Tres Things Me Gusta About Cinco De Mayo

Uno. A Tasty Margarita

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My sister-in-law makes the best margarita.

This is her recipe:

1 – 2 parts (depending on how strong you want them) silver, 100% agave, tequila
1 part Cointreau
1 part fresh lime juice
  • You can pour the mixture over ice for on the rocks, chill it in a shaker with ice for straight up, or blend with ice for frozen.
Dos. Guacamole!
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My sister-in-law also makes the best guacamole.
This is her recipe:
In a large bowl combine…
10 ripe avocados – halved, scooped, including pits (this helps keep it from browning).
4 plum tomatoes – chopped
1 sm – medium onion – chopped or diced, yellow, red, or white (depending on your preference).
1/2 cup diced jalapeno (fresh or pickled)
1 bunch cilantro – chopped
Fresh lime juice – about a 1/4 cup, to taste, but add in small amounts since the flavor can easily overpower the others (this also helps to keep it from browning).
1/8 cup olive oil (helps to keep it from browning as well).
Sea salt and pepper to taste
 
Mash everything together and serve it either chilled, or room temperature with your favorite corn chips, or veggies, for dipping.
Tres. A piñata
I mean, is there really anything more entertaining than blindfolded, intoxicated people waving a stick maniacally at a paper donkey?! I rest my case.
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Thank you for sharing your recipes, Elizabeth!!!!
{Photo credits: margarita by http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com; guacamole by http://www.foodgawker.com; piñata by http://www.youaremyfave.com}

Olympic Games 2013

I think there were a few moms giving me the stink-eye when they arrived at this party. Rest assured, fellow parents, this party took the better part of a month to plan, organize, and execute. It involved driving to multiple Targets looking for the right sizes of white t-shirts, carefully planning the movement of the teams around the activities only to throw the plan to the wind once it started and soccer took 5x as long as all the other sports, figuring out how to structure the awards so everyone got medals, but the individual winners also got acknowledged, building things, crafting galore, and of course watching the weather predictions for 10 days straight!

It was a little like child birth. Totally scary, super exciting, and slightly exhausting. My son is already asking for Olympics 2014, so hopefully in 11 months all that I will remember are these sweet moments.

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Parade of Nations (complete with downloaded National Anthems of all the countries as well as the Olympic theme song.)

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Events: Long Jump, Gymnastics (seat jumps/min), Basketball Around the World and Knock-out, Soccer Around the World

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Good Sportsmanship and Team Spirit were acknowledged with trophies

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Book Club Inspired by Bernadette

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” is a perfect book to bring on your spring break trip to Hawaii. It’s funny, it’s current, and it’s impossible to put down.

I host a sporadic book club with the intention of gathering my reading friends to pick their brains about what to add to my Kindle queue. Of course the wine and non-book talk is fun too.

I was inspired by Bernadette to throw a themed book club- something I’ve never done. There were so many great details in the book that I couldn’t resist bringing them to life.

Some of my favorite were: pots of mud with signs and funny quotes from the book, custom gnat labeled wine, take-out containers for the food, and of course no Seattle setting would be complete without rain.

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And last, but definitely not least… I hired a friend of mine to make an Antarctic dessert scape with edible ice flows (meringues) and penguins (chocolate truffles.) Not only was it about the cutest thing I have ever seen- the meringues were possibly the most delicious I have ever had and the penguins were divine.

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Tasty Cakes

I have a confession to make. I cannot bake a cake. {And I am not Dr. Suess}

I have outsourced every single birthday cake and cupcake ever presented to my children. Although, I once attempted to make gluten-free cupcakes for my son’s class and they turned into chocolate dust as soon as the kids took a bite. I was not thrilled to be cleaning that crumb explosion off the floor.

Learning how to bake a delicious (most important) and beautiful cake is on my 40 before 40 list. I have a few years, thankfully. This is my goal:

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(from top left: bbcgoodfood.com; sweetapolita.com; sweetapolita.com; ohhappyday.com; mybakingaddiction.com; stylemepretty.com; dessertsforbreakfast.com)

But in the meantime, this is where I go for the most delicious offerings in Los Angeles.

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(from top left: susie cakes; vanilla bake shop; hotcakes; babycakes (vegan and gluten-free); sweet lady janes; hansen’s (cupcake); huckleberry (my go-to for take out treats like donuts, caramel bars, cookies, croissants.)

Boy Easter {Bucket}

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Boy Easter {Bucket}

There is no reason a little boy wouldn’t love a stuffed bunny as much as a girl, but my son loves these Beanie Boos. They are pretty irresistible with those big eyes!

Land of Nod Bucket; Melissa and Doug Pick-Up-Stix; Beanie Boo Elephant; Tattly Tattoos; Jelly Beans and Chevron Bags from cutetape.com; Hammond’s Caramel Marshmallow Egg