The Sights, Smells and Memories of 2014

As we enter into 2015, here’s a look at 2014 and some of our favorite recipes and stories. Click on the links to enjoy them. (Above: Winter 2014, If You Build it They Will Come)

Thanks for being part of the Kelley Hospitality blogging family. I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.




“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (not so original, but an oldie-goldie)

To borrow an old line from the Jimmy Buffet song, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” so pour something tall and strong. In this case, it’s the Cranberry Lime Refresher and it’s easy to make.

Hospitality starts on your back porch. Add some veggies, dip, and some salted nuts. Then say “hey!”

Cranberry Lime Refresher


  • Ice
  • 2 ounces vodka, or to taste
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice, or to taste
  • Rosé wine
  • Slice of fresh lime, for garnish


Fill a serving glass with ice. Add vodka and cranberry juice and stir. Fill with rosé wine. Garnish with lime slice and serve.

Yield: 1

Recipe by Karen Covey, author of The Coastal Cookbook. Photo by Cassandra Birocco (copyright 2013). More of Karen’s summer sips are featured in the summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine. (Download it for free.)

Not Your Mama’s Margarita

Photo © Cassandra Birocco

Cool summer sips are perfect for relaxing — whether it’s herbal iced tea, freshly-squeezed lemonade or something more potent.

Mix up some Jalapeño Margaritas and invite some friends over. Add some chips, salsa and sour cream to munch on and you have yourself a G.T. (Get Together).

Chilled Jalapeño Margarita


  • Kosher salt, for rim
  • 1/4 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped, or to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (reserve 1 wedge or slice for garnish)
  • Ice, for serving
  • 3 ounces sour mix, available in grocery stores
  • 2 ounces tequila, or to taste


  • Chill margarita glass.
  • Pour some salt out onto a flat plate.
  • Rub 1 lime wedge around rim of glass. Dip rim in salt and set aside.
  • Place jalapeño and 2 lime wedges (or 1/2 lime) in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until slightly mashed. Add ice, sour mix and tequila. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled glass, garnish with lime wedge or slice and serve cold.

Yield: 1

Recipe by Karen Covey. Photo by Cassandra Bircocco. Recipe featured in summer issue of Celebrate Home Magazine.