Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party

Hi y'all! Welcome to Magnolias, Marriage and Manhattan for all of you that have come over from The Ultimate Blog Party!

Welcome to my little space. Let's start with a drink:

If you're joining us in the morning a good bloody will do you:

The Best Bloody Mary
1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
2. Add 1 1/2-2 ounces of Absolut Vodka
3. Add 1 teaspoon of Worchestershire, 1/2 teaspoon of prepared horseradish, pinch of black pepper, dash of celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pickapepper sauce
4. Squeeze in juice of lemon wedge
5. Fill to top with Cmott's clamto juice or V8 veggie juice
6. Toss mixture in a shaker cup
7. Pour back in glass and garnish with celery stalk, olives, pickled beans/okra and a lime wedge.


Joining us later in the day? How about a good Southern Drink? Try this one to get you ready for summertime..

The Bama Breeze
2 ounces of Absolut Citron Vodka
1 ounce of coconut rum
Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
2-3 ounces of Cranberry Juice
1/2 ounce of Simple Syrup
Lime Wedge

And some dip:

L.A Caviar

Since I'm a cheese dip lover and I can't get it in NYC we'll try this one:

Crazy Cheesy Queso Dip
1. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy skillet. Add 1/2 sweet chopped onion and 1/2 chopped green and 1/2 chopped red bell pepper. Saute for 2 minutes until veggies are soft.
2. Add 1 4 ounce can of green chili peppers and good another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Cut 1 lb of white American cheese in to 1-inch cubes. Place cheese and 1 cup of whole milk in the top of a double broiler and melt over medium-high heat.
4. Add onion and bell pepper mixture. Mix thoroughly.
5. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander and 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper. Salt to taste and serve with tortila chips.

I'll also have some fresh oysters and fried crab claws for you to try. Want more of these good recipes buy the book here (it's Jimmy Buffet's sister) and her restaurant is one of my favorites in the South.

(For my regular readers, I haven't gone here to learn more about The Ultimate Blog Party hosted by Five Minutes for Mom) The purpose of the party is to find some great new blogs and meet some fabulous new people. Oh, and there is a chance to win some amazing prizes too. Such as my personal favorites:

#6-A Three Tier Diaper Cake provided by Diaper Cakewalk (perfect for decor/present for one of my upcoming showers)
#96-An extra large pail from Good Pails donated by The Stuff I Live For
# $20.00 Gift Certificate to Lush from After a Cup of Coffee...or Two
#100-A Jill Norwood Gift Bag from Who Could Ask For Anything More
#15-to help my baby shower stash a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Kids Magical Wonder
#20-to help my paper addiction a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Paperlicous

or you can't go wrong with...
#117-$25.00 to Target from Mommy Bytes
#124-Rachel Rays Cookbook from Loving Life
#42 Baby Food Gift Set from Sweet Pea Cakes, Etc
#70-FREE CHOCOLATE from Chocolistas
#140-$20.00 Gift Certificate to Amazon from Mommy and Daddy Blog
#92-Pear Earrings from PamperingBeki
#118-Handmade Wipe Case Cover from Girl, That's Cute

You should join in on the fun too if you haven't already!

Now, for those of you are new let me introduce myself. You can call me MMM that is what they call me as I write this blog anonymously. I just celebrated my 1st blogiversary recently. I started this blog as an outlet for me during wedding planning (look to the right and scroll down to the tag section of "weddings" to see all of my wedding related posts or just click here).

I got married on June 30, 2007 and one week after my honeymoon we packed up our wedding presents and our golden retriever Daisy and moved from the deep South to NYC! The past few months have been exciting and they have been tough. I use my blog to talk about life as a newlywed away from my family and friends. Last year we were in the wedding stage and I talked a ton about weddings and wedding showers. This year we are in the baby stage (with TEN friends due in the upcoming months).

Besides my personal stories, I love to entertain so many of my posts are about the parties I am planning. I love paper products...invitations, stationary, calling cards, greeting cards, etc. I am obsessed with anything pink and green and I love all things preppy. I like to share my preppy shopping finds and I love a good discount. If you can monogram it---I either own it or I want it. I'm a Southern Belle to the core (I even wore an antebellum dress on the weekends in high school for a group I was a part of). I'm a Southern Sorority girl (Hello to all my KD sisters reading). I'm now a Junior League member too after just starting my first placement. I hope you enjoy checking out my blog and I hope you'll join us in the future!

Feel free to leave a comment and say hello!

Thanks for stopping by y'all.


hazel said...

welcome to the party MMM. I'll have to spend a lot more time here after this party. Love the site.
Check out the daily giveaways on my blog if you get a chance!

My Fabulous life... said...

how sweet and fun you are to read about...AOT

Southern Fried Girl said...

Well you know I love your bloggy and hello but that Bama drink sounds YUM.

nottryingforaboy said...

Welcome to the party! Nice to meet you.

forgetfulone said...

This was a lot of fun! Nice to meet you. Thanks for coming by my blog. Have fun this week.

Nadine said...

Your blog is fun. I grew up in NYC but haven't lived there for over 15 years. I miss the food - bagels, pizza, Italian bread - I could go on.

Have fun at all the parties. Hope you stop by for a visit.

Anonymous said...

I'm inviting you to party with me!

Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I...we blog about from Australia...and her from Michigan. Here's the link:

What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie...and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here's the link:

Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here's the link:

Happy Partying!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Thanks for stopping by for the party.... I've actually been reading your blog for awhile. I'm a transplant to the deep south from the Midwest. I've been here nearly 12 years, met my husband here and had our son here, so it feels a little like home after all this time.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

very cute idea. i will have to check out all the fun blogs participating

Belle in Bloom said...

Oh, the food sounds wonderful and I could sure use one of those bloody marys right now!

mommy daddy blog said...

Thanks for partying with me, hope you win the $20 amazon gift certificate! I love your obsession for monogrammed items, lol.

Kelly said...

My new glasses are Coach. Kennedy is the style.
P.S. I love your blog!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Fun, fun! I need a Bama drink about now, forget it's only 9:30 (a.m.).... HAPPY 1st year BLOGIVERSARY!!! Love your blog! :)

Me & my puppies said...

mmm ~ great post, love the preppy puppy!

Debbie Yost said...


Thank you for coming to my party. It's fun to meet someone else who loves a good wedding. If you get a chance, you should stop back by and check out my post on my wedding dress. I made it myself.

I'm not sure if my husband is ready for me to start planning our daughters' weddings. He's still getting used to the fact he'll have to pay for three! In fact, he's working on talking them into eloping. (Not if I can help it!)

Just a little tip from someone whose been there, don't forget to stop and smell the flowers on the way to your next phase in life. If you don't, you'll find you missed out on a lot in the process!

Have a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

Kimberly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I'm also a paper fanatic! On my last trip to Washington D.C. my daughter and I (it was a girls weekend away) spent OVER 2 HOURS (and way too much money) in a paper store in the Georgetown district. I bought the most amazing papers to create homemade invitations to a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law. I punched several sizes of daisies from a translucent lavender paper that looked homemade, layering them on top of a square of very light green with white polka dot pattern and held it all together with a yellow eyelet. Very simple but I got tons of compliments; one lady said she thought it was so pretty she kept it on her dresser like a little piece of art :-)
[It had to be simple since I had to create almost 100 of them!]
Looked at some of your previous posts and sounds like you're a girl after my own heart! I love to throw parties, too, and am never happier than when planning everything down to the last detail. Right now my daughter and I are planning a bridal shower for a friend of hers; since it'll be in our hometown and daughter is away at college, I'll be doing a lot of the work. But I love it! Starting with a unique invitation that we can create together :-)

Kandice said...

from one puppy lover (and paper lover) to another...keep up the fun reads! :)

Lisa Lou Hoo said...

Lovely to meet you,
Thanks for stopping by Sweet Home Alabama and thanks for the drink- I needed one today, even if it's a little early! I am also a lover of all things pink and green and have decorated my little girl's room in these fabulous colors! Sounds like you have quite a journey over the last year! Best of luck to you and happy partying!

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't love a party!!!
Love your blog! Please stop by mine sometime if you have a chance.

Hanna said...

I left part of it off :(


Hillcrest Acres said...

Love your blog!!! Congratulations on your marriage!!

I too love all things preppy. Lived by the Preppy Handbook. I love paper produts also. I have way too much stationary to count. I can't walk by it without buying. And wrapping paper, ribbon, gift bags, etc. I love pink and green. Just redid my daughter's bedroom in all pink and green polka dots from Neimans. Now I'm just trying to get her into monograms. She thinks she's too old for it now (bummer). Thanks for hosting a fabulous party.

Farrell & Lauren said...

Love the queso recipe. I am leaving the city and going home to Virginia this weekend and one of my stops will be mexican with queso. Cannot believe I haven't had it since I move up here SIX months ago! I really do miss the south.

Ryan and Blair said...

Hi there! Working on my first blog, newly engaged, and new to NYC as well! Speaking of queso, have you tried the queso dip appetizer at Dos Caminos? It is absolutely sinful! I highly recommend it... Nice to meet you!

Storm said...

Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

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