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Friday, October 22, 2010

Sherry's Baked Sugar Snap Peas

Sherry's Baked Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar Snap Peas are a cross between garden peas and snow peas. They are low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium and are a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron and Manganes . . . but take heed, they do, as their name indicates, have sugar. Check your diet restrictions.


In plastic bag, combine Olive Oil, Thyme, Minced Garlic

Place in baking sheet

Sprinkle with Sea Salt


Make several different varieties.  I buy a big bag and divide the pan into threes.  1/3 is cajun, 1/3 is basil and parmesan cheese, 1/3 is with thyme. 

You can add whatever suits your fancy.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Etiquette and Safety Rules From Palm Beach Etiquette

Children should know the etiquette of Trick or Treating.  Review with them the manners and safety rules of Halloween.
Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult.  Always.

Say thank you each and every time someone gives you ‘treats’. Never say, “Eww, I don’t like that.”  Simply say ‘thank you’ and be on your merry way.

Ensure that all costumes and accessories are flame retardant. Make sure that the length is not too long in order to avoid tripping all evening, in the dark.

Check props - knives, staffs, rods, should all be dull with rounded edges.

Wear comfortable, walking shoes.  The wrong shoes can be a Halloween party pooper.

Teach kids to stay away from fire - lighted pumpkins, lanterns, etc.

Stand outside to collect any ‘treats’. Do not go inside a stranger’s home!

Don't trample flower beds, vegetable gardens or walk all over someone's grass.  It's impolite.
Carry a flash light so as to alert cars of your presence.

Make sure your cell phone is charged and is with you.

Walk on the sidewalks, not in the street.  It is difficult to see Trick or Treaters who are dressed in black and other dark colors. 

Teens should walk together in groups.  There should be no one leaving the group.

Trick or Treat within your comfort zone - neighborhoods that you know, churches, shopping malls.

Don’t ring the doorbell over and over. If there’s no answer, move on.

If there is a light on, this is usually a welcome sign.

Take 1-2 pieces of candy only.  No gluttony please. Don’t stuff a pillowcase full.  Think of others.

No rolling (toilet papering) houses or cars, throwing paint, overturning trash cans, leaving dead, black flowers.  No ringing bells and running. The police take these things seriously.  Make it fun!  A night in the clinker is no one’s idea of fun.

Check the candy before allowing your child to eat it.  Try to stick to tightly packaged candies. Throw out small candies that are choking hazards.  Throw away homemade foods and fruit, unless you personally know the donors.

Hide the candy from all pets.  Many a Fido has become ill from to much sugar and the chocolate is a danger to them.

Now . . . pour out all that candy, separate what you like and don’t, and have a huge trade party with your family and friends.  It’s a great excuse to continue celebrating Halloween!

Happy Safe Trick or Treating Everyone!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sherry To Serve As Etiquette Expert For Barber Foods Twitter Party - Join Us!

If you've never been to a Twitter Party, you don't know what you're missing and if you've never eaten Barber Foods chicken dishes, well  . . . get thee to the supermarket. Prizes will be awarded and the night will be fun!  Join us.  Live from Florida and Portland Maine.

On October 14, 2010 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m., I will be answering Table Manners and other Etiquette questions for the fine folks at Barber.  Click the button below for more information. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

DATING ETIQUETTE - Picking Up Your Date

Parents, you’ve survived the “hanging out” and “hookin’ up” (not what you think, I learned from my teens) stages and now it’s on to the more formal rituals of “dating.” 

Like it or not, parents analyze every single characteristic or “flaw” of someone who is courting their offspring.  Review with your daughter or son the rules of date pick up.


1) Dress appropriately.  Let your date know in advance where you will be going and give her an idea of the dress code. This way, no one is embarrassed by being ‘overly’ or ‘under’ dressed.

2) Arrive on time - not too early and not a minute late!

3) Don’t arrive with music blaring.  Show respect for the parents and the neighborhood.

4) Never blow the horn and expect your date to come running out to meet you. The same applies to a text or phone call.  You must enter your date’s home, properly introduce yourself, say hello to her parents and family.

5) Before leaving, ask the parents what time you should have her home.

6) Respect the parents’ curfew and honor your word.  This is comforting to parents, instills a sense of trust, and makes you look good!
7) Walk her to the car and open the car door for her.

8) Do not peel out of the driveway.  You have just blown your chances of being approved!

9) Upon return, walk her to the door and do not leave until you see that she is safely inside with the door closed.


1) Dress appropriately.  Know how you should dress ahead of time so as to avoid embarrassing yourself and your date.

2) Be on time.  It isn’t “socially acceptable” to keep him waiting.  It’s rude.

3) Do not allow a text, a phone call, or a honking horn summon you to his car.

4) When your date arrives at the door, invite him inside to meet or say hello to your family. He may be uneasy as he is the one on the hot seat.  Make him as comfortable as possible.

5) Start the conversation by telling your parents something interesting about him.

6) Offer your date a small drink of something.

7) Ask if he needs to use the restroom before leaving.

8) Do not laugh or make light of him peeling out of the driveway.  It isn’t cute.  It isn’t funny. This says a lot about him. This should be your last date with him.

9) Honor your parents’ curfew.  Parents do not sleep well, if at all, until their children are home safely.  It will make also make your date look bad as your parents will think he is being disrespectful.

10) Regardless of whether you had a good time or not, write a simple (not overly gushy) thank you note for the evening.  It shows how you were raised. Both he and his family will be impressed.

And girls, if you are the one picking up your date (barring special circumstances where you have a driver’s license and he doesn’t) the EtiquetteQueen has a lot to say about that if it’s a first date, but  . . . we’ll save that for another day.

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