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!!by