Before your Show at The Straz

· Anastasia at The Straz, now until Sunday, 5.12.19 ·

*disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with The Straz Center and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to see Anastasia in exchange for blog & social media love. all opinion are my own. Anastasia is currently at The Straz, and you do not want to miss it! The costumes are extravagant, the set is visually mesmerizing,…

  • A few things, before Avengers: Endgame

    April 26, 2019

    I promise, no spoilers.

    But, it’s perfect. 

    Even before I owned too many Marvel graphic tees, and even prior to creating a secret Pinterest board…

  • Straz Center: Les Misérables

    January 17, 2019

    *disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with The Straz Center and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to see Les Misérables in exchange for blog & social…

  • Apple Horchata Margarita with Envy™ Apples

    December 13, 2018

    disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with Envy™ apples and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, this post & recipe is sponsored. all opinions are my own. 

    If you know…

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    Apple Horchata Margarita with Envy Apples
    A Horchata Margarita is one of my favorites at my regular spot in Epcot - since I have always wanted to make my own horchata, I knew adding Envy™apples would just make it even better!
    Course Beverage
    Prep Time 1 hour
    Passive Time 8 hours
    Servings
    Ingredients
    Course Beverage
    Prep Time 1 hour
    Passive Time 8 hours
    Servings
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. In a blender, add 2 cups of water, rice, 3 apples (cut & cubed) and cinnamon sticks. Blend away! Add your last 2 cups of water and blend. 
    2. Set aside to sit & soak for 8 hours at room temperature. This is when the magic happens!
    3. Using your other Envy™apple, quarter it then slice thinly. In a small container, add your apple slices (these will be garnish for your finished product) and 4 oz of tequila. Allow to sit overnight with your Horchata.
    4. After 8 hours - time to strain! Not gonna lie, this was quite a task due the apples being like sponges after their soak. Here is what worked best for me: first, strain with a normal strainer. This should allow majority of the reminents to be left behind. Next, using a cheese cloth, strain your horchata again - you may need to get dirty and squeeze the liquid out of the cheese cloth - I had to!
    5. Stir in your vanilla, milk and some cinnamon or cinnamon sugar. And voila! Your apple horchata is complete - to enjoy with everyone, serve over ice and Salud! To enjoy with a few adults, keep reading.
    6. To enjoy my true purpose of this recipe, in an 8 oz cup, add 1-2 oz of tequila over ice, top off with your Horchata, add a couple of the apple slivers (that have been soaking in tequila) to garnish and top with a dash of cinnamon. Now - that's a salud!
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  • Let Love In with “Hello Dolly”

    December 7, 2018

    *disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with The Straz Center and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to see Hello Dolly in exchange for blog &…

  • Cirque du Soleil: Crystal

    November 20, 2018

    disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Cirque du Soleil, I did receive complimentary tickets to experience Crystal in exchange for a blog review &…

  • Up Your Veggies with Sprouts #livinontheveg

    November 4, 2018

    disclaimer: thanks to my relationship with Sprouts Farmers Market, this is a sponsored post to help share to my local community awesomeness of Sprouts. all opinions…

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    Veggie Pasta Salad
    With the challenge to up my veggies, I remade my Dad's famous (yet simple & delicious) pasta salad thanks to knowledge from Sprouts. #livinontheveg
    Cuisine Salads
    Prep Time 40 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Servings
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    Ingredients
    Cuisine Salads
    Prep Time 40 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Servings
    servings
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. First, cook both of your boxes of pasta; I made mine with two boxes since I knew I would want plenty of leftovers. The box suggests to run cold water over your pasta once it is strained & cooked - this does help with the consistency of the pasta.
    2. While your pasta is cooking; cut your veggies! I cut my cucumbers into quarters and my peppers into thick, small slivers. Sounds silly, but think of a size that will be easy to get with your fork.
    3. Once your pasta is cooked, place in refridgerator to cool.
    4. Open beans & rinse.
    5. Combine your ingredients, stir gently, add in desired dressing and salt & pepper for taste. Mix your ingredients gingerly, sustitute pasta is much more fragile that your typical grain pasta.
    Recipe Notes

    *don't be afraid with the dressing! I was afraid to use too much, but after one day in the refrigerator, I did add more since the pasta & veggies did absorb some of the deliciousness.

    **random - pasta salad is always better on the second day! #livinontheveg

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