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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DIY Wine Bottle Labels

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This is the first time I’ve ever done custom labels on a bottle. I thought it would be pretty quick and easy. Cut to: search engines on the web, driving to the store for Goo Gone, hot water immersions (which I am slightly concerned will spoil the wine, but I choose to not think about that!) scraping with a sharp knife….Image

But I am pretty pleased with the final product. I’m hosting a book club inspired by the book “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” I thought that using the “wasp” label for wine would be fun and I think Pinhole Press did a great job with the labels. I would use them again in a heart beat.

Now I’m off to glitter a bunch of raindrops for a mock Seattle in my house.

Stay tuned for pictures from the event…