Thirsty Thursday: Blood Orange Margaritas

In law school we didn’t have class on Fridays so Thursday night we would all go out in full force before we hunkered down for a weekend of studying. So in honor of that much-missed tradition, I thought I’d start a cocktail segment on Thursdays. I was skimming through my usual must-read blogs when I came across today’s Camille Styles post where she featured a blood orange margarita. I think this must be the cocktail of the season because its popping up on all kinds of menus. If your in Fort Worth you can get one of these thirst quenchers at Tillman’s or Monty’s Corner in the 7th Street District. Cheers to it almost being Friday!

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Food & Wine‘s Tasty Recipe – (I chose this one because it makes enough for a party)

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • Ice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 dozen small sage sprigs or leaves
  • 1 blood orange or orange wedge, plus 12 thin blood orange or orange slices
  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice or fresh orange juice (about 12 blood oranges or 8 large navel oranges)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (about 12 limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups Cointreau or other triple sec
  1. In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate. Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses. Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.
Make Ahead: This margarita recipe can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated, covered, overnight.

Interior Inspiration: Bust Lust

Bust Lust : I’ve been coveting these “I Love Uma” bustier candles for about 3 years, so I know its not just because of my recent visit to France, but I’m obsessed with busts right now and I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE. The trip to Europe just added fuel to the fire — from al fresco dining to a Palace entrance…sigh. What do you think? Classic or creepy?

I Love Uma

Dallas Designer Allan Knight – http://www.allan-knight.com/blog

Design Star Wannabe blog

At restaurant in Venice

Palace of Versailles

Traveling Tuesdays

I promised myself I would establish a blogging schedule so that there was some sort of structure to this hobby, so in addition to Matrimonial Mondays, I’m declaring Tuesday as Traveling Tuesdays (I’m a sucker for alliterations). I love travel blogs and think first hand tips and experiences are the best way to get the most out of a getaway. So, for the first official Traveling Tuesday I’ll pick up with my coverage of our great family Italian vacation.

Euro West Tour Stop 2: Assisi

After Rome we took a bus ride to Venice with a break in Assisi. Assisi was a great little stop. It has a medieval feel, the Roman walls are still standing and it has some beautiful architecture like the gothic Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi. Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis, which is who the Husband’s mom was named after, so it meant a lot to be able to tour the Basilica. We even got to watch a prayer service that was taking place in the crypt where St. Francis is buried. The Basilica is at the top of a hill and has some amazing views of the Italian countryside. It’s a very quiet town, but it was the perfect mid-morning stop.

If there wasn’t wine in my hands, there was gelato.

The view from the Basilica.

St. Francis Basilica

Matrimonial Monday

Wedding season has officially begun. We had two showers in May, two weddings in June and celebrated our first year anniversary. In honor of all of this wedded bliss, I’m going to start a new Matrimonial Monday segment (Wedding Wednesdays is already being used by like a dozen blogs) to highlight all the fun and brag on my cute and creative friends. Here are a few highlights from my sister’s best friend’s recent pre-wedding and wedding festivities:

My sweet mom threw a bridal shower at her house. She borrowed an awesome and huge wrought iron centerpiece from our family friend, Rechea. I am now insisting that we invest in one of our own ASAP. We picked up some beautiful purple hydrangeas from Central Market for the guest and gift tables. The couple got some great gifts mostly from the two local gift stores in Nocona, Dolly’s and Davis Jewelry (which are both totally worth a stop if you’re ever on Highway 82). And…my favorite part of the shower were the hostess gifts – Judy gave them all beautiful hanging planters…genius hostess gift for a Spring shower.

My sister co-hosted a bachelorette weekend in Austin. The weekend included vino at Uncorked, an awesome meal at Oasis (one of my favorites) and two nights out on Sixth Street including the great live music venue, Maggie Maes.

The wedding reception was at brand new event hall built to accompany the new hotel, The Veranda Inn. Nocona doesn’t get new hotels or party venues very often (like about once every 10-20 years) so it is a big deal. I was anxious to see it and really impressed with what they had done with the place. Its rustic, open and has a great big bar. Nocona is lucky to have it.  Judy’s dress was beautiful and it was nice to be able to catch up with people we hadn’t seen in a while.

Euro West Tour Stop 1: Rome

As most of you know my wonderful parents just took our entire family on a first-class (as in awesome, not as in our lot on the airplane) trip to Italy and France. It was an incredible vacation and an unforgettable experience. Our first destination was Rome and immediately got us in the Italian mindset. I’ve been to Italy before and Rome isn’t necessarily my favorite city, but it is definitely my favorite city for ruins. Nothing takes you back to the Roman Empire times like the sight of the Colosseum. My Catholic husband loved visiting Vatican City which is just majestic and my brother who is a History Major flaunted his new vast knowledge of world events. Here are some of the highlights:

Things that made me teary-eyed: (1) The Pieta in St. Peter’s Basillica- I was in too much awe to take a picture and the one’s the Husband got were kind of blurry, but pictures wouldn’t do it justice any way. (2) The Colosseum

Things that made me feel like I was in an Audrey Hepburn movie: (1) The Trevi Fountain; (2) The Piazza Navona – this is my favorite place in all of Rome…I want to just sit there and read and drink wine all day.

Things that make me want to pack up and move to Italy tomorrow: (1) Sidewalk Cafes and Restaurants; (2) Prosciutto with everything; (3) The wine! (4) The gelato – (wine and gelato will be in every post about Italy).

Other Notables: (1) St. Peter’s Square; (2)  The Wedding Cake – Romans hate this building, I loved it; (3) The Roman Forum;

The Colosseum or as the Roman’s call it the Flavian Amphitheatre

Me and Dear Old Dad

The Trevi Fountain

Restaurant store front that was amazing.

My beautiful sister at The Forum

The seven of us can put away some wine.

In the Piazza Navona

Next stop: VENICE!

I’m Back

I’m officially the worst blogger ever, considering I haven’t posted anything in a month and a half. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t wise of me to start a blog right before state legislative sessions begin. But, the sessions have ended and I have had a fabulous month (besides the work madness) and am anxious to share the experience. I traveled with the entire family to Italy and France, started the 2012 wedding season and celebrated by first wedding anniversary yesterday! Here is a preview of the postings to come this summer.