I've been writing so many depressing posts lately that people are fleeing from my followers list. Oh well, I write this for me - no offense to those of you who do read. It's my blog and I ought to be able to vent about how I'm feeling and what I'm dealing with, right? Even with my foot aggravation, it's not like I'm never happy or having fun. So for today, I thought I'd do something I haven't done in a while... I thought I'd just put up something fun. Well, fun to me anyway.
Last weekend Little Helen popped home for a surprise visit and my sister ended up throwing together an impromptu Saturday night Happy Hour as the whole family was available. This will probably be the last time all of us get together before she moves. Yes, she's moving to be with her fiance and taking Grace and Jacob with her! How dare she!
Anyway, She and her fiance made several types of hors d'oeuvres and provided beer, wine, and a cocktail. In making the hors d'oeuvres, they had a meatball contest with my sister and Gracie vs. her fiance and Jacob. We declared it a tie because the meatballs were so different and equally delicious. Her fiance's meatballs were family recipe made of bison and I have to admit that was the very first time I've eaten bison. The spices and seasonings were right on point. My sister's meatballs were called Saucy Asian Meatballs and she found the recipe via Pinterest. I have to say, I think the dipping sauce made these really good. She chose to put the sauce on the side and let people dip or not. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try them.
Another favorite was this Gorgonzola Garlic Bread, which I originally pinned but had not yet made. Glad she
The cocktail was such a huge hit, it stole the show away from the other drink offerings. I begged for the recipe (this was her fiance's special creation) because this concoction might just be the ultimate summer drink. Also it is perfect for this type of gathering as the preparation method allows it to be served as a virgin drink, which the kids loved. And look how pretty it is!
Watermelon Mint Cooler (or Martini)
Put a bunch of chunks of watermelon and some fresh mint into a food processor and process until liquidy. (If you can, do this ahead of time and chill it.) If not, stir in some ice cubes to make it cool.
Take a chilled martini glass and pour in 1.5 - 2 oz. vodka (preferably that has just come out of the freezer), and fill glass with watermelon juice. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
Obviously if you want it to be virgin, leave out the vodka and use 2 oz. of seltzer.
It's just that easy!!