I've talked about this before, but one of the things that Dan and I bonded over at the very beginning of our relationship was our mutual love for margaritas. I remember the exact moment when he said to me, "I LOVE MARGARITAS!" So on our first date we enjoyed our favorite drink together..Read More
A few months ago I was across the world in Uganda for a missions trip. On one of the last days we were there, we wandered into a grocery store. We didn't need groceries, but we were mostly just curious about what types of products one can find in an African grocery store.Read More
Every summer when it gets hot here in Minnesota, my boys start begging me for sugary drinks. I try to get as much water into their bodies as possible, but thirst-quenching kid drinks and summer go hand in hand. Cherry Limeade is definitely a treat in our house..Read More
As a thank-you for giving us such a great drink recipe, I am giving this margarita a secondary title: Big E's Tasty Margaritas. Thank you, Ethan, wonderful friend of Dan's, for making me want to drink every day. :)Read More
Today was awesome! Sammy and I were supposed to go to Elijah's 1st grade Track and Field Day, but it got rained out. That was a bummer, but the result was a day spent with my sweet almost-four-year-old Sammy. He loves his mama so much and I love him back even more. We did tons of playing, reading and tickling.Read More
Do you ever feel like things work out just exactly as they are meant to? I feel that all the time. Like our lives are a pre-written script and we are just living it out. This freelance job I am working on right now fell into place just as Dan's summer employment was winding down..Read More
Such a fun, delicious drink that will be memorable, and perfect for those summer catch ups with friends. This Orange-Pomegranate Martini is wonderful because it’s made of fresh ingredients. This is a drink that has refreshing taste!
I just got back from spending a few days in Denver with a friend. We spent our time walking around downtown, enjoying art and the mountains and eating A TON of delicious food. The food became the unintentional highlight and general theme of our trip. We did not have even one meal that we thought to be mediocre. I wish I had taken even one food picture, but I am sad to say that I did not. I was far too busy stuffing my face.
Our hotel hosted free wine and beer for one hour every evening, so we didn't branch out much with the drinks. We did have one memorable non-wine drink, however. We had some time to kill before dinner on our first night in town, so we stopped at a swanky lil' bar and had a delicious cocktail that coincidentally tasted a lot like the martini featured in this blog post. The expensive version was not as tasty, though, because my version involves very freshly squeezed juice. Have I told you yet that my husband is a bit of a juicing fanatic? He goes through phases where he will literally run everything he sees through our juicer. I'm always happy to enter our kitchen to be greeted by endless glasses of various fresh juices.
This recipe makes 2 servings.
Pour the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker:
Juice from 2 oranges
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
2 oz. pomegranate liqueur
4 oz. vodka
A handful of crushed ice
Put the lid on the shaker and shake gently. Strain the contents into 2 martini glasses. Top each with a splash of lemon-lime soda, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.
This is going to be your new favorite sauce - you can add it to grilled meats, dunk your chips into it or slather it on a burger! Loaded with flavor and fresh ingredients, this Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce is definitely blending together. Grill up the main ingredients for a quick turn around for your enjoyment.
I need to make more sauces, I've decided. I've fallen madly in love with pesto over the past year, and I've prepared a few delicious sauces to accompany pork. I want to explore more, though. Sauces, like salsas, are incredibly versatile. I love being creative and combining two foods that don't sound like they would taste good together, but actually do.
My husband and I made this green chile-avocado sauce and served it with chicken a few nights ago. It was a great match! Very fresh, flavorful and pretty. When I make it again I'll add more spice, but that's my own issue. In my opinion, everything should have more spice. For example Shrimp, shrimp is ALWAYS better with a little bit of a kick. Check out this Spicy Shrimp Pasta if you are looking for dinner with a punch!
Thread onto four skewers:
1 firm Hass avocado, quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; peel before processing
1 small onion, quartered
2 tomatillos, husked, cored and halved
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered (next time I'll use 2-3)
1 poblano chile, stemmed, seeded and quartered
Brush with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Remove ingredients from skewers and transfer to a food processor. Don't forget to remove the peels from the avocados!
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Process until smooth and season with salt.
Serve with grilled chicken. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Delish! Grilling season is finally here!
I haven't always enjoyed the taste of gin. I used to run from its overwhelming pine tree aroma and flavor. Then I had my first baby and my preferences changed. I suddenly enjoyed the taste of it! I have not done a ton of experimenting..Read More