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Archive for the ‘Holiday Fun’ Category
There’s nothing like the sound and scent of the ocean… and a stroll on the boardwalk at Christmastime.
I love the beach any time of the year, even when it means bundling up in a coat, hat, and gloves to pay a visit. My husband and I took a ride to our favorite resort town to enjoy a view of the ocean while Christmas lights illuminated the sand. The play of colors, and the tranquil sound of waves lapping the shore, offered a welcome break from the holiday rush. I think we’ve started an annual tradition.
Do you have a favorite out-of-the-way Christmas stop?
The tree and the bandstand on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk.
Santa greets children and their parents on weekends in his cottage by the sea.
These lights made me smile. Santa goes fishing.
Santa’s reindeer on the sand behind his house.
The unofficial start to summer Memorial Day weekend arrived on a cra-crazy weather menagerie of 90 degree July-like days, followed by 12 plus hours of torrential rain and flooding on the eastern shore. Our little beach community on the bay buzzed with activity until the monsoon came; and then the joggers, bikers, swimmers, gardeners, tennis and basketball players, and children in the park vanished inside. Even the ice cream truck that tours the neighborhood twice a day disappeared.
My long weekend wasn’t all sunbathing and margaritas. I finished the first round edits to Luxury Model Wife and turned them into my publisher (yay!) then read The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (gave the book a five-star review; wish I’d written it and gotten that sweet movie deal). For me, the Memorial Day weekend was the perfect blend of remembering those who served our country, honest work, and entertaining relaxation. I hope your kickoff to the season was enjoyable, too.
Welcome, summer, my favorite time of year.
(Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016)
February 22 marks a truly momentous occasion–National Margarita Day!
Since the Margarita is my favorite adult beverage, I decided to share a few unique recipes. Tonight I’ll tip a few of the traditional lime version. :cheers!:
Candy Apple Margarita
Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Used with permission.
Ingredients: Serves 9
1 can Limeade
6 parts Sauza® Blue 100% Agave Silver Tequila
3 parts Cinnamon liqueur
8 parts Candy Apple Soda
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Salud!
Tequila Lime Shrimp
1 lb. large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
¼ cup Sauza® Gold Tequila
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. butter
¼ cup green onions
¾ cup cream or sour cream
Toss shrimp with salt, green onions, lime juice, kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper.
Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté shrimp, turning, until pink and just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add Sauza® Blanco Tequila, then increase heat to medium high. Tilt skillet over gas burner to ignite Tequila (or ignite with a long match; use caution, as flames may shoot up high). Cook, shaking skillet gently once or twice, until flames subside. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Serve sprinkled with chili powder.
With shrimp, lime and a splash of tequila, our tequila lime shrimp recipe can be ready in minutes!
Here’s a fun recipe for Margarita cupcakes. This yummy snack will fill your kitchen with the smell of sweetness and capture the spirit of the day.
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. vanilla
Zest of 3 limes
Ingredients for the frosting:
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
Pre-heat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.
Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.
While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.
Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.
Photos and recipes courtesy of Sauza® Tequila.
Visit www.sauzatequila.com for more entertainment ideas.
Happy National Margarita Day!
Boroughs Publishing Group is celebrating its 4 Year Anniversary!
Join us all day December 15 on Facebook from 9 AM-1 AM ET to celebrate! There will be games and prizes galore from the publisher and all of your favorite authors.
Adele Downs will host from 7-7:30 PM ET.
We hope to see you at our Facebook party!