It’s Blog Party’s 3rd Anniversary- Let’s go!

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Today is Pioneer Day here in Utah and it’s a BIG holiday with a BIG parade and fireworks. People actually camp out from the day before along the parade route. I am descended from several American/Utah Pioneers but I think I am really more of a Fourth of July kind of girl -must be my colonial and immigrant ancestors taking precedence.

 So I spent this morning oil painting on my front porch and listening to a Glenn Miller recording as the helicopters hovered overhead and the parade goers made all kinds of madness tromping through my neighborhood to get to the parade. I don’t begrudge them the fun- I just get a bit tired of the crowds and the garbage that the inconsiderate ones leave behind. 

By the time the afternoon rolled around and I was writing the earlier post for waffles that I put up today I suddenly realized that today was also the deadline to RSVP and put together an appetizer and a cocktail for blog party. Because…. it’s that time again -lovely Stephanie over at Dispensing Happiness is having her 36th (wow can you believe it!) blog party and this month it’s Blogger’s Choice!

I kept my appetizer simple (simple is my favourite blogger’s choice) and brushed some wonton skins with a little butter, popped them into a mini muffin tin and filled them with some of the marinated feta I made a few days ago. A quick bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 350F (my toaster oven works great here) and they were ready to pop into our hungrily awaiting mouths.

We enjoyed them with a very refreshing cocktail and a quiet moment in the garden.

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For the cocktail I looked through The Ultimate Book of Cocktails by Stuart Walton and splashed together a couple of “Kempinsky Fizzes.” Who knows where the name came from but they were very refreshing- a definite keeper. You could make these non-alcoholic by substituting black currant syrup for the Creme de Cassis and leaving the vodka out.

Kempinsky Fizz- for each cocktail do the following:

Chill a tall glass and half fill with ice. Add :

  • 6 teaspoons Ketel One vodka
  • 2 teaspoons Creme de Cassis
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
  • top off with cold good quality sparkling ginger ale

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Cheers! …and congratulations to Stephanie for being “the hostess with the mostess” of blog party for three years now!!

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9 comments

  1. Jj says:

    Mmmm…that drink looks so wonderfully refreshing. Especially as I’m sitting in 80 plus degree heat! 😉

  2. kellypea says:

    I’ll take your afternoon of painting and listening to music over any parade for any reason on any day. How lovely! And impressive that you threw this together. I need to practice doing that. Yum on the marinated feta, and that drink recipe…we’ll maybe I can serve that alongside John’s punch. Of course no one will be able to stand up, but who cares, right? Cheers!

  3. John says:

    Isn’t it a wonderful happening when “simple” translates into divine? Butter drenched baked wontons and feta sound stunning!!!!!! So very glad I got the chance to bump into you at the Blog party. Next parade around here will be heralded in with these tasty treats!!!!

  4. DebinHawaii says:

    I love feta and these sound great. The drink sounds really interesting and refreshing–I have that book but have never made this one. Great to “see” you at the Blog Party!

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