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Low Carb Cosmopolitans & Bachelorette Party Invitations

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Martini on Hot Pink Invitation

Martini on Hot Pink Background Invitation

Cosmopolitans are a great drink for a bachelorette party, a lady’s birthday party, hey, who needs a reason? They’re fun, they’re festive, and they’re pink! Unfortunately, they are loaded with sugar, typically 4 teaspoons in each drink.

Here’s a low sugar/low cal recipe that tastes just like the high calorie version.

  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) Citron vodka or regular vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) diet cranberry juice (NOT “light” — it must say diet) OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh squeezed preferred)
  • 2 to 3 drops orange extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener (to taste), liquid preferred

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice and shake well. Taste for sweetness. If you are using unsweetened cranberry juice, you may need to add more sweetener. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.


Blitzed Beer Limeade & Beer Invitations

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Beer Bather Party Invitation

Beer Bather Party Invitation

Our last drink recipe for “Hard Lemonade” was a huge hit and the only hard thing about it is its name.  In search of another unusal beer drink, we were sent this recipe for Blitzed Beer Limeade that our friend serves during the summer and at football tailgating parties:

  • 1 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liquer
  • Crushed ice
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cold beer

Stir together first 3 ingredients until well blended.  Fill 4 medium glasses with crushed ice. Pour limeade mixture evenly into glasses.  Add beer to taste. The beer makes the drink real smooth.

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe & End of Summer Invitations

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
DJ Summer Party Invitation

DJ Summer Party Invitation

Labor Day is coming up and if you’ve planned a party or sent out “End of Summer” invitations, here’s a great recipe to serve everyone will love!

Cowboy Caviar starts with a spicy base of black-eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Scoop it up with tortilla chips for an appetizer, or add cabbage and it becomes a coleslaw.

For a healthier alternative, slice large zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers or daikon radishes to use instead of tortilla chips.

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy Caviar Recipe


  • 2  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2  to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  salad oil
  • 1  clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8  teaspoon  pepper
  • 1  firm-ripe avocado (about 10 oz.)
  • 1  can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas
  • 1  can (11 oz.) corn kernels
  • 2/3  cup  thinly sliced green onions
  • 2/3  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2  pound  Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Salt
  • 1  bag (6 oz.) tortilla chips or 2 cups finely shredded cabbage


1. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, oil, garlic, and pepper. Peel, pit, and cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to vinegar mixture and mix gently to coat.

2. Drain and rinse peas and corn. Add peas, corn, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes to avocado; mix gently to coat. Add salt to taste. Serve pea mixture with chips as an appetizer, or add cabbage and mix to make a salad.

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 appetizer or 6 salad servings

Nutritional analysis per appetizer serving: Calories: 159 (42% from fat), Protein: 3.9g, Fat: 7.3g (sat 1.3), Carbohydrate: 22g, Fiber: 2g, Sodium:  272mg, Cholesterol:  0.0mg

Leslee Mendel Coy, Lake Forest, California, Sunset, March 1997

End of Summer Burgers Recipe & Barbecue Invitations

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

With Labor Day a month away, it’s already time to think about sending out invitations to a barbecue, an end of summer party or a back to school party.

Ranch Cheeseburgers on the Grill

There’s nothing like a barbecue to enjoy the outdoors and all your favorite summer foods before the cooler temperatures of fall force us to once again cook on our stove instead of the barbie.

Hamburgers are a favorite of young and old alike, and a great change on an old favorite is to serve Ranch Hamburgers. They don’t take any longer to make, but the unexpected added flavor will make this recipe a hit.

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Mimosa Invitation and 3 Mimosa Recipes

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Mimosa Invitation for Brunch, Lunch, Mother's Day and More

Mimosa Invitation for Brunch, Lunch, Mother's Day and More

Mimosas are the perfect drink for Mother’s Day, a luncheon, a bridal shower invitation, a day-after-the-wedding brunch and more. To go with our Mimosa Invitation are three mimosa recipes.

Basic Mimosa: The basic mimosa recipe calls for your favorite champage and orange juice – about 3/4 chilled champagne to 1/4 chilled orange juice. 

Passion Fruit Mimosa: Fill a champagne flute half full of chilled champagne, fill the rest of the way with chilled passion fruit juice, gently stir. For garnish, you can add a strawberry or an orange to the rim of each flute. 

Party Mimosa: 

  • 1 (12 ounce) can apricot-mango nectar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle cold champagne or sparkling wine

Stir together apricot nectar, pineapple juice, water, and orange juice concentrate in a large pitcher until combined. Pour in bottle of champagne or sparkling wine just before serving.


Luncheon Invitation and Chickpea Pasta Recipe

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Luncheon Invitation - Lady in a Large Hat

Luncheon Invitation - Lady in a Large Hat

You’ve decided on a luncheon invitation for your party…what are you going to serve?  We like this recipe for a crowd or just for a non-meat dinner alternative.

Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan Recipe:

You won’t miss the meat in this elegant dish, which stars protein-packed chickpeas and almonds for a bit of crunch. A hit of red pepper flakes adds a touch of heat.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 7 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan

Chickpea Pasta With Almonds and Parmesan


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth, red pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the pasta and cook, stirring, until the broth is nearly absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley.
  4. Divide among individual bowls and top with the almonds and Parmesan.

Serves 4 –  Hands-On Time: 20 min – Total Time: 20 min

From Real Simple by Sara Quessenberry,  January 2008

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Halloween Invitations and Brains on a Cracker Appetizer

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Frankenstein Lives Halloween Invitation

Frankenstein Lives Halloween Invitation

How about adding your own scary food concoction to the party?  Fill a plastic brain mold with a pretty pink shrimp dip for the ultimate gross-out grub on Halloween. This “smart food” will serve 100 guests (if you can get anyone to eat it!)


  • 1 cup(s) mayo plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 can (10 ¾-oz.) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package (8 oz.) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 envelope of Knox unflavored gelatin, dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions
  • 1-1/2 lbs cooked bay shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Cocktail sauce


  • Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise to grease a 6-cup brain mold or a bunch of mini brain molds; set aside.
  • Pour contents of soup can in a medium saucepan and heat over medium until warm.
  • Stir in cream cheese until melted.
  • Stir in dissolved gelatin with water until blended.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Remove from heat and pour into brain mold.
  • Chill until firm.
  • Unmold on to a platter, top with cocktail sauce and serve with crackers.


Halloween Invitations and Gross Brain Appetizers

Halloween Invitations and Gross Brain Appetizers

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Lemonade Invitation and Hard Lemonade Recipe

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Lemonade Birthday Invitation

Lemonade Birthday Invitation

Last weekend my sister and I were trying to come up with an afternoon cocktail recipe that felt like summer.  I love mai tais and anything with rum, but rarely have the fruit juices on hand to make them. After looking through what I did have in the house, I remembered a recipe I hadn’t made in a long time – “Hard Lemonade” and thankfully, the only thing hard about it is the name.


  • 1 can frozen lemonade made with 3 cans of water – not the 4 1/3 cans called for
  • 1 bottle of beer makes 2 drinks
  • Vodka or lemon flavored vodka

To make individual drinks:

  • Fill glass half full of ice
  • Fill half full with lemonade
  • Add one shot of vodka (more to your tastes)
  • Fill full with beer
  • Stir and enjoy!

For a low calorie/low sugar version substitute:

  • Crystal light lemonade – use about a third less water to retain a lemonade flavor when the beer is added
  • One of the new 55-64 calorie beers

And yes, the beer is great in the lemonade, it makes it really smooth!

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