Friday, May 24, 2013

Great Gatsby! It's a Roaring Twenties Macbeth Halloween Party!

In my book it is never too early to start planning your Halloween party. I've had a genius son with Asperger's at home for the past eighteen years and have had to come up with creative low-cost ways to keep him entertained and off the street during the summer. Collaborative projects; gardening, creative activites have been the ticket for him. And for my sanity, well, I've written.

I'm working on publicity for my Halloween book and came up with a fresh idea for this year's party. With the release of The Great Gatsby, no I haven't seen it yet, maybe a throwback 20's style Halloween party...My BFF's sisters-in-law who own a costume and gift shop in Tarzana and supply gifts and glitz the for the studios, are gearing up for the Roaring Twenties and I think its the bee's knees. Among my all-time favorites for Halloween are the original Wizard of Oz books with the gorgeous authentic 20's illustrations that show the fashion of the farm folk and the Emerald City elite.

One of my favorite Shakespeare tragedies is the dark tale of the Macbeths. Being related to the Bard is like having an uncle in the trade and I don't mind borrowing liberally from his creative genius,
I don't think he minds.

So what would be the result if we take the Macbeths, King Duncan and the Scottish entourage and placed them in the 20's?
There are already castles aplenty at Halloween so that's easy, speak easy that is. Lady Macbeth could be a flapper hosting a Halloween tea. And BTW King Duncan, I wouldn't get too close to these folks if you know what's best for you. There will be more details later, but the menu is in place and the evening's entertainment is being created as we speak, easy that is.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

La Toussaint - An Evening of Remembrance

The French have a beautiful tradition of remembering departed family members in autumn; La Toussaint.
After taking flowers to cemeteries to honor their dead, they return home to enjoy one another's company and a feast; giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, let's show our appreciation for the sacrifices which have given us freedom and preserved it, and for those who gave us life. Thank you parents and soldiers, ministers
and teachers, policemen and firemen and all who sacrifice on a daily basis that we might live and have joy. We love you all!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's not too early...

Just as the weather is beginning to warm up - I'm thinking about Christmas. I'm putting together a retro Christmas party article - 50's style. I'd love to hear your favorite memories from your past merry Christmases.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Discussion for Families; Why Save Sex Until Marriage?


 Here is a piece written for FamilyShare based on a message by David Bednar. I hope it will help protect children from the difficulties of life choices not in their best interest.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day Brunch

Honor Mother with a delicious Mother's Day brunch.
This easy blintz souffle can be made ahead and cooked just before serving. 

Top with fresh cherry or strawberry sauce and hearts or lemon curd.

BLINTZ SOUFFLE  Serves 8 – 10

Blintz Soufflé Batter
       In a blender or 11 cup capacity food processor*, blend
6 eggs
1 ½ C. light sour cream
½ C. orange juice 
zest of 1 orange
1/3 C. sugar
1 C. butter, room temperature 
2 tsp. baking powder

            Add and whirl until smooth
1 C. all-purpose flour
            Pour half the batter into buttered 9 x 13 casserole, bake at  
            350 degrees for 10 minutes, reserve remaining batter.

*If you have a 7 cup food processor, divide the ingredients and
make the batter in two batches.

           Mix together and spread over soufflĂ© batter in casserole
 2 -  8 oz. pkg. light cream cheese, softened
1 C. light cottage cheese
1 egg
1 TBSP. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla 
            Pour over remaining batter. May be refrigerated up to 8  
            hours before baking.  Bake uncovered in a 350 oven until  
            puffed in center and golden brown about 45 - 55 min. Serve 
            immediately with strawberry or cherry sauce or  
            lemon curd garnish with strawberries cut into hearts.

Strawberry or Cherry Sauce
            In a 3 quart saucepan, stir together
6 TBSP sugar 
3 tsp cornstarch 
3 tsp lemon juice 
3/4 C water 
4 1/2 C strawberries or pitted sweet cherries
         Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce
         is clear and thickened.

Strawberry Hearts
         Cut a v-shaped notch at the top of each strawberry to create a
         heart and remove the hull. 

xoxoxoxo The flowers were a gift from my daughter Heather and her daughter Ellyza, the baby dress was my Mom's and the teacups belonged to my grandmother. The quilt was made by my husband's grandmother, this is a multi-generational fete!xoxoxoxo