Gluten-Free Red Velvet Jaws Cake

Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life! 

August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.

I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.

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So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)

Chomp Chomp,

-Beretta

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Home Away From Home: My Life As Agador

Update: An excerpt of this post was featured on Offbeat Home & Life. Thanks to Megan and Ariel! 

I’m a fortunate woman.

As many of you may know, looking for work is a pain in the ass. It’s expensive. It’s frustrating. It’s a lot of waiting around while someone else judges your skill set and value. Fun, right? Well, I find that it can be a happier time with friends and family around.

In “Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking”, I wrote a chapter called Gracious Hospitality, and I’ve been living it for the past month. Here in West Palm, Florida, my sister’s family and my husband and I have been co-habitating under one roof. Husband and I help out with cleaning, organizing, grocery shopping, and childcare while they give us a roof over our heads while we’re looking for ideal jobs and a home in the area. It’s working out really great! Here’s how I’ve been helping to make our Family Compound feel like a functional home for the past month.

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My new role as Faithful Houseboy, Agador Spartacus.

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Teenager Party! An Interview on Logistics

A few months ago, one of my close friends, Kimpossible  of the blog  Sun and Stars posted about hosting a Spa Makeover- Themed teenager party. Now, I know some brave people, but I feel like it takes a special kind of person willing to open their home to a gaggle of 13 year old gals. After reading her blog post about the successful, fun-looking party, my Hostess Brain scrambled with the logistics behind undertaking such a project. I asked Kim some questions about the planning process.

Spa Socks! by Kimpossible

Hosting With Style Spring Hardcover Book Sale!

In the spirit of the nice weather approaching, spring cleaning, and of extra cash flow some of you may have during tax season, I’m having a SPRING SALE!  Hardcover books are 15% off through March 31, 2013! 

Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking is an 83 page illustrated and photo-illustrated pages of swanky tips on hosting and parties! It also includes recipes for everyone from the carnivore to the gluten-free vegan. (If you’re curious to see some images from the book, they’re viewable on my Facebook Page or on ShotgunPinups.com )

Hardcover Coffee Table Edition- SALE PRICE $39.95 (was $47) plus S & H Click here to preview & buy!

Paperback Edition – $27 plus S&H Click here to preview & buy! 

Author: Beretta Fleur Photos: Morris Skupinsky and Shotgun Pinups www.shotgunpinups.com

Full color, features illustrations and photos. 83 pages.

A Vintage New Year’s – Atomic Bombshells Magazine

Wheee, I’ve got a new article and photo in Atomic Bombshells Magazine Issue #4, on sale now!  “A Vintage New Year’s”, featuring party tips and logistics, playlists, menus and more! Go on and take a gander, plus enjoy many other holiday honeys from the best in vintage-modern pinup!

Atomic Bombshells Issue #4

Atomic Bombshells Issue #4

Hosting While Moving

With just a few weeks left to pack up our home and say goodbye to our Los Angeles area friends, I still can’t stop partying. Ever inclined to host, even with one foot out my own door, I decided to just keep on inviting guests over and let us be our social selves. Because once we’re gone, it may be months or even years before we see our West Coast friends again.

One evening, after a long day of packing, our friend Jenny came over for dinner and relaxation with wine. We lounged in the back yard and grilled out and talked politics, religion, and jobs. Another night, we invited friends and family over for a “Come drink all our weird leftover alcohol” bar potluck. We still have a ton of vermouth, rum, and lychees, but we got rid of our pink champagne, vodka, and soda, and it was a pleasant evening enjoyed by all.

Here are some tips on how to host at home even when you’re moving out:

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“Bartending at Home” in Pinup Perfection Magazine!

If you want to hone your skill for pouring at home for your friends, the ladies, the gents, or your family, you will love my latest article “Bartending at Home“,  featured in issue 11 of Pinup Perfection Magazine!

Pinup Perfection Magazine Issue #11

It’s a big fat article with photos and illustrations, a great little preview of what’s to come in the Hosting With Style book!

The print version is $12 and the digital version is $5. Enjoy!

Love,

Beretta

What The Reagans Taught Me About Hosting

Recently, Husband and I hit up The Ronald Reagan Museum in Simi Valley.

No this isn’t a political blog, and I’m not here to soapbox. I only discuss politics and religion with family and very close friends (and never at dinner).

Besides getting to go on Air Force One, what I dug about it was the insight into the lives of the heads of state. And I found myself taking away from the museum not just a feeling of patriotism and gratitude for what I have, but I also took note of the high level of class they had as guests, homemakers, and hosts.

In the White House Kitchen

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