Rachel’s Texas Bloody Mary Recipe

Do you want to build a snowman?
No?
How about a Bloody Mary?

spicy bloody mary with bacon and spicy green beans

Yes?

I knew you were my kinda people.

Huge Thank you to Absolut for sending me an incredible complete bar set up, that scrumptious bottle of Absolut Peppar (my favorite) and a gift card to have a Bloody Mary brunch in celebration of the Bloody Mary turning 80!!!!

I don’t really need a reason to enjoy a Bloody Mary… today ends in Y? Good enough for me! 

 I like my Bloody Marys spicy, and what goes well with spicy?

Well, everything – duh, but salty and sweet pairs perfectly with spicy – so I opted for buttermilk waffles and fried chicken!

stack of buttermilk waffles and fried chicken

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first day of school pics

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 62}

Today was the first day of school down here in our little corner of Texas, and it was such a great one!  I can’t believe that school’s already back in session, and that I have a FIFTH grader and a SECOND grader!  Hold me, y’all!  This is the last year they’ll be in school together… 

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mom and dad's wedding picture

42 Years: A Love Letter From My Dad to My Mom

::Today’s post has been written by my Dad, Les, it’s a love letter to my mom, Becky, for their 42nd wedding anniversary today. <3 Happy Anniversary, I love y’all!::   The days of our life OK, this doesn’t have anything directly to do with the TV show of the same name. These are a few… 

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Hershey's Syrup

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Hershey’s Syrup and a Giveaway!  There’s something about an ice cream sandwich that simply makes me happy. Delicious, creamy, smooth, ice cream sandwiched between two hunks of chocolate. Yes. Please and Thank You. I have so many memories that involve sitting on sun-warmed curbs licking the ice cream from the… 

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Buttermilk Brined Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried Chicken is one of the most southern of all southern recipes.  There’s not a family reunion, picnic, church potluck, pool party, or southern restaurant that doesn’t include fried chicken.  Heck y’all, there are even entire restaurants dedicated to nothing but the pursuit of the perfect southern fried chicken. There is a lot of talk… 

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Strawberry Cheesecake with cocoa puffs crust, chocolate gananche and blackberry infused, white chocolate drizzle

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 61}

Happy Monday, y’all! Look at this gorgeous cheesecake that my brother made for my birthday!   That’s a strawberry cheesecake with a cocoa puff crust, chocolate ganache glaze, and a blackberry infused white chocolate drizzle.  {I know!!!} The garnish was fresh blackberries and real mint.   It was out of this world incredible.  It was… 

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First Trip to The Gulf of Mexico with Mom

Facing The World Head On

I remember every first with each of my kids. Their first steps, their first laugh, their first words – Princess’ was “yook” {look} and Monkey’s was “dada”. I feel so blessed to be able to experience so many firsts with my kids, and we still have so many firsts to go. Each first day of… 

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Simple and Delicious Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

You read that right, in honor of my birthday today, I’m sharing with y’all the last lemon drop martini recipe you’ll ever need. Last year, on my 35th birthday, a few of the ladies on the street took me to a local pub for Bingo and Beverages. {Little did I know the night would end… 

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loving sweet text message

Stealing My Heart {again}

This morning, the morning before my 36th birthday, my husband stole my heart all over again with this text.   Ben Rue – I Can’t Wait

Busted by the batter

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 60}

  Happy Monday!  It’s August, y’all! That means it’s BIRTHDAY MONTH! I’ll be 36 on Thursday, and I can’t wait. We’re testing some brownie recipes over here, and I have an enthusiastic little helper Hope your Monday is as delicious as his

Roasted Potato, Chorizo, Egg, and Avocado breakfast tacos

Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos with Avocados and Oven Roasted Potatoes

Growing up in Texas, breakfast tacos are a part of life. I was in my late 20’s/early 30’s before I was made aware that not everyone eats breakfast tacos.  What are y’all eating?  Pancakes and Waffles are great, but let’s be real, y’all.  Breakfast tacos are where it’s at. Back in Calallen, there was this… 

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How to Wear Dresses with Cowboy Boots

How To Wear Boots with Dresses

I’m a Texas Girl. Boots are a part of my life, and they have been for as far back as I can remember. Way back when, it was me stomping around in my Dad’s boots… while some things have changed, my obsession passion for boots hasn’t.  What kind of boots I wear, and what I… 

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lake somerville texas sunset

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 59}

Happy Monday! Hope you’re having a truly Mouthwatering week so far!  We are recovering {read doing mounds of laundry} after being out at the lake for vacation last week.  It was wonderful.  Family, the great outdoors, oodles of water, and hundreds of new memories made.  I see a family tradition forming.  We are very relaxed,… 

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Grilled Banana Splits

Grilled Banana Splits

Let’s talk about turning banana splits on their sides – because it’s summer and that means grilling, but it also means ice cream, and Hershey’s Syrup so I combined my love for both, and I’m here to tell you; the result is mouth watering, delectable, sweet, rich, and bottom of the bowl lickable good.  Grilling… 

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Food and Wine Conference Badge

Mouthwatering Mondays {Week 58}

Hey y’all!  Happy Monday!  I’ve been at the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, and I’m currently hanging out in the Orlando Airport waiting on my flight back home to Texas.  I had the most amazing time at the conference.  Wonderful content, welcoming and friendly people, and delicious food!   More on the conference later!… 

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