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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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Food

Who’s Hungry

Happy Sunday Babes! I hope you’re having a restful weekend.

My boo & I have been sick all week, (I’m just starting to feel nearly 100% again), so I’m looking forward to this new week without a mountain of tissues and whining (on my part; I’m a total baby when ill).

In less sicko news, this is my 100th post on Babe Daily!! Let’s celebrate with food, shall we?!

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Gluten Free Instant Noodle Cups from Gluten Free On A Shoestring
  2. Easy Pickled Onions from Shared Appetite
  3. Carnitas Clado from Gimmie Some Oven
  4. Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce from Domestic Fits

What are you making this week?

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Who’s Hungry

Happy Monday Babes! Hope your week is off to a good start.

I’ve apparently got a hankering for rice, because it seems to be a featured ingredient this week.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

  1. Mushroom Risotto from Martha Stewart
  2. Kabab Koobideh from Turmeric & Saffron
  3. Lime & Coconut Chicken Paillards from Fine Cooking

What are you making this week?

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Beauty

Summer Polish

Babe Warning: There is only one month of summer left! Appropriately, Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness is playing as I write this. So, let’s kick it into overdrive and squeeze all we can out of this season. Starting with our nails!

I am by no means saying you can’t wear these shades through the rest of the year. Personally, I get excited to wear more vibrant, colorful polish when its hot & sunny out, so I tend to lean toward these colors in the summer.

Here are my summer polish picks:

01. Essie Clambake | 02. L’Oreal Royally Reinvented 107 | 03. Revlon Make Mine Mango 920 | 04. Old Navy Merry Perry similar here | 05. L’Oréal New Money 108

What’s your favorite summer polish?

 

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Classic Rocks Margarita
Food

Classic Rocks Margaritas | Hump Day Treat

I don’t like to play favorites (yes, I do), but if I had to choose a fave cocktail, the margarita would be going home a winner. It’s got all the right elements, I think, a cocktail should bear. Not overly sweet, bright & refreshing, and, most importantly, it’s got a serious kick.

I’ve closed out the year with margaritas. I’ve celebrated a beautiful summer day with margaritas (& my even more beautiful BFF). I like margaritas so much, my first (legal) drink was a margarita from Chipotle. I’ll never forget that first taste of the perfection that is eating Mexican food & drinking tequila.

So babes, it would behoove you to have a good-sized lunch to soak up all the impending tequila, because tonight we’re having margaritas!

Here’s how it’s done.

  • 4 oz Lime Juice (fresh squeezed please)
  • 6 oz Silver Tequila
  • 2 tsp Orange Liqueur
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup (Combine equal parts water & sugar, heat until dissolved. Keeps in the fridge for a week)
  • Chilled rocks glass(s) filled with ice (I used a wine glass, use whatever glass you like, it’s your cocktail)
  • Jigger or other measuring device
  • Cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Salt for rimming the glass
  • Slices or wedges of lime for garnish

Photo of Ingredients

Gather your arsenal.

 

Prep your glass(s) by rubbing the rim with a lime wedge then dipping the glass in salt. Then, fill your glass with ice.

 

Into the shaker, pour the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, & simple syrup (I missed the shot of the lime juice going in, forgive me).

 

Photo fo Finished Drink

Shake until chilled through. Then, strain into your prepared glass(s), garnish with lime, & drink up! This recipe makes 2 drinks, so share with a friend… or don’t 😉

What’s your fondest margarita moment?

 

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