooled
    • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
    • 2 slices red onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Drain and rinse the canned beans, then place them in a large bowl. Add the corn, red pepper, red onion, and cilantro and stir. Next, prepare the vinaigrette. Measure the olive oil, vinegar, and mustard into a jar. Screw on the lid tightly and shake the dressing well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the beans a little at a time and mix to coat. Add enough vinaigrette to suit your taste. Refrigerate the salad until you are ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.

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    Long Island Tea

    This is one of my friends favorite ways to cool down after a hot busy summer day. You can find it at many of your favorite restraunts but if you want to enjoy it at home and make it yourself then here is a recipe you could use

    1/4 ounce Tanqueray London Dry Gin
    1/4 ounce Smirnoff No.21 Vodka
    1/4 ounce Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum
    1/4 ounce Jose Cuervo Especial
    1/4 ounce triple sec
    1 ounce sweet and sour mix
    6 ounces cola
    1 wedge lemon (optional)
    1. Add Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Smirnoff No.21 Vodka, Captain Morgan Silver Spiced Rum, Jose Cuervo Especial, triple sec, and sweet and sour mix in ice-filled collins glass and stir.

      Top with cola.

      Garnish with lemon wedge (optional).