Friday, August 29, 2008

Never Forget Dessert!

Hello my Red Hat Ladies!

I believe the exalted Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper, said it best when she proclaimed, "Life is short; eat dessert first."

In honor of Queen Sue Ellen, women everywhere, and the guilty pleasure that chocolate provides, I am planning a sweet and savory night with my chapter. The hat shaped desserts are simply darling.

I picked up one box of cake mix. You can choose any flavor, but I picked out German Chocolate and mixed it with a one ounce bottle of red food coloring. Simply heat the oven to 350°F, pour it into an 8-inch and 9-inch round pan, then bake as directed.

Once the cake has baked and cooled, cut a 6-inch circle out of waxed paper and place it on the 8-inch layer of cake. Carefully cut the cake around circle with a small knife to make it a 6-inch round layer, then place it on top of the 9-inch layer. Attach the pieces with a small amount of frosting. Add purple food coloring to your white frosting and completely frost your cake, then decorate it with ribbon and edible flowers. Loosely cover it and store it in your refrigerator until your sisters have arrived.

For that special extra touch, I made sure each guest felt like a Queen with a customized cookie made out of the crown cookie cutter.

Don't forget to leave room for seconds!

Until next time,

Queen Diva Dishberry

Monday, August 18, 2008

Start Dancing Lessons With Your Chapter!

Red Hat Ladies!

One of my favorite television shows is Dancing with the Stars (that Mario Lopez is too cute for words!) and lucky for me, my friend TIVO has them all stored in my television archives. Wearing my red hat pajamas and purple socks, I watched the former Saved by the Bell muscle man get twirled around the dance floor by his Ukrainian partner, Karina Smirnoff. I began to think, just because I don't have Mario Lopez to dance with doesn't mean I can't salsa with the best of them!

So I searched online for a local dance studio that offered salsa lessons! It was an authentic and fun series of events for my chapter and I to perform. We created many memories, had lots of laughs, and even found a reason to fasten those red hat fish nets.

It's show time sisters!

Until next time,
Queen Diva Dishberry