Friday, July 31, 2009

END OF SUMMER ALREADY?

Things have been slowing down a bit lately for this old biddy. Age finally catching up with me? Who knows. Summer closing down already may be causing a bit of doldrums. The summer truly has been going so quickly - it just doesn't seem possible that August is upon us already. All the more reason to get out and about while the weather is still beautiful. Before we know it the fall skies will be here along with red and gold leaves blowin' in the wind and you all know what comes afer that! Brrrrr......


Thursday evening 3 of us went down to Carrabba's at The Strip for their Muscular Dystrophy fund raiser. For $15 we had our choice of one of these wonderful drinks (see below with recipes) and 5-6 appetizers. The food was good, drinks were tasty and the conversation was pleasant as we sat with another couple who were also there for the fund raiser and they were quite talkative. The price was right and we were all filled with food by 7pm.



Blackberry Fields Martini

1 ½ oz Stolichnaya1
¾ oz Sweet and Sour
½ oz Monin Blackberry Sangria
4 mint leaves

Combine ingredients and shake well. Serve in a martini glass.Garnish with a blackberry and mint leaf on a cocktail pick.


Blackberry Lemonade

1 oz Stolichnaya
1 oz Sweet and Sour
¾ oz Monin Blackberry Sangria
Splash of soda.

Build in a highball glass.Stir and garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge on a cocktail pick.

Saturday I met a friend at the Lebanese Food Festival out in Montrose for some wonderful food. I had grilled kibbee, hummus and pita and a fresh lemonade. I just LOVE kibbee and someday I need to find out how to make this at home. I'm getting pretty good at hummus but past that is going to require a class or a teacher. That will be something to look for soon. Meanwhile I find that Wafa's downtown has great Lebanese food and her kibbee is worth the walk at lunchtime. Too bad they aren't open past 3pm or on weekends.

Saturday evening was our last 2009 picnic and show out at Porthouse. We saw Anne Get Your Gun and the performance was terrific. These kids really have energy and the lead characters had mighty fine voices. It was a toe-tapping, sing along sort of show since even if you've never seen the play you would know all the songs. "There's No Business Like Show Business" runs throughout the entire show. Although these players did it justice, it brought back memories of seeing Ethal Merman sing this song in a live performance of Gypsy when I was just a kid. I couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 years old but I've never forgotten her belting out that song.

Meanwhile, after the performance was our annual candlelight picnic with sparkling wine and dessert. Nancy brought a phenomonal chocolate cake (in honor of my birthday, THANKS NANCY!) and we ate cake and siped prosecco until they kicked us out of the pavillion. All good things come to an abrupt end I suppose but we had some fun this summer with good food and chatter and some good performances by the Kent State theater players.


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