It is wonderful having my sister Linda, staying with us. She is an amazing designer. Although I purchased the Christmas decorations on sale last year 75 percent off after seeing last year’s Anthropologie store window. Linda executed the tree decor beautifully.
If you are interested in a Beach Vacation, our place, Southern Breeze Unit Number 4, is a great place for a gulf beach vacation. It is decorated in retro modern beach, is right on the water and has the most comfortable bed you will ever sleep in. We think you will find everything that you need to make your vacation perfect. Navarre Properties is our property management and you can make reservations and check the availability on the reservation schedule on their website. If you scroll to the bottom of the following web page you will find the reservation calendar for our unit.
Here are some teasers and you can see more photos at Flickr.
One bad thing about having a Bed and Breakfast is that I have to get up and fix breakfast for people. I really don’t mind too much except that I am pretty spoiled by Duane. Everyday that we don’t have guests, Duane gets up and makes my coffee and brings it to me in bed. I loll around in bed drinking my coffee and reading until about 8 AM ( I am not too much of a slouch). When we have guests I do get up and cook, but I have experimented with an alternative. My idea is to call this the Urban Oasis Bed and Chocolate Martini. The thought would be that if I fix my guests a couple of Chocolate Martinis, ( my Mom’s recipe), in the evening then they wouldn’t want to get up early and eat breakfast! Pretty good idea huh?
Urban Oasis Chocolate Martinis
1/2 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 oz. Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
Chill Martini glass by placing glasses in the freezer and let stand. Mix Baileys
Irish Cream, Vodka, and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur over ice in a shaker ( you can
actually make four drinks at once with a larger shaker. Shake well or until
frost develops on outside of metal shaker. Remove chilled Martini glasses from
the freezer. Drizzle chocolate syrup along the inside edges of the chilled
martini glass. Strain cocktail from shaker into chilled martini glass, enjoy.
A last minute Luau over Thanksgiving weekend? Crazy? Yes but Crazy good. One week and an half before the date, goaded on by my sister Linda, I decided to have a birthday party on November 28th the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I decided I would have a luau. This started when I noticed one of my favorite bands, Tongo Hiti was available that night. Once that was confirmed I set about inviting people through Facebook and one e-mail invite list.
Linda and I went to Sam’s Club and got three packages of chicken tenderloins ( 18 pounds) and four double packages of pork tenderloins. We found skewers for the chicken and drink umbrellas at Richard’s Variety Store. Linda brought home bunches of tropical flowers and made them into fantastic arrangements and I changed a recipe of Mai Tais from ounces to gallons.
We froze the chicken and thawed it the day before we needed it. It was still a bit frosty and easier to handle the morning of the party when I cut each of the tenderloin pieces into two and threaded them onto the skewers. My good friend Joe, whipped up a lime marinade and cooked them on the grill that morning. Here is his recipe:
Joey’s Fit to be Thai’d Satay Marinade
- 1 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup stinky asian fish sauce
- 4 oz chopped garlic
- 4 oz grated fresh ginger
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 8 chopped serano chilies seeds and all..
- 2 bunches chopped green onions…
And Mai Tai in Memory of Charlie Knight
- (2) 1.75 liter bottles of Dark Rum
- (4) 1.75 liter bottles of Gold Rum
- (3) bottles of Roses Lime Juice
- (3) bottles of Orange Curasau
- (3) bottles of Orangeat Syrup
- (1 1/2) bottles of simple syrup
Mix together and garnish with cherries, pineapple and paper umbrellas.
Word of warning. Do not try to make peanut sauce from scratch. Just buy it at whole foods.
For a bit of entertaining eye candy, our 20 something daughters dressed in lava lavas and bikini tops that we sewed with fringe and they danced to the Tunes of Tongo Hiti. In face after a snoot full of Mai Tais, everyone danced.
We had a beautiful evening for Angie and Jim’s reception at the Urban Oasis B and B. Here are some photos of the set up. I have some movie footage from my new flip camera if I ever get it together I will post the video from the reception when it was in full swing! Angie and Jim actually had their marriage ceremony at a park in Ansley where they use to spend a lot of time when they first started dating. After the ceremony they saw a couple siting on a bench who it turns out got married in that same park thirty years before.
The guests got to Krog Street about 6:30 where their was a pasta bar buffet and the SANA Blues Band waiting to party. The weather was divine just perfect for leaving the doors wide open and guests wandering in and out. The brides whole family stayed here with us and were delightful. I think they had a great time being here all together. We served them and the newly married couple a brunch of Shrimp and Grits on Sunday morning which was a nice end to a great weekend.
The Urban Oasis was a staging location for the Obama get out the vote effort in the Intown Atlanta voting precincts. Dene Shepherd tirelessly organized the minions for this effort and got to be a good friend and now business partner of mine in our recent start-up web design business, New Tricks. In fact, The Urban Oasis also doubles as the New Tricks World Headquarters. It is a fine place to work and with the gardens and tranquility, you would never guess it was only one mile from downtown.