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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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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Our World Cup 2014 Spritzer

Princess Mousey Signature Drink Spritzer

Princess Mousey Signature Drink Spritzer

It’s The Fifa World Cup! For 1 month this will be the water cooler talk. I love my Signature Drink. I often call this the Princess Mousey Spritzer or The Diaz Spritzer, but now it is The World Cup Spritzer! I plan on having plenty of these as I watch the matches. I just found this Gosling’s Diet Ginger Beer. It contains no alcohol, no worries. It just has a stronger ginger flavor & I love it! Another favorite is Vernors Ginger Ale. I enjoy diet versions of soft drinks, but I am not against non-diet. Please use what you enjoy best. Here is how I make each of my spritzers:

The World Cup Spritzer

1 Can of your favorite Ginger Ale

3-4 Fresh Strawberries sliced

Mint leaves On The Stem

Lemon

Ice

I simply get my glass add 1/2 crushed ice, then add sliced strawberries. I grab my lemon and make a nice slice for my rim. I add a few drops of the juice, not too much you don’t want to overpower, just add a small zip! Grab you stem of mint and very lightly roll it in between your hands to release the oils. Place the stem your glass. I keep the mint on the stem, because the mint can get caught in the straws or worse, can get in your teeth. Mint leaves in teeth is not very attractive at a gathering. Add the remaining ice almost to the rim. Then pour your ginger ale over your mixture. Use a stirrer to mix it all together and add a straw for enjoying!

I am decorating our straws with Red, White & Blue for Team USA. I am also a Texan, so I thought I would really go all out and add a Texas Shaped Tag to the straw tags. I love straw tags for signature drinks! The ‘D’ is simply for our last name. We are looking forward to having gatherings at each others homes for the weekends of This 2014 World Cup. This is what we are serving for drinks at our home! What team are you cheering for?

Go Team USA!

Lisa

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Austin,Texas, I love you so much!

Jo's Coffee Wall on Congress Ave.

Jo’s Coffee Wall on Congress Ave.

I love my city of Austin, Texas. I am so grateful to have been born and raised here in this fantastic city. When

A view of the Annual Kite Fest from Loop 1

A view of the Annual Kite Fest from Loop 1

I was a kid, my parents did not take me to a little park, we packed up and picnicked in Zilker Park. We went to The Zilker Kite Fest every year. This year the kite fest had to be cancelled due to rain~heartbreaking. We rode The Zilker Zephr, the kiddie train that went throughout the park, and waved to the park goers & runners along the Hike & Bike Trail & they waved back. I have many fond memories there.

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue in Austin, Texas

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue in Austin, Texas

Now, as an adult I use that same Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail to run myself. It is a

Flowers along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Flowers along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Beautiful trail about 10 miles with gorgeous wildflowers, a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan, has beautiful scenic views of Austin & is filled with Austinites who love fitness and the great outdoors. I fell in love with it when I was in a student at Austin High School because the trail even passes by.  We

have many fantastic views along the way of the trail that the

Views along the Trail in Austin, Texas

Views along the Trail in Austin, Texas

10 miles just fly by. So it is a fantastic way to get your exercise in!

Let me tell you about Austin, The Live Music Capital of The World. Thats right,

Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

after all~ this is the home of SXSW & Austin City Limits Music Festival Just to name 2 big music

Events that draw many from near and far. You can guarantee

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas

if a band is touring, they will be here in Austin. My husband & I take full advantage of that. We will see bands like crazy! A wide variety of bands, comedy shows, touring broadway shows, symphonies, metal shows and so much more, one thing~ we have to get tickets quickly, they sell out fast here in Austin. With legendary venues like Stubbs, Austin City Limits, Austin Music Hall, Bass Concert Hall & more. Oh, I will be seeing Morrissey again in May ~ so excited!

Clutch at Emos in Austin, Texas

Clutch at Emos in Austin, Texas

Qui Restaurant in Austin, Texas

Qui Restaurant in Austin, Texas

We are a city of Locavores. We have many popular & local

Justice of The Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People in Austin, Texas

Justice of The Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor at Book People in Austin, Texas

restaurants, we even shop local when we can~ we have the ever so popular and well known Kendra Scott Flagship

Store(my favorite jewelry designer) that has gotten well known & we wear her well in Austin. We have the flagship Whole Foods~ we are a very proud. Our Book People always has book signings, I was honored to have seen & meet The Honorable Justice Sonia Sotomayor and later this month I will be seeing Chelsea Handler.

University of Texas Football Games

University of Texas Football Games

We are football proud to have The University of Texas Football team and are

Us at a University of Texas Football Game

Us at a University of Texas Football Game

looking forward to having a new coach this year, Charlie Strong.

We also have great baseball, basketball, softball & so many other sports that we are proud of.

We have plenty of Tex-Mex. Torchy’s Tacos and Jack Allen’s Kitchen  make fantastic Guacamole that I must order every time.

Torchy's Taco's

Torchy’s Taco’s

We have some scars. I know some of us in Austin are

Tweet

Tweet

still proud, but of course, some of are not. Outside of Austin we can imagine that we do not look as trusting, but we are a good people.

Yes, I am well travelled. I love visiting other cities &

countries. I have been traveling

Austin Bergstrom International Airport Luggage Pickup

Austin Bergstrom International Airport Luggage Pickup

since I was very young. However, I must admit, my favorite part of my vacation is always coming down the escalator of Austin-Bergstrom

Barbara Jordan Life Size Statue at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Barbara Jordan Life Size Statue at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

International Airport and seeing those painted guitars where I pick up my luggage as I come home. Even better when I hear the live music in the airport when I come home on the weekends. As I walk out of the airport, I say goodbye to Barbara Jordan and enjoy my city. I remember everyday,

We are all here for love. I am so happy I was born in Ausin, Texas. I am so happy I can spread my love here in Austin, Texas everyday.

I know Austin is a fantastic city & I would love for you to visit, but let me tell you we are full. We have become very popular and have become over populated. We have too much traffic and

Art is sometimes featured along the Trail in Austin

Art is sometimes featured along the Trail in Austin

unfortunately lost a lot of our charm. It seems like everyone is in a rush and we are missing our moto of ‘Keep Austin Weird’. So please visit. I hope you love it as much as I do & oh do I! And all we need is love!

Austin City Limit Population

Austin City Limit Population

Lisa

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How To Video For Making A Greeting Card

Happy Anniversary Card

Happy Anniversary Card

Here is the link to the You Tube Video : Happy Anniversary Card How To Video Please excuse the mistake of when I say solid paper when I mean to say print paper. I probably have a million other mistakes too! Please excuse all. This is my first How To You Tube Video & 3rd You Tube video in all. Be Gentle Please.

If you do not wish to see the video, here are the written instructions :

This is just a simple Happy Anniversary Card with not too much detail & some of the items I got on sale from Michaels Craft Store. A nice bonus! Michaels has been having a pretty good sale since after Christmas. I had asked one of the employees and she had mentioned that it was to change the seasons and bring out the new Spring Season items. Well, I feel like we can still use lots of these colors for Spring Season and Summer Season.

So I bought of fabric ribbon 4 backs at $1.99, 6 packs at $1.99, and the nicer better fabric 2 packs at $1.99. I also bought lots of sparkles! I love sparkles and at $.79, I love them even more! They also had the large 2 page packs at $1.99 from the high end brand. Some colors you could tell were darker and for Fall, but if that is the color scheme you are looking to work with, perfect. Oh, and multi pack ribbons at $1.99. I just bought a variety of goodies.

Embellishments for The Card

Embellishments for The Card

For the card, you want to start with whatever size card you make, I usually make 5 X 7 cards, so cut your solid color in the size you normally make. and choose the print that you like. I chose this floral because it goes really well with these ribbon flowers that I got on sale. This print paper I bought on sale in the Fall left over from the previous Summer Season. (Bargain Again) I cut the print paper 5 X 7 and glue it to one side of the folded card that is in the solid color paper.

Then I start to place how I want the items on the card. I decide I want the flowers on the left and I

Placement

Placement

want the card in a landscape setting, you can always change, that is what is fun about being your own designer! I bought these wooden embellishment banners on sale also, set of 12 for $1.99. I have used them for placing stickers on and you can also stamp on them. I realize I want to place bows on them to dress them up. I love Zots, because they really hold and they are easy to place. They are not easy to remove because like I said they really hold. Also, they come in different sizes. You may use a different brand and if you know a better tried and true, let me know. I always love recommendations.

Place Zots to hold bows

Place Zots to hold bows

I tried yellow and blue ribbon and just yellow ribbon, but I realized the yellow just did not come through. Always look to see how it looks. I always think I know how I want a card, I know the exact colors I want to use and then I make it and it just does not come out right at all. One thing I do is look at it with a camera. Even with your phone camera. Take a picture, look at the picture, see how colors are coming out, what is showing, what is looking a bit too crazy, what is not showing at all, it’s like having another eye, another opinion.

So now I want to stamp my sentiment. You can do it prior to the bows if you are worried that the

Stamp Your Sentiment

Stamp Your Sentiment

bows will get in the way or if your bows are made out of thicker ribbon. I was not quite sure how my ink color or what ink I was going to use, so I waited. I also was still not feeling a greeting! I really make my cards with lots of love and I really have to feel the greeting, it has to come to me. I don’t just go in and say, ‘ I am going to make a Birthday Card’, I really have to feel it. It may sound strange, but that’s how I do it.

Then to place the wooden banners, I really like to give them depth, so I use the 3D adhesives. Just place as many as you need. There are so many different brands out there. Whatever brand you prefer, use that. I like a good sturdy brand that if I make an accident and I try to remove it, it is very difficult and it may leave a scar on the paper. That means I better make a commitment as to where I place them, but at least I know it is sturdy.

Place 3D Adhesives

Place 3D Adhesives

And then you have a finished Happy Anniversary Card or whatever Sentiment you chose to stamp on your card.

One thing I did at the end was change out the center of the Yellow flower. The original center was pearly and the Blue was sparkly. I decided to make them both sparkly. If I looked at this through the camera I may decide to place a ribbon border, a punch border or just more embellishments. As I was finished,I realized it was missing another element. I then placed a scrolled border of teal paper and I felt the banners, bows and flowers really came through. I may add something more or I may take away. You never really know when a card is complete. It may take a while. I may look at it a couple of times with the camera. The fun part of creating anything is you get to choose exactly how everything looks, where everything is placed and when your creation is complete.

I hope you make this card or use some of these steps to make your own card soon. Everyone loves receiving a greeting card in the mail. Especially one that is made with love. If you don’t want to make it, you can always come by Princess Mousey Cards, I have plenty of cards from you to choose from!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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I will be walking in the  Heart & Sole Epilepsy Walk 5K here in Austin / Lakeway on March 1 at 8:30. I would appreciate your consideration or your donation to the event to support:  The Epilepsy Foundation  The walk is THIS SATURDAY here in Austin, but please check the website, there are walks in other areas. As some of you know, I have epilepsy. I had a concussion 2 years ago in July and with that Brain Injury, I now have Daily Migraines, Spinal Stenosis & Epilepsy. I want to do my part in helping fund and bring awareness to Epilepsy and this walk is one of the ways I can do that. Thank you for your support.

Heart & Sole Epilepsy Walk 5K

Heart & Sole Epilepsy Walk 5K

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I Love You Reminder

I Love You Reminder

Today is St. Valentine’s Day! Have you called or visit all of your loved ones and let them know how much you love them? Today is the perfect day! Share as much love to friends, family or even strangers! Lets fill the world with love!

I just wanted to share with you a little reminder that my dad gave us on St. Valentine’s Day about 20+ years ago. Everyday my mother & I would get ready to go to school and work & we woke up with these signs all over the house. I had one on my dressing mirror, on the bathroom mirror, on the front door when we leave the house. There were so many banners all over the house! 

Here I am 40 years old & I no longer have my dad, but I still have a banner from that very day. If you can leave a reminder to your kids, spouse or just anyone, please do. You never know what memories you leave behind for someone. Even something as little as a paper banner that says so much! This is a practice I have placed in my card shop, Princess Mousey Cards. With every order I always send an affirmation card for you to give. I always believe it is the little things that mean so much. If it is for a friend, family member or stranger~just leaving a little ‘sunshine’ can make someone’s day. It is always best to leave your best with everyone. I leave my best to all of you!

Happy Valentine’s Day & I Love You!

Lisa

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For my Low-Carb Friends I wanted to give you my Dessert Treat Recipe: Fresh Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream or feel free to Print the recipe via Google Drive : Fresh Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream

Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream

Berries & Fresh Whipped Cream

Fresh Berries

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 Cup Whipping Cream

10 drops (or to taste) liquid stevia or powdered stevia

1 tsp. vanilla

dashes cinnamon (optional)

hand whisk

place contents in cup and cover with a towel to eliminate splatter. Whisk for 2 minutes. You can uncover after the first minute because the contents should have started to whip! In the 2 minutes you will have 2 cups of the whipped cream and it will be a delicious low carb treat for your valentine’s dessert! Of course, you will have enough for the week. This is more than enough for the holiday.

Cover to eliminate splatter

Cover to eliminate splatter

2 Cups Whipped Cream

2 Cups Whipped Cream

Low Carb. Fresh Tomato Salad

Low Carb. Fresh Tomato Salad

Low Carb. Fresh Tomato Salad

Even though it’s cold outside at 40*, I can always enjoy a healthy fresh ingredient salad! I love that this is simple fresh ingredients. I am still on the Low-Carb. Diet for my Epilepsy. I am sticking with it. I am in month 2 & I am used to it. I even had a friend over, had sandwiches, chips & popcorn for her, but did not indulge in 1 bite! I did have to send the extra party food home with her though!

Small Snacks for a Friends Visit.

Small Snacks for a Friends Visit.

I did have some low carb options for us at the get together. I did not want to fill her up on all carbs! I like my friends to eat healthy also, I just know the usual lunch food is sandwiches.

Yes, I have found myself a little more active, but I am also going through medication changes so I always have a difficult time with that & it drains me.

I found out from my Primary Care Doctor that I need to give up the berries to be pure ketogenic. I could swear I read somewhere that I could still have my berries, but I know I am wrong. I do have some ketogenic days though. My PCP also wants me to switch my diet to South Beach or Mediterranean Diet. I could not get her to understand that I am on this diet for my Epilepsy. She was just concerned that I am not healthy eating in having enough protein. I am trying to incorporate more Mediterranean Diet ingredients. I had this Fresh Tomato Salad today & I wanted to share with you. Just try not to add so much cheese!

Here is the recipe via Google Drive: Fresh Tomato Salad

I hope you get a chance to try it soon, I think you will really enjoy it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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