DIY Sparkly Bottles

It’s the Award’s Season and those who don’t get to go to those shows just want to be apart of the fun.  Well, if you are having a party check out this dazzling idea to put a little sparkle into your event.  This is great for weddings and other celebrations too.  Click to find out this easy process.

 

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Know Your Wine and Champagne Glasses

Wine glasses

For many a wine glass is a wine glass is a wine glass; however, this simply isn’t true.  There is a rationale behind the design glass which goes beyond looking pretty.  Here are some guides and a tutorial about using appropriate wine or champagne glass.

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Watch how to choose the correct wine glass

 

Juneteenth Menu Guide and Recipes

 

Juneteenth

Long overdue but MCCN is providing a menu guide and recipe in hopes that you will recognize juneteenth.  What is Juneteenth? Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Texas was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation, and though slavery was very prevalent in East Texas, it was not as common in the Western areas of Texas, particularly the Hill Country, where most German-Americans were opposed to the practice. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. (READ MORE)

 

Influence for cuisine are primarily soul food meets the southern style cuisine of Texas.  We also opted to add some health conscience choices.* Look for the asterick.  Click on menu choices for the recipe.

Appetizers/Sides

Veggies

Meat/Poultry/Seafood

Frogmore stew

 

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Desserts

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Party Planning: Patriotic Cook Out

We all have someone in our lives that has fought for our country and what better way to solute our soldiers then a good old fashion patriotic cookout.  In this article you will find great recipes and tips on decorating your Fourth of July themed gathering.

I recommend renting a tent for this event for your guest to eat dinner in because this is a sentimental gathering. I would decorate the tables with cotton flag table cloths, red white and blue roses in a royal blue crystal vase with lit tea candles floating in the middle will make the event even more intimate. Patriotic dishware would grace the tables.  I would also use a projector to do a slide show of the great memories of the soldiers that we hold close to us and the soldiers that we lost. This will bring the cookout to a great ending.  SEE RECIPE IDEAS

Menu:

Island Chicken

4 (6ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast.

2 Teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

2 ¼ teaspoons salt free Jamaican jerk seasoning, divided (recommended the spice hunter salt)

1 (20ounce) can of no sugar added pineapple slices, in juice reserved (recommended Dole)

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Courtesy: Sandra Lee

Grilled Potato and Pepper Salad

2 Pounds fingerling potatoes

6 Cloves garlic crushed

1 Bay leaf

Kosher salt

4 Bell peppers (red or yellow) stemmed and quartered

2 Bunches scallions, trimmed

5 Tablespoons extra vinegar

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Courtesy: Food Network Magazine

Fourth Of July Cocktail

 

1 Ounce watermelon Schnapps

1 Big splash cranberry juice

1 Very thin slice jalapeno or Serrano pepper

1 Slice lemon

1 Slice lime

1 ½ ounce tequila

¼ Ounce tequila

½ Ounce blue curacao

½ Ounce simple syrup

Watermelon wedge, for garnish optional

Courtesy: Guy Fieri

 

Red White and Blue Trifle

1 Box red velvet cake mix, about 18 ounce

1 16 Ounce table whipped toppings

2 Pints blue berries

1 Pint strawberries tops removed

Courtesy: Sandra Lee

For more patriotic cookout recipes please visit www.foodnetwork.com

I recommend renting a tent for this event for your guest to eat dinner in because this is a sentimental gathering. I would decorate the tables with cotton flag table cloths, red white and blue roses in a royal blue crystal vase with lit tea candles floating in the middle will make the event even more intimate. Patriotic dishware would grace the tables.  I would also use a

by Event Specialist Artraya Daniels

5 Tips for Planning the Winter Wedding

Having a wedding in the winter time does not mean it has to be void of color and expression. Winter weddings can still have and display vibrant color that express the personalities of the bride and groom. More often than not people who have a wedding in the winter months tend to think that they have to have a snowflake theme. But modern traditions prove that anything goes for weddings. For example pick a theme that will evoke a warm feeling throughout all who attend the wedding a reception. Focusing on making the day special and unique will create memories that will last a lifetime no matter the season you decide to marry. Remembering some key points will ensure a beautiful and successful winter wedding.  READ MORE