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Making Green Drinks

Robert E. Blackmon

Green Beer
Take your favorite blonde or pale ale beer and add two drops green food coloring or one green Easter egg dye tablet.

Green Apple Ginger Martini
2 oz vodka
1 oz apple pucker
Ginger zest
Apple slice to garnish
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker over ice and drain into martini glass.

Sparklingly Leprechaun Kiss
1oz apple pucker
5oz vodka
1oz Madori
1oz lemon juice
1oz lime juice
1oz simple syrup
Soda water (optional)
Combine ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice and strain into rocks glass over ice.

Let's Make Smoothies!

Robert E. Blackmon

Green Tea Smoothie
Green Tea bag
1/4 cup blueberries
1 banana sliced
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
Soak a green tea bag in 1/4 cup of water then pour contents into blender.
Add blue berries, banana and yogurt. Blend and add garnish to glass.

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
1 orange, peeled (optional)
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4 ice cubes
Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Banana Ginger Smoothie
1 banana, sliced
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Personal Favorite (Bumble Berry Smoothie)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup strawberries
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Orange juice concentrate
1 banana, sliced
Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Green Kale Smoothie
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

Cooking With Bacon! Quick and Easy Recipes

Robert E. Blackmon

Cocktail
Bourbon and Bacon

2 oz Kentucky Bourbon
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 splash water
1 tsp brown sugar
1 lemon wedge

Appetizer
Sweet and Salty Pineapple
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 30

Ingredients
For the sauce:

  • 2 Tbsps Brown sugar
  • 2Tbsps Soy Saucse
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh garlic minced
  • For the pineapple:
  • 5 strips of  bacon
  • 1/2 oz of a 20 tin of pineapple chunks drained (about 30 chunks)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sauce pan on high heat, combine all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil, stiring constantly.
  4. Once the sauce begins to boil, turn the heat down to medium and let the sauce simmer until it begins to thicken, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. While the sauce simmers, slice each piece of bacon in half and then each half into 3. This would make each strip of bacon equal 6 strips.
  6. Dry the pineapple chunks between two pieces of paper towel and wrap each with one bacon strip, securing with a toothpick.
  7. Spread the pineapple chunks out onto the prepared baking tray, and pour the sauce evenly over top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is sticky and thick and the bacon is fully cooked.

Main Course
Bacon Quiche

  • Cook 6 ounces diced slab bacon in a skillet; drain.
  • Cook 2 sliced chives in 3 tablespoons drippings.
  • Spread the chives, 2/3 cup shredded cheddar and the bacon in a non-stick sprayed 9-inch pie pan.
  • Whisk 2 whole eggs, 2 yolks, 1 cup cream, and salt and pepper; pour over the cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F, 25 minutes.

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls (5 count)
  • 5 bacon strips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Place bacon strips in skillet and fry for 2-3 minutes until still soft but slightly cooked. Remove bacon and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Pop open the can of cinnamon rolls and unroll them into long strips. Lay one strip of bacon on each cinnamon roll strip, then roll them back up. Place each bacon roll in a greased pie pan.
  4. Cook according to package instructions, then drizzle with icing from the package.

Wedding Meal Options

Robert E. Blackmon

The meal – begin with a starter like shrimp cocktail or salad

The meal – begin with a starter like shrimp cocktail or salad

Main course – lamb chops, peas and wild rice

Main course – lamb chops, peas and wild rice

Dessert – yogurt parfait with fresh berries

Dessert – yogurt parfait with fresh berries

Option – cheese plate assortment with crackers and fresh berries

Option – cheese plate assortment with crackers and fresh berries

Simple Simmer and Serve Chicken and Rice Recipe

Robert E. Blackmon

In a large stewpot/crock pot add:

-32 oz (4 cups) chicken broth

-32oz water

-2 cups diced carrots

-2 stalks diced celery

-2 cups sliced mushrooms

-2 cups sweet corn

-1 diced onion

-2 cups cut green beans

-1 crown of broccoli

-1 cup of wild rice

4 lbs grilled and diced chicken breast

*(marinate in liquid smoke) Grill 3 mins. Per side.

-2 sprigs thyme and sage

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Simmer on low for 8 hours. Stir occasionally.

Re-creating Timeless Cocktails

Robert E. Blackmon

Martini

2 oz. vodka/gin

Splash vermouth, sweet or extra dry/rinse

-Top with Olives and juice or brine “for dirty”

-Combine and shake. Serve in martini glass.

 

Marilyn Monroe Cocktail

-2/3 rds Champagne

-1 oz Apple Brandy

-splash grenadine

-splash Maraschino Cherry juice

Service in a Champagne flute.

 

Champagne Cocktail

In a Champagne glass add

-2 dashes of bitters

-1 cube of sugar

-Top with a lemon twist

 

Jack Daniels (Sinatra Style)

-Four ice cubes in a rocks glass

-Two fingers of Jack Daniel's whiskey, and a splash of water

 

Greta Garbo

Served in a coupe glass (martini glass)

2 oz Rum

1 oz Maraschino liqueur

1 oz simple syrup

Squeeze limon or lime juice

Creating Detox Waters

Robert E. Blackmon

Part 1

Part 1

Apples and Cinnamon Water

1 Apple thinly sliced, I like Granny Smith but pick your favorite. Cut away the seeds.

1 Cinnamon Stick. I don’t recommend using powdered cinnamon, it clogs the water.

 

Strawberries and Mint Water

1/2 pint strawberries, sliced in half

6 sprigs mint (lightly crushed)

 

Raspberries and Orange Water

1 thinly sliced orange

1/2 pint raspberries (lightly crushed)

 

Cucumber and Ginger Water

1 medium cucumber, cleaned, peeled (or unpeeled depending on your preference) and cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 small ginger root peeled

Part 2

Part 2

Muddled Cocktails

Robert E. Blackmon

Mojito

 

Ingredients

1½ oz

Don Julio® Blanco Tequila

½ oz

Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz

Simple Syrup

Fresh Mint, Muddled

1

Fresh Lime, cut into small pieces

1 oz

Club Soda

1 Sprig

Mint

Directions

1.        Put all ingredients except club soda and       mint sprig into a mixing glass.

2.        Add ice and shake vigorously.

3.        Add club soda, shake once, and pour into a highball glass.

4.        Garnish with a mint sprig.

Muddled LemonBerry Punch

Ingredients
4 lemons, sliced
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 pint berries ( strawberries and blackberries preferable)
1 quart water
1 quart club soda

 

Directions
Slice lemons and place in the bottom of the drink pitcher. Add 1/2 cup fresh mint and 1 cup sugar on top of lemons. With the wooden spoon mash the mixture for 1 minute. Add the berries and lightly mash. Add 1 quart water and refrigerate until chilled.

To serve: Fill a tall glass with ice and fill 3/4 with lemon juice mixture, top with club soda and serve. 

 

Strawberry Gin Smash Cocktail

Serves 1

1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 lime wedge
3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
3 ounces gin
Club soda
Fresh mint sprig, to garnish

In a tall glass, combine the sugar and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedge. Muddle with the back of a spoon to dissolve the sugar.

Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle.

Fill the glass with ice and add the gin. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint.

Creating A Chicken Soup Care Package

Robert E. Blackmon

Homemade Chicken Soup

 

In a stew pot combine the following:

3 Pounds (1 chicken) diced chicken

32 oz. Chicken broth

4 Carrots, diced

4 Celery stalks, diced

1 Medium white onion, diced

2 Bay leaves

1 Parsley root (optional)

Fill remaining pot with water

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Cook contents on stove top without lid at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Reduce temperature to 250 for an additional 30 mins and serve.

 

6-8 servings.

Skinny Girl Cocktails

Robert E. Blackmon

Cosmo
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
Combine and shake. Serve with orange slice.

White Wine Spritzer
2 oz. white wine
Add Club soda

Margarita
2 oz. Tequila
2 oz. orange juice
1 oz. cranberry
Combine with ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an orange slice.

Making Hot Cocktails!!!!

Robert E. Blackmon

HOT BUTTERED RUM

Ingredients  

· 1 small slice soft butter

· 1 tsp brown sugar

· Optional spices to taste: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice

· Vanilla extract

· 2 ounces dark rum

· Hot water

Preparation

1.                 Place the butter, sugar and spices at the bottom of an Irish coffee glass or mug.

2.                 Mix well or muddle.

3.                 Pour in the rum and hot water.

4.                 Stir.

HOT TODDY 

Ingredients

o   1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon

o   1 tablespoon mild honey

o   2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

o   1/4 cup boiling-hot water

Preparation

1.                 Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.

2.                 For a cold/flu add sliced onion and 1 clove of garlic.

 

Salted Butterscotch Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces Scotch
  • kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream

Directions

1. Heat sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat, swirling gently as it melts until a golden caramel color is reached. Pour in scotch and heavy cream. Whisk until homogenous. Season with a pinch of kosher salt. Pour caramel into a bowl and set aside.

2. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with another pinch of salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture. Whisk in caramel, saving a couple teaspoons for garnish.

3. Pour hot cocoa into mugs, top with whipped cream, and swirl with reserved caramel sauce. Serve immediately.

Thanksgiving Leftover Cocktails

Robert E. Blackmon

Cranberry Cocktail Sauce
1 ounces cranberry sauce syrup
1 ounces gin
1/2 ounce cranberry liqueur or orange

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake vigorously, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a cranberry rosemary skewer.

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

1 ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
1 wedge lime
Champagne or sparkling wine
Cranberries (frozen)

Pour champagne in a flute, add cranberry juice. Rim the glass with juice from the lime, then add wedge to glass. Top it off with two cranberries.

Turkey Bourbon

2 ounce bourbon
1 ounce turkey drippings
2 dashes of bitters

Combine ice, bourbon, bitters, and preheated turkey drippings into a shaker until chilled. In a rocks glass pour contents over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig or twist of lemon.

Black Friday Do’s and Don’ts

Robert E. Blackmon

·      Do an inventory and create a list of “must have” and “wish list” items. There is a difference.

·      Don’t veer away from the list unless it’s a deal that you are absolutely certain won’t come around again (like a pair Christian Louboutin red bottoms at 40% off)

·      Do indulge in a few hot ticket items for the kiddies.

·      Don’t bring them with you. (Get a sitter.)

·      Do give yourself a realistic budget on what you can afford to spend on gifts.

·      Don’t forget to treat yourself as well… You’ve earned it.

·      Do bring all coupons and sales apps with you and be organized with them.

·      Don’t forget to look at reviews of products and return policies before you buy.

·      Do set a rough estimate of shopping time so that you can remain focused.

·      Don’t forget to be patient, courteous and helpful if possible. You just might need it in return. 

Author Robert E. Blackmon on Huffington Post

Lou Caravella

Weddings are beautiful celebrations that are a testament of the power of tradition, family, commitment and love. But anyone who has ever planned a wedding without the help of a wedding planner will tell you that the process is confusing and can be downright frustrating. As brides, we are overwhelmed with infinite resources that tell us what type of dress we should buy for our body types, how to order a cake and seat our guests and how in what time-frame we should send out our invitations and thank yous... but what about the grooms? And more specifically, what about gay grooms?

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Gay Groom Robert on Yahoo News

Lou Caravella

The Supreme Court' s historic ruling on same sex marriage means one thing -- gay wedding planners can finally cash in, and one of 'em has hauled in more than a quarter mil just today. Robert E. Blackmon picked the perfect time to release his 2nd edition of “ The Gay Groom’s Guide To Marriage. With more than 12,000 copies sold online just today, Blackmon's raked in about $327,500 in revenue!!

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‘GAY GROOM’S GUIDE’ BOOK SALES SKYROCKET AFTER SCOTUS RULING

Lou Caravella

The U.S. Supreme Court mandated same-sex marriage a constitutional right Friday. Of those cheering, none were likely happier than Robert E. Blackmon, the author of The Gay Groom’s Guide.

According to TMZ, after the court’s 5-4 decision, the book sold more than 12,000 copies online and made Blackmon more than $320 thousand on Friday.

His representative told the website book sales went up by more than 500 percent.

“The ultimate resource for planning the perfect wedding… YOUR perfect wedding. This workbook is filled with useable note sheets and helpful charts,” a description of the Gay Groom’s Guide reads. “Wedding planning can be difficult, but my easy to follow tips will keep you from losing your mind in the process!”

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