Summer is here! Today is the Solstice, the longest day of 2013. We invite you to join us for a Summer Supper and we’re pleased to share our picks of Summer Reads along with our great picnic. So have a Blackberry Gin and Tonic with your appetite. The salads are served over at Jan, Vonnie, and Alicia’s sites. Come back for a Pomegranate martini, before tasting the entrees and deserts. There’s something for everyone.  Kick back and enjoy an except of Quotable while your at it.  And for a list of the full list of ingredients and summer reads, head on back to visit Linda Joyce

 Summer Solstice Supper Menu

Blackberry Gin and Tonic J.K. O’Hanlon
Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini Kathy L Wheeler
Japanese Chicken Wings Jan Morrill
Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Meatballs Vonnie Davis
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms Alicia Dean
7 Layer Salad AJ Nuest
Mandarin orange and spinach salad Barbara Barrett
Gluten free Slow cooker Chicken Marsala Nancy Parra
Taquitos Calisa Rhose
Linda’s Summer Shrimp Boil Linda Joyce
Oven baked peach chicken Juli D. Revezzo
Betty’s Nutty Pork Chops Betty Bolte
Kolaches Gina Hooten Popp
Chocolate-Cherry-Coconut Cupcakes Luna Zega
Fruit Compote Brenda Sparks
After Dinner Drinks
After Dinner Iced Coffee Sandra Sookoo

Pomegranate Martini

Servings: Serves 2

Pomegranate Martini
Pomegranate Martini


  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau liquor
  • Cup of ice
  • Splash of sparkling water (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon (optional)

Directions:  Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Oprahs-Pomegranate-Martini#ixzz2W0siWY6b

Resource: http://www.oprah.com/food/Oprahs-Pomegranate-Martini

Another Summer Read:

BlurbGENNA LYNDSEY is not a people person. A short, too-skinny, wild haired waif, with crazy hair and sturdy nerdy glasses lives through books. So it’s lucky she and her best friend own their own bookstore. Her


college days taught her that dating was too unreliable to depend on others. It was then that she started resorting to obscure quotes to shield herself from others who ventured too close.

RICK JOHNSON, Fraud Insurance Claims Investigator, is assigned to look into an unusual number of claims filed by Genna Lyndsey. He suspects Genna of sabotaging her own property for insurance money. His investigation uncovers an adorable introvert determined to keep everyone at bay, while someone else resolves to put her out of business—no matter how great the risk.


Without so much as a second thought, he moved his mouth over hers in slow deliberation allowing her almost ample time to step back should she have wished. It didn’t matter that the door was to her back and she had nowhere to step back to.

Definitely, the wild honeysuckle drove him wild with desire. Just the feeling of her timorous nature kept him from devouring her outright, tempting as it was. His tongue touched her lips in a feathery motion drinking in her sweetness. He pulled her to him, her slight body leaning into his.

A sharp pain hit his leg. He grunted and broke the kiss, making the break as painful as the pain in his leg. He glanced down. She’d dropped everything she’d been holding, her hands clutching the front of his shirt. Her cheeks were flushed. With hunger? Need?

She seemed at a loss as to what to do next. He stifled an urge to smile, irritation dissolving for the moment.

He grasped her hands gently, surprised by the rising desire to safeguard her. Resisting the appeal to reclaim her mouth, he tugged them from his shirt. Kneeling down, he gathered the spilled belongings. Just as he suspected, he’d been besieged with books. ~~~Kathy L Wheeler