Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer...please hold. (Meet baby Christian + Fabulous Margs and Guac recipes!)

What a summer... A new career path, a new apartment, new clients, and most importantly, a brand spanking new nephew, Christian!!! Isn't he a cutie!?!?! And the pics don't even do him justice!) Love him!

As great as these new developments are, they've kept me quite busy, and as it's done in the past, the end of August has brought forth mild feelings of desperation. Suddenly, fall is right around the corner, and panic sets in. I start making promises to mother nature to do ANYTHING if she'd just give me 5 more beach days, 4 more bike rides down the west side highway, and at least 2 more barbeques. And if she can throw in a chance to wear my favorite sun dress once more, that would be fabulous too!

But then I remember all the goodies fall has to offer - the food and wine festival, Halloween, my birthday, thanksgiving, beautiful foliage, cozy sweaters, my broken in frye boots...and suddenly the end of the summer doesn't seem half bad. However, everything has it's time and place, and as long as it's still kosher to wear white pants, (A BS rule that I often boycott) I intend to hold on to summer as long as I can!

And to me, nothing screams summer more than a delicious frozen marg!

This recipe is low in sugar and cals and a much better alternative to sweet and processed margarita mixes you buy at the store. So give it a try, serve it up in your white hot pants, and soak up what's left of summer!

Below is the virgin recipe, but obviously feel free to add Tequila!! After all, it does come from the agave cactus :)

***Raw Virgin Margarita

* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
* 1 squirt of lime juice from a lime wedge
* 3/4 cup cool water
* 2-3 packets of  Stevia
* 1 generous squirt of Agave Nectar *optional
* Blend until slushy
* Garnish your serving glass with lemons and limes

And because I believe that every good marg deserves guac, you'll want to check out this truly delectable recipe for a truly happy hour!!

***Holy Sweet Guacamole

4 medium sized, ripe avocados, pitted and mashed

1 garlic clove, very finely chopped (about the size of your thumbnail)

1/8 cup yellow onion, finely chopped

1/8 cup unsweetened, dried cherries, roughly chopped

1/2 pack of NuNaturals brand Stevia

1 squirt Agave syrup (aprx 2 tsp)

Mash all your ingredients together in a bowl and... Andele!!! (andale mama ia ia oh oh)

***compliments of