Babe’s Friday Cocktail | Vacation In A Glass

Any time you can make it feel like vacation…do it!  Mojitos are one of those amazing cocktails that instantly brings you vacation vibes. It’s one of my favorite cocktails and super refreshing!  Cheers, babes!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice / about 3 limes — Fresh is the best
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 or more Mint leaves
  • 2 ounces rum — white rum — I prefer Bacardi. (Check the link for a whole array of cocktails with Bacardi.)
  • club soda

Directions

  •  In a smallish  glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar.
  • Add the few mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass.
  • Fill glass 2/3 with  ice and pour in the rum.
  •  Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda and stir!

This is a drink you can play around with, add more mint, add another fruit such as Strawberries. The point is make yourself a total babe cocktail that is perfect for you!

x- A

What is your favorite vacation style cocktail?

Friday’s Cocktail! | Sangria madness

With  a major heat wave hitting southern California, I am in need of a refreshing cocktail. Sangria is one of my favorites but only if done well.

Recently I had a Sassy Sangria at The Patio in Mission Hills, SD. Essentially a sangria with some tequila… it sure will get you sassy 😉  The Patio is a fabulous restaurant that is all about local ingredients and being sustainable, on top of that it is absolutely stunning with great  ambiance.  It is an open kitchen with a  wall of lush living plants and a mix of rustic wooden and elegant heather blue turfed chairs. Your plates will look like art and your taste buds will be dancing.  It is a must try in San Diego!

My other favorite sangria place an happy hour in general is Costa Brava in Pacific beach, SD. It is a Spanish tapas place with $8 pitcher of delicious fresh fruit sangria… I could have an IV of this stuff!!!  You will need some munchies, so.. try everything on the menu 🙂  really… its soo good!

Start your weekend off right with a fabulous glass of sangria and use this amazing chart from wine enthusiast to try something new. Mix it up and get sassy!

Share your favorite cocktails or go to places in your area!

xo- A

Bacon Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

You know those dinners that are so good that you are picking at it during the whole cooking process…. well Bacon crab stuffed mushrooms is that dish for me. This is a by taste recipe… Alex and our buddy Kellen made this happy creation and now it is a staple.

You can make this as low fat or low carb as you want.

Ingredients-

-Crab legs- chop it up!

-Red pepper- thinly diced…. about one big one.

-Onion-  thinly diced…. about the same amount as red pepper.

-Bacon– there is never enough… chop it up!

-Salt and pepper

-Cayenne or red pepper flakes- I like a little kick to it and I am not spicy eater.

-Moisture- We usually use some soft cream cheese and little sour cream- I know not the healthiest but it still is low carb 🙂  You can use mayo, yogurt or even an egg.  The cream cheese mix can also be used for a delicious dip. 🙂

-Parmesan- to Alex it is very important that it is fresh Parm. quarter for in the bowl and the rest for the end.

**Mix all the above and then stuff it into your mushrooms.

We use big portabellas and bake them on a rack to avoid the mushroom getting soggy.

The last few minutes is when you add fresh parmesan on top and put it in the broiler for a few minutes…. it creates a perfect little crust.

Ta daaa…. you have a delicious low carb/low fat however you like dish!

 

 

 

Vacation Surprise!

Summer vacation… there is nothing better! Alex and I had barely been seeing each other due to how busy life was.So,we were so excited to have a week in Florida. We boarded the plane with our usual travel snack pack,essentially a picnic. 🙂 We also happen to have a bunch of free Southwest drink coupons! Best thing ever! We ordered cocktails and cheered to 7 days of white sand beaches and poolside living! We landed and was greeted by Alex’s mom. We were going to visit his grandparent and his mom had already arrived.

This is not your average grandparent visit. We arrived at the estate and had homemade soup waiting for us. It was perfect. It was late but Alex and I were on West Coast time, so we decided to go for a midnight swim. Beers in hand and warm summer night and a perfectly heated pool, vacation had officially started! The next day, we decided to head to the beach club. This is where we met a cabana boy who set up an umbrella,chairs and a table for us and then took our drink order. Every beach needs this! Now I need to join a beach club. 😉

 

 

The ocean was 80°  and perfectly clear. I love the southwest Florida for its pool like ocean. San Diego, you have to battle the waves…. which is also fun.  Our evenings were filled with watching and tracking the  weather. Alex and his mom love to track thunderstorms while in Florida lol.

A few more of Alex’s Family members came to visit and we had fabulous dinners all together. But after being together with Alex for 7 years, I am continuously asked why we aren’t married. I always say, “I am not the one that gets down on one knee.” I told Alex the next day (our last day) that we needed to come up with a script to tell people on why we aren’t married yet. He laughed at me and said,” we can do that later tonight.” He had seemed weird the past 24hrs, extra lovely but different also. That night we had reservations with the family at the Ritz Carlton on the beach. We all got ready and Alex was looking so handsome.

I was hearing some skinny black pants with a sheer white tank with a fringe bottom and a big white and gold floral statement necklace and some gold strappie sandals. . (I would make links but I scored all the pieces at little cheap stores like, Ross and some local little shops.)

The Ritz was beautiful and we ate a the tapas restaurant inside the Ritz. There was even a Spanish guitarist and a box drummer, it was beyond amazing. I ordered myself a raspberry mojito and scanned the menu. Alex and I always share food, so I had to get his thoughts.   He wanted the duck foie gras and I did not! Good thing about small plates is you can order a lot and sample them all. I stuck with  Crab cakes and Chicken and biscuits 🙂  Alex was loving his  foie gras and ended up dropping some on his shirt. He was so bothered by it and I didn’t understand why. I giggled at him,since normally I am the one always dropping stuff on myself.

After dinner I was ready for dessert! I was listing off all the delicious dishes and hoping I could try them all! Then all of a sudden the waitress walked up and says there is a special for the night. I thought it was a complimentary “I’m sorry” since they messed up grandpa’s order. Well I was wrong!

As the plate was placed in front of me, I read the magical words ” Will You Marry Me?” I looked at Alex and said ” this is happening?!?!” He responded with a huge smile ” it’s happening, babe!” He got down on one knee and asked me to be his Wife!!! I said YES!!! I then broke out in tears and sipped champagne with Alex and  of course called my mom to tell her we are getting marrrieeed.. It is still so wild to me. I kept telling Alex how we are officially \ adults because we are old enough to get married. We giggled like little kids hearing the word penis. lol. We are so excited for this next chapter and  I feel so lucky to have found my person at 20 and to continue riding this journey together!

Now for post on wedding planning … 🙂

xo.. A

Low carb comfort food | Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:
1 medium head cauliflower

1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened (optional)

1 tablespoon of half and half or cream.

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions
Boil water over high heat  to then  

Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces.

Steam cauliflower.about 6 minutes, or until well done.

Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry 

In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese (or some half and half),

Parmesan, garlic,

salt and pepper to taste.

Blend until smooth or your desired taste.  

Other ways to mix it up:  try rosemary or cheddar cheese. for a whole new taste.


This dish is key to fulfilling my comfort food craving without eating mass amounts of carbs. This is a superb way to eat low carb and not feel like you are missing out on anything! I have also made mock mac n cheese with cauliflower.. which is delicious!!

Finding new ways to enjoy your favorites is important when eating healthy.

xo- A

 bonappetito

New York City & Conneticut Holiday Adventure.

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A little back tracking to this past Christmas.. who doesn’t want to feel a little Christmas cheer in May 😉 I went on a 3 week North East adventure with my boyfriend, Alex. My family and I wanted to have … Continue reading

Low Carb Green Bean Fries.

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The other day I found my self taking the extra crispy piece of green beans from dinner and began dipping them in a sauce my boyfriend made… and wallla.. an idea.. GREEN BEAN FRIES!  I love to dip anything, and this is no exception and what a perfect low carb healthy snack or side dish. Dip or no dip they are excellent and should curve any babes desire for fries. It isn’t about a diet but about a healthy lifestyle and choices.

  • Preheat Oven to 425
  • Wash + cut ends of fresh Green Beans
  •  Then toss with garlic powder, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and olive oil
  • Place a single layer on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes
  • For extra crispy broil for an additional 2-5 minutes

Try a Wasabi dip, low carb ketchup,yummy ranch or blue cheese… you get my drift… I love dips lol

Enjoy your new healthy low carb/paleo option fries.

xo-A

What to think about before moving in together!

That moment when you find yourself paying for essentially a closet at another house while you spend most of your time at your boyfriend or girlfriends house. Then you have “the talk”  you know that should we move in together talk?! Many things can spark this conversations but finances seem to always be on the top of the list. “It just makes more sense to live together and save money than to live separately, when we are together all the time.”  I get it, half the bills and rent is really nice. Along with watching and reading about all the celebrities shacking up and playing house with their loves, it may feel like all signs point to move  in together. I have been living with my boyfriend for 4 years now.  I have learned a lot and figured I would share. So here are some things to think about and some heads up on how life will change.  😉

  •  Money should not be the number one reason to move in together. It is way more expensive and a much longer process to breakup while living together. I am not saying be negative and prepare for a breakup but just be realistic. I have watched many girlfriends have to live extra days and weeks with ex’s while having to deal with leases and moving out plans. The longer you live together the move you accumulate things together… well who gets the tv?  This is the time to think with your head and not your heart for a minute .
  •  The money talk: have a conversation on what each others expectations are. Is everything 50/50, is one person better with money than the other, whose names will be on utilities and whose duty is to have them paid on time each month? Having an open conversation before hand on these topics will eliminate possible frustration on either end when the situation arises. If one person makes more than the other, does that person have expectations from the other to make it up in other areas?

Once living together you naturally find each others roles in the house. Like I am a total bathroom and bedroom cleaner and Alex is all about the kitchen and living room. Or I buy all shower products, mostly because he would use one product for everything… that is not okay, guys!!

  • Perks: A perk  living with your love is you no longer have to do all the annoying house work. Who really likes to take the trash out… NOT ME!  So, for the most part the bf takes the trash out and I dust. You also will always have someone to go home to, to have dinner with and to just be lazy with. You have a built in partner in crime,best friend your Clyde to your Bonnie all without a call or leaving your house.
  •  Routine Adjustment: We all have our favorite little things we do that not everyone else does or even enjoys. For example I use to love waking up and getting my coffee and getting back into bed to watch the news. Well, that came to abrupt stop once Alex moved in. He usually sleeps later than me and finds it too disturbing to the TV on while he is sleeping.  So I had to make a change. One thing I got him to get use to was TV before bed. He use to hate it but now I have got him to a point he likes to watch a show in bed before we fall asleep. Compromise babes!
  • So much stuff:  When Alex moved in, I had a small heart attack because of the amount of stuff he had and how none of it was cute! My nice girly room was all of sudden taken over with BOY STUFF!   I went around saying we need to eliminate this and this and this. Alex at the end of the day said “Stop eliminating all my stuff, I like it” So I grabbed the Jack Daniels rug and explained he can save it in storage for his man cave one day.  Common sense when two people live together they accumulate A LOT and each person has their own belongings that they will not part with… damn squeaky computer chair…  I try to have the rule , something in and something out.  Make sure before moving in together there is enough space! Whose bed will you keep or dresser? Or are you both on the same page as the home decor goes. I am often told when I am decorating, ” don’t forget a MAN lives here”  Things to think about…
  • Making Love …Handles: We have all heard of that dreaded freshman 15 pounds but what about the love chub that is gained. Lets be real, living together  doesn’t help but my boyfriend is chef.  When we first moved in together it  was like “playing house” and you are both making everything really nice. I was making full breakfast and he was making gourmet dinners and life was great! Until all that eating caught up with me, I ended up gaining about 20 pounds and I was not feeling good about it! We grew up with different kinds of food in the house and going to the grocery store was pretty hilarious and frustrating.  We would be debating about what peas were better. It’s the little things I am trying to point out in this post.  I finally made a change and thankfully  Alex being a chef he  was able to change his cooking to Low Carb and overall a healthier lifestyle. Keep health in mind because you and your man or woman, want to  be a healthy sexy babes forever.
  • Bad Days:  We all have our moments, no matter how perfect the couple. Once you live together there is very little running away that can be done to avoid an argument. Eventually you both have to go to bed or pass one another in the the kitchen. You have to address the issue and have clear communication. Try not to pick up bad habits of going to bed angry or kicking on another out of the bed.  Respect each others space at all times but especially during those heated moments. Just because you live together does not mean that you or your partner don’t need alone time or space to think.
  • Be a team! Being a team is the most important! Moving in together makes you two more of a  team than ever before. What one person does now in many ways effects the other, from emotions to money decisions. I can’t just pick up and leave, I have myself and Alex to think about. Be each others cheerleaders and biggest supporters. Times get tough and you are essentially riding on a roller coaster trying to stay on the same track through the  highs and lows of life together. Live, laugh and love together!

Feel free to leave your thoughts or advice below. Thanks for reading and follow for  new posts.

 

Xo- A.

 

Healthy Low Carb Essentials.

 About a 18 months ago, I decided to start the  low carb lifestyle. After gaining some..welll, more than some weight, I needed to take action. The weight gain was  all thanks to my chef boyfriend over feeding me 🙂 .  I knew  low carb was  the easiest ( lets not kid ourselves, it wasn’t always easy to deny pizza and cookies)  and best option for me. Since my boyfriend is a chef, it was easier to pass on the carbs than monitor every little ingredient he uses.  Below is a list  of  healthy low carb products that  I could not survive without.  It is never to late to start being the healthiest babe you can be!

Mission Low Carb tortillas: These saved the day! I love Mexican food and sandwiches, and this healthy option is fantastic. They are super soft and HUGE. I often cut them in half and have a good healthy wrap with some sliced turkey and cheese. Or make some low carb healthy enchiladas with them, even non low carbers with love them.

One carb Heize Ketchup : I love sauce and to dip!!  Compared to 3.76 for 1tbs of  carbs this is a simple 1 carb per 1tbs.  You can still enjoy your healthy bun-less burger or meatloaf with some ketchup!

Cauliflower: I never thought I would eat cauliflower so much but damn it’s good and versatile. From cauliflower mash,puree,faux mac n cheese and rice, makes cauliflower an amazing healthy substitute for carbohydrate filed dishes. I barely eat mash potatoes or regular mac and cheese, because this option fulfills my craving completely.

Spaghetti Squash: As an Italian, I grew up eating pasta, so this was a hard breakup. Thankfully spaghetti squash is a great alternative to the a lot of Italian recipes. I love bolognese  ,low fat Alfredo with mushrooms,spinach and sausage with it or even mock hash browns. Mix it up and I am sure it will win you over. Keep in mind it does take a while to bake, about 45 mins to an hour.

Eggs: I often eat eggs for breakfast and throw in whatever veggies or even left overs I have, in with them. They are high in protein and with taking out a yoke or 2, I am eliminating some fat. I also make them into healthy egg muffins that are quick and easy for the recipe –> Egg Muffins Recipe. I also hard boiled eggs  for snacks or to make deviled eggs with or even an egg salad in a romaine lettuce wrap.

 Red Peppers: I am pepper bias, I only really like red ones. I love peppers in and with everything, dip them,sautee them, mix them in salad… you get the point… they are great and great for you.

xo. A

 

Quick low carb breakfast bites.

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This is a total Babe low carb dish! You can literally throw in whatever ingredients you love or happen to have. I have made them with sliced turkey, sausage, bacon and just veggies. This is a perfect quick breakfast you can save and then pop in the microwave when you are ready. They store very well in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer. Cooking for several days of breakfast. 

Ingredients:

▪   1/2 pound bulk sausage or Bacon

▪   12 eggs

▪   1/2 cup chopped veggies of your liking. Such as: onions, pepper, spinach etc

▪   1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste.

▪   1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper or to taste.

▪   1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder or any other seasoning you desire.

▪   1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in sausage; cook and stir until sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes; drain. Or cook bacon until desired crispiness.

3. Beat eggs in a large bowl. salt, pepper, and whatever seasonings you are feeling. Mix in your protein and cheese. Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls into muffin cups.

4. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Let them cool, then enjoy and store! 

 

BON APPÉTIT, Dolls!