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


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.


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


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


  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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