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Blood Orange Margaritas

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I would like to start today’s post with a VERY special announcement…..I remembered REAL shoes today! I’m not sure if you saw my Instagram post from yesterday, but I wore my boots to work, not fashionable ones, and legit forgot my flats. I didn’t do this just one day, I did it two… it’s like I drank too many of these or something. But I’m happy to share I was able to pull it together for today. So about these margs. I was inspired by my love for and leftover blood oranges. It’s a bit of an obsession (the blood oranges, not the margs – FYI) and I wanted to use them before they went bad. The last time I was in the store I bought about a million, long story… but I remembered we had some tequila and was immediately inspired to make a margarita. I like margaritas, I am not a lover of them, until now. I think the issue is the ingredients. Here, everything is fresh so you don’t get that odd chemical taste that you generally get from the mixes…am I the only one that notices that? Don’t get me wrong, in a pinch they are fine but after having a homemade version, I don’t think I can go back. It’s a fun little cocktail that is bright and colorful in both flavor and taste. I’m all about engaging the senses when indulging. I don’t drink often so when I do it has got to be something good. These checked off all those boxes for me. I opted not to salt and/or sugar the rim. It was so good alone, I didn’t feel like it needed it. Don’t hold back if that’s your thing though. It can only enhance the experience. So happy Friday! Cheers to the weekend and remembering your shoes!

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas
The original recipe is for one margarita, so drink your heart out, but I made this into two smaller servings which I found to be perfect.

Ingredients

For: 2 
Preparation:
10 min
Ready in:
10 min

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a liquid measuring cup. I measured everything by weight. Fill two small(er) glasses with ice - if you want to coat the rim of the glass with salt/sugar, do this before the ice! Pour the magical mixture in and garnish with additional slices of limes and blood oranges.

Notes

Recipe adapted from White on Rice Couple

Blood Orange Mojito

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That would be blood orange time, just to be specific. I love blood oranges. But I love love love love love them when they are made into blood orange mojitos. This is by far my favorite cocktail. It is unbelievably refreshing and absolutely beautiful. The bright cheerful color just screams spring and summer. Something I am absolutely craving right now considering we are about to get yet another snow storm. The flavor combination with the mint is just fantastic. And whatever you do, definitely do the sugar rim. It’s worth the sticky mess. I would even recommend putting some zest into the sugar, to enhance the citrus flavor just a bit. Something that would also be excellent, is vanilla sugar on the rim. Literally drooling right now.

Blood Orange Mojitos

Blood Orange Mojitos

Instructions

  1. In a liquid measuring cup, add the simple syrup and mint leaves. Muddle together until the leaves are bruised and fragrant. Stir in the orange and lime juice, and rum.
  2. Usind a spent lime or orange, wet the rim of each glass. Dip the rim into sugar and fill the glass with ice. Pour some of the blood orange juice mixture over the ice. Top with a healthy splash of sparkling water.

Notes

Recipe from Everyday Annie

 

 

Cran-Rosemary Cocktail

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When I think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s not just pumpkin and peppermint. Cranberries are such a festive little fruit for this holiday season, so I wanted to make something that incorporated the festiveness but was also refreshing. We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner again this year, and since we just got back from vacation I encouraged everyone to bring something along. Desserts were basically taken care of, and we’re handling the main meal, so I though a festive little cocktail would be a fun addition. I had flagged some cranberry sorbet as something I wanted to try and what better time than now. This fruity little drink incorporates an herby simple syrup, a tangy sorbet and crisp prosecco. I think it would be the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations. It’s simple to make and tastes oh so good. If you tend to like drinks a little sweeter you can add more syrup. If you prefer a tart cocktail, you can even eliminate it altogether, though I wouldn’t recommend that.

Cran-Rosemary Cocktail

Cran-Rosemary Cocktail

Ingredients

For the Cranberry Sorbet

For the Rosemary Simple Syrup

Instructions

For the Sorbet

  1. Combine the cranberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, until the liquid begins to boil. Let boil for 1 minutes, then remove from the heat and cover. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender and pass through a fine mesh strainer to remove any large bits. Stir in the juice. Chill the mixture, I highly recommend over night. Then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

For the Simple Syrup

  1. To make the simple syrup, combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Whisk frequently until all the sugar is dissolved. Add in the rosemary and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Transfer to an airtight jar to store.

For the Cocktail

  1. Scoop 3-4 small scoops of sorbet into a glass. My glasses are on the smaller side. Pour over a bit of the simple syrup and top off with Prosecco. The sorbet will dissolve into the drink, but mixing it up a bit to help is recommended.

Notes

Sorbet adapted from The Perfect Scoop.

Eerily Delicious Drink

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I have a couple of fun Halloween day treats in store for you! I love Halloween, it’s such a fun Holiday. My son loves it too which makes it extra exciting for me. The decorations, the costumes, and mostly the fun food. I love a good theme, so the Holidays are a perfect time for me to incorporate that into our meals and desserts. This one is super easy. Like SUPER easy. And it’s transferable to any holiday. Because the mix makes so much, you literally have it throughout the winter as well. Hot chocolate is the perfect treat. We made this one extra spooky with the addition of fun themed marshmallows. To really gauge the tastiness of a treat, I always ask my son for his opinion. I mean who is more honest than toddlers? Not many people. He thought the ghost marshmallow was fun but he admitted he was a little nervous to try it. He definitely rallied and took a sip and loved it! He even shouted to my husband “Daddy I tried it and it’s gooooood!” So, definitely a hit. My husband and I also enjoyed a mug. I would argue that he is equally as scared to try something new. I mean it’s hot chocolate, why anyone is scared to try it is beyond me, but nevertheless he was very impressed with the flavor.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To make the mix, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Whish together to combine. Split the vanilla bean and remove seeds. whisk seeds into cocoa mixture. Save the pod because you are going to place it in the container with the mix.
  2. I store mine in a mason jar. Carefully put all of the mixture into the jar and add the bean pod. Give it a gentle shake to hide the bean.
  3. To make a cup of cocoa, heat milk on your stovetop. Heat just until it foams. Add 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp of the mixture (or more if you like) to a cup. Fill with milk and stir to combine. Add in festive marshmallows to enhance your experience!

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart

A Berry Good Smoothie

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I am SO late to the protein shake game, but I’m not going to apologize for that. I have tried various protein shakes, and they are awful. Also, they are not that filling and I’m still hungry an hour later. But, I am trying to be healthier so I decided to try my hand at a smoothie that incorporates protein powder. I happened to get a hemp protein powder that does not taste half bad. I went with vanilla, and used vanilla almond milk (sweetened – I mean baby steps here) and honestly I could barely taste the protein powder. What I like about a smoothie vs a shake is I am controlling the ingredients and the fruit combinations. Since school is back in session, more kids are at daycare, and we are now all exposed to more germs, I’m boosting my immune system with a triple berry threat. To make my breakfast a bit more filling, I usually have a piece of whole grain toast with some peanut butter to help hold me over. It’s also a great, fast breakfast and something I can easily eat/drink on my ride into work.

Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth.

Notes