Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vanilla Bean Blood Orange Margaritas ... oh boy!


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February at the farmers' market means one thing ... blood oranges (at least here in California). I am not a huge fan of citrus but I LOVE blood oranges. On Valentine's Day Marc and I decided to ditch noisy, over crowded restaurants for dinner at home. What was I in charge of? A Coeur de La signature cocktail was the only request. 

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Being that I love adding vanilla bean to just about anything and everything and had just purchased blood oranges at our local farmers' market I decided to make vanilla bean blood orange margaritas. I love how vanilla beans add natural sweetness and cut the tartness when added to citrus. Now, I am not a tequila connoisseur so we had a hilarious interaction at BevMo when we grabbed the Jose Cuervo … the cashier with huge eyes said … wow you guys like your tequila rough. Say what!??? He then kindly brought us to the tequila section and showed us several options of tequila that would be smoother and more $$. He added that we would have less of a headache in the morning if we had one too many margaritas (good call). So ... thankfully we went with the $$ tequila ... it was worth it. 

While Marc was busy searing ahi tuna, making a sesame sticky rice, and then an avocado mango salad I was busy dipping chilled mason jars with sugar and playing mixologist. Quite frankly ... there is not a restaurant out there that could have outdone the both of us … staying home was priceless.




My advice: The next time you want to stay in make it an event, create a signature cocktail, buy smooth tequila, and get tipsy. Ok, so if getting tipsy is not your thing make your margaritas sans alcohol and play Twister. I promise either option will be a good one. If you need the definition of tipsy read #2 here.

In other news … the winner of the Addie Lu's Bowtique Giveaway is Micaela of Dolce Vita … CONGRATS!!! Happy Wednesday everyone and until next time … BISOUS!

 Coeur de La Vanilla Bean Blood Orange Margaritas
Ingredients
3oz of fresh squeezed blood orange juice
2oz tequila
a teaspoon of fresh lime juice
1oz of triple sec
half of a scraped vanilla bean

    In a standard cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, your triple sec, tequila, and fresh blood orange juice, and a teaspoon of fresh lime juice. 
Then, scrape half of a vanilla bean and get to shaking. The vanilla bean pods will break apart with the shaking.
   
  Pour into small frosted mason jars that have been rimmed with sugar.
 Serve with a cheesy straw. 
ENJOY!

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Valentine's Giveaway ... and a new series

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February is one of my favorite months for several reasons. I love the abundance of red hearts, Valentine's cards, and the opportunity to celebrate love. I know there are some people that cringe at the "holiday" ... but I have always taken February 14th as a day to celebrate ... LOVE. 

Love for friends, love for family, love with a significant other, or simply loving what you do. 

For a while now I have dabbled with the idea of an ongoing series on Coeur de La but could not narrow down what exactly I wanted to feature. Being that Coeur in french means heart, and that I put love into everything I do and admire others who do the same ... I have decided to feature artists, creators, crafters, and people that are doing what they love. Once a month I will share with you various individuals that I hope will inspire you to take some time out of your busy schedule to sit down and do something you love. Thus the series will be called ... Do What You ... LOVE

So without further ado ... I am happy to feature Candis of Addie Lu's Bowtique. Over Christmas I had the privilege to photograph Candis and her sweet family for some fun holiday photos. I have known Candis for quite some time and she has always been a positive and vibrant person.

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I was excited when I found out Candis was doing something she loves ... making bows for little ones. I scoured her selection of bows and thought ... these would be perfect for adults and asked her if she could make a couple of bows for me and my Coeur de La readers. And ... lucky for us she agreed. Each bow is handmade, handcrafted, and made in various sizes, colors, and patterns. Personally, I love them all.

About Candis of Addie Lu's Bowtique:
a mama to two little girls
an artsy crafter
why did she start making bows: her girls had a lot of outfits but not enough matching bows so she decided to make them herself
making bows is her creative outlet
she recently has started making adult bows and headbands ... all of which I love.

Valentine's Giveaway Details: 
wearing an Addie Lu original bow
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To enter the Valentine's Giveaway to win one of Candis's signature bows, leave a comment telling me something you love to do, your favorite bow in Candis's etsy shop, and would your bow be for you or your little one? One winner will be picked at random this Friday, February 15th. Make sure to visit her Facebook page at Addie Lu's Bowtique and give her a sweet like or visit her etsy shop for more sweetness.

Bisous,
Caroline