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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Thrift Store Make-Over

DIY Thrift Store Make-Over

DIY Thrift Store Make-Over

Do you have a guest bathroom that you hardly use, but when you do~ you remember that it is in need of something? That is the way our guest bathroom was. I would go in there and notice that our extra roll of bath tissue had no home. I also was never fond of the ‘sitting’ area not having an electrical outlet for a fragrance plug-in, for those times of longer sitting. It’s not a large area, so it needed something small and could easily be out of the way. Also, I am such a money saver, I had to find something that was not costly. I wanted it to be nice, but again~ it had a little purpose. I just never got around to getting anything in there.

With my healing ankle I have been using the guest bathroom more for convenience & it kept bothering me, so one day I woke up and decided to try my local thrift store. I had visioned a used telephone table. Who uses those anymore anyway? Well, I found nothing. A few cabinets that were too big with drawers and just too much more than what I needed. Then, I notice a little pedestal. It was one of those you would find in a Mexican Market, all white & just looks like a column. I checked the price, $4.99. SOLD!

$4.99

$4.99

I brought it home, brushed it up for cleaning. Now, I am a crafter, so I have plenty of paints, but if you do not, you can find plenty of small acrylic paints at craft shops for about .99 each color. Very affordable and depending on the color matching for your decorating, it could be even less. I also have plenty of small inexpensive disposable paintbrushes, but if you do not, try your local Discount Stores, Dollar Item Stores or even craft stores have brushes for .99 each. I was just matching our pedestal with our other bathroom decor so I roughly painted the teal first, then the brown. You will see in the pics it looks really harsh, but once those colors dried, I sponged the gold over and that is what hides the rough paint work I did.

Now, we have something for that extra bathroom tissue, a reed diffuser oil bottle & decorative candle holder. Never forget your nearby Thrift Shop! It is a great way to recycle, repurpose and you will have something in your home that you created. I just happened to find something for $4.99 instead of buying something somewhere else for way too much more.

Thrift Store Make Over

Thrift Store Make Over

I hope you all find some great treasures out there & let me know what you find. I would love to see how you repurposed an item you thrifted.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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