Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thirsty Thursday

Stocking your bar

You cannot make drinks out of the equipment, so you'll probably want to buy a selection of liquors and mixers too. It is impossible to make a list that "fits all" without including every possible liquor in the World, but here are a few guidelines on what to buy.
You should always choose your bar stock to suit your guests. Young people often prefer the more exotic drinks, so you will need various fruit juices and flavored liqueurs instead of the darker liquors (like whiskey) older people often prefer.
It is likely you will experience requests for drinks you cannot make, but that happen to almost every bar now and then. You can add new liquors to your bar stock later, and should learn how to mix what you have in the meantime.
A well-stocked bar should have the following, but you should consider the number and type of guests you expect before buying.

    • Gin (dry)
    • Vodka
    • Rye (or Canadian whiskey)
    • Bourbon
    • Scotch whiskey
    • Rum (light)
    • Vermouth (dry and sweet)
    • Tequila
    • White and red wine (dry)
    • Beer (lager)
    • Cognac (or other brandy)
    • Different liqueurs:
      • Advocaat (somewhat like brandy eggnog)
      • Amaretto (almond)
      • Anisette (anise)
      • Aquavit (caraway)
      • Benedictine (herbs)
      • Chambord (black-raspberry)
      • Chartreuse (herbs)
      • Contreau/Triple sec (oranges)
      • Crème de Cacao (cacao)
      • Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant)
      • Crème de Menthe (mint)
      • Crème de Violette/Crème Yvette (violets)
      • Curaçao (oranges)
      • Galliano (herbs and spices)
      • Godiva (chocolate)
      • Goldwasser (herbs and spices, flecked with gold leaf bits)
      • Grand Marnier (oranges)
      • Irish Cream (whiskey and cream)
      • Kahlúa (coffee)
      • Kümmel (caraway)
      • Mandarine Napoléon (tangerine)
      • Midori (melon)
      • Ouzo (anise)
      • Peter Heering (cherry)
      • Prunelle (plum)
      • Sabra (orange and chocolate)
      • Sambuca (wild elderberries)
      • Sloe Gin (sloe berries)
      • Southern Comfort (peach)
      • Strega (orange and spices)
      • Tia Maria (coffee)

    In addition to the liquors, you will need different mixers, flavorings and garnishes.

    • Club soda
    • Tonic water
    • Ginger ale
    • 7-Up or Sprite
    • Cola
    • Juices:
      • Tomato juice
      • Orange juice
      • Pineapple juice
      • Cranberry juice
      • Grapefruit juice
    • Bitters
    • Grenadine
    • Maraschino liqueur
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • Tabasco sauce
    • Milk
    • Coffee
    • Heavy cream
    • Cherries (maraschino)
    • Green olives (small)
    • Cocktail onions
    • Lemons, limes and oranges
    • Sugar, salt and pepper.
    Hope this helps all those who are thinking about setting up a place to have a few drinks with friends at home!

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Laugh It Up Tuesday!

    Funny Story About Girlfriends ~ The Girlfriends' Reunion

    Well, A group of 15-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Dairy Queen next to the Ocean View Restaurant because they had only $6.00 among them and Jimmy Johnson, the cute boy in Social Studies, lived on that street.

    At their reunion 10 years later, the group of 25-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the drinks were cheap, the restaurant offered free snacks, the band was good, there was no cover charge, and there were lots of cute guys.

    At their reunion 10 years later, the group of 35-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the atmosphere was good, it was right near the gym and, if they went late enough, there wouldn't be too many whiny little kids.

    At their reunion 10 years later, the group of 45-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the martinis were big and the waiters were younger.

    10 years later, the group of 55-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the prices were reasonable, the wine list was good, the restaurant had windows that opened (in case of a hot flashes), and fish is good for cholesterol.

    10 years later, the group of 65-year-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the lighting was good and the restaurant had an early bird special.

    10 years later, the group of 75-years-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the food was not too spicy and the restaurant was handicapped-accessible.

    10 years later, the group of 85-years-old girlfriends discussed where to meet for dinner. Finally, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they had never been there before.

    Here’s to growing old and the girlfriends who will be there through it all!

    ****I am also a guest all this week on my BFF Keira Kroft’s blog The Fireplace. Please stop by and share in a glass of wine, some giggles, and trouble J Oh, and cheesecake too!

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Mystic Monday

    Hi All,
    I am fresh off a ghost investigation with Stevens Point Paranormal Club.

    Saturday night we all started our haunted evening out with a professional photo shoot. Pictures will be posted at the clubs website of
    We then headed to the clients. I can tell all next week after we show the client our findings.
    We had activity early at about 9pm as we were being given a tour by the owner. The place was a big, bar, restaurant and the upstairs was once a hotel with about 14 rooms.
    We were in the dining room when the owner started to look at the tables that were set, only to find them all messed up and one totally cleared and a tray stacked with the settings for the table that was cleared. The wait staff was called in and they were all in shock and upset because it had taken them a long time to set everything up.
    We then moved on to the basement area where in the stairs by a door, I heard a growling noise. We headed to the basement and looked around a bit there. Then we headed up to the hotel part of the building which is being renovated. We had some activity up there. On the tour I had 4 ghosts that I could track, 2 men, a little boy and a little girl. One of the men and I had a pretty long conversation while on the tour and then he came back later while I was up in the hotel part to talk to us some more. I met the little girl in the basement where she had fun answering questions with the divining rods. We tried to get her to play with the flashlights but she didn't. Up in the hotel later, in the early morning hours, I was able to get her to play with both the flashlight and the EMF reader we had. Freddy also asked her a bunch of questions and played a game of peek-a-boo with her by having her turn off the flashlight. She was pretty amazing.
    Early in the night Jennifer, Angel and I ran from the basement screaming like the girls we are. : )  We were at a dead-end part of the basement where there was one way out and as we were getting to a corner Jennifer felt something and when she ran, we all did.
    Missy and I had an encounter in the hallway of the hotel as we were on the tour. We both were standing next to each other when we felt something start to make our hands cool. I started to channel Reiki with Missy's hand just above mine and we both felt the ghost pull the energy from my hand which lasted a minute or two. Another team member grabbed the thermometer and started to confirm what we were feeling in a temperature drop. I experienced many changes in temperature around my legs in one of the hotel rooms.
    Freddy was up in the hotel with a team and they had a good session with flashlights and yes and no questions with a ghost up there. I can't wait to hear some of the recordings.
    All and all we had a pretty good night with our investigation. I have a few pictures to post once I am able to do so.
    Our equipment we take is pretty simple...ok well some of it is. We take a few different colored mini mag lights. We can use the small lights to communicate with the ghost by asking the ghost to turn on one color vs another. Usually it's purple and blue or purple and red. If we only have one light we can use please turn the light on for yes and turn it off for no. With the mini mags they can also get the light to flicker which is way cool to watch in action.
    We have many cameras. Mine is a regular digital canon. Jennifer has one that does night vision which is cool. Then we have a thermal reader which is Jennifer's baby. It shows a room in different colors based on the heat level objects put off. So the time I channeled Reiki and said my hand was getting cold they watched my hand turn blue. She can also snap a photo on the thermal reader.
    Voice recorders are used when we are asking questions and then they are gone over to see what was picked up in the white noise. Freddy and Val are amazing with finding recording.
    EMF detectors are used to see if a ghost can make the lights move up or down. We can sometimes get a ghost to turn one green light into two green lights and an orange or all the way up to red.
    Freddy also uses his computer and sets it up to take pictures every so many seconds. He can also set it to take a picture when it sees a movement.
    I almost forgot our favorite!  The spirit box. This is small and looks like the told FM radios we used to carry around as kids before boom boxes. It scans radio frequency and when you ask a question the ghost can use the frequency to answer.
    That is about all we take with us when we go. I usually bring an emergency bag of sage and other items to help us shield if needed or if I am asked to clear an area by the owner.
    I hope you all have a wonderful week. Next week I can post pictures. I will also have the stories from our meeting with the client, to go over evidence.
    Saturday I am at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids for a Wellness Expo with BodyLabUSA!  Please come and see me. If you mention you are a fan of Mystic Monday I will discount your session. :)
    Blessings All,
    Wendy Jackson
    Intuitive Healer/Reiki Master
    This site has some of our stuff

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Thirsty Thursday

    Today I thought we would talk about what you need to have a great bar!

    Basic set of tools

    When setting up a bar, you will need quite a lot of equipment. The following is a list of basic bar equipment you should have in your bar to allow you to make most drinks. You may also want to take a look at the list of additional equipment that will make life behind the bar a bit easier too.

    Bottle opener
    • Corkscrew
    • Can opener
    • Measuring cups and spoon set
    • Bar spoon with long handle and muddler on the end
    • Juice squeezer

    • Electric blender                                                 
    • Cutting board and a sharp knife
    • Ice bucket with an ice tong
    • Mixing glass
    • Shaker and strainer

    • Bottle sealers
    • Towels
    • Boxes/jars to store garnishes in
    • Glassware

    You will have to buy new supplies of the following equipment regularly.
    • Cocktail napkins and coasters                               
    • Swizzle sticks
    • Straws, both long and short ones
    • Cocktail picks
    • Sugar and salt (for coating rim of glasses)

      In addition you may wish to buy some other equipment to make things a bit easier and to be able to make additional drinks.
      • Ice crusher, preferably electric
      You can crush ice manually, but an electric crusher it a whole lot easier than using a hammer.
      • Wooden muddler
      • Ice pick or chipper
      • Vegetable peeler or a twist cutter for fruit peels
      • Ice scoop
      • Funnel
      • Nutmeg grater

      Tuesday, March 20, 2012

      Laugh It Up Tuesday!

      Some of you already know that I am cheap! LOL My favorite summer past time is going to rummage sales. I’m also not too proud to say I like going to thrift stores. I also am a Craigslist junkie! I can’t help it, I love getting a good deal J
      Today I thought I’d share with you a couple of the hilarious posts I found while looking through the adds…

      I so should have used this one for Typo Tuesday!

      $269000 / 3br - Vacation Home (Pickeral, Wi) (map)

      Date: 2012-02-16, 9:53AM CST

      Very nice log cabin and Large log garadge 36 by 44 with huge loft above garadge. On about 5 acres much wildlife deer, turkey, grouse, lots of squirells, deer have been taken of land in past bow seasons with lots of deer around. On a dead end road that is paved. the snowmobile trail runs down the rode next to cabin for easy acess. Also to other metal sheds one insulated other not.

      Contact Gordy

      This one just cracked me the hellz up!

      Terrible refrigerator for free (Oshkosh)

      Date: 2012-02-15, 2:51PM CST

      So, I have this fridge that came with my house. While I haven't had any clergy members or other holy men verify it, I believe it's evil. It looks terrible (poorly spraypainted, rusty, missing shelves, hole in door, exposed fiberglass insulation), and cannot be killed. It has survived floods, power surges, old age, and an ill-tempered cat. More than one bottle of vodka has frozen solid in the freezer.

      It says it's a "Hotpoint", but I believe it was forged inside a cursed volcano.

      Most recently, it was used as a kegerator, and only occasionally froze half barrels of beer.

      It works (electricity goes in, cold comes out), and it's free.

      Also, it's in my basement, and weighs roughly four zillion pounds, give or take. I cannot help you remove it from my basement, as it has tried to kill me more than once.


      There is just something wrong with a Used old second hand toilet!

      FREE TOILET (Appleton)

      Date: 2012-02-15, 12:40PM CST

      I have a 1950's pink toilet in good condition, does not include seat. Please contact me for pickup.

      And the winner of the most creative post I have seen to date on craigslist is…
      Zombie Repelling Futon Frame - $20 (Neenah)

      Date: 2011-09-04

      I have a Futon Frame for sale. It is in good condition as you can see by the photos. Also if you look closely you will also see that there are no zombies in the picture. I have never seen a zombie while this futon frame was in the house so I know it works. The futon frame does not repel cats. If you bring this home and you or a loved one are attacked by a zombie, I will gladly give you your $20 back, and even let you keep the frame!

           Yep, I don’t see any zombie’s…do you?

      But just in case...