Dirty Martini Salad

Dirty Martini Salad

Tossed… not stirred. This martini salad is one that even 007 would enjoy.


REAL SIMPLE Magazine’s Cocktail Party Tips

How to stock a party-worthy cocktail bar: Save or Splurge?

REAL SIMPLE Magazine's Cocktail Party Tips

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Delicious Uses for Candy Canes

Candy canes aren’t just for sucking… to give one fresh breath in a pinch before meeting the (future or present) in-laws and/or greeting the folks at church.

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

Have your cake and candy canes… Eat them too!

Take an angel food cake….”frost” it with whipped cream and top it with crushed candy canes. YUMMY! (And, a way to impress a few of your family members at the holiday meal without a lot of effort…. but don’t tell them that!)

Another idea…

Sprinkle your crushed candy canes like it was “fairy dust” on goodies like cookies and brownies… making your favorites more festive.

…yet another idea…

Candy Cane Ice Cream

candy cane ice cream

Candy Cane Ice Cream….fast and easy!

If you’re late in getting to the grocery store to grab the “Special Edition” peppermint ice cream, no worries. Crush some candy cane “dust” to top a scoop (or two) of  vanilla ice cream…. or mix it up with chocolate ice cream.

Have a Little Faith in Me

Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele perform

This song is from the soundtrack of New Year’s.  Click here to find out more about the Warner Brother’s movie New Year’s Eve starring Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michele as well as Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Common, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro and more.

Santa Claus Returns to North Pole

Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare for Christmas 2013

Mrs. Claus comes to Town

Mrs. Claus waved “good-bye” to the world… until next year! You better be good in 2013!!!!

Santa Claus has returned to his wife and home in the North Pole.

The two, along with the elves, are already making preparations for next year’s event on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

However, the couple have plans to celebrate the New Year together.

The elves have also made New Year’s plans in celebration of their two weeks paid vacation. According to a union spokesperson, the elves are slated to return to work Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.