I seldom celebrate my birthday on my actual birthday. It seems to always be on the weekend before or after, and given the blow out I had for my big 50th last year; it would have been hard to top that, so I didn’t even want to try. However, some of my longtime girlfriends thought we were in dire need of a potluck. Now most of you know by now what my potluck parties are like, as I’ve posted many pictures from my holiday ones. They consist of all girls who bring over yummy dishes to share, so that we can do what girls like to do and chatter, while we drink and eat to our hearts content!
My girlfriend Sue, who loves to cook more than me, brought over her spicy chili with tri-tip and someone else brought mac n’ cheese and suggested I try this combo. I must say chili over mac n’ cheese was an addictive combination. Creason and Calee made “Grape Leaves” and other dishes included, summer salads, bow tie pasta with chicken and my favorite, cupcakes!
We whipped up a pitcher of spicy Bloody Mary and a summer Bourbon Smash with peaches, lemonade, orange juice and mint to give everyone a summer buzz. Ronn was the only man allowed because he takes great photos. Potluck parties are for the girls only, but I make exceptions every once in a while. Barbara Moore wanted to bring her dad, so I thought Ronn could use a little male energy to help him out and allowed him to join us also.
Needless to say, the party lasted all day long and it was fun to spend some great quality time laughing it up with these great gals! I’m lucky to have so many amazing girlfriends. They are beautiful, talented and smart, but most of all they have the best hearts and are all so loving and giving. I admire and adore them all! So nothing please me more than to spend the day catching up with each of them.
I got amazing gifts too! A gorgeous bath robe from Barbara, a Kate Spade purse and lavender/Rosemary scented dispenser from Caroline, a beautiful orchid from Joanne, flip flops from Kim, a handmade knitted hat and waist purse from Lisa, the perfect summer dress in my favorite colors from Sue, candles, body lotion & a summer beach towel from Blanca, the hottest fashion tote bag from Mona, a gorgeous picture frame from Eden and the funniest cards galore!
I’ve never had such a perfect day spent with such lovely friends, so I’m feeling extremely blissful and happy today basking in the aftermath of it all. The birthday bliss continues with other girlfriends treating me to spa days and the celebrating will also continue this weekend. I think the older we get and the more people we know it surely becomes a birthday month of celebration.
Thank you guys for all the amazing birthday wishes throughout the day! It was hard to see them all because they kept coming in, so if I missed saying thank you personally, please forgive me. But, know that I deeply appreciated seeing them. Now I have a present for you guys with a special announcement! Ronn and I will make a rare guest appearance on the ABC prime time show, “Celebrity Wife Swap” which will air July 22nd! We swapped with General Hospital‘s Prince Nicolas Cassadine aka Tyler Christopher and I think you guys may just get to see Ronn make his now infamous “Ronnacinno” among other surprises! This will be one funny show that you won’t want to miss out on! I’ve got other surprises to share with you guys, but I think I’ll wait until the next blog, since this one was filled with so much bliss!
I think you all know by now how much Ronn and I love you guys. We have always been interactive with you guys on Facebook, Twitter, Livestream and our Blog consistently for a while now. We have created for you Ronn’s Garage and Woman To Woman as a way to get to know us better at our home. And now we want to give you even more in contests! This summer you can win chances for autographed books, music and the unique chance to have dinner with Ronn on Ronn’s Garage!
So many of you around the world have asked for autographed photos, music and the chance to meet us. I do our Ebay store to make sure you know autographed memorabilia is coming directly from us. We now want to give you more chances for FREE items from us! Just by signing up for our newsletters you can win the chance for all of these things. I know how much you want my recipes and for those of you who haven’t tried “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning,” you now have the chance to win FREE spices and get FREE recipes just by signing up on www.devronn.com!
Many of you have seen PLAYER in concert and have been requesting for more of them, especially after their appearance on ABC’s “General Hospital” last month. Their upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand will give a lucky fan the chance to have dinner with Ronn and be on Ronn’s Garage! All you need to do is go to Ronn’s website and sign up for his Ronn’s Garage newsletters for that chance! Details of that contest will be coming soon.
All fans around the world have these chances because of our websites. When we are in your country we will film a Ronn’s Garage and randomly pick a fan to have dinner with Ronn in their country. When we come to your country for Ronn’s various projects, we will announce the winner of a lucky fan in that country that will be featured on Ronn’s Garage. This way we can keep adding fans around the world on future Ronn’s Garage shows.
I will be giving away a FREE Ebook of Gluten Free recipes on my Woman To Woman site as we celebrate our 1 year anniversary of amazing and empowering women and the chance to win my book, “True Age, Timeless Beauty” by signing up for my newsletters there.
You will also have the chance to win our audio and printed autographed book, “My Husband’s A Dog, My Wife’s A Bitch” which will be released soon by signing up on both of our sites, www.devindevasquez.com and www.ronnmoss.com.
We are doing all of this to tell you how much we have listened to you and how much we love all the support you have given us over the past couple years! I think contests are a fun way to do this, as there are so many of you and only one of us. This way everyone has the fair chance to have these things and the unique opportunity to have dinner with Ronn and be on Ronn’s Garage. The meal may even be cooked by me in a local restaurant! Since we travel so much these days with all of Ronn’s various projects, we thought this would be a unique way to come to you and shoot this. You know how meticulous Ronn is about his photography and he loves doing Ronn’s Garage, but he’s been so busy recently it’s been hard to do them. So we thought of this idea as a way to give you more Ronn’s Garage and interact even more with you guys!
I encourage you to sign up for our newsletters so that you can keep this interaction going with us, as we continue on this exciting new journey that’s happening in our lives. We know how much you love the music, the cooking and Ronn and I, so this is the best way possible to give more of that to you and continue to have fun along the way.
On August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and devastated that region with 175 mph winds that left over 1836 people dead and cost over $100 billion dollars in damages. Many people lost their homes and relocated. This was one of the deadliest and costliest natural disasters in US history. Since then many people have been able to return to their home town thanks to the efforts of the “Make It Right” foundation and Brad Pitt’s passion for New Orleans. The first star studded fund raiser for “Make It Right” was hosted in New Orleans by Brad Pitt, Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres. They showed us the progress that is being made with Green energy efficient homes that has enabled many native Louisianians to return home. This amazing technology has helped many other displaced people all over the world with these kinds of homes and I’m happy to be a part of this with “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning.” It seems the region is coming back and will be stronger and better as time goes on. We are very proud to have participated in the first gala for “Make It Right.” All the performances by Sheryl Crow, Rhianna, Snoop Dog, Seal and Kanye West were amazing and the show will be broadcast later. The gala was totally first class and one of the most fun charity events we have ever attended. Ronn chatted with Portia DeRossi as I re connected with Sean Penn and Randy Jackson, who is from my home town of Baton Rouge. We had the best Cajun food prepared by Emeril and surprise appearances by Football hero Drew Brees and Dr. Drai. There was an open bar and the party went on all night long, so needless to say we didn’t want to miss any of it. By the end of the evening, Ronn was hanging with Jamie Foxx and Rhianna, while I partied with my home girls. One of my first college roommates came to visit me from Baton Rouge. We had not seen each other in 24 years! But that’s okay, because those are my life long friends that I cherish and we know it doesn’t matter if we don’t see each other, we are always there in each other’s heart. That’s how we are in Louisiana. If you are a friend, you are family and the passage of time just doesn’t matter. It made me so proud to see how much New Orleans loves Ronn as walked around the French Quarter listening to Jazz, stopping for Beignets and eating lots of gumbo. The culture is still there and the pride of Louisiana is still there, hell it’s a miracle that the French Quarter is still there! When Katrina hit New Orleans I cried and I wanted to do something to help rebuild it, thus “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” was born. I’m happy to see there are others that feel as passionate about New Orleans as me and it’s amazing to the see the progress when we all do a little bit to help. We now have several people helping us get our spice into restaurants and supermarkets. It made us so happy to be able to donated 1000 spices to the gala’s gift bags and we helped to raise over $14,000! That was small compared to other sponsors like Google, but we will most certainly be back next year bigger and better. Thank you to everyone who helped and participated. We are the spice that’s “Making It Right” in New Orleans so please spread the word and help us to continue.
Because so many of you have been asking for this recipe that I made up yesterday, I’ve decided to blog and post it. Really did come out delicious! I don’t use measuring utensils so you must use your own taste buds to estimate.
1 large Spaghetti Squash
1 large onion
3-4 cloves fresh garlic
3-6 small cans of chicken broth
real bacon bits
Take a spaghetti squash and put it in the oven or microwave for a few minutes to soften it. Chop an onion and a few cloves of fresh garlic and get a few cans of chicken broth. Poke the squash with a fork to see if it’s tender and then take it out and let it cool for a few minutes. Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Season to your liking, I of course use my spice and put face down on a cookie sheet back into the oven for 1/2 hour. Then simmer the chopped onion and garlic in a couple of Tablespoons of olive oil til tender and add the chicken broth. Take the Spaghetti squash out of the over and with a fork take out the inside so it comes out like spaghetti.
Add the squash to the broth and the fresh rosemary and bacon bits. I estimate how much depending on my taste buds. Add a dash of milk to thicken and simmer for 20 minutes stirring frequently. Then puree’ in a blender a little at a time and put back to simmer for another 15 minutes. Add a little fresh rosemary and bacon bits for garnish and serve with garlic bread. So yummy!