I remember celebrating my very first Cinco De Mayo with my father. He took me to a festival happening in Cincinnati Ohio. I was blown away with all the culture, food and family vibes. If you don’t know my father’s mother was part Mexican, no wonder I am so caliente! :)
Since we are quarantined and I can’t celebrate with my friends and family, I decided to have my very own little “Cinco De May-Mo!” Here is what I did:
Picked up these super cute decorations, dishes and cups from Target you can find them here
Made a super easy taco dip
-Mix cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning (about 3-4 tablespoons) in bowl. I got fancy and mixed it with my electronic hand mixer my mother gave to me
-Spread mix in a square or round pan - I used a 12 X 9 inch pan
-Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives and any other toppings you wish
-Serve with Chips! (Make sure you refrigerate until ready to serve.)
Enjoyed a delicious tequila cocktail from Hidden Spirits Cocktails
(PS this is a black woman owned liquor brand and this drink was AMAZING).
Hidden Spirits Cocktails is a black woman owned liquor brand and I got to try a bottle of the Strawberry. It’s already mixed with tequila and ready to serve. I loved it! The cocktail was not overpowering, the tequila is subtle and smooth. Unlike most pre-made mixed drinks it tasted as if it was just made in front of me at the bar. Please go check out their brand here
Hope you enjoyed my fiesta!!
Alright, this was the most low maintenance meal but was SO GOOD. I promise, if I can do this - so can you! So lately, I’ve been keeping it low carb/high protein but it was Friday so I decided to treat myself to some carbs, responsibly. Also, I decided to cook with whatever was in my fridge because my bank account told me to sit down somewhere. Here is what I made and the sauce is only 4 ingredients! (Minus seasoning, gotta have seasoning).
Here is what you need:
Let me start by saying, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL COOK and you know I typically don’t have much time to cook. So anything made easy, I’m on it. Many of you may know me as the crockpot queen but I can also make a mean one pan meal. Right now during quarantine I am focusing a low carb, high protein meal plan (not a diet, lifestyle changes). I am cutting out most meat, although I treated myself to a little bacon, for this meal :) The Lord is still working on me.
My favorite recipe inspiration site is Pinterest! I found this bomb, “Loaded Cauliflower Casserole Bake.” So I decided to make a Kroger run and pick up all the ingredients I needed. It’s really simple and most things you probably have in your refrigerator already.
Ingredients all found at my local Kroger:
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Do you like Bloody Mary's? Give it a try!
It’s Fri-yay! Let’s face it, we had a long week not knowing what day is. I’ve missed happy hour with friends, so I decided to pick me up a few ingredients to my favorite cocktail, a Bloody Mary. Now, I know some folks may not like them, but have we really given the Bloody Mary a chance? It’s the perfect drink anytime of the day, I literally ask for a Bloody Mary at both morning and evening events. Plus, it has tomato juice in it, which has vitamin C - did you know that? Every now and then I #treatmyself
Here is the recipe to my favorite drink (and it’s super easy!)
* 1 part vodka of your choice, I made this with Titos Vodka
* 4 parts Bloody Mary mix, my favorite is Zing Zang Mix
*Squeeze of fresh lime
*Optional: I like adding celery seed, black pepper, green olives and a pickle :)
You can also jazz up your bloody mary with cheese, meats and really anything you want. I love going to a bar or restaurant who has a bloody mary bar where you can make your own. It's like a drink and meal all in one!
Remember, we may be quarantined but drink safely and only if you are 21 and older.
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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