Watermelon Margarita

Thursday, June 11, 2015 0 1

Watermelon Margarita recipe - a refreshing summery drink

My favourite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing. Since the first time I watched it, as a pre-teen, when my parents rented the movie on VHS and excitedly gestured for me to come watch the final dance scene, I have been obsessed. I used to wish that our family would vacation at a camp like Kellerman’s in the Catskills, I’d dream about meeting a hunky guy who would literally sweep me off my feet, I wished my hair was curly and perfectly blowing in the breeze like Baby’s, and I wanted to wear her high-waisted white jeans and crop tops and floaty skirts.

I still know every single word to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and every time I watch Dirty Dancing, I am immensely happy. And Patrick Swayze, well, he is just hot.

You know that scene where Baby carries a watermelon into the staff party and everyone is dirty dancing and all sweaty and she’s standing there in conservative dress with a giant watermelon in her hands, all nervous and innocent? {Watch here if you have no idea what I’m talking about.} Yeah, that’s when she meets Johnny and where it all begins.

And today we’re making watermelon margaritas. Because nobody puts Baby in a corner.

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Raspberry Gin Fizz

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4 1

Gin cocktails are so floral and summery, especially when mixed with a seasonal fruit like raspberries. This Raspberry Gin Fizz is a lovely and delicate drink, made with ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard and fridge. It’s very light on the alcohol, so it’s a great patio sipper, and the dash of lime juice and soda water make it refreshing on a hot day. We’ve had our share of warm summer-like weather lately here in Vancouver, and that is definitely something to celebrate!


Classic Lime Margarita

Monday, February 16, 2015 2 0

It felt blissfully, sumptuously, tantalizingly like Spring this past weekend. The sun streamed through our curtains and onto our bed and I opened the window and lay in the sunshine and dreamed I was on a beach in Mexico. And then J and I took our bikes out of storage for the first time this season and cycled down to the beach to the spot where he proposed a few weeks ago.

It was much different at the beach today – half the city of Vancouver was outside beachcombing! I’m glad J didn’t pop the question on a sunny day – we would have had quite the audience!

We had the loveliest afternoon biking and soaking up the sun that I couldn’t help but think about summer approaching. So excited! I love love love the sunshine and find it difficult to get through Vancouver’s soggy grey winters sometimes.

So when we got home, I decided to mix up the summeriest drink I could think of – margaritas! Classic lime margaritas – sweet, sour, and perfectly salty. We had some simple syrup in our fridge already, and using bottled lime juice, these are a breeze to whip up. I swear I felt transported to a Mexican beach!

Why wait until Cinco de Mayo to have a margarita?! Have one now in the depths of winter! It will cure all your winter blues.


BIG News & a Celebratory Drink: Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail

Sunday, February 1, 2015 2 0

I’ve been a little MIA this past month! I alluded to some stressful family stuff with my step-daughter that we went through at the beginning of the month which we’re now on the other side of (thankfully!).

Last weekend was the first weekend that J and I had together just us since the beginning of December! Can you believe it?! We were both so excited to have some quality alone time that we began joking that the weekend would be The Best Weekend Ever.

Little did I know, J had something planned that would make it the best weekend ever! On Saturday, J told me he’d like to go down to the beach to take a timelapse video of the tide coming in – this is something that he loves doing, so I didn’t think anything of it. Once we got to the beach he asked me to stand in front of the camera so he could compose the shot. Then he came next to me, said some beautiful things, and got down on one knee to propose!!!


Homemade Spiked Eggnog

Saturday, November 29, 2014 2 0

We bought our Christmas tree today. And it’s still November! I got too excited and couldn’t wait until next weekend. J said to me, as he carried it through the front door, “I’ve never put up a Christmas tree in November before!” and I giggled and replied gleefully, “Neither have I!”

So of course, to go with the Bing Crosby Christmas carols and pine tree scent filling our house and fresh snow on the ground from last night (!!!) I just had to make this Homemade Spiked Eggnog. I’ve blogged this recipe before, but I had to post it again with a much prettier photo this time (I have learnt so much about food photography in the past year!)


Rosemary Gin Fizz

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 0 0

Have you ever wondered if your name shapes who you are? I’ve often wondered if I was Jessica or Jennifer or some other very common easy-to-pronounce 80s name, rather than Maresa, if I’d be a slightly different person than I am now.

Having an unusual name (and it’s not even that unusual!) means that it is mispronounced 99% of the time, which has been happening ever since I set foot in my Kindergarten classroom and still happens to this day in the office where I work.

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