Giant Thermos Cocktails for the Beach

These are fantastic little libations for the beach, boat parties or picnics. Combining all of your cocktail ingredients before a beach party or boat outing makes enjoying cocktails more convenient. This recipe makes enough for 1 gallon of cocktails, but can be doubled or tripled, depending on how many people will be joining you. 🙂…

Sandbar Footsie Treatment

Here’s one of my favorite summertime spa treatments. This one was published in my first book, “Chin Deep in Bubbles” on page 58. An exfoliating, smoothing treatment for your feet: Combine 1/2 cup beach sand (or play sand), 1 Tablespoon sea salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a big basin. Put your feet in…

Appropriate woods for grilling

Adding wood to your coals before grilling can add depth and flavor to the meats you grill. We have been experimenting with grapevines and fresh herbs. Have fun with this and let me know what you find out 🙂 Here is a list of woods suitable for grilling and smoking: * ACACIA – these trees…

Trendy Little Lettuce Wraps

These little lettuce wraps are every bit as wonderful as the ones you can get at upscale Chinese restaurants. They make a perfect lunch, appetizer, or light dinner. 16 butter lettuce leaves 1 pound lean ground bison 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large, sweet Maui onion or Vidalia onion, chopped fine 2 cloves fresh garlic,…

Rose Petal Dream Bath

“This is la vie en rose…” ~ Edith Piaf It doesn’t get much easier than this! Just sprinkle fresh rose petals into your bath water before you bathe. Light some candles, sip wine or tea, nibble chocolates, and listen to relaxing music while looking at your favorite magazines. Instant spa! 🙂 Enjoy! ~Melissa