Thirsty Thursday--Lemon Drop Martini

The Lemon-Drop Martini is this week's featured cocktail.

And, I'm kind of sad...
because I'm kind of on a cocktail hiatus right now.
I'm doing a Metabolic Diet and alcohol is a no-no at this stage.
I don't know if I can abstain indefinitely,
but am definitely going to give it my best shot
(for a little while anyway)

So (sob-sob) Thirsty Thursday will be on a little break---
just a little one for a short while,
at least until I'm past the first stages in my weight loss plan--ugggh!!
(I've already lost 10.5 lbs up to this point with diet and exercise-so I'm motivated to keep going.)

Just in case you were wondering, though,
I actually made this cocktail a little while back.
Photographed it,
and started the draft.
I don't know what happened,
but I never shared.

Good thing I guess.

Fall Wish List

We've had one cool day,
not a cold day,
but a day that dipped into the 70's...
and I am so ready for fall.

I can't wait for boots, jackets, and sweaters.
I even started decorating my house for fall this past weekend
(photos to come soon).

I absolutely love fall clothes-really clothes for all seasons,   
but I adore the comfort and coziness of fall, and 
I love, love, love boots.
(Did I say that already??)

Here are a few of my favorites that I plan on adding to my fall wardrobe.

Fall Wish List

How much do you love that clutch and silk dress?
Oh, and that sweatshirt is gorgeous.
I can't wait.
(I sure do hope that someone special reading this gets me that watch ASAP--hint, hint Honey.)

The NEW Laundry Room and Storage Area

A few months ago we decided that we needed a little more space in our laundry room.
We actually use our laundry room as a space for laundry, extra storage, and as a bedroom for our sweet pups.
We were totally out of room.
I wanted a space that would hold all of my extra china, glassware, and serving pieces in addition to laundry, a full size fridge, and a massive wine fridge.
The biggest requirement I had for the room, though, was for it to look as if it were there when we built our house.

We contacted our builder and he was more than happy to turn our outside storage junk room into a laundry room addition.

I don't know why, but I didn't take any pictures of the before space.
(Probably because it was a sad little space.)

Thirsty Thursday--Mango, Peach, and Jalapeno Margaritas

So the other day I was wandering aimlessly through the grocery store thinking about what my cocktail should be for this week.
I knew that I wanted a margarita, fo-sho,
but didn't know exactly what kind.

I have to stop myself every once in a while,
because I would make a margarita for you every single week.
That is how much I love them.

I didn't want the same old margarita,
but something fruity with a little kick.
(for the LSU game-GEAUX TIGERS) 
and I knew that I wanted something smoky and tangy.

Then I saw a few delicious mangoes and peaches.
I couldn't decide between them, 
so I thought why not put them together in one drink.

I added a little of my outta control jalapenos and it was on.

Rustic Peach Tart

Every Sunday night we host a family gathering.
A meal that my husband and I cook for the girls, my parents, and ourselves.
It is a lot of fun.
Sometimes friends join us, 
but mainly it's just family.
Very casual and relaxed.

It's also a great excuse to try out different recipes that I've wanted to make all week,
but didn't have the time or energy.

A few Sundays ago I decided to add this free-form Peach Tart to our Sunday dinner.

This recipe is a variation of the one that I had featured in 
Louisiana Cookin' magazine a few years back.

Rustic Peach Tart

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1 pie crust 
4 large peaches, cut into eighths
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons Rum (regular or Spiced)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon coarse sugar (such as Demerara)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Combine peaches, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and Rum in large bowl.  Let ingredients sit for at least 30 minutes to combine.  Next, roll out pie crust into a large circle (at least 12 inches) on a baking sheet.
Place the peaches with the juices in the middle of the pie crust.  Fold the crust around the filling. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the egg over the crust.  Sprinkle the entire tart with the coarse sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.