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Jul 032017
History's Top 10 Secret Gin Cocktails of the 1920s Speakeasy

What 1920s Gin Cocktails Should I Chose? In celebration of my book signing for The Flapper Affair: A Time-travel, Murder-mystery, Paranormal Ghost Romance, I need to find a few gin cocktails of the prohibition era for my patrons. I scoured the internet looking for gin cocktails from the era. Even though there are swell drinks […more…]

May 082017
Tiki Party Fun with New Cocktail Recipe Book: The Mai Tai Manifesto

First, I’ve had the extreme good fortune to be allowed a sneak peek at the new Mai Tai Manifesto recipe book from Tiki Torches band members J. Edward Preisman (writer) and R. Hamilton (illustrator). Second, I had recently seen and heard them play at my first Texas Tiki Round-up and was instantly smitten with their […more…]

Hot Rods and Hatters Car Show and Me

 Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 at 8:28 PM
Feb 102017
Hot Rods and Hatters Car Show and Me

Shumard Oak, Maple, and Pecan trees stood naked against the southern winter backdrop. In contrast, the eternally green Live Oaks looked as if they were wearing party dresses to a wake. The sky hung heavy in shades of fresh erased chalkboard, threatening rain. But for the moment, only a northern wind sent a chill through […more…]

Remembering Mama with 1940s Italian Cooking

 Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 at 9:26 PM
Jan 312017
Remembering Mama with 1940s Italian Cooking

Remembering Mama It’s been two years since I lost my mom and I still want to pick up the phone and ask her about a recipe, tell her about the kids, or just whine a titch like a little girl. Which brings me to today’s blog post. My mom could cook, from scratch, and I […more…]

Top 10 Vintage Halloween Decorations on Amazon

 Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 at 7:15 PM
Oct 112016
Top 10 Vintage Halloween Decorations on Amazon

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the idea of being a character or someone different, plus it has all the fun festivities as Christmas without all the stress of gift-buying, party-going, and in-laws. Over the years I’ve tried to cull my decorations to have a vintage Halloween motif. I try to stay away from the […more…]

Sep 042016
7 Reasons Why the Texas Tiki Round Up is the Place to Be

I’ve been living in Texas for six years, and I had no idea we had something this cool in our backyard. Well, not my backyard, but in a big beautiful backyard in Austin, Texas to be exact. A friend of mine invited me to go to The Texas Tiki Round Up, hosted once a year by […more…]

Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor

 Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:15 AM
Mar 212016
Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor

Fruit and Luggage Labels for Vintage Backyard Decor by Tam Francis I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in the southern U.S. the weather is turning warmer, and people are planting and sprucing up their backyards. I wanted to share one of my favorite projects. How to make a boring wood fence […more…]

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

 Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Mar 052016
Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails and More with Vintage Flair by Tam Francis When I first moved to my small Texas town, everyone was plenty friendly in the way that Southerners are, but what I mistook for friendship was mere politeness, and it took me over a year to figure it out. I love to read […more…]