Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Ever have extra margarita mix and wonder what to do with it?

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No drinks today… but I do love a margrita

Me either but I do have some awesome recipes using margarita mix. These recipes can be made using the mix with tequila or without. Depending on your crowd.

These are some of my favorite recipes for summer time. And they are great for a Cinco de Mayo party, or a pool party. I just made all of them to take up to a family pool party. Besides the pudding shots, I ruled 😊

First let’s talk cake.  For last Saturday’s cake, I used a strawberry cake  mix. I sliced a container of strawberries sprinkled with a little sugar and then added some margarita mix. I also added some of the mix to the whip cream. Yup, I was the dessert hero ;-P

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Margarita Mix Cake

What you need:

1 box cake  (anything but white because of the egg white thing that you think will taste good with margarita mix)

Margarita Mix – Classic or flavored

Eggs

Oil

Optional:

Fruit

Whip cream

More margarita mix

lime

Let’s do this:

Make cake mix per instructions using the mix for the water. I prefer to bake mine in a bunt pan but a regular cake pan will work.

Bake as directed.

Taking it to the next level:

Slice, lightly mash whatever fruit you are using and add about 1/3 cup of the mix and the juice of 1 lime.

To amp up the overall flavor stir in about ½ of the mix to a container of whip cream.

OHHHH SOOO GOOD

 

Everyone wants to be healthy… so let’s make that taste oh so much better with margaritia

Margarita Fruit Dip

What you need:

8 oz cream cheese – at room temp

1 cup margarita mix

Lime

½ cup sugar

Fruit for dipping or a spoon for eating it with 😊

Let’s do it:

In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, and mix until smooth. Squeeze the juice of lime into the dip and rind of one half. Mix and refrigerate for an hour.

Enjoy!!!!

I made my last batch of Margarita chicken in my instan-pot because I like being part of the cool kids club but you make in the oven or crock-pot. I’ve done it all three ways and it’s just as yummy either way.

Margarita Chicken

What you need:

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

2 cups margarita mix (more if you are instan-pot or crock pot it…then it’s 3 cups)

1 sliced lime

1 sliced lemon

Sea salt (to your taste)

Let’s do this:

Place chicken in a shallow dish, season with sea salt. Pour margarita mix over chicken. Arrange lime and lemon over the pieces. Cook for about 45 minutes – depending on the size of your chicken pieces.

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Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Welcome 😉 It’s been a crazy busy week… Behind the Mask part of the Office Seduction box set went live Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy!

Jolene has one goal… to create a family nature reserve in honor of her foster mother.

Keegan has one goal…have Jolene as his Cinderella submissive…

To achieve these goals they have to survive a serial killer who has one goal…to kill them.

Behind the Mask part of the Office Seduction Box set.

Now on to the tasty and thirsty part of the this post… Jolene loves brownies. She’s a self proclaimed brownie expert. Here is her favorite brownie recipe – she calls them an Orgasm in your Mouth 

What you need:

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • peppermint vodka
  • coconut vodka

Mix the brownie per the directions substituting the vodka for the water. Bake as instructed…And per delight in your mouth

And for this week’s thirsty, it’s a My Kind of Brownie Martini 🙂

  • 3 tablespoons chocolate cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint vodka
  • 2 tablespoons cake flavored vodka
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vodka
  • 2 tablespoons whip cream vodka
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry brownie cake mix (such as Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

 

  1. Mix chocolate liqueur, peppermint, cake, coconut, whip cream vodka, brownie cake mix, and chocolate syrup in the shaker with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  2. Dip rim of glass in chocolate syrup. Strain drink into glass. Top drink with whipped cream and candy as desired

 

 

 

 

Mindset Monday

It’s been a big week and I have another coming up…
Last week was the release of book 2 of my young adult fantasy…. So shiny…so pretty… The Warrior Queen

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This week is the release of Behind the Mask…soo shiny…soo steamy

 

It’s so easy to get ‘caught-up’ in the release stuff that you …well I…don’t write.

I mean there are facebook take overs, there is Instagram, there is Amazon and GoodReads…the list goes on of the things that you need to do to promote your book.

 

 

And I don’t want to write. I just want to bask in the ‘I’ve-made-it-let-eat-my-calorie-free-doughnuts’ (I do think doughnuts are calorie free on release day). And after all the nerve/anxiety ‘stuff’, I’m not sure I want to submit another book.
So I need fit amped up promo stuff into my already overwhelming schedule. I need to look at my ‘goals’ and decide what is going to shift – for at least a few weeks – to allow the promo to step up.
There’s laundry. Clean clothes is that really a necessary thing? Yes. It’s one of my big things. Have to have clean clothes.
There’s grocery shopping. Yes we need to eat (the discovery of food prep has saved my butt so many times).
What usually takes the hit is housecleaning… I can live with a dust for a week.

When looking over your schedule what get’s cut to make room?

I started a new book last week… I know and here I didn’t want to write…It’s called Loyalty. It’s along the Urban fiction lines. Here is the elevator pitch…

It’s a question of Loyalty. Does Layla give it the man who she had loved since high school but the street has made into a stranger? Or does she give to the new man who holds her broken and damaged heart?
I also pitched 2…yes ((2)) VA jobs.

Let’s Journal Wednesday

It’s the last day of February so I thought I’d share with you my March time capsule (I covered ideas on how to set up a time capsule journal in January) journal spread. As I’ve said before there is no right or wrong way to journaling. Or to set up a topic specific journal.

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Nothing everything will be used on the monthly spread. Some will go on the weekly summaries

One of the key things I try to do when I make my spread is to include stickers/clippings of things I know I want to do or see or make during the month.

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Before the ink

But I also want to leave some areas to fill in as the month goes on. For the events, food, and drinks I highlight, I make sure to add the date when we went, ate it, or drank it.

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The butterfly is for the butterfly garden I’m taking Charlie to.

If you keep a time capsule journal, I’d love to hear how you do it.

 

Dream On… Dream journals

This week we are starting a new type of journal and one of my favorites. A dream journal. Dreams are mysterious. Some are funny…some are scary…some are gross…but they always spark something inside us.

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A dream journal is ideal for you if you want to see recurrent patterns in dreams, recall important aspects needing interpretation, or improve your dream recall more generally. Ultimately, it should be a fun exercise and one that helps you to make sense of your subconscious world

There are a number of theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure which idea is right, or whether each is right to some degree.

A dream journal can be a memory-jogger and an incredible source of insight into your inner world. Or just fun. I use mine for a lot of different reasons…writing sparks, to understand something going in my life, and also to understand why I do some of the things I do (yeah sometimes there is no understanding that….hahaha)

To record every night requires some self-discipline but once you’re in the habit of keeping one, it’s likely to be one that stays…and it’s easier than exercise and almost as much fun as eating doughnuts.

Today I’m just going to encourage everyone to determine a few things before we actually start talking about dreams, recording them, and interpreting them.
Decide where you want to keep your dream journal. Some want it located next to their bed so they can journal when they wake up. Most of the time I record my dreams and possible interpretation while drinking my morning coffee. So I keep it with my coffee cup.
Next week we’ll look at some different dream journals, I’ve used over time. But determining the purpose of your dream journal will be key in deciding what type of journal will best meet your needs.

Remember there is no right or wrong journal… this is the one I’m currently using. If this doesn’t say creepy dream not sure what does 🙂

Dream Vs Goal

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Dream vs Goal… what do you have?

Everyone has been told to ‘dream big.’ And heard the slogan…Dream big and go far.
Well, how does one get those dreams to grow legs? Get them to move from their spot on the couch…watching Living Below Zero (my new addiction)…and eating doughnuts? To give them confidence when they are too meek to hit the submit button.

Me and my dreams have listened to the motivational speakers. Read the books. Watch the YouTube channels. Bought the T-shirt and wore it out. Still my dreams remained firmly planted on the couch.
I set goals. With incentives. But still my dreams continued to gorge themselves on doughnuts and watch Living Below Zero. I’d cheer and say how great it was going to be…just press the submit button. All I heard was ‘not going to happen loser.’

I was such a failure. My dreams hated me. They were like a stubborn child refusing to pick up a toy.

Finally, this year I have discovered the way to get legs on my dreams. Now they are out working for their keep. (Granted, we still watch Living Below Zero).

I have 3 new book covers….

I have a request for a full…I’m saving more the 2 months of this year than all over last year….

My dreams are now goals…And that my mindset. Dreams are fluffy things with unicorns and dragons. (BTW, I’m starting dream journals this Wednesday)

My goals are what I’m focused on. I hope all your dreams develop wings and soar.

The ‘f’ words…

This week’s Mindset Monday is all about the ‘f’ words… Focus and Finish. I have issues with both of them. There are sooooo many shiny things…soooo many trails to be explored and who can’t jump down the rabbit hole?
These two words are so important so lacking in my life.

And while I will always have to explore the trails and peek into the rabbit holes, I also know if I’m going to get my VA business off the ground I need to restrict this. I need to…
FOCUS.

If I want the writing career of my dreams, then I need to FINISH some of these books I have in my que.

For all you type A personalities none of this will make sense because you live those ‘f’ words easily. Since I’m a type ‘Y’ person- why is that squirrel in the tree? Why isn’t that doughnut in my stomach? Why is there a search for pink fuzzy socks being recommended for me? Most people are happy never knowing why but for those of us that struggle with the ‘f’ words, these and so many more ‘y’s cloud my day.
Time management is one of the 10 vision goals. This means replacing the ‘y’ words with ‘f’ words. How have I started to do this?

1. I set defined time blocks. Not I’ll write from 1 to 3. That is way to broad and way to much time for me. Now I write in my planner. 1 to 1:45 write on current WIP. 1:45 to 2 – find pics for blog post/wip or anything else I need. I give myself 15 minutes of ‘y’ time for every hour block. While all you ‘A’ people are WHAT!!!! Wasting 15 minutes. But my focus requires it.

2. There is no real trick for Finish besides willpower. I refuse to let myself start anything until the project I’m scheduled to work on is completed. I made a master writing list at the beginning of the year.
And when you Finish you get bright shiny covers like this….

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T & T

This week’s Thirsty and Tasty Thursday was a struggle for me… I have awesome things to share for Fat Tuesday and Valentines (which is going to lead to my yoga pants being tooooo tight).

So what recipes do I share??? Do we do Fat Tuesday drinks and Valentine yummy OR Fat Tuesday yummy and Valentine drinks. Let me tell you the struggle was real!

Anyway I decided to do Fat Tuesday yummy and Valentine drinks.

We always celebrate Fat Tuesday just because it’s fun and great food is involved. I make 3 pig pancakes and Cajun blood orange juice for breakfast and lunch varies depending on if I have to work. We always have a party where kids play games and eat. I make shrimp po-bois, loaded sideways grits (this is crock-pot dish so that is why its a dinner thing), and Cajun crab dip.

I also make a King’s Cake. However, I leave the plastic doll out. I know I can’t write a book without someone being killed in a horrible way but this idea creeps the crap out of me.

I don’t make my own batter, I use frozen bread dough that I let thaw and raise during the day. I’ve tried the biscuits in the tube but that doesn’t do it for me.

I let the kids sprinkle the cake with the colored sugar when it’s done.

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·         FILLING:

·         1 cup packed brown sugar

·         1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

·         2/3 cup chopped pecans

·         1/2 cup all-purpose flour

·         1/2 cup raisins

·         1/2 cup melted butter

 

·         FROSTING:

·         1 cup confectioners’ sugar

·         1 tablespoon water

Purple, green, and yellow colored sugar

 Directions

1.    Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

2.    Roll dough out into large rectangle (approximately 10×16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends roll together to form oval shaped ring. Place ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

3.    Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Frost while warm with the confectioners’ sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

 And now for Valentine drink… I have one that I call TOO DRUNK FOR SEX and I was going to do that one but then I decided to share that for Martini Saturday on Facebook (be sure to check it out…it’s super yummy) but I decided to share my chocolate cherry martini. I don’t have a pic of it so I’m sharing an internet pic. I love love this drink. chocolate-covered-cherry-martini

I use crème de cocoa instead of Godiva because it’s cheaper and the Bailey’s is super creamy so I use Godiva is drinks it star not compete 🙂 I also use whip cream flavored vodka.

My verison…

2 parts Bailey’s

1 part Crème de Cocoa

1 part cherry flavored vodka

1/2 part whip cream flavored vodka

Mix and enjoy.

 

 

Journaling through life…

Last month I highlighted a time capsule journal. This month it’s going to be a non-journal into a journal. As I’ve said earlier there is no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. A journal is a place for personal expression. And that expression can be anything.

I truly believe that a journal is a way of reaching inside ones self. For this week and next week, I’m going to feature a gift book. I picked up the one I’m using at the dollar store.

So far the book has lead me on a deep reflection….Anyone can catch your eye, but it someone special to catch your heart. I thought of – and listed – all the people who have caught my eye and I tried to give my heart too only to have it end in disaster. Then, because I like balance, I listed those who still carry my heart.

Another day was pure fun… Love is the greatest refreshment in life… Pablo Picasso then I added besides vodka and wine 😉 I listed three of my favorite Valentine drinks (which I’ll have tomorrow for thirsty Thursday)

I’d love to hear about the type of journals you keep.

 

Tasty Thirsty Thursday

French Toast Shake-up….

For today’s tasty and thirsty the flavor is …. French Toast.

French Toast is a favorite in my house. As breakfast treat and a Saturday night martini 😉

This week I’m going to share my recipe for ‘stuffed’ French Toast bites. I came up with recipe in an effort to use leftover hot dog buns. And well the drink was created on lazy Saturday night when I needed a little ‘comfort.’

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What you need: 

Hot dog buns

The following portion depends on how many hot dog buns you have:

Cream cheese (plain or any flavor you desire)

Egg(s)

Milk or cream

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Fresh fruit if desired

What you do:

If you are adding fruit to plain cream cheese:

Mix ½ cup of sliced fruit slightly sweetened into 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese.

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Spread a thick layer of the cream cheese on to the hot dog bun.  Cut into fourths.

Mix egg(s), cream or milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a swallow dish. Dip each of the fourths into the mixture.

Place in on a warm skillet. Turn to toast each side.

 

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A little breakfast comfort at night 😊 I think this would make a yummy cocktail at a celebration brunch, I just haven’t had a chance to try it.

French Toast Martini

2 parts Cinnabon liqueur

1 part cake vodka

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½ part Strawberry vodka

 

Mix in a shaker with ice. Pour into your favorite glass.