cheers: grapefruit margaritas AND sangria!

a couple weeks ago we celebrated a monumental occasion. my brother-in-law's 39th (holy shit, OLD! tehehe!) birthday to celebrate. I always like to make something for our get togethers and lately (now that i'm not the knocked up family member...) that's been mixed drinks!

First mother-in-law told me she was making cheese enchiladas to feed the crowd she was expecting. So I instantly thought MARGARITAS! from there I started planing how i would find the time to juice the 5lbs of limes I would need for a healthy sized pitcher (while i have a demanding 5 year old, infant and out of town husband...) then I remembered the grapefruit juice I already had on hand! PERFECT!!

2c grapefruit juice (fresh squeeze is always preferred)
2c 100% agave silver tequila
(2/3)c grand marnier
(2/3)c simple syrup
juice from 2 limes
pinch of salt

mix all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher and serve over ice. give to husband.

Then i wasn't sure if this would be enough festive for the festivities...  so i looked at what i had on hand again... wine... misc booze... an orange... lots of wine... misc booze... pounds and pounds of limes...

1 bottle white wine (really any wine will do. red, white, pink...)**
1 large orange, sliced
4-6 limes, sliced
2 shots flavored rum**
2tbsp sugar
 mix all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher and allow to hang out in the refridgerator over night or as long as possible... 

immediately before serving add:
12oz ginger ale
fill pitcher with ice

serve in glass and use fruit as garnish.

** two quick things about this recipe. 1) you can't f*ck it up. really use any wine you would like. any booze you would like. any fruit you would like. it will be fine. i choose an abandoned bottle of white wine from our racks because MIL likes it and idk when husband or myself would actually drink it. Same with the flavored rum. You know how to finally use those tiny bottles of flavored rum you keep getting in your Christmas Stocking? this is how! :D

 ok, enough talk about booze! hope these recipes find you well and in good spirits. if not, follow above instruction. just in time for the weekend, right? :D



just some stuffs... in the form of a list.

1. Inspirations 

2. Reminder:  The Sampler is hosting a challenge over at Ideas for Scrapbookers that you do not want to miss. COLOR CHALLENGE, HO!

3. Favorite meme of the month: BEAR STUFFS!



noms oatmeal smoothies

if i haven't said it before, i don't have a lot of time on my hands. especially to spend on myself. even to do silly things like eating. between breastfeeding and a general awareness of my own health, I've been trying to eat things that are not only good for squish and myself but also promote healthy lactation. on a recent whole foods run, i was grabbing a juice when i saw "NEW" oatmeal smoothies and i thought "HEY! i can make those!" so i did...

my 1st batch were raspberry honey... the following recipe was built around the size of my mixing container. The beauty of these kinds of recipes is that its not rocket science. add as much or as little of something to make it appeal to you and your tastes...

in your blender container add:

roughly 1c old fashioned rolled oats
1Tbsp Chia Seeds

pulsed (i use an immersion hand blender) these ingredients to a fine powder. in the same container add:

fresh or frozen fruit
1c greek yogurt
1c. milk
a bit of honey

pulse all ingredients together until smoothie is... smooth...  transfer into a drinking vessel (i reused a couple of dressing containers for portability) and store in the fridge over night before drinking. allowing the smoothie to rest over night will give the oatmeal time to absorb some of that liquid and soften. 

please note that this recipe makes a rather thick smoothie so proceed with knowing that. also, have some fun experimenting with different flavors. so far i have made blueberry, blueberry-peach, peach, raspberry-honey, strawberry, plain honey and even one with cherry jam! the possibilities are endless and its an awesome breakfast to wake up to especially when you didnt think you had time for breakfast...



things we learned @ the maker faire 2012

maps are important

fire is hot

squish <3s accordions

unicorns are even more awesome when combines with funny bikes

dont let husband close to the booth where they sell these

popsicles are mmmmmmm....



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