My Favorite Cocktail: Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Happy Labor Day in the USA!

In honor of this day to relax,
and celebrate,
and take a break from work,

I thought I’d share one of my favorite cocktails.

If I’m not drinking a dry red wine,
my favorite adult beverage of choice is gin.

And when I really want to celebrate it’s
Hendrick’s Gin – a lovely Scottish gin infused with rose and cucumber.

And when it is the end of a vacation,
a holiday weekend,
and after 5pm (which it was when I had this yesterday),

I adore a Hendrick’s Dirty Martini
with gigantic green spanish olives
stuffed with tangy blue cheese.

Food and drink can be an art form
when prepared with the utmost detail,
and that is how I prepare this special cocktail.

Here’s my recipe if you are an olive, gin, blue cheese lover like me.

If not, what is your favorite cocktail to celebrate with?

Jodi's Hendrick's Dirty Martini

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  • 1 1/2 (or so) shots of Henrick’s Gin
  • Splash of Vermouth (or not)
  • 3 large Spanish olives
  • Splash of olive juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fine bleu cheese


Stuff 3 large olives with bleu cheese and skewer with large tooth pick.

In a shaker full of ice, add Gin and Vermouth (or not), and shake vigorously to chill.

Strain and pour into martini glass, add olive juice and stuffed olive skewer.  Enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,

Refreshing Blackberry Mojito Cocktails

blackberry mojitos

What’s a girl to do…

on a hot summer weekend afternoon…
with a handful of blackberries…
and a hot hubby?

(Hot after mowing the lawn, but perhaps hot in THAT way too!)

Not enough berries for a pie and no promise of enough more to forage at the end of the season…

Why make mojitos of course!


This was my first try at making this yummy cocktail, but it turned out so delish!  Hubby and I prefer vodka to rum, but you could make yours with rum if you prefer.  I also didn’t have club soda, so used Pellegrino Sparkling Water, which made a wonderful sub.

blackberry mojito
Here’s how I made it. (Inspired by a recipe I saw made by Alison at A Girl Defloured)

Blackberry Mojito Cocktail


  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 ripe lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 2 shots (and then some…) vodka (or rum)
  • Sparking Water or Club Soda


  • Muddle the blackberries, 1/2 of lime cut into chunks, mint leaves and sugar until all is smashed and crushed and blended in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the vodka (or rum) and ice, and shake it like you mean it!
  • Strain into two glasses or copper mugs filled with ice, and then pour a bit of the unstrained berries into each glass.
  • Top off with sparkling or soda water, a fresh mint leaf or two, and a nice wedge of lime.


Cheers & Hugs,

Cheers! It’s Friday!

happy hour cheers

CHEERS!  It’s Friday!  Another week flew by, and it’s the Yippee Skippee Weekend again!

I’m sure hoping it’s a summertime weather weekend.  These silly Fall-like temperatures need to go away and come back another day – much later in the year.

For my Friday card this week, I had fun with StampinUp’s Happy Hour Stamp Set making fun looking cocktails and thinking festively of celebrating time with family and friends.  The “Cheers” is embossed in silver, and I thought the silver ribbon added just what it needed.

Hope your weekend brings lots of things to cheer or “cheers” about!

Cheers & Hugs,


Girlfriend Camp 2014 #GFC2014

Oh what a glorious TWENTY FIVE hours I got to spend from 11 am Saturday to 12pm Sunday with some of the best of besties at our Annual Girlfriend Camp 2014!

What started like this…

Morning Toast GFC2014

Toasting the beginning of Camp with Prosecco, Limoncello and Fresh Raspberry Cocktails

GFC2014 police

What happens @ #GFC2014 stays at #GFC2014

…ended like this…

but I skipped a few things in between….

So first – Meet the campers:  Camp Host – Yours truly… “Tipsy”

GFC2014 Jodi Tipsy

Our Amazing Activities Director “Chitfaced”

GFC2014 Pam Chitfaced

the Baby – or should I say “Babe” of the group – “Bombed”

GFC2014 Renee Bombed

Social Media Director “Buzzed”

GFC2014 Jill Buzzed

The tart “Pickled”

GFC2014 Joan Pickled

The Lovely “Loaded”

GFC2014 Aline Loaded

And the Terrific “Toasted”

GFC2014 Janet toasted

Every camp has to have craft time – right?

GFC2014 Painting

GFC2014 Aline Painting

GFC2014 Janet painting

GFC2014 Pam Painting

GFC2014 Jill painting

GFC2014 Joan Painting

And goody bags and gifts from friends….

GFC2014 wine glasses

Silly glasses and blowing bubbles…

GFC2014 bubbles


And Camp Activities…

GFC2014 Minute to Win It

Minute to Win It Buzzed Whippin’ it good

GFC2014 Minute to Win It 2

Minute to Win it Top Technique!

GFC2014 Minute to Win It 3

Minute to Win It Loaded with …. errr…. Vaseline on her nose

GFC2014 MInute to Win It 4

Minute it to Win It Cotton Ball Challenge

GFC2014 Minute to Win It 5a

Minute to Win It TEAMS!

And #Selfies…

GFC2014 Aline and Renee Selfie

And Smart A$$es…

FU GFC2014

And “Take our Picture!” s…

GFC2014 glasses

to refreshments….

GFC2014 Wine Tasting

and group photos….

GFC2014 group glasses

GFC2014 group

and when in Mars, PA – you must visit the infamous spaceship in town square ….. go there in camp jammies….. in the rain….. and find random (somewhat sober) people to take your picture…

GFC2014 Spaceship

GFC2014 spaceship 2

And the best Chef Merv made us an amazing Morning After Breakfast – and this is the only photo we will share of the morning after…

GFC2014 morning after

Because some things that happen at Girlfriend Camp, need to just stay at Girlfriend Camp!

Thanks for a great time “girls!” Love ya!!! Couldn’t have had more fun – Until GFC2015….

Cheers & Hugs,