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I love reading recipes. I don’t always make them, and I certainly don’t always follow them even when they are in front of me. So when my favorite Brazilian Mila invited us over to bbq this weekend and said she was making her beer margaritas recipe, I was intrigued. When we bbq, it’s usually caipirinhas, not margaritas. But, of course, I had to try this beer margarita at least once.

And … it wasn’t bad. It was refreshing, given the limeaid and us using Corona. (Mila specified Modelo Especial, but the store didn’t have any. So Corona it was.) And it was just the right amount of beer-taste combined with just the right amount of margarita-taste. I don’t think I could drink these all night, but … good times ūüôā

And here’s the recipe we used if you are getting thirsty:

1 bottle of beer

1 small can of frozen Limeaid

4-5 shots of tequila

2 shots of Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or triple sec

In a glass pitcher, combine everything and stir! Pour over ice and ENJOY ūüôā

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!!

If you know me, you know I don’t eat anything I swim with.

So when J said he wanted to make paella, I said “Mmmhmm …” and carried on. ¬†Then, one minute I’m at Target, the next minute I’m in Captain Frank’s picking out scallops and other misc. sea creatures. ¬†Actually, I was just standing there while J picked out which seafood he wanted to eat the most.

Scallops, shrimp, squid, clams.

All in my kitchen.  The only thing that made me kind of excited about this cooking adventure was that I had a cutting board specifically for fish, and I could now finally use it!

Anywho, I actually helped prep some of the slimy sea stuff. ¬†Have you ever touched raw squid!? ¬†The texture reminded me of those jelly slap hands you’d throw at people. ¬†(I’m not sure if that’s an accurate description, but …) In the end, the dish was great! ¬†J did an awesome job of perusing the World Wide Web for recipes, and after finding a couple we liked, we kind of pieced the steps we liked together. He even set aside some for me with just land-loving animals in it.

I was trying to document all the steps leading up to this dish, and then I forgot to take a picture of the final masterpiece!

1. I like toilet paper to hang over, not under.

2. To whoever invented stretch material: Thank you, and I hate you.

3. The beginning of A-ha’s Take On Me always makes me smile.

4. I can’t believe bacon + chocolate chip cookies works. ¬†I tried it this week, it really does.

5. Webster’s New World Dictionary says ghetto blaster is a ” large, powerful, portable radio and tape player” as well as a “mildly offensive term.” ¬†Who knew?

6. I hate using LOL.

7. I love soup.  Chicken noodle.  Vegetable.  Wonton.

8. I think flip flops should be acceptable footwear at all times in Florida.

9. I’ve heard Dave Coulier pop up on at least 3 conversations this week; I’m thinking he has more of an impact on our society than I would like to believe.

10. Not having a digital camera sucks.  Hard.

I’m backtracking here for a sec.¬† Thanksgiving.¬† The four-day weekend was much-needed and very welcome.¬† I wanted to take the four days and go on a bender of sorts — lots of eating, drinking and sleeping.¬† Not necessarily in that order, though, it would make sense in that order ūüôā¬† And, to my surprise, great success!¬† Anywho, and now that the pictures are off the camera (hence this belated themed post), thought I’d share some of the fun we had.¬† In the kitchen, at least.

My bro, CK1, had Thanksgiving at his pad this year and offered up the staples of turkey, stuffing and mashed hella’ good potatoes.¬† Seriously, could have eaten the whole bowl by myself.¬† So, I decided I wanted to make butternut squash ravioli.¬† Taking on this task (along with a recipe from Michael Chiarello that I very loosely followed), I realized, yet again, how much I love my KitchenAid.¬† I love it like I love sporks.¬† As in, I know it’s not a must-have kitchen gadget like, say, a fork or fire extinguisher.¬† And, like a good knife, using a KitchenAid makes you feel like a pro.¬† Martha uses a mixer like this, Emeril uses one, too; I must be channeling Martha and Emeril.¬† Not.¬† Sans Martha, I still manged to squeak out some semblence of butternut squash ravioli.


And outside the kitchen, JP and I managed to dust off our bikes and get some exercies and fresh air.  We biked downtown on Thanksgiving night, which was a quick 10-minute ride!  Good to know!  With that ride under our belt, we felt confident we could do it again.  So we did.  On Sunday (or was it Saturday?), we made our way to the beach.  Blue skies and perfect puffy clouds made for some good scenery!


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