There’s nothing like starting the week off with a fresh bunch of blooms, don’t you think? These pretties were from last week when I shot this, but I couldn’t resist sharing their hot pink/reddish loveliness today. It’s just the kickstart to get this week going and is sort of getting me excited for the reds and greens of Christmastime. If you’re off today for the holiday, I hope you have a wonderful day planned—happy Monday!
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.
Guacamole might be the best snack ever and Rue’s simple recipe is just the way to go for a quick and easy appetizer.
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!
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
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.
You guys, I’ve been so excited to share this gorgeously pink and gold, heart-sprinkled, Valentine’s inspiration with you! Seeing as V-day is on a weekend this year, we’ve got two fabulous nights to celebrate the love: One for you and the beau, and the other? Well, a girls night of course! This Saturday, I’m hosting 10 of my best girls for a night of bubbly, girl talk and friendship celebrating and I couldn’t help but share a few of the pretty details.
Inspired by the Sugar Paper Gold Hearts Noteset, which I used as the invites, I went with a berry pink, gold and white palette. Since the cocktails will be plentiful, coasters are a must and how could I resist these scalloped ‘XO’ coasters from the J.Crew and Sugar Paper collab?
Because every party deserves balloons (whether you’re 8 or 80) I picked up some mini heart-shaped ones from Mignon Kitchen Co. to sprinkle around the bar area.
In order to save myself a bit of stress, time and moolah, I asked each girl to bring an appetizer or dessert. I’ll be doing a super-easy cheese board and gold lined cupcakes, so I’ll have plenty of time for decorating.
I love my self-inking address stamp for any holiday or celebration. It makes sending out cards and invites and whole lot easier, and pretty too! Of course, gold hearts are fun too.
I’ll be stocking the bar with bubbly and frozen berries, wine and berry sangria. Yum!
This love necklace was actually given to me by one of my girlfriends (who is also coming to the party) for my birthday last summer. I wear it almost every single day and am still obsessed with it. You bet I’ll be wearing it this weekend!
I’m really not a lipstick girl, way too much effort for me. But I do love a stain, gloss or chapstick with a hint of color. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is my favorite, especially when I’m drinking red wine! If you’re hosting a similar girls night, considering giving these as favors if you have a little extra to spend.