Indulge: Cinco Para Dos!

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner… on a Monday (sad face).

So why not get the party started a little early this weekend? We have a few recipes here that are just the right size for two so you can perfect them for the crowd you might have on Monday!

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Chunky Guacamole

Guac afficionados unite! Avocados have finally become readily available almost everywhere, so this tasty treat is easy to always have ready.

1 ripe avocado

1/4 cup diced white onion

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice from 1 lime

Salt and Pepper

Your favorite hot sauce

Dice or cube the avocado (here’s a great tutorial) and put into a bowl. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the avocado, then top with onion, cilantro, a good sprinkle of salt, 2 big grinds of pepper and as many dashes of hot sauces as your heart can handle!

Want your guac chunky? Run a small knife across the ingredients to slightly break up the avocado more, then stir ingredients together. Want it nice and smooth? Mash everything with the back of a spoon, a potato masher, or puree in a blender.

And another fun tip: if you don’t want to have that dreaded feeling of, “I went through the whole bag of chips again!” pick up a bag of baby bell peppers. Slice them in half and you have the perfect little dippers!

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Citrus Margaritas for 2

I have this adorably small pitcher that holds just the right amount of liquid for about foursmall margaritas–once again perfect for 2!

Variety of citrus: lemon, orange,, grapefruit

6 ounces Tequila (a gold tequila works best for this, like a reposado or anejo)

2 ounces Triple Sec

2 ounces Agave Syrup

4 ounces fresh lime juice (about 4-6 limes)

Kosher salt

Slice up your citrus (about half of each type of fruit and put slices in a pitcher. Add all remaining liquid ingredients and gently stir with a spoon. You can slightly bruise or press into the citrus slices to release their flavor.  Fill the pitcher with ice and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When ready to serve, grab your favorite (small) glasses and run a slice of lime around the rim of the glass. Put the glass in a small layer of salt to coat and garnish your glass with a slice of citrus. Half pint mason jars work great for this!

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Enjoy everything responsibly and have a great Cinco de Mayo!!

 

 

Inspire: Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo!

Everyone loves an excuse to have a margarita, so let’s color-up this holiday for a little bit of fun!  In case you need a refresher because you can’t remember what this celebration is all about, check out that link so you can act all knowledgeable.

As for the fun part, we love that spring is around, flowers are out and grass is green again.  For a little bit more color in your yard or even in your house, we suggest a quick and easy plan to brighten things up!  One of our faves for the season is papel picado, sometimes referred to as papel de china.  Now the quick solution would be to buy this pretty paper online since you still have enough time, or you could have a craft day at home and make some!

This is also a great craft to get kids involved because it doesn’t really matter how perfect this looks, but more so that it’s homemade and family fun!  Since the shop around the corner may not already have this pre-cut for you, we know that they will have tissue or construction paper to make your own.  All you need in addition are scissors, tape and string!
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Get a variety of colors, let the kiddos pick their faves and you do the others, and get started!

Then you can either do the snowflake effect of folding it up and cutting out random chunks (works better with tissue than construction paper), or you can always download a free template from online if you want to be a little more precise and a little less handmade!

After you have made your beautiful cut outs, randomly select them and tape to a long string (masking tape may be needed if your paper is heavy, otherwise scotch should work fine on tissue) and then you can hang it up in all it’s colorful glory!

Okay, so maybe it won’t look that perfect doing it on your own, but knowing you made it will be all that more satisfying!

One of our other favorite little tidbits of color?  Throwing in Loteria cards to your floral arrangements or stringing these together for a little bit of festive flair!

nate_kalimba_lowres_web-4Keeping it simple, colorful and fun!  Now have a margarita and celebrate!!

 

Seriously Cinco de Mayo!

This could be one of my favorite holidays, and since I’m Mexican, I totally claim it as my own because I can not get enough of the food.  My LA bff told me when we met that she doesn’t like Mexican food and I almost broke up with her on the spot.  We have since worked on her palate.

So in celebration of beer drinking donkey’s IMG_2640and mariachi bands (oh, and that whole Mexican victory over France thing), I am sharing with you my fav mango bean salsa and margarita mayhem recipe!  In case you want a refresher for what May Five is really about, here’s your quickie wiki version.

Mango Salsa (feel free to adjust measurements)
2 mangoes cut up into cubes
1/2 can of black beans
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1/3 red onion diced
1 avocado cubed
1 T fresh mint chopped up
2 T honey
lime juice
sprinkled salt
a tiny but of cayenne or chili powder

add everything in a bowl, mix real good, and chill for up to 2 hours before serving!

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2 c sweet and sour mix
1.5 c tequila
1 c triple sec
1/3 c grand marnier
squeeze a lime in each glass, serve blended or on the rocks!