January – March 2016 – Food “Holidays” Recap

Super Bowl – February 7

Spiced Pecans * Roast Beef Horseradish Sandwich * Bacon-wrapped Fruit Bites * Buffalo Rolls * Proscuitto Fontina Pinwheels * Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Torte *

Mardi Gras Pot Luck – February 9

Mardi Gras Sugar Cookies *  Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Torte *

Margarita Day – February 22

Leap Day – February 29

Apple Carrot Cupcakes *

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Apple Carrot Muffins – slightly amazing. And, no. I’m not bragging.

Pi Day – March 14

Apple Walnut Pie *

Butter Pie Crust *

St Patrick’s Day – March 17

Guinness Brownies *

Easter – March 27

Not sure yet, but I have a few days to sort it out. Yikes.


Margarita Day – February 22

D&D_0741I just don’t get why Margarita Day is in February. Who thought that was a good idea anyway?  It’s cold outside (even here in Florida), at least in our hemisphere, so who wants an iced, and/or frozen drink of any kind? Ugh.

To my mind, Margarita Day should be in August – When it is hot outside and a cold lime flavored drink is just excellent. I realize citrus is at it’s peak now, but you can get Persian limes any time of year. Now here’s the thing though, if I want a margarita, I want a good one. Fresh lime juice, no overly sweet sour-mix – ugh the chemicals there are too horrid to think of. Decent tequila, but not ridiculous expensive tequila. After all, it is a drink with fruit juice and salt. Not a fan of triple sec, but do like a splash of Grand Marnier. I have to go with salt. It is the thing to balance the drink. Otherwise it is just too friggin’ sweet.

Or the other drink you could have in the summer is a Coronarita. A mix of a Corona (a very small one) with a Margarita – again, must be really hot outside for this to work. Otherwise – ugh.

This year Margarita Day is on a Monday. Guess I won’t get to enjoy it. At least not out anywhere. Nope, won’t even enjoy it at home. We really never have any liquor in the house. It will just be beer.

But stay tuned for some lime dessert in honor of the day.

A Year Ago – Margarita Day

National Margarita Day – 22 February

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Margarita Day @ Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach 2014

The Man of the House and I kind of fell into Margarita Day last year. We were at our local (beach local) and had no idea such that a thing existed. And I have to say that February is totally the wrong time for a Margarita. Jeez – no one drinks a Margarita in the winter, and yes, February, is our idea of winter. I know it’s Florida, but it does get slightly seriously cold in the northern part of Florida – at least this year. Although there are times when we do wear open toe sandals in February – it’s just a perk.

You do know, visitors, that we can recognize you by the drinks you order. We do love our snow birds. I mean, they live here part time and that’s pretty cool. But when a  tourist visitor orders a Margarita in February, the same thing for you visitors ordering Bushwackers, and we just know.  You are a tourist. Sorry, we will be nice to you since you keep our taxes low-ish, but we know who you are. The rest of us are drinking beer or maybe a bloody mary or a mimosa on Sunday until we start drinking beer again. It’s just a thing.

I really think that Margarita Day needs to be moved to August. It’s when locals drink them mostly. Or a CoronaRita – hello beer and tequila. And it does work that time of year. Because while you all come here in the spring, we live here even through the dreadful months (August & September – the worst of the season) and the humidity. Again – just a thing we do.

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$1 margaritas 2014

We are going to our local on Sunday (22 Feb) just to see how this all  plays out this year. I will wait until they run out of well tequila and when they shift into the good stuff, I may just have one.  Even though it is February.