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Vanilla Sky

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Summer means several things: sunshine, beaches, carnivals and camping. Nearly 13 million people go camping every year in the U.S. alone, with the number rising 6 percent in 2010.

What? 13 MILLION people go camping? Not like staying in a cabin, but a tent? Huh, imagine that!

Families stake out for days, even weeks, in our country’s beautiful national and state parks every summer. With the heat and exhausting travel, snacks often need to be healthy, transportable and flavorful.

My question is….what are we packing to eat?

Gamble on a Party

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Do you feel the cool in the air? Just a subtle change right now that will segue into full fledged autumn weather.

The change of season invariably has me thinking of new ways to entertain. Autumn is the gateway to all those fabulous holiday parties that keep everyone busy. And with so many parties to choose from, make sure yours is the one they are still talking about next year.

What am I whipping up?

A Glance At Grant Park’s New Market

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very busy.

On Sunday morning we took a look at the new Grant Park Farmer’s Market. Love it!

Grab your coffee and take a tour with me.

FFF-Bad Dog!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Does anyone remember Mulligan’s Bar and Grill? They used to feature “Luther Burgers,” a gut buster of a burger served on a Krispy Kreme donut. Dang, those things were tasty.

Mulligan’s is long gone, so where do we go for that one dish that will single-handedly wipe out a hangover?

You have got to see this!

Feeling Bubbly

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week was a whirlwind of Ritz-Carlton pampering. It was divine. But I missed you!

I have a plethora of treats to share with you this week.

What’s New?

Orange You Glad?

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!
Don’t you still have a bit of vacation left? How about hopping on a plane and spending your vacay in Arizona? And not just any place in Arizona, but The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

More inside!

Luau at The Sands

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The summer is in full swing and our neighborhood (aka “The Cruise Ship”), has set sail. This means tons of parties, cookouts and drinking on various porches and backyards of all our friends.

It is almost as much fun as Christmas, but for a longer period of time and more heat.

Last weekend, we gathered together to celebrate Rick’s birthday.

The merriment begins inside

Rub and Grub in New Orleans

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I might be stretching with the title today, because we are talking about The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and the divine cuisine there could hardly be called grub, but I knew it would get your attention!

There is still so much summer left to plan your vacation

Vrrroom, It’s Almost Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

How about this for Dad? Does he love motorcycles? Harley Davidsons? This is for him.

Just like Peter Fonda in Five Easy Pieces!

Atlanta, GA (June 2011)- Looking for something fun to do with Dad to really show him how much he means to you? Come to Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta for a Father’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

Remind Dad how important he is at the Father’s Day Brunch, where the normal Sunday Brunch menu has been altered to ensure Dad will get his favorite foods. There will be a buffet with two carving stations, mashed potatoes, delicious vegetables and tons of Dad’s favorite manly sides.

Father’s Day shifts into fifth gear as Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson in Conyers will be providing four motorcycles for the event just for Dad’s entertainment! Two motorcycles will be on display at Park 75, and with a valid motorcycle license and proper clothes [long sleeves, long pants and leather shoes], two of these Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be available for test drive with Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson’s Sales and Promotions Director Joseph “Guido” Cardillo.

If you think your dad deserves something special this Father’s Day, give him a unique day that he is sure to remember for years to come! Cost is $65 per person, including complimentary valet parking. For reservations, call (404) 253-3840 or visit

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild

Doesn’t Dad Deserve Delights?

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Father’s Day is just next week – have you made a plan?

Need a neato idea?