Saturday, September 29, 2012

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

September 29,
Poison Blackberry Day (This sounds fun!)
Not that Poison...

This one!

Is today the day it's okay to poison that certain person?  Hold your horses! Put the arsenic back into the cabinet, and throw away that tainted pie! This day is unfortunately not that much fun. This day is thought to date back to the 18th century when people were dying by the dozens after eating poisoned berries. The first PSA! On September 29, people would hunt the poison berries to keep others from eating them. (Perhaps saving them for other people, an early soap opera! Love it!) 
In Scotland, legend has it that these toxic berries are the devils doing. This is perfect for a full moon night! The devil himself poisoned the berries with urine and saliva, those who ate these berries would immediate fall dead, or...gulp...worse!!
So cheers to not consuming peed on berries! Good thing my dogs diddles don't do this! I'd have a garden of poisoned vegetables...eww.
Didn't know it was a Draw Something topic, did you?!

Blackberry Crush 
I don't know about you, but I prefer my blackberries with a touch of poison ;)

4 blackberries
1tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp Simple Syrup
1 1/4 oz Vodka
Mint sprig

In a glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup
Lightly crush berries to release their juice.
Add ice and vodka; top with seltzer.
 Stir to combine.
Garnish with a mint sprig.

So good, you won't want to share this poison!

Here's to those who love us well,
Those who don't may go to H-----
 —Anon.  [1903, Hello Bill's Toasts]

Friday, September 28, 2012

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

September 28,

Drink As Much Beer As Possible Day

So you probably just asked, "Why is there a day for that?" Answer: Good for you, it's also Ask a Stupid Question Day! (I didn't make that up, it really is!) Who cares why we have this fabulous day, just celebrate it! Don't want to? That's cool, "Every party has a  pooper, that's why we invited you! Party Pooper, that's you!"
So for those of you who need justification for indulgence... There are a couple different rumored origins to this fab lil holiday. Some say it originated in the old time celebration of St. Wenceslas' Day. A tenth century Bohemian Duke, St. Wenceslas is known as the patron saint of Bohemians and brewers. Others say it was started in Milwaukee, home to many other not so saintly brewers. While this later seems more realistic, I want to stick with the first idea, it seems more purposeful!
In the interest of promoting responsible drinking, the day is more often referred to as "Drink Beer Day" ( Not to be confused with National Beer Day, which is in  August)
Here's to drinking beer! Cheers!

Gridiron Punch
This wonderful beer cocktail is perfect for a tailgate party!

18 oz. Pineapple juice, chilled
6 oz. Yellow Chartreuse, chilled
6 (12 oz.) Bottles Amber ale, chilled

Place the pineapple juice and Chartreuse in a 3 qt container or punch bowl. 
 Stir to combine. 
Add the beer and gently stir to combine.

"Now beer, my friends is a wonderful thing
whether you be a prince, a pauper or even a king
and to spill one precious drop is really a shame
so waste not what you pour and we'll drink to your fame"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"If You Build It, They Will Come..."

September 27,

Last Game Played at Tiger Stadium

On September 27, 1999 the last game was played at the old Tiger Stadium. "The Corner" located at Michigan Ave and Trumbell, hosted the Detroit Tigers from 1912-1999, 87 years! A lesser known fact is that the stadium actually hosted the Detroit Lions football team from 1938-1974. 
The corner was first turned into a stadium in 1895, at that time it was just a little wooden park named Bennett Park. In 1911, new owner Frank Navin had a larger concrete and iron stadium built. On April 20, 1912, Navin Field would open to the public. Through the years the stadium would be expanded to accommodate the growing fan base, the largest expansion was in 1938, when then owner Walter Briggs would talk the city into moving Cherry St. Briggs Stadium, as it was known at that time, could now accommodate 53,000 fans, as opposed to the 23,000 when it was built. In 1961 owner Jeff Fetzer would give it's final name, Tiger Stadium. That corner has seen some history! Two World Series wins, 1968 and 1984, every baseball legend imagined, several movies, and numerous historical music events. Despite efforts to save the park, the last pieces were tore down at 9:24 am, September 21, 2009.
The Tigers are still ahead one game at publishing time! So we can double cheers the Detroit Tiger today!

 Eat 'em up Tigers, Eat'em up!

Chocolate Russian
Hold up, wait a minute...Let us put some chocolate in it! Today just happens to be National Chocolate Milk Day, with all these delicious holidays, it's no wonder our country is fat! 
So we are going to do our Tiger's toast with a delicious chocolate cocktail, that looks like chocolate milk. Hmm, maybe that should be the new name, Mama's Milk...nah.

1.5 oz. Vanilla Vodka
.5oz Dark Creme de Cacoa
1 oz. Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
Cream or Milk

Pour liquor over ice into a highball or Collins glass.
Top with the cream or milk
Are you willing to throw caution to the wind?! Wanna take a walk on the wild side?!
Use chocolate milk in place of the cream, heard me!
A Maz Ing!!!
(Said sing-songie)
"People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it."
George "Sparky" Anderson

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 26,
Baklava Day
Today is a day dedicated to the sweet flaky dessert called baklava. The origins of baklava are a little hard to trace as it has been claimed by many ethnic groups. There is strong evidence that its current form was developed in the imperial kitchens of the Topkapi Palace based on a Central Asian Turkic tradition of layered breads. There is evidence of baklava type dessert in the ancient Greek culture as well. One of the oldest known recipes for a sort of proto-baklava is found in a Chinese cookbook written in 1330.  The dessert is very popular in the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Syria, India, Greece  and my stomach

Cheers! or
ΥΓΕΙΑ  (Yamas) Greek
Կէնաձդ (Genstzt) Armenian

Baklava Martini
As always I perfer to drink my dessert, and this one is delicious!

.5 oz Amaretto
1.5 oz. Gin
.5 oz. Creme de Cacao
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Pinch of Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Shake till..It's all Shook up, uh huh!
Strain into a martini glass

"Gather 'round my friends and lets spin us a tale
of bourbon and whiskey, of lager and ale
of new friends and old, of acts both daring and bold
of women of class and balls made of brass
and if we should die before the night ends
at least we went out drinking with friends"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Holy Smokes Batman! It's National Comic Book Day!

September 25,

National Comic Book Day!

Gee Whiz! A whole day devoted to comic books! Typically I would take this moment to make some sort of nerd comment, but while I am not a comic book fan per say, I do dig super heroes! (Who doesn't?) The actual comic book format debuted in 1933, though historians will argue that the actual prototype was the 1842 hardcover, The Adventures of Obediah Oldbuck. This time period is called the platinum age and it included the first usage of the term "comic book" (The Yellow Kid in McFadden's Flats (1897)),  the first known full-color comic (The Blackberries (1901)), and the first monthly comic book (Comics Monthly (1922)), The birth of the super hero, came in 1938, fittingly with Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster's Superman. This is considered the golden age of the comic book era, and is credited for making the industry what it is today.
Comic books have continued to shape the youth of America, from the early comic books, to Adam West, to the current Dark Knight trilogy, comic have continueg to rock it out! Cheers to all the greats! 

The grown up version of every one's favorite childhood ice cream!
.5 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
.5 oz. Blue Curacao
.5 oz. Amaretto

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
You spin it right round, baby right round till it's nice and mixed
Strain into your favorite shot glass

For every wound, a balm.
For every sorrow, cheer.
For every storm, a calm.
For every thirst, a beer

Monday, September 24, 2012

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ~Marion C. Garretty

September 24,

Happy Birthday!

On September 24, 1982, gas was $ 0.91 per gallon and houses were actually worth about the same. The first CD player was sold in Japan, and with out a doubt they were playing Physical by Olivia Newton-John or Mickey by Toni Basil. It was a great year for movies, the original Tron, Conan the Barbarian, Tootsie, ET, Poltergeist, Porky's, Best Little Whore House in Texas, An Officer and a Gentleman, and so many more great titles!  I remember that summer well, I spent every rainy day at the movies. We watched Annie at least seven times. As a matter of fact I wanted to name our families big addition Sandy, just like Annie's dog! For some reason my parents were against naming my sister after a dog. For some reason the thought Kasaundra was a better fit for a little girl. Despite all the great music and movies of 1982, oh my the TV was great too(Family Ties, Cheers, Knight Rider), anyways despite all this, it was the birth of my own real life baby doll that made the year (Annie was a close second).
Despite the years of torture she has released on me, she is still my best friend. I even forgave her for the bottle to the side of my head. Happy Birthday Little Sis! I am so proud of the woman you grew into, and happy as I was pretty sure for a while that you were going to grow horns and take over the world. You are taking on the world all right, just with your charm and wit (not minions or hell hounds!) I love you, and enjoy your year! This same little sis is getting married in April! Yeah!!
Here's to you!

Nerds Martini
Candy in the eighties was the best, and this martini is no exception!

1oz. Midori
1oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Lemonade

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Don't try to fake it! Get out there and let me see you Shake IT!
Strain into a martini glass rimmed in your favorite flavored Nerds!
Beautiful...Oh Yeah!

"If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child."

- Linda Sunshine

You aren’t yet over the hill
But you are getting there.
You’re just now starting to see
More than one grey hair.
You’ll never again 
have to be carded.
And soon you’ll see
Your hair has departed.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

♪ ♫ Coqui...Coqui ♫ ♪

September 23,

El Grito de Lares
The Cry of Lares


El Grito de Lares was Puerto Rico's first and only call for independence as a revolt against Spain. Organized by Ramon Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, 600 to 1000 men met on September 23, 1868, at a farm in Pezuelas, Lares, where they planned on creating a new, independent, Puerto Rico Republic. While the group met little to no resistance in taking Lares, the following day they were defeated by the Spainish in San Sebastion. After twelve years of planning the revolution would last only 24 hours. Puerto Rico would remain under Spanish rule until 1898, where under the Treaty of Paris the island was ceded to the US. Puerto Ricans became US citizens in 1917.Celebration of this day was outlawed in Puerto Rico by the Spanish and Americans at different times. The issue of independence is still a hot topic in the island. A referendum on the issue of independence, statehood, or continuance will take place on November 6 of this year. While the day is not declared a national holiday, it is widly recognised. Hundreds of people visit the Lares plaza to mark the occasion, and Puerto Ricans in the states host events in large cities such as Chicago and New York.
Salude Puerto Rico...Me Encanta la Isla Del Encanto!

Piña Colada

The national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978, this delicious beverage was created in San Juan during the 1950 and/or 60'ss. There are two bars that credit themselves with the invention of the cocktail. Barrachina in Old San Juan boasts a plaque claiming it was there that head bartender, Ramon Portas Mingot, created the drink in 1963.
Another popular belief is that the creamy concoction was created by bartender Ramón Marrero, while working as the head bartender at the Caribe Hilton International Hotel, the most popular hotel in Puerto Rico among the 1950s. The drink was originally made using Don Q rum and Coco Lopez coconut cream, can't get more Puerto Rican than that! After spending months perfecting the recipe, Mr. Marrero is said to have sold the first piña colada on August 15, 1954.
 2 ½ oz. Rum (Don Q)
 2 oz Cream of Coconut (Coco Lopez
2 oz Pineapple Juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice
Pour into cup of your choice....go all the way and serve in a coconut!
Garnish with a pineapple and a cherry

La Borinqueña
National Anthem of Puerto Rico

La tierra de Borinquen
donde he nacido yo
es un jardín florido
de mágico primor.
Un cielo siempre nítido
le sirve de dosel
y dan arrullos plácidos
las olas a sus pies.
Cuando a sus playas llegó Colón
exclamó lleno de admiración:
"Oh!, oh!, oh!, ésta es la linda tierra
que busco yo."
Es Borinquen la hija,
la hija del mar y el sol,
del mar y el sol,
del mar y el sol,
del mar y el sol,
del mar y el sol.
The land of Borinquen
where I have been born
is a flowery garden
of magical beauty.
A constantly clear sky
serves as its canopy
and placid lullabies are sung
by the waves at its feet.
When at her beaches Columbus arrived
full of awe he exclaimed,
"Oh!, oh!, oh!, this is the lovely land
that I seek."
Borinquen is the daughter,
the daughter of the sea and the sun.
Of the sea and the sun,
of the sea and the sun,
of the sea and the sun,
of the sea and the sun.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's Fall Ya'll!

September 22,

Autumn Equinox
(It's Fall Ya'll)

At 10:49 am EDT today, summer will have said it's final good byes and the cool crisp air of autumn will officially have begun. If you have been in Michigan this week, there was no doubt as the temperatures dropped to the sixties.
Autumn Equinox can occur in any given year in September on either the 22, 23, or 24. Equinox is  derived from the Latin words meaning "equal night", the equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator on the day when there is 12 hours of both day and night. Solstices in contrast represent either the longest or shortest day of the year. Solstice comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (standing still), on these days the sun appears to be standing still as it reverses directions (the hours of daylight switch from growing to lessening or the reverse). 
Enough with the facts! Fall is a beautiful holiday. The leaves changing color, apple cider and donuts at the mill, football and tailgating, pumpkins and all sorts of pumpkin flavored goodies, bonfires and roasted marshmallows, sweaters and warm comfort foods, Halloween and scary movies, corn mazes and haunted houses; there are so many great things about fall. What is you favorite?
Here's to the beginning of a long beautiful and hopefully blessed holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Insert your holiday of choice, New Years. and Three Kings Day/el dia de los Reyes Magos, once this ball gets rolling it's hard to stop!

Pumpkin Sangria
I made this delicious drink for our Halloween party last year, and it was A Maz ING! I have been counting the days til it was officially Pumpkin Sangria time...It's Here!!!

  • 1 Bottle White Wine, chilled
  • 3 cups mango tropical juice blend, chilled
  • 1 cup pumpkin spice liqueur, chilled
  • Glass Rim and Garnish:
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Mix the sugar and pumpkin pie spice and pour into a saucer.
Pour the maple syrup into a second saucer.
Dip the rim of your glass first in syrup, then into spice mixture.
In a pitcher, combine the wine, juice and pumpkin spice liqueur. 
Stir and pour into the rimmed glasses. 
Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
~Emily Dickinson

Friday, September 21, 2012

Peace Begins with a Smile ~ Mother Teresa

September 21,

International Peace Day
Look at that yesterday was for punching, today is for kissing and making up! Created in 1981, International Peace Day was promoted by the UN as a day for ceasefire and non-violence throughout the world.
So since I am in the loving mood, I'm going to give you a special treat...Lots of drinks!
Since today is for making love, not war... that's what are drinks are going to be.
Today's collection is filled with all the naughty named drinks your too embarrassed to order at the bar.
These are real drinks, I swear I'm not that twisted!

Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against A Wall
An oldie, but goodie!
1/4 oz. Galliano
1/2 oz. Sloe Gin
1 oz. Southern Comfort
1/2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. OJ

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker
Pour into you fav glass
Just what the Doctor (Ruth) ordered!

Mountain Dew Me
Love it!
2 oz. Melon liqueur
1 oz. Triple Sec
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 splash Lemon-Lime soda

Mix all ingredients in a shaker
Pour into a highball glass
Do The DEW!

Blow Job
Everyone always gives these to their friends on B-days, then giggles like they are the idiots. Your the one who gave the Blow Job, the B-day person received, Hello?!
1/2 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
1oz. Amaretto
Whipped Cream

Pour liqueurs in a shot glass
Top with WHipped (emphasis on the H) Cream
Suck it down, No hands if your real good!

Screaming Orgasm
1 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz  Irish cream (Baileys)
1/2 oz  Coffee liqueur (Kahlua)

Pour over ice or in a shot glass in order:
The best type of "O"

Slippery Nipple
Slippery when wet!
3/4 oz  Irish cream
3/4 oz Butterscotch Schnapps

Combine either in a shot glass or over ice in a rocks glass

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. 
Jimi Hendrix

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. 
John Lennon

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick - Bruce Lee

September 20,

National Punch Day

What a strange holiday. Wonder if they are talking about Hawaiian Punch, perhaps Rum Punch...yum!
Maybe they are talking about a good old fashion flogging! You know like a punch to the stomach....that's the one I am going with. It is actually quite appropriate, considering what happened on September 20, 1973. 
Bobby Riggs was a pro tennis player in the 1930's & 40's, He was actually No. 1 on three different occasions. He was known as quite the hustler, even bragged about winning $105,000 in 1939 by betting on himself to win at Wimbledon (that's almost $2 million today!) In 1973, while he was 55 years old, he started itching for a little attention.In a move that would garner him and the sport he loved some need attention, he challenged the best of the best female tennis player to a game. He proclaimed that the female game was inferior, and that a top female player couldn't beat him at even the age of 55. 
He approached Billie Jean King, who by this time had already won 5 Wimbledon's grand slam singles, 9 grand slam doubles, and a combined 8 US Open titles. King snubbed the idea at first turning Riggs down. He then approached Margaret Court, the no. 1 ranked female tennis player in the world at this time, who took him up on his challenge. On May 13, 1973, Mothers Day, Riggs would claim victory over the 30 year old Court (she still wins best tennis player name, hands down, maybe rackets down) This landed Riggs back in the lime light, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.

Puffed up with confidence Riggs began to taunt all female tennis players, that was enough to get King on board, that and a lucrative pay day. Dubbed the "Battle of the Sexes". the match was promoted quite heavily, with Briggs even being interviewed on 60 Minutes. On September 20, 1973, the nationally televised event would begin. King entered Cleopatra style, being lifted by well built shirtless men. Not to be out done, Riggs entered in a rickshaw pulled by scantily clad models. At the end of the day, King would be crowned Queen of the Battle, winning all three matches; 6-4, 6-3, 6-3! 
That's where the punch comes in....ugh, right where it hurts!
This ones for  any "in your face!' moment you have ever got to enjoy! It's for every person you have wanted to sucker punch in the nose, and didn't (pat on the back, yeah you!) And to drink fountains... they are pretty flipping cool!

Planter's Punch
So real party punches should be left at baby and wedding showers. I like a punch with...well, a kick!
The recipe comes from Jamaica mon, but it's name supposedly comes from were it originated in the states, Planter's hotel in Charleston, SC.
2 oz Dark Rum (Meyers)
2 oz. OJ
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Dash of Grenadine
Orange slice and cherry to garnish

Pour all your juices and the rum in a shaker filled with ice
Do that thing you do, when you do what you do
(that means ShAkE iT!)
Pour into a hurricane glass
top with grenadine and garnish!
Oh...this actually does make a nice party punch for your fountain!
Just evenly add to your amounts depending n the number of servings you want.

If I am to be a chauvinist pig, I want to be the number one pig. 
Bobby Riggs

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning 
Billie Jean King 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Drink Up, Me Hearties, Yo Ho! Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me!

September 19,

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Mateys! In 1995, two addled gents, came up with the genius idea of Talk Like a Pirate Day.It was John Baur and Mark Summers or as their pirate mateys now cal them, Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, who came up with this fun though incredibly foolish holiday. Like all the great holidays before it, it too has a great story. It was during a heroic battle of racket ball, when one of the two patron Saints of TLPD suffered a great injury (sprained thumb, bumped knee, who knows). As the agonizing pain from the slight injury hit the brave pirate he called out in despair, "ARRRRR!" (Really, who does that and why?) He would survive his injuries through the help of ben-gay and an ice pack, and the two knew they would have to honor this day with a holiday. Though it was June 6, the two decided on September 19, as it was Cap't Slappy's ex-wife's birthday (another painful memory, I take?).
Not pleased with the fake that they shared some cheesy laughs over the holiday, our duo new they had to get all hands on deck and set this holiday in motion. They sent a letter to syndicated humor columnist, David Barry, whom must share the humor of a ten year old boy, because he loved it. After pushing it in his columns the holiday went viral and is now celebrated internationally. 
So this is where it actually gets obnoxious, the two continued to gain fame after appearing in a 2006 episode of Wife Swap, (Meet ye new wench?) In 2008 Baur appeared in an episode of Jeopardy as well. Begads! What is this world coming to? It almost makes me want to walk the plank!? The two now run a website dedicated to the holiday where the sell shirts and other paraphernalia, raking in quite a Booty {sadly probably getting some as well thanks to this).
Me hearties, today we toast this great land of ours, where any ole' scurvey dog with a pen in his hand can create a holiday. So Yo-ho-ho, tis time to splice the membrane! (Pirate for have some drinks!)
Patchy the Pirate!

Rum Runner
From the moment the first tax was put on alcohol, someone began to smuggle it. The British Government had revenue cutters, a type of maritime police searching for smugglers, put in place to stop  this as early as the 16th century. Pirates were known to run rum to heavily taxed colonies for extra loot.
The Run Rummer drink was invented at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida during the late 1950's.Much like the Hurricane, the Rum Runner was created to get rid of the vast supply of rum the bar owners had to purchase in order to get whiskey. The name was fitting as the drink was filled with rums, and the Florida Keys were once home to many a rum runner.  With all that booze this one isn't for just any lily-livered scally wag! Did I mention it's delicious?

1 1/2 oz Light rum
1 1/2 oz Dark rum
1 oz 151 proof rum
3/4 oz Blackberry brandy
3/4 oz Banana liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
1 oz Orange juice
1 oz Pineapple juice

Blend all ingredients into a tall glass,hurricane style preferably
Once its blended together, float the 151 on top
Garnish with your favorite tropical fruits, pineapple is my favorite!
Shiver Me Timbers! That thar is good rum!

Here’s to ourselves, the hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff
Traditional Pirate Toast

Here's a couple great links  to perfect your pirate speak for the day!

Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part,
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.
Away to the cheating world go you,
Where pirates all are well-to-do;
But I'll be true to the song I sing,
And live and die a Pirate King.
"The Pirate King" - from The Pirates of Penzance 

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
Maraud and embezzle and even hijack. 
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!...

"Yo Ho A Pirate's Life For Me"