Take Control when Contractors Do you WRONG!

See Updates on the bottom of this Blog Post

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So my 89 year old Dad and I needed some Tuck pointing work

We went out and got bids for the work to be done and selected a contractor.  My dad and I live across the street from each other so this would be easy one stop job for them.  We put down the 1/2 deposit AND I told Terry J Marler of Marler and Sons (The guy we met with for the bid) I would be leaving town and hopefully he could get it done before or after my trip.SKMBT_C36413101411120_0001

While I was gone he completed the work, there was no one to really check the work as my father walks with a walker and does not get around very well.

Terry showed the work to my 20 year old daughter and thought that was adequate.

Mean while my father was told that the work that he needed was not bid correctly because he did not notice how bad it was.  Now it is chimney work at this house, clearly visible to the naked eye, is this not why you get a bid?  Ok it is not always that easy but the charge was $1000 MORE for my dads house then bid.  That is crazy in and of itself.  But my dad did NOT complain instead he paid the bill.

When I returned home I saw the work and was very disappointed.  I personally called and talked to Terry J Marler as did my father.  Terry told me he would personally come to my home and look at the work and talk to me on Monday AM.

Here is the list on the bid of what was to be done

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This is my back step they were to fix

Step work step 2

Here is my front porch step they were to waterproof, FYI that off colored concrete was NOT there when I left town!

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Here is the Tuck pointing on my garage

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That Monday however 2 workman showed, I asked them if they were her to fix what was wrong, one of the workman said to me, “No we are just here to pick up our form from the back yard for the step.”  I said, that is not a form in the back yard, that is a piece of board and my landscape rocks.  He chuckled and said “Yep, that is what we call a form.”

Days, weeks passed no Terry.

So I emailed



I decided the Better Business Bureau might be able to help me so I filed a complaint.


I was stunned to get a response from the Better Business Bureau that the company I complained about had responded, The BBB thought their response was adequate AND closed the case.  That I could respond but they would not re-open the case unless there was new information.  WHAT NEW INFORMATION could you get?  My garage fell down??????  The response was a LIE!

I sent the BBB the SAME photos you are viewing here, actually I took a few of these photos this morning AFTER the BBB closing my case!!!!!!


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Look I just want my money back so I can hire someone to fix this right, I cannot afford to pay someone else, where is the justice?


TV News Crews?

The Attorney General?

Well I am going to try all of those and so here you will find all the updates and information on how this turns out.  I appreciate you liking and sharing this story wherever you can to help me find justice.

For Now Terry J Marler of Marler & Sons Tuckpointing and Masonary and the Better Business Bureau get a HUGE F

bbbf public service annoumcementOne more thing for those of you who are concerned.  This is the actual words Marler & Sons personally used to respond to my complaint.  THEIR OWN WORDS

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ALL of the Photos included in this blog were taken 10/14 on my iPhone

So if they (Marler) wrote on Oct 11 in the response to the BBB see line #2 “we went back out and completed, our company owner inspected then called customer to inform it was done told her if anything else needed please contact us.”

NOW YOU TELL ME,  Those photos are what Marler & Sons OWNER deem “completed and inspected”. REALLY!!!!!????  WHO IS WRONG HERE?

UPDATE 10/15/2013 Went to Missouri Attorney General site and found 3 complaints against Marler & Sons, 2 in the past 30 days that are unresolved!  Search Marler Here http://www.consumer.ago.mo.gov/search/complaintSearch.cgi

ALSO UPDATE – Employee Stephanie Gore decided to engage on Facebook tonight with RE/MAX Slander and attacks.  Here is the facebook page of this business should you choose to check it out, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuckpointing-and-MasonryCom/241019008975.  Photos of the Facebook page conversation to follow soon.

Update July 2015– NOW the BBB is warning consumers about Marler!  I give the BBB an F for waiting almost 3 years.  Clearly as you see in the letter from the BBB they were not warning consumers when I compared.  Well maybe now we will see some justice.


Craft- Halloween Shower Curtain


This was QUICK and easy to make and also in expensive

I bought 2 clear shower curtains at Walmart $5.00 Each

1 White shower curtain liner at the dollar store $1

1 Very small can of paint at Lowes (Red) $5

Total Spent $16 and I can save it and reuse since the curtain is not getting Wet or ruined by the shower

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I laid the shower curtain outside over my BBQ pit, you can use a table a fence a laundry line what ever you have.


Pour the paint into your hands and place hand prints, dragging them slightly down shower curtain for effect.  Then flick your fingers like you would do to dry your hands to make paint splatter.


Make them as bloody as you want or just do a little.


Let it dry over night.


When you hang it I place one clear curtain on each side of it, that way I had a liner in my tub and the actually curtain was out of the tub, I did that to make it last longer, it should last several seasons.

Government Shut Down – TAKE ACTION

Government-ShutdownSo the Government has Shut Down

What can you do?  Well you can go here and find your representative and send them the message that you are NOT going to take this anymore and that you will vote accordingly in the next election.




Let me make it easy for you, here are the links to contact your representatives and even a sample email to send them.

Then share this with your friends and family.

Find your Senator Here

Find your House Rep Here

This takes no time to click this link enter your zip code +4 and email your  message.  Here is an example you can copy and paste if you want

“This Government Shut down is unacceptable! I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!  I will respond to government miss management with my vote come election time, that is my message to those who represent me.  We need to get this fixed NOW.  What are you doing to make this right? ”



We as a society cannot sit back and let someone else fix this for us, we need to take action on our own and have our voices heard.

Hosting an AWESOME Breaking Bad Party

bbThis weekend will mark the end of the Series Breaking Bad.  So it is fitting it should be commemorated with a party.

Here are a few ideas of what you might need for that party.

First you need some Walter White Essentials


The Hat is called a Porkpie and pretty impossible to find, if you do find it it is pretty expensive, so we located black hats from a local costume place that were darn close

Adding ribbon around the crown to match the ribbon in Walters hat

Dark sunglasses are of course a must

Then there is the bald head (Again a local costume shop helped with that)

A wind Breaker and a Goateegoatee

Need an app?  How about a Simple Heisenberg Cheese Ball?  This is merely a cheese ball with some felt cut out to make it look like Heisenberghimself

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For the Menu We decided to get a bucket of chicken and attach Los Pollos Logos to the bucket, then what ever sides one might have with that.

This logo can be used for LOTS of thinks like Napkins and Drink glasses as well.

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A couple of other food options of Course Pizza for the Roof Top Pizza Episode or We considered Bacon and Eggs, using the Bacon to create a 52 but we had Ham and Eggs for the Final Dexter Party a Week Earlier, what is it with killers and Eggs?

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We figured beer would be the drink of the day, creating labels for SchaderBrau and placing it over our own beer labels


We also had to recognize Jesse so we will be serving “The Pinkman”  Yo it will get you drunk Bitches (A Cosmo type drink)

How about this great recipe for “Walerita”  A twist on the Margarita


Next we searched craigslist and Resale shops for Chemistry sets or Beakers to set up in the dining room and found a nice set.


Of course this party would not be complete without “Blue Sky” Making an appearance.  This is simply a recipe for Blue candy that should be served in plastic bags.





Hosting an AWESOME Dexter Party


We decided to host a Dexter party.  I typically go over the top so here are some ideas we used.  Many of these can be mixed up for Halloween Parties as well. Our Cocktail of the Night was “Blood Orange Bloody Mary”  blood orange bloody mary dinnerDinner was Ham Steaks with Over Easy Eggs and Tabasco Sauce Finally Dessert was “Camilla Best Key Lime Pie”key lime The last recipe we made was Candy “Blood Slides” blood slide Next we went to the Dollar store and got some random Body Parts. The Hardware Store for some painting drop cloths, red paint and tape Walmart for Red Yarn and Black Fabric We are set dexter party We wrapped the body Parts in Plastic and tape. We created a kill kit simply with some black fabric That with our slightly sick looking blood slides we looked pretty good. Of Course we needed a Kill room.  That is as easy as you think, some rolls of plastic from the painting section of Loews, $5 for 5 rolls. Simply cover the walls20130922-172925.jpg20130922-175823.jpg 20130922-172944.jpg Splatter analysis requires yarn and a simple music stand.  We got wall Putty (The kind you would use to hang posters)  Tack the yar to where you expect blood splatter to be and then bring all the yarn strands to one central location on the music stand, that would be your point of impact.  Cool huh?finger nails 20130922-173518.jpg 20130922-173540.jpg Lastly we needed a crime scene so with a cheap Shower Curtain Liner and a small can of red paint we created a psycho like murder scene for the bathroom.  (We plan to leave this hang for the Halloween holiday so we have a clear shower curtain protecting the painted one and a second shower liner behind it as well.  Yes this really is my bathroom. shower curtain Directions to make this, simply lay a shower curtain over a large table (I used me BBQ Pit and Fence)  Then pour paint in hands and rub them together.  First place hand prints and drag them slightly to make a more dramatic look.  When done simply fling the remaining paint on your hands towards the shower curtain, like you are drying them off, that will make the splatter effect.  Warning do not wear good clothes during this process it can be messy.

Of Course we are sporting our Dexter Henley shirts as well.

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And what would be a kill room with our photos, we printed a few 14 of Dexters Kills to add effect kill a kill b kill c kill d kill e
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kill fkill k kill o killl killm killn killo

Martini of the Month Club- Martini recipes for the Year

January – Baby it’s cold outsidemartini snow ball

Snowball Martini

2 ounces, fluid Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka

1 ounce, fluid Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 whole “ball” Of White Cotton Candy

Sugar Or White Non-perils, To Rim A Martini Glass

In a martini shaker filled with ice cubes, put in 2 shot glasses of whipped cream vodka and one shot glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice.  Shake well.  Place the cotton candy in a martini glass rimmed with sugar or white non-perils. Strain the cocktail over the cotton candy, “melting” the snowball and infusing the cocktail with sweetness.

February is for Lovers

Rose Petal- Martini

1/2 cup watermartini rose petal

2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups vodka
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon rose water
ice cube
24 edible rose petals (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then stir in the vodka, lemon juice and rose water.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add one-fourth of the martini mixture and shake.  Strain into 2 martini glasses, garnish with rose petals and serve.

March– Happy St. Patty Day Month, here is an Irish Martini

Irish Martini

The Irish Martini is a simple version of the Martini. The ingredient that makes it Irish and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties is Irish whiskey and in this case that small amount makes a big difference, adding substance, color and flavor to the profile of its far more popularmartini3m predecessor.

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz Irish whiskey

green food color

lemon twist for garnish

Pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass.  Swirl around the glass in order to coat the inside.  Drain the excess whiskey.  Pour the vodka, 2 drops of green food color and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice.  Shake well.  Strain into the cocktail glass.  Garnish with the lemon twist.

April – No one likes it but next to death it is the only thing guaranteed to happen

Income Tax Martini

That dreaded yearly task is done and you finally know how much money you are either getting back or handing over. That’s right, you have completed your income taxes! So whether you are on top of it and filed 3 months early, or one at the post office on April 15th, or an martini4accountant who has made it through one more tax season, sit back and enjoy this classic cocktail to celebrate your accomplishment.

2 ounces gin

1/4 ounce sweet vermouth

1/4 ounce dry vermouth

1 oz orange juice

Angostura bitters to taste

Orange twist for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the orange twist.

May is the Month of Cinco De Mayo so enjoy The best of both worlds, this flavorful margarita-martini concoction has elements of both popular drinks.

Cuervo Especial Pomegranate Margarita Martinimartini 5

1 1/2 ounce(s) Cuervo Especial Gold

3 ounce(s) Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix

2 ounce(s) pomegranate juice

1 piece(s) lime wheel

1 tablespoon(s) salt

Combine Cuervo Especial Gold, Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with salt (optional).  Garnish with lime or lemon wheel.

June- Let the Summer time fun begin with this Blow Pop Martini

Blow Pop Martini

2/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and strained to remove solidsmartini blow pop
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/2 cup bubble-gum flavored vodka
4 tbsp sour apple, sour watermelon or berry blue sour liqueur
12  small lollipops, unwrapped, for garnish if desired

Combine liquid ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well.  Refrigerate until serving time.  To serve, pour into martini glasses.  Immediately before serving, garnish each glass with a lollipop, if desired.

July– Happy 4th of July, why not celebrate with this tasty and beautiful cocktail?

Fire Cracker Martinimartini7

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
1/2 ounce prepared sweet-and-sour mix
1 dash grenadine

Mix all ingredients except grenadine in shaker and chill then pour into a martini glass. Add grenadine and it will sink to bottom.

August can be Hot Hot Hot and a perfect time for this Tropical Delight

Key Lime Pie Martini

1 1/2 ounce(s) Ketel One Citroen Vodkamartini8

1 ounce(s) key lime pie syrup

1/4 ounce(s) limoncello

1 squeeze fresh lime juice

1 splash(es) half-and-half

1 piece(s) graham cracker

1 piece(s) lime wheel

Shake all ingredients through the half-and-half with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Serve straight up in a crushed graham cracker–rimmed martini glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

September -Camping Season is gearing up and what says camping more than S’Mores

S’More Martini

1 1/2 ounce(s) Maker’s Mark Bourbonmartini 9

1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps

1 ounce(s) Godiva chocolate

Dash of cream

Marshmallow Fluff, for rimming the glass

Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass

Coat the rim of a martini glass with Marshmallow Fluff.You may need to add some water to the Marshmallow Fluff in order to get the consistency to coat the rim. Once rim is coated with Marshmallow Fluff (or better yet exposed a couple medium marshmallows over and open flame to roast them) coat the rim once again with graham cracker crumbs.  Add all liquor and cream into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously before pouring into decorated martini glass.

October is the season of Ghosts and Goblins and of course this

Bloody Vampire Kiss Martini

Take a French Martini, cross it with a Vampire, ditch the juice and add a splash of bubbly and you have given birth to a Vampire Kiss Martini. The taste of the drink itself is anything but scary, it’s actually very elegant and something that would work not only forHalloween, but for Valentine’s Day or any Champagne-worthy occasion. For it’s intended holiday, it is perfect because the Chambord gives it a dark, almost black color.vampire

The rim on this cocktail is a little devious because the courtesy image suggests a syrup that drips along the edge while the written recipe indicates the standard sugar rim, which would be crystalline. If you want the syrupy look: drizzle a thin stream of grenadine (or a similar red syrup) on the inside of the rim of the glass. Practice and use frozen glasses for the best visual results.

1 1/2 oz Finlandia Vodka

1 1/2 oz Korbel Champagne

3/4 oz Chambord black raspberry liqueur

Red sugar for rimming

Rim the glass with red sugar (use food coloring) or drop in a set of wax vampire teeth for a real surprise.  Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass.  Top with Champagne.  Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

November kicks off the major Holiday Season with Thanksgiving, what better flavor to add to the celebration than pumpkin.

Pumpkin Martini

The Pumpkin Martini has long been a favorite cocktail for fall. Although it has recently become difficult(nearly impossible) to find pumpkin schnapps or any pumpkin liqueur. Until another pumpkin liqueur comes on the market again you can substitute pumpkin spice syrup martini10or pumpkin puree. You might also want to check out the Pumpkin Spice Martini, thePumpkin Divine or the Calabatini.

1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur

2 oz vanilla vodka

1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup

1 tsp whipped cream

Cinnamon stick for garnish

Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.  Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.  Shake again.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

December– Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas

Candy Cane Martinicandycanemartini
1 tablespoon (or so) crushed candy canes
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces vodka
1 miniature candy cane

Wet the rim of a martini glass. Place candy cane bits onto a saucer and dip martini glass rim into the crushed candy canes. Add vanilla vodka and vodka into a martini shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain martini into the candy cane rimmed martini glass. Garnish with the miniature candy cane.

Martini’s -One for Every Letter of the Alphabet A – Z

I thought it would be fun to assemble a list of a Martini for every letter of the Alphabet, There are a couple that have 2 recipes because I simply couldn’t pick one.

I challenge you to work your way through the list and let me know your favorites.

I have also assembled a One Year Martini Calendar with a different Martini for Each month of the year.

I hope you enjoy them all.

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Appletini Martini
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Apple Pucker Schnapps or
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with apple slices.

Keep the Appletini really cold and adjust the pucker to suit your taste.

Banana Split Martini
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Creme de banane
1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
½ oz. Strawberry syrup
½ oz. Heavy cream martini split
Strawberry for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in mixing glass. Add ice, shake, strain into your Martini Glass, and garnish.

Candy Cane Martini
1 tablespoon (or so) crushed candy canes
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces vodka
1 miniature candy cane

Wet the rim of a martini glass. Place candy cane bits onto a saucer and dip martini glass rim into the crushed candy canes. Add vanilla vodka and vodka into a martini shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain martini into the candy cane rimmed martini glass. Garnish with the miniature candy cane.

Dirty Girl Scout Martini – based on the Thin Mint cookie

1 oz Baileys

1/2 oz Creme de Menthe, green

1 oz kahlua

1/2 oz vodka

Dirty Blonde Martini 
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Johnnie Walker Gold Label
1 oz. Drambuie

Combine ingredients in mixing glass. Add ice, stir to chill and strain into your Martini Glass.

Expresso martini

1 fluid ounce brewed espresso

1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka

1 1/2 fluid ounces coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua®)martini expresso

1 fluid ounce white creme de cacao

1 cup ice


Combine espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Frosty the Snowman Martini
1 part vodka
1 part chocolate liquor
1 part Irish cream liquor
Splash of cream
1 Hershey’s Kiss candy

Add chocolate liquor, Irish cream, and cream over ice into a martini shaker. Shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with the Hershey kiss.

Garlic Martini
2 oz gin
1 tbsp dry vermouth
2 tbsp garlic olive juice
2 garlic olives

Add gin, dry vermouth and garlic juice into a martini shaker. Combine gin, dry vermouth and garlic olive juice into a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with two garlic olives.

Gummy worm

1 1/2 oz Three Olives Mango Vodka

1 1/2 oz Three Olives Raspberry Vodka

1/2 oz blue curacao

1 oz lemon-lime soda

maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

Homer Simpson Martini
2 oz vodka
1 oz white rum
1 oz banana liqueur
banana slice

Pour liquid ingredients into a martini shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with banana slice.

Iceberg Martini
2 oz. Gin
Dash White Creme de Menthe

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh mint.

Jack-O-Lantern Martinipumpkin
3 ounces spiced pumpkin vodka
1 ounce Amaretto
Pumpkin Seeds

Combine vodka, Amaretto and ice in a martini shaker. Shake! Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.

Kentucky Derby Martini
1 oz grenadine
1 oz white creme de cacao
3 oz Kentucky bourbon

Add ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Lemondrop Martini
6 parts lemon-flavored vodka
1 part dry vermouth
Granulated sugar
Lemon twist
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with granulated sugar.

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.

Millionaire Martini
1 part vodka
1 part gold tequila (the most important ingredient)
1 part rum
1 part Pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir. Strain into a martini glass

Nuclear Kamikaze

Fill a mixing glass with ice

2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Blue Curacao

Dash of Lime Juice

Shake, Strain into chilled glass, Garnish with Lime

Nutty martini

2 oz vodka

3/4 oz Frangelico

1 tsp simple syrup

Pour the vodka and Frangelico into a cocktail shakerhalf-filled with ice.

Add the simple syrup. Shake.  Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ouija Board Martini ouiji martini
9 ounces of freezing black vodka
2 ounces chilled Blue Curacao
1 ounce chilled banana vodka
2 chilled gummy worms
Yield: 2 martinis

Pour black vodka into a martini shaker half full of cracked ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Add the Blue Curacao and shake for an additional 30 seconds. Strain into 2 freezing martini glasses. Pour a half ounce of banana vodka into each martini glass. Stir each glass with a gummy worm. Bottoms up, but don’t get too frightened of strange occurrences!

FYI- A Good way to make martini Eyeballs is to use a radish and a green olive with pimento.  Peel the radish as to leave some of the red skin to look blood shot then scoop out the middle and stick your small olive inside.

Pickle Martinimartini pickle
2 oz gin
1 tbsp dry vermouth
2 tbsp pickle juice
1 sweet pickle

Add liquid ingredients to a martini shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with sweet pickle

Queen of Hearts Martini

2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce berry-flavored vodka
1 ounces Campari
Crushed ice
lemon juice

Mix cranberry juice, orange juice, vodka, and Campari in a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze in lemon juice and strain into a chilled martini glass

Root Beer Martini
2 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce root beer schnapps
whipped cream

Add liquid ingredients over ice in a martini shaker Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Top with whipped cream

Saketini Martini
1 1/4 oz Hakusan Dry Sake;
(or other 1/4 oz Orange Curacao sake)
3 Orange peels
2 oz Vodka

Combine all ingredients in ice-filled mixing glass. Stir well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with flamed orange peel.


1 3/4 ounce vodka

1 ounce sweet iced tea

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Lemon wedge for garnish

Sugar for rimming

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.  Shake well.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.  Garnish with the lemon wedge.

Ugly Sweater Martini

2 oz. Vodkamartini ugly

2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

2 oz. Whipped Cream Vodka


One Peppermint stick or Candy Cane.

Crush half of your peppermint stick. Dip the Top Rim of your Martini glass into peppermint schnapps, then roll in crushed candy cane to decorate.  (The Gawdier the better)

Add all ingredients except Candy Cane to a shaker. Shake well and strain into decorated Martini glass.  Add remaining candy cane as a stirrer.

Volcano Martini
4 parts tequila
1 part vermouth
Jalapeno Stuffed Olive

Combine tequila and vermouth in a martini glass filled with ice. Stir.
Garnish with the jalapeno stuffed olive

Watermelon Martini Recipe

60ml (or approx 2 oz) Vodka

7.5ml (or approx a splash) sugar syrup
1 slice watermelon

Watermelon Martini Recipe Directions

Chop the flesh of the water melon.
Pour the Vodka and the sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker.
Add watermelon flesh.
Add ice.
Shake vigorously for a minute or two.
Pour and strain into a frosted martini glass.
Finish by garnishing the rim of the martini glass with a thin slice of watermelon.

X-Rated Flirtini

1 part X-Rated Fusion
1 part X-Rated Vodka

Combine with ice in a shaker. Pour into a martini glass.
Garnish with lemon or whatever you have and is fun.
X-Rated Vodka Fusion has provence blood oranges, brazilian mango and passion fruit… makes a good martini!

2 ½ oz. Vodka
1 ½ oz. Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Rim glass with mixture of salt and small amount of white pepper.

No garnish.

Yellow Cake Chocolate Icing Martini

1 Oz Vanilla Vodka

1 Oz Amaretto

1 oz Pineapple Juice

Chocolate sprinkles

Dip the rim into pineapple juice and then dip into the sprinkles and chill then onto the glass.  In the meantime Mixed the Vodka, amaretto and Pineapple jouice together in a shaker of ice.  Strain your martini into the chilled glass.  Walla it is a yummy yellow cake with chocolate icing just like mom used to make.

Zebra Martini

1 ounce vanilla vodka

1 ounce which chocolate liqueur

1 ounce butter schnapps

1 shot espresso

chocolate syrup

optional whipped cream

Stripe martini glass with chocolate syrup.  Combine alcoholic ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Strain into glass.  Shake espresso with ice.  Strain into center of glass.   Garnish with a little whipped cream


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WHAT did you say? – Common Phrases & Sayings & Where they came from.

Sometimes the strangest things will come out of my mouth, “Old Sayings” that I do not even know what they mean.  So I thought I would make a list of the 10 I say most often and research them and tell you what they really mean.

1. Barking up the Wrong Tree.sayings justmy2cents bark

This is really a hunting term.  Dogs on the hunt chase or acknowledge where the target prey has gone, barking up the wrong tree is simply that, the dog directing his mater that he went “thataway” mistakenly

2. Beating around the Bushsayings justmy2cents bush

Believe it or not yet another hunting phrase, this is when in the hunt for wild boars.  Boars tend to hide in the bushes, dogs were encouraged to run into the brush also to get the boar to come out to be killed but instead many dogs who had already had their day with a boar feared the horns of the boar so they would bark and dance around the bush trying to get the boar to expose himself without get harmed themselves.

3. No Spring Chickensayings justmy2cents spring chicken

New England chicken farmers discovered that chickens born in the Spring bought better prices, rather than old birds that had gone through the winter etc. Sometimes farmers tried to sell the old birds as a new spring born chicken. Smart buyers often complained that a tough fowl was “no spring chicken” and so the term now is used to represent birds (and even people) past their plump and tender years.

4. Bring Home the Baconsayings justmy2cents bacon

If you were the lucky winner at the Country Fair to catch the greased pig, you literally got to be the one to BRING HOME THE BACON.   Today the term is used to mean bringing home money.

5. Nip it in the Budsayings justmy2cents nip

In order to get the best fruit a plant has to have a lot of buds snipped off.  Buds were “nipped” off to improve the fruit that remained.  Today the word is used to refer to a sudden STOP , STOP THAT NOW, in order to “prune” what is ailing the project before we move on.  

6. Bury the Hatchetsayings justmy2cents hatchet

Based on an actual practice of North American Indians. When negotiating peace, they buried all their weapons; their tomahawks, scalping knives and clubs. Apart from showing their good faith, simultaneously it made it impossible for them to go on fighting.

7. Sick as a Dogsayings justmy2cents sick dog

The saying “as sick as a dog” has its origins in the fact that dogs will eat almost anything usually followed by getting very ill only to eat anything they throw up too.

8. It´s Raining Cats and Dogssayings justmy2cents raining

Back in the 1500´s, cats and dogs would sleep up in the thatched roofs. This got very difficult when it rained, since the straw would become slippery and they would slide right off the roof, making it appear that it was indeed raining animals.

9. Holding a Wakesayings justmy2cents wake

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes, as could be expected, knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

10. Put a Sock in Itsayings justmy2cents gramaphone

In the late 19th century gramophones or record players had large horns to amplify the sounds.  The machines had no volume controls so an easy way to lower the sound was to stuff a wool sock inside the horn.