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Classic Paloma Cocktails

2016 July 28

Cocktails on a Thursday, Leah? What has this blog come to?! I know, it’s not quite Friday but boy oh boy does a Classic Paloma sound good and refreshing right about now.

Classic Paloma Cocktails

Sweet and sparkly grapefruit soda mixed with silver tequila and garnished with a slice of grapefruit. It’s sparkle and pow in a glass. Sparkle! Pow! Bam! I sound like one of those old Batman cartoons. Kapow! Anywhoo…back to cocktail hour. 

Classic Paloma Cocktails

I originally photographed this cocktail to use as a sponsored Instagram post for Jose Cuervo and garnished it with these popsicles to jazz it up. Blap! Ok, I’ll stop.

Classic Paloma Cocktails

But this cocktail is so tasty and EASY to make that it would be a shame not to share it here with all of you…just on the off chance we aren’t friends on Instagram. Hey, we aren’t friends on Instagram? What’s up with that? So, if you are planning a weekend cocktail hour, give these Palomas a try. They really will knock your socks off…or in this case your super hero tights. Zoink!

Classic Paloma Cocktails

Classic Paloma Cocktail
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 part silver tequila
  2. 2 parts grapefruit soda
  3. salt for the rim
  4. wedge of grapefruit for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rim a tall cocktail glass with salt and fill with ice.
  2. Combine tequila and soda in prepared glass and stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit. Popsicle is optional!
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Having More Children

2016 July 27

“Excuse me!” a woman stops me in Trader Joes, wide eyed with excitement. At first I think it’s because my giant double stroller is blocking the way to the $.19 bananas, but she’s ogling at the babies with a look of pure amazement on her face. Here it come…the question. “TWINS?!” “Two boys or two girls?” “Oh, you have your hands full!” The most “duh” statement of the century but I’m humoring her with a smile and short polite answers because #1 my Mama raised me right and #2 I’m trying to get the heck out of there before the twins decide they have had enough of this lady and her questions. “And are you planning to have any more children?” Holy moly.  

Having More Children after Twins

And so goes the conversation with complete strangers just about every time I make a public outing with my double attention attracting gaggle of babies. I swear, if you aren’t a “people person” do not have twins. I repeat…do not…back to my story.

Jason is adamant that we are done having babies. No more children, he says! I’m well, maybe a little wishy-washy and sad about the whole topic. And just for the record, my standard reply when asked by total strangers in Trader Joe’s is, No, we are done!

Having More Children after Twins

You see, Jason and I always planned on having two children so technically I’m the one who’s changing the plans. Four always felt like the perfect number for our family. Everyone has a buddy to sit next to on the airplane and we can still get away with having the occasional dinner out in LA without going broke. Then we had twins. Two for the price of one and boy did I pay the price for my double blessing. As I’m writing this it’s hard to believe that I do occasionally consider going through the hell of pregnancy again. Yes, for me it was hell. So, I get why Jason says so emphatically, NO. He came along for the wild ride of morning sickness, hospital stays, bed rest and pre-term labor. It’s only reasonable that we should count our (double) blessings and move on, right? If it were only that simple…

A small part of me is actually really sad, every day, that these will be my last babies. My first and my last. All of the cake and ice cream at once, ya know? No savoring it. This is my only chance to experience each and every stage of my babies’ precious lives and it’s flying by. So, I’m kind of sad about it and from time to time I forget just how hard pregnancy was and think, I could do this again…maybe. Does that sound crazy, insane, delusional?

Having More Children after Twins

But most likely I won’t. Most likely these will be my first and last babies. My best-of-both-worlds boy/girl twins. I’ll keep reminding myself of the morning sickness and how I still have trouble smelling hot dogs. (Don’t ask) My standard response will still be “No, we are all done!” and you can check back with me in a couple of years.

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Acai Bowl Recipe

2016 July 25

Over the weekend I had a serious craving for a cold and fruity acai bowl. It was hot, like really sticky-hot, and the thought of going out was just plain awful. But my grocery list was growing and a trip to the store was inevitable. So, I added a few acai bowl making ingredients to my grocery list and satisfied my craving at home.

Acai Bowl Recipe

If you’ve never eaten an acai bowl, well it’s sort of like a really thick smoothie made with frozen acai berries (which taste similar to blueberries) mixed with more frozen fruit and usually some almond milk.

Acai Bowl Recipe

It’s sweet and delicious and made into a meal when topped with crispy hemp granola, sliced banana, strawberry, and a whole bunch of other fruits and superfoods like chia seeds, goji berries and cocoa nibs. Yup, raw chocolate, people! So, basically it’s dessert and here in California we try our hardest to pass it off as a healthy meal. Who’s on board?

Acai Bowl Recipe

Back when Jason and I lived in San Clemente, we would frequent a little acai bowl chain called Bonzai Bowls owned by a friend of ours. Straight from Hawaii and honestly the most delicious bowls I have ever tasted anywhere. Those bowls were hard to leave when we moved back to Los Angeles! Now you can find Acai & juice places popping up in pretty much every neighborhood and they aren’t simple bowls like they used to be either!

Acai Bowl Recipe

Served in coconuts and dusted with edible flowers (like Amazebowls), acai bowls sure have become a stunning food trend! So, I picked up a coconut at the store and served mine up in style. Just because you make them at home doesn’t mean they can’t be stunning, am I right? And the best thing about acai bowls, you can really customize them to your liking. Add in fresh spinach to get your greens or peanut butter for a creamy twist. I love the Peanut Butter Bowl from Berry Bowl, yum. You can make them tropical by adding frozen pineapple, mango, and shredded coconut or keep it traditional with frozen strawberries and blueberries.

So, have you tried an acai bowl yet? What is your favorite combination?

Acai Bowl Recipe

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photos by Leah Bergman

Acai Bowl Recipe
Serves 2
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Acai Base
  1. 2 packets unsweetened frozen acai (I use Sambazon)
  2. 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  3. 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  4. 1 frozen banana
  5. 1 cup sweetened or unsweetened almond milk
  6. honey or agave, to taste
Toppings
  1. hemp granola
  2. sliced fresh banana
  3. sliced fresh strawberry
  4. fresh blueberries
  5. dried goji berries
  6. chia seeds
  7. cocoa nibs
  8. edible flowers, optional
  9. 1 coconut split in half for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine frozen acai, frozen fruit, almond milk and honey. Blend until you reach a thick spoonable consistency. Adjust fruit, almond milk and honey to taste.
  2. Pour into bowls (or coconuts) and top with rows of fresh fruit and other toppings. Eat immediately.
Customizations
  1. Try chocolate almond milk and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter for a delicious and creamy treat.
  2. Sweeten base by adding in a few dates and blending well, instead of honey.
  3. Make it tropical by substituting tropical fruits such as frozen mango and pineapple for the berries in the base. Top with shredded coconut!
  4. Get your greens by blending in fresh spinach for a healthy kick.
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