Blood Orange Margaritas – the perfect winter margarita! Fresh blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur.

Blood Orange Margaritas - the perfect winter margarita! Fresh blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur.

First margarita of the year is in the books!

Guys, I am officially ready for summer. For margaritas and pool days and ice cream cones.

I even have a bikini in my shopping cart right now.

Which is ridiculous because it’s February 12. And also because I bought two bikinis last year and probably only wore each of them 5 times.

(Truthfully, I bought 2 1/2 because the first bottom I bought was called a “cheekster” and it didn’t occur to me that actual cheek would be showing. And no ma’am, that is not happening. Still have it though. In case I ever magically become 20 again.)

I have no need for a new bikini. But I waaaaaaant one so badly.

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You guys, the weather.

It literally rained all day yesterday. While never making it out of the 50s.

What is this.

It reminds me of that time last summer when my husband was on 24-hour duty and somehow his humvee got swept away by a flash flood. He came home soaking wet at 1 am and I was all “HOW IS YOUR PHONE?!” and he just stared at me for awhile before saying, “That Private and I almost died!”

And then I said “No, but really, how’s your phone?”

Not because I don’t care but because… in what world does a HUMVEE get swept away in a FLASH FLOOD in COLORADO?

I didn’t full understand what happened until they had to go dig the vehicle out of the mud the next day and sent photos.

And yeah, we totally had to buy a new phone.

In honor of Colorado’s weather being stupid and ruining the last full week of summer for us, I made margaritas! Margaritas make everything better!

These guava margaritas are super delicious – they just taste like summer! My only complaint is that the guava nectar I used wasn’t bright pink, but hey, it still tastes like guava and that’s the important part!

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I’m in the midst of a panic.


My two oldest boys are going to school this year. One in 2nd grade and the other in pre-k. Number 1 annoying thing is that they’re going to different elementary schools on post. Because the Army is all about efficiency.

And then, number 2. Neither school has school supply lists on their website yet! Kid #1’s school is… not my favorite. I don’t want to say that the vice-principal and I have had words but, it may have happened. More than once. (FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING GOOD, LADY, TURN THE PAGE OF THE SHOT RECORDS SO I DON’T HAVE TO COME UP HERE EVERY QUARTER AND TELL YOU THAT YOU’RE AN IDIOT.) So I’m not really expecting them to have their supply lists posted anytime before November.

But then Kid #2’s school has every grade BUT pre-k listed on their supply list.

Geez people, c’mon.

I am obsessed with school supplies even though I am old and have no real use for them. I just love them. The highlight of my middle school years was getting a big paper bag of school supplies at the start of each year (because we all had to have the EXACT same supplies and the EXACT same color binder for each class) and obsessively sorting them out on my bedroom floor. Once a day I would unpack that bag and try to decide how many pencils I would put in the math pile and how many would go in German.

I still use a Lisa Frank notebook to make my grocery lists.


Margaritas have come in handy during my obsessive website refresh sessions. These are peach margaritas and they’re my fave. The white peaches are extra good this year and I’m really enjoying eating them fresh or chopping them up for smoothies. And yeah, maybe a margarita every once in a while.

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I have absolutely nothing to blog about today so let’s talk TV.

Last week when my husband was in the field, I binge watched Under the Dome. I really like it but I feel like I’m in for another LOST. Like I’m going to spend the next 6 years of my life waiting for answers that I’m never going to get.

The Housewives are so boring these days. I skipped pretty much all of the OC this year but you better believe I was there for the reunion. I’m hoping some hair gets pulled or something next week. I haven’t even watched New Jersey! I’m so over the Joe/Melissa/Teresa/other Joe drama. And finally, I made it about 15 minutes into the Miami premiere before I put my ear thingies in and listened to the 90s alternative Spotify playlist.

Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty last night? Yes, please. Best night of TV in awhile.

And as always, I’m obsessed with Big Brother. OBSESSED. I stay up way too late watching the feed, I obsessively read updates. I can’t get enough.

What are you watching? What should I be watching? Are you not-so-patiently waiting for Homeland to come back next month like me?

Nicole and I decided to make spicy drinks this week. I’ve always wanted to try a spicy margarita but I’ve never been brave enough to order one – or make one for myself. This gave me the perfect opportunity and I used it to make a Spicy CIlantro Margarita.

The recipe starts by infusing tequila with jalepeno for a week but if you don’t have time for that, just muddle a slice of jalapeno in the bottom of your shaker. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard margarita.

It was really delicious and a fun change from the usual super sweet margarita.

Nicole made a  Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade which sounds nice and refreshing! I have to try it!

Spicy Cilantro Margarita
  • 1.5 oz Jalapeno infused tequila slice whole jalapenos once down the middle and marinate for one week inside tequila bottle OR, if pressed for time, muddle one very small piece with seeds
  • 1 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Fresh orange juice
  • Squirt of simple syrup to taste
  • Squirt of fresh lemon juice
  • Squirt of fresh lime juice
  • dash of tabasco
  • ice
  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain over ice and garnish with extra jalapenos or cilantro.

Wednesdays are my favorite. Mostly because I’ve become quite the procrastinator and wait until then to do my Thirsty Thursday post. Since I have no choice but to make and photograph the drink when the light is best, I get to have a cocktail in the middle of the day. And by midweek? I need it.

But these days Wednesday is also my favorite because it’s HONEY BOO BOO day. Don’t tell me you don’t love. I won’t believe you. I die a little every time I see the sketti episode or the bingo face episode.

So this week Nic asked me what I wanted to do for our drink theme and I said something with tequila so I don’t have to go to the liquor store. Because my husband is out in the field and the liquor store with 3 boys is kind of a nightmare. I don’t really know any drinks with tequila besides margaritas so… here we are. This one is made with guanabana nectar which is supposed to taste kind of like a strawberry, pineapple, citrus fruit, coconut, and banana all at once. I only got the coconut out of it but hey, I’ll never complain about a coconut drink. It was delicious!

Go visit Nicole to see her Bloody Maria. I love any drink that you can have at breakfast and not have your fellow diners judge you for it!

One year ago: The Airplane Restaurant
Two years ago: Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken
Three years ago: Blueberry Jam Scones
Four years ago: Whole Wheat Pancakes
Five years ago: Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream

Guanabana Margaritas
from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 3 tablespoons orange liquor
  • 1 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup guanabana nectar in the Asian section of grocery stores
  • 1 cup ice
  • coarse sugar for coating the rims of the glasses
  • lime wedges
  1. Pour the lime juice, lemon juice, tequila, orange liquor, powdered sugar, and guanabana nectar in a large cocktail shaker. Add the ice and shake until cold.
  2. Put coarse sugar onto a plate. Rub the edge of 4 cocktail glasses with a lime wedge and dip in the coarse sugar.
  3. Use cocktail strainer to pour the drinks into the glasses. Serve immediately.