Grill and Smoker Recipes

Here in Florida at what I’ve come to refer to as the Family Compound, my sister’s family and my husband and I have been grilling (with propane and on the smoker) several times a week.

Recently, my brother in law James made pork ribs and chicken wings in the smoker.  I’m sharing these recipes here, including James’s custom dry rubs and sauces.

James, Master of the Smoker

James, Master of the Smoker

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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

Spring Party Menus and Decor Ideas

Hello all!

I love Spring… it just feels like a new opportunity to get into warm weather party mode.

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Our garden wedding – photo by Barbara B.

In honor of the year turning toward the warmer months, I’ve compiled a few Pinterest Boards of spring holiday decorating and menu ideas for Passover, Equinox, and Easter festivities, or that will work for a festive brunch, intimate wedding, baby shower, tea, or bridal shower.

I’ve also included a few of my own ideas and recipes too!

Enjoy!

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A Radio Interview – With Visuals!

Here’s a video clip I made to go along with the first 10 minute segment of my December 2012 radio interview with the lovely Jill Hickey of Not So Soccer Mom Radio. We discuss hosting, parties, recipes, my book, pinup culture, and marriage.

The video has images from my book and blog. Check it out! 

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Coming soon: a second video to go along with the second segment, where we discusses the process of the book design and marketing, and includes a special guest call-in by one of my favorite people.

Love,

Beretta

Digitizing Family Videos

I’ve been digitizing my family’s archive of old home movies from videotape.

Look, here’s a video I edited of my grandparents, mom, and uncle at Seaside Heights in NJ, 1956. Filmed by my late grandfather, Didi.

If you’ve got family archives on outdated tech it’s pretty easy to enjoy and share old movies in digital  format. Here’s how I did it.

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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

Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Selling Online

In light of the fact that it’s Spring Cleaning time AND because I’ve been spending time with a super-fabulous group of ladies on Facebook selling vintage clothing… some of whom have had more positive experiences than others… I decided to write up a little guide to buying and selling stuff online…since I’ve buying and selling my stuff online for over 2 years and have had really positive experiences.

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