Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saucy Mama Give-away Times Two

Today I have some really exciting news!  Not only do I have 2 fun give-away's for 2 lucky readers, but I'm also entered into the Skinny Mama Recipe contest sponsored by Saucy Mama Mustard's.
First let's talk about the give-away's :) Saucy Mama will be sending one lucky reader 3 of their wonderful mustard's.  I can't tell you how much fun I've had developing recipes with these fantastic mustard's.  You will receive Suzie's Yellow mustard (the newest mustard by  Saucy Mama), Tarragon Lemon, and my favorite, Smoky Garlic..
In the second give-away, one lucky reader will receive a Saucy Mama Red & White striped apron, Christmas Pepper Jelly, Saucy Mama's Famous Hot Wing Sauce,
  Just Horsin  Around, tomato, horseradish dip and spread mix (makes 3 batches), and a bottle of Saucy Mama Dirty Martini Olive Juice (not just for martini's). You are going to love Saucy Mama products they pack a lot of flavor into your recipes and 50 blogger's were given   
the challenge to come up with healthy recipes that fit into well known diet plans. The great news is that it wasn't a challenge at all. 
 Mustard was named one of the biggest food trends of 2012
 It has lots of flavor and hardly any calories.  It's nonfat, gluten free, vegan, and has a low glycemic factor.
My first recipe is a very flavorful

 Saucy Seafood Cocktail
1 Cup of Chili Sauce
1/2 cup Ketchup
3 Tablespoons Saucy Mama Chipotle Mustard
2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish sauce
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
16 large cooked shrimp (shelled, deviened, with tails)
8 ounces of crab meat, in small bite size pieces
Whisk together first 6 ingredients until completely combined then fold in crab meat.
Divide into 4 serving glasses and place 4 shrimp on the edge of each glass.
This recipe is 4 entree servings or 8 appetizer servings, if your serving this as an appetizer place it on a platter with a bowl of the crab cocktail sauce in the center. Garnish with lemon slices.
Entree serving is 360 calories
gluten free

My Second Recipe is a Smoky flavored

Roasted Asparagus w/Smoky Garlic Aioli

24 ounces of asparagus with the woody ends trimmed off (the weight is after trimming)
Non Stick Olive oil spray
1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt
1 Tablespoon Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic Mustard
6 Tablespoons reduced fat, olive oil mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
preheat oven to 425 degrees
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick olive oil spray. Lay the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet and spray asparagus with olive oil spray. Evenly sprinkle the smoked salt over the asparagus. bake for 8-10 minutes turning once half way through.
To make aiole sauce whisk together the Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic mustard, the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and pepper.
Serve asparagus hot with aioli sauce. This recipe tastes like it’s been roasted in a wood burning stove thanks to the smoky flavors in the Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic mustard & smoked sea salt. It’s such a treat.
each serving is 6 ounces of asparagus and 1/6th of the aioli sauce
102 calories per serving
gluten free
low carb

My Third, and last recipe is a flavorful Brunch Favorite (this is a non-alcoholic version )

Skinny, Saucy, Bloody Fantastic Mary

8 ounces of tomato vegetable juice ( like V8 )
1 teaspoon of Saucy Mama Chipotle Mustard
1 teaspoon of juice from the jar of Saucy Mama Jalapeno Stuffed Olives
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon smoked sea salt (plus more for rim(s) of glass
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (plus more for rim(s)of glass
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1 celery stalk, one lime slice, and one Saucy Mama Jalapeno Stuffed Olive for garnish.
In a blender combine everything but the garnish(s) and the reserved salt and lime juice. Blend until smooth & combined.
Place 2 tablespoons of lime juice in a saucer and dip the rim of the glass in the lime juice, do the same with the salt. 
Pour the Saucy Mary in a stemmed glass and garnish with the celery stalk, lime slice, and a Saucy Mary Jalapeno stuffed olive.
This is a single serving but it can easily be doubled, or more
95 calories
Gluten Free
Low Glycemic Factor

Low Carb
Now for the rules :)
There are only two
1). Go to the Saucy Mama Facebook page and "Like" them
For extra entries
3).Vote for my recipe(s). https://apps.facebook.com/promotionshq/contests/191268/voteable_entries/45140705
 If you have a favorite (of mine) go ahead and mention it.
4). Leave a comment on my recipe

Leave a comment,(at the end of this post) or comments letting me know which ones of these you have done. Good luck to both of us :)
I will draw for these give-away's on March 8th.
The winners of these give-aways are
Amy Tong &
Merry Graham

Friday, February 24, 2012

Irish Linen & Lace

Today we are going to be talking about two more Irish beauties, Irish linen & lace :) They are often combined, but not always.  I have been buying Irish linens for almost 30 years now. It started at an antique auction where I won and entire case of Irish linens for $20.  I've been hooked ever since :)

Here are spools of Irish lace in a bowl, think of all the towels, sheets, and dresses you could trim with these, the mind reels :)

This dress is an exquisite example of Irish linen and lace at it's finest. It's a vintage piece from the Edwardian era.

Here is a beautiful example of hand embroidered Irish Linen.  A piece this ornate was probably a wedding gift or made for a wedding dowry.

Irish linen and lace drying on the line, how divine. If you have an unwanted stain on vintage linens the recommended way to remove them is to rub a little lemon juice on the stain and lay (or hang)  them in the sun, this is gentler on the linen than bleach.

An Irish Linen loom from 1820

This is an Irish boys Christening outfit. This is almost exactly like my sons except his knickers were white velvet since he was baptized the day after Christmas, I wish I had more pictures of him in it, he was so adorable. With a name like Charles Patrick, he's all Irish :)

I adore lace trimmed sheets.  They're a beautiful luxury that every one should experience at least once.  Consider shopping around for lace and add your own, it can save you a LOT of money.  I've been doing this for years :)

If you like the look of these sheet you can purchase them from Victorian Trading Co. They specialize in all things vintage (or that look vintage)

They also carry this lovely lace table topper for a touch of old world romance :)

And last, but not least they offer these beautiful towels

So Top O' The Mornin to ya and don't forget to let a little linen and lace weave some charm into your home and your life.  It has a way of making you feel like a true lady (or gentleman).  It will also make your guests feel warm, welcome, and very special.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Entertaining with Irish Beauties, Waterford Crystal

Waterford Bar Trunk, under a Waterford Chandelier
For  those  of you who think that St. Patricks Day (and the Irish) are all about green beer and silly hats,  I would like to say Ireland has given the world of entertaining some really beautiful products.  I would like to cover some of the beautiful gifts from Ireland starting with Waterford Leaded Crystal from Waterford County Ireland.

Waterford Castle

Waterford Crystal Was founded in 1783 and the main factory stayed in Waterford County until 2009.  It has re-opened it's visitors center and a small factory in Waterford but most of the current crystal is made throughout Europe.  If you have Waterford pieces made previous to 2009 chances are  it was made in Ireland.
 Waterford County Ireland

The leaded cut crystal of Waterford adds beauty, romance, and sparkle to any table. I'm determined to collect a set of Waterford Toasting flutes for the sheer beauty of seeing them sparkle in the candlelight.

Here are my dream flutes :) The Jim O' Leary Anniversary flutes in a Georgian style, aren't they stunning?

Don't you love this stunning Waterford Chandelier, it reminds me of the one the servants are dusting in the opening credits of Downton Abbey.

Look at the way this crystal sparkles in the sunlight. Waterford was one of the first companies to perfect the clear bright consistent color of it's crystal glass.

Waterford Crystal Bowls in the Lismore Pattern, Stunning!

Waterford Millennium Toasting Flutes, my second choice :)

Wouldn't this beautiful Waterford Bowl elevate punch to a regal level?

So if you want to set a beautiful table with some Irish sparkle and sophistication, you may want to try some Waterford next time you entertain, and say a little thank you to the Irish :)