Aliento A Tequila Photographs by Joel Salcido

Don Julio ALIENTO A TEQUILA EXHIBIT

Don Julio ALIENTO A TEQUILA EXHIBIT

Hello Friends! I wanted to tell you about this fantastic exhibit that is showing now through November 29th in Austin, Texas at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. On Saturday, September 13th guests gathered at the Mexican American Cultural Center to celebrate photographer Joel Salcido’s exhibit, Aliento A Tequila. Joel Salcido enjoys photographing our beautiful Texas and you can find his work in Texas Monthly.

Also, Tequila Don Julio Master Distiller and inspiration behind the photography series, Enrique de Colsa, was in attendance for the event to greet everyone and accept an image that Salcido took at the Don Julio distillery, La Primavera. While taking in the exhibit, guests enjoyed authentic Mexican fare alongside Tequila Don Julio specialty cocktails made by local mixologist Javier Flores, including the Don Burro made with Tequila Don Julio Blanco, ginger cordial, fresh lime and cucumber juice and a house made apple serum.

Don Burro Cocktail

Don Burro Cocktail

The event came full circle as guests enjoyed the images while learning about the Tequila making process, from harvesting, cooking, to distilling the Tequila and tasting Tequila Don Julio 70, 1942 and REAL, three of the añejo and extra-añejo variants that have been aged perfectly in American White Oak Barrels until ready.

Admission is always free at the Mexican American Cultural Center for Exhibits and you can receive a temporary parking pass once requested at the main office.

Here are the recipes for the fantastic drinks served at the event containing Tequila Don Julio so you can make at home: Please Click on images if you would like to enlarge.

Don Burro Cocktail

Don Burro Cocktail

Tequilero de Noche Cocktail

Tequilero de Noche Cocktail

Do you have a favorite cocktail that you make with Tequila Don Julio? Would you rather sip on Tequila Don Julio? I really enjoyed sipping Don Julio 1942, but these specialty cocktails are definitely going to be at our next function. I always love a signature cocktail at our parties. If you are 21 years or older & follow @donjuliotequila on Instagram, they post specialty cocktails on their feed.

Thanks for coming by friends & Lots of love,

Lisa

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Killer High Protein Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

Hello Sunshine! Are you a techie waiting for the Apple Announcements tomorrow? My husband always jokes that he is taking the day off to watch these. He likes to be ‘In The Know’ with Apple products. I like it because he can always help me if I have questions about the new software or backing up my laptop!

So, about a year or so ago we got a few Trader Joe’s here in Austin and I never have gone to shop at one of the locations. I must admit I am a Whole Foods, Central Market and HEB shopper and I did not want to add another grocery store to my rotation. Well, The Hubby said on Saturday morning that we should go check it out so I thought I would get on the website and see what they had to offer before I went in. I found that they had lots of recipes and I saw a ‘High Protein, Gluten Free Brownies’ so I printed it up and thought I might as well get the supplies while I was there and give it a try. I do not eat sweets, but high protein & gluten free made me a bit interested. The ingredient list was short & the directions were minimal, just the way I like it!

Now, like I said, I have never been to Trader Joe’s before so I am not sure if they are all like this but I found it so easy to find all of my needed ingredients. I needed organic sugar~ there was only 1, I needed unsweetened cocoa~ there was only 1, etc. When I shop at another store, there are so many options to choose from. It seems like Trader Joe’s doesn’t give me any choice so I don’t have to think! I guess that is good? They only have their brand so I should not expect any other.

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

However, let me tell you, these brownies went fast in our house! So their brand must be a great quality & their brand was  reasonably priced. I can see these being requested again & me making them again. Luckily they are easy to make. Thanks Trader Joe’s for making me a star baker!

I hope you get a chance to make these brownies because you really don’t notice that they are high protein or gluten free. I know, why make them? Well, why not? Try something different to add to the rotation.

‘High Protein Gluten Free Brownies’

Lots of love,

Lisa

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So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal!

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

 

Hello Sunshine! School is back! Some are happy, some are sad. I always say we need to pay teachers more whenever we have an opportunity. Our teachers do so much to educate our children for 9 months and we do our very best with the 3 months we have, but really we are not the professionals~ they are. Not saying we are not to help with teaching their curriculum when they are out for the school days. Just that we may not be best at starting any new studies on our own. Always give those teachers the best we can when the little cherubs return!

So for this month for BlogHer I mentioned that we are all writing about healing. Emotional healing is what I have been focusing on or when I have been brainstorming. Then, as I have been all summer~ I was going to my post op visit for my broken ankle. Some of you may know that I broke my ankle Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, that’s right ~ the beginning of Summer! The Texas BBQ smell is in the air, my summer dresses are ready to get out, my summer heels are ready to be worn & I am ready to just get some color because I suffer from migraines and I’ve been struggling with my Vitamin D so I have really lacked in my Latina bronze!

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Then summer begins & I break my ankle! I didn’t know the first week that it was broken, or I was in denial. I thought I just twisted it really bad when I fell as I was coming out of my Mini Cooper with too many shopping bags and my large Chloe handbag. No, I never feel the need to make more trips to the car, that’s absurd! Well, finally I went to the primary care & yes, it was broken so I needed to see a surgeon. Yes, Surgery Needed, ‘When would you like to schedule?’ I’m thinking,  ‘Today is Monday.’ Surgeon says, ‘I can schedule your surgery Friday, but you may want a second opinion & discuss with…’ I interrupt,’That sounds great, if I think about it too much… besides I really want to just get this over with and get back to normal!’ Ha! Oh Yes! That is where my surgeon should have said, ‘Hold up, wait a minute!’ I was in a hurry from the very beginning. Like Sweet Honey Brown, ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!’ I was scheduled to have surgery June 6th. Done & done!

Well, I have luckily been moving right along every month, using my crutches (not very easy), doing my ankle exercises andwearing that ‘Stylish & Always Fashionable Post Surgery Boot’. For me this has been very difficult because I was just getting ready to wear my dresses and linen pants and just purchased great backless jumpsuits from Neimans that I knew would look fabulous with my 3″ heels! Guess what? Those fashion dreams ended when my ankle was broken.

I finally saw my surgeon last month and he said I could wear a ‘sneaker’ or a ‘running shoe’. Ok, I have those, but I use those when I run & when I run I am on the great Hike & Bike Trail in Austin so they get that really dusty look or even when I use them in our neighborhood, they get a good looking wear. So I did what anyone would do, I went shopping for a new pair of ‘sneakers’ or ‘running shoes’ to wear that I could use with my summer outfits that would look nice and not like one of those office people that walk around with pretty clothes & running shoes. Nothing against them, it’s just not my look & I could not rock it as well. I was out for most of the day with no luck, but I did find a great pair of heels that will look great when I am healed! I did try to stand in them & it was a no go. I thought if I need to go anywhere nice, I can be carried in them for now, but anyway I will try another day for the surgeon ‘Prescribed Sneaker’.

I never was able to go out for a good shoe that he had ordered and it was time to see my surgeon again. I had found my adorable pair of Mary Jane type of traction shoes that I wear sometimes when I am doing lots of walking on vacation. Perfect, right? Wrong! My surgeon said, ‘Cute, but not enough support.’ I also got in a bit of trouble for working out on my ankle. I really thought it would be a good idea to start doing squats with weights to build up my muscle, but apparently it is just too soon. Let me tell you, going shopping on my ankle all day is just not a good idea either. I just like to go out and get the weekly groceries to Whole Foods, Central Market, Costco and if we want to see a movie we will go to walk around the beautiful downtown Austin to the Violet Crown Cinema. Well, I have been a bit stubborn and pushing my ankle too much. My kind and wise surgeon said it’s no wonder that I am having so much pain because I am giving it to myself. I really need to be more homebound.

My New 'Hardware'

My New ‘Hardware’

What I thought was physical healing of my ankle has become more of an emotional healing. I really need to stop being so stubborn and stop pushing myself. I keep wanting to get back to normal and I think if I start acting like my normal self, my ankle will also. I got a huge wake up call that my ankle is going to tell me when I can go back to my normal self instead of me. I waited until I was 40 years old to break a bone and I still do not have the knowledge to listen to my body. As much as I am tired of being homebound, it really does not matter. I need to get over it and do what is best for ankle no matter how sad I am about it.

I know many of you are wise enough to know this, but I wanted to share with you my healing dilemma. I will always be honest with you, even with my flaws! So what if I missed my fashion this summer, big deal! I just have more reason to look forward to my Fall wardrobe, with more supportive shoes. I do hope I find some cute ones….

Lots of love,

Lisa

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An Unexpected Thank You Letter

An Unexpected Thank You

An Unexpected Thank You

Hello Sunshine! I know it’s been a while since I have posted, I have had some severe migraines & I am afraid they have really impaired me from doing too much. My apologies for not keeping up with you.

A while back I posted a Blog about attending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing for Hard Choices at Book People in Austin. I mentioned how kind she is and was to me and I will always appreciate her sincerity. Well, during my migraine spells, I received this letter from Mrs. Clinton and I wanted to share it with you.

I can only express again how much I always recommend visiting a book signing for your favorite author or any public, govornment official that may be visiting your town. I always believe that even if you believe in their politics or not, it is someone that could be a once in a lifetime moment, why not check it out?

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

I also wanted to share with you this fantastic snack that we enjoyed while watching The Little League World Series. Heirloom Tomatoes are out now and if you can find them at your local farmers market, grab them! If you can’t find them there, then check out your local supermarket. I grabbed these at Whole Foods. They made it so convenient with the fresh made mozzarella next to them! I had to go home and make some fresh Basil Pesto. I finished the dish with my favorite olive oil from, Mandola’s, sprinkled with fresh Comet Tail Black Pepper and fleur de sel. Oh, we indulged, but it was so worth it!

Labor Day is monday and I do hope you have the day off. Thankfully, we are taking extra time off. So, the hubby and I will be spending a good amount of time together simply relaxing. I hope you enjoy and relax during your holiday, because you deserve it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Why Not See A Movie This Weekend?

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Hello Sunshine! Happy Friday. Do you have any plans for the weekend? We are staying in. It’s been a rough week with the loss of Lauren Bacall & Robin Williams. The riots that are going on in St. Louis for the young gentleman, Michael Brown & the loss of the gentleman Michael Brown. I wanted to let you know of some movies that we have seen recently if you are planning to see a movie.
To Have And Have Not

To Have And Have Not

If you would like to see a classic & remember Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not is a

We Remember Dead Poets Society

We Remember Dead Poets Society

great classic to remember her with Humphrey Bogart.

If you would like to remember Robin Williams, I have always loved him in Good Will Hunting & Dead Poets Society. Funny, because he has given me so much joy in Birdcage, but I felt so much love in the other movies. He really tugged at my heart in the other movies.

When I feel my heart burn and my tears flow from someone who can make me laugh usually it makes me so out of the normal and realize that this is someone that can really is an amazing actor. He also did so much out of acting that I know he was an extraordinary gentleman.

These movies may be available on Amazon or Netflix as a stream, but if you have the DVD’s that is even better.

Le Weekend

Le Weekend

The movie that is available on Netflix DVD loan is Le Weekend, but it is also available on cable TV rentable movies/Pay-Per-View. It is a great

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

movie about an older couple spending the weekend in Paris. They have some adventures and they are just like any other couple. Very entertaining & is in English language.

Last week we saw A Man Most Wanted. This is a great Spy Thriller. If you like twists and turns this is the movie for you! This movie is set in Germany, but not in German language, so no need to read subtitles. This was one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movies, I believe. He was always a terrific actor. I would always see his name on a movie & knew I wanted to see it just for him. Yes, his portrayal in Capote was wonderful, but he was fantastic in Doubt, The Savages & Charlie Wilson’s War.

Boyhood

Boyhood

My absolute favorite movie in theaters now is Boyhood. I know, you are thinking I am favoriting because I am an Austinite. Not true! This really is a great movie. The way Linklater made this movie over a 12 year span documenting a family is absolutely wonderful! This is a modern family and also seems like a normal family. A modern and normal young man who goes through his boyhood. I could not help but think of my child hood growing up & then thinking of my son growing up. I know this movie started in limited release, but I think it is out at more theaters now. I do hope you find it where you are and I do hope you see it soon. 

Let me know what movie you see, if you go out, I always love a movie recommend, or if you see a movie~ take a pic at the theatre and tag me in you Instagram @princessmousey

Well, that is all I have for you now.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Food Swaps Are The Bee’s Knees!

Food Swap

Food Swap

Wow! What a fantastic evening with The ATXswappers! You may have read a previous post of mine, The Beginners Guide To Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches, where I mentioned my girlfriend Andi had invited me to join her in attending a food swap. Well, all of those cans of peaches I made for the swap are gone and swapped for some delicious & home cooked, homemade or homegrown goods!

I am so grateful to have Andi for letting me know about this fantastic event and grateful for all of the friendly swappers I met last night! I really love meeting new friends & I look forward to attending more Swapping Events!

Guess what? Food Swap Networks are not just in Austin, Texas! Check Food Swap Network to find one where you live & you can participate. I brought 7 jars of my Pickled Peaches. 8 jars, but I needed 1 jar for everyone to sample. It’s good to sample your good to ‘sell’ your item so that other swappers want to swap with you. After you place your item on the table, we all place our samples on a separate sample table. Perfect for us to all mingle and meet new people and ask what each other made to swap. While we are sampling, more swappers are coming in. Yum, more samples are coming in. Our event is so organized. We have Kate from Hip Girl’s Guide To Homemaking & she has so much information on her blog about swaps. Also, Meg from Brooklyn Homesteader is another host that keeps everything very organized. Everything at our swap went absolutely perfect and I know it would not, had it not been for our great hosts & our great swappers.

Oh, not everyone brought 7 items (as I did), or more of their swap item. Some swappers just brought 1-3 items. Some brought more. Some brought a variety of goods. I am sure most Food Swaps are very open to what you bring.

I do hope you attend a Food Swap sometime, I really think you will enjoy it!

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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My Food Swap Fantastic Swaps

My Food Swap Fantastic Swaps

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Pickled Fredricksburg Peaches

Here Comes A New Idea For A Personalized Gift!

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Personalized Flour Sack Kitchen Towels

Hello Sunshine! I hope you are well, I am a busy bee getting holiday cards ready for my little Etsy shop. I love working on holiday cards and last year was my first Christmas, I found myself a little unprepared. I wanted to share with you these cute little personalized flour sack dish towels that I plan on making for a few of our friends and family for the holidays. I always find personalized gifts are the best gifts! You place the receivers name and something specific about the family or couple that makes them feel special & they always want to use it in their home. Plus, they will always think of you! It shows how much thought is put into the gift and when it is something that is made by hand, even better! Mr. Diaz & I were married on Halloween, so I made our dish towel with the Dia de los Muertos theme. I love that theme for most of our items in home because of our anniversary. I also have been known to say ‘Hello Sunshine’ for years, so I love the bright and cheery daisy with the ‘Hello Sunshine’ on our sink. These dishtowels are kitchen usable and cold water washable, so that is even better!

Placing The Design

Placing The Design

You want to purchase good quality Flour Cloth Towels. 100% cotton, large towels. I made a purchase from Amazon and I was very happy with the quality and price. I purchased the Office Depot Iron On Transfer Brand paper. They worked fine. I used our normal iron, no need to use another iron. You will need a INK JET PRINTER for the iron on transfers. The images can be from your own pictures or from an image website. I found dustn.tv has found the best places to find free images online. So check him out!

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts

Personalized Gifts Are The Best Gifts This Tea Cup is a Souvenir from our Trip to The UK, I took a photo of it & placed it on a kitchen cloth with ‘Hello Sunshine!’

Once you have your supplies, you want to pick your image that will be perfect for your gift & what you would like to print also. You can use so many different fonts to mix with your image as well. Since our image for our home was the skull, I wanted a ‘metal band’ font, so I went to my favorite website for fonts, Dafont, to download the perfect one. Dafont has every font imaginable for you. If you are looking for a Space font, Princess font, Spooky font, Movie font, or just any font! Use Dafont for this project or any project. Print your image & writing onto the Iron On Transfer. Also, don’t forget to Mirror or flip the image before printing. The design will be mirrored or flipped on your flour clothes when it is transferred.  I try to print as much as I can per page, to not waste transfer paper. As far as the print, I will use print as much as I can on 1 page. I do use 1  81/2 X 11 page for the image for the size flour clothes that I purchased. Before I Iron on my transfer I iron out your flour cloth to make sure there are no wrinkles on the transfer. I like to make sure my Iron On Transfer is centered, so I measure out the sides to the center to place my image. Place the iron on the setting that your transfer paper brand requires, my brand requires ‘cotton’ setting. When you start ironing, place the iron on the image to immediately stick the page to the cloth and press firmly on the image when ironing on. If you do not press firmly, your image will not transfer clearly. Follow the directions on your transfer paper for times, but it should not take long. Depending on your image size, it could take 1-3 minutes per image. Let the image cool before removing the paper and once it is removed you are set!

These are great gifts & fast gifts to make for those last moment invites or times that you really want to do something special. Also, great gifts in addition to a wedding registry gift for a newlywed couple. Placing the couples name with their wedding date and a picture that goes with their theme would be lovely with a gift! I love giving these to a party hostess with a bottle of wine wrapped inside the towel! Like I mentioned, I am getting my Christmas goodies ready, these make great Christmas Party Hostess Gifts with Christmas Themes. I love making these with ‘Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.’ or ‘Happy Holidays’

With you personalizing these, there are just so many options! Also, try personalizing pillow cases for the little ones. I will be making Minecraft pillow cases for my nephews. They are really into that right now!

Let me know what you make & don’t forget to instagram! Tag me in @princessmousey or @princessmouseycards. I would love to see your creations.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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