Features Tagged ‘Entertaining’

Tropical Greetings

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For those of you that have followed my blog from the very beginning, you know how much I adore pretty paper. My little dream, born nearly five years ago was to open up a curated paper boutique (filled with a few other fun goodies like fresh florals and pretty home decor), brick and mortar style—and that dream inspired Yours Truly. But after a 14 week business planning course and the realization that if I didn’t have a decent amount of moolah to invest in myself, why should I expect anyone else to invest in me?

Long story short, I worked at a cute little oyster bar for a few years and then landed my dream job, all while growing Yours Truly in my spare time to the darling place it’s at now. Needless to say, I’m thankful for the journey of a tiny dream leading to a career I love. 

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That said, today’s post is a little ode to the roots of Yours Truly. And as to the tropical vibes that are happening (I know, I know, it’s fall) I blame my recent stationery purchases on our honeymoon planning. But aren’t they sooo pretty? I picked up the adorable Aloha card at Antiquaria, and I couldn’t resist these Pina Colada cards either. They just have the cutest designs lately. And the Relax and Pink HBD cards are from Rifle. Paper perfection I tell you. Do you all still send out hand written notes to friends and family? I think it’s such a sweet surprise and a thoughtful way to remind someone you’re thinking of them and just how much you love them. 

Find a few more of my faves below!

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*Photography owned by Yours Truly

10 Recipes to Try for Cinco de Mayo

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By the time Cinco de Mayo rolls around every year, I’m in full ‘Spring’ mode, ready to plant my garden and plan lots of festive and colorful recipes for the warmer months to come. I look forward to using flavors like citrus, avocado, jalapeños and cilantro in any way that I can, whether it be salads, tacos, margaritas or aioli for dipping. So, in spirit of my most-loved festive day of the year, I’ve rounded up 10 mouth-watering recipes for your Cinco celebration, starting with these yummy spicy potato wedges + lime dipping sauce from A House in the Hills.

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Guacamole might be the best snack ever and Rue’s simple recipe is just the way to go for a quick and easy appetizer.

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Shrimp tacos with spicy aioli are a fave in our household. 

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This grilled chicken with tomatillo-tomato salsa from Martha Stewart is great for sunny grill nights.

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Strawberry margarita cupcakes anyone? We posted these last year on SMP Living and I still think they’re the cutest things ever.

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I haven’t tried these grilled citrus salmon tacos from Marshalls Abroad yet, but they’re on the top of my list.

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A Cinco de Mayo celebration isn’t complete with out a margarita. Try this Lime in the Coconut margarita for a tropical twist.

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Pairing cocktails with dessert is always a good idea and this sunny cocktail + Mexican chocolate pudding from The Sweetest Occasion is calling my name.

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Like a bit of spicy with your sweet? Try this Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake from Fancy Nonsense. 

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Switch up the vodka for tequila in this Grapefruit Basil Popsicles recipe for a frozen margarita-style treat.

Lime in the Coconut Margarita

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Have you all ever tried organic coconut juice? I’ve had coconut water and coconut milk, but I recently discovered this coconut juice at Whole Foods last week and it is sooo amazing. First off (not that I’m gluten free or lactose intolerant) it’s GF and dairy free for those of you who are. Second, it’s got just the right amount of sweetness, a little bit of tanginess and it’s unbelievably refreshing. It’s what I imagine should come straight from a freshly cracked coconut… basically pure heaven. 

As good as it is on it’s own, I couldn’t resist crafting up some sort of cocktail with the stuff and what better than with a bit of lime and tequila? So, there you have it. The Lime in the Coconut margarita and my official drink for summer 2014. Keep reading for the recipe and happy weekend everyone! 

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Lime in the Coconut Margarita
1.5 oz silver tequila
1.5 oz organic coconut juice (I used Lakewood from Whole Foods)
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
Salt

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass, garnish with lime and serve! If you like a sweeter cocktail, add more of the coconut juice to your liking.

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