Happy Hour Friday

Welcome!!!  We are so happy you stopped by to read.  We thought what better way to kick off this blog then with a Happy Hour Party!  Hope you enjoy it.  What is your favorite Happy Hour drink?  We’d love to hear from you.

Summer is here and today we have a great cocktail and appetizer to celebrate the start of the long holiday weekend. What could be better than a classic margarita on a hot summer day? My husband, Bob and I fell in love with margaritas several years ago on a Mexican vacation. Since then, he loves experimenting with different ingredients and has come up with a margarita that brings us back to sipping them on the warm, sunny Mexican beach. It’s all about using high quality, fresh ingredients. We think this is one you’ll enjoy.



2 oz. fresh lime juice (Mexican and key limes are slightly sweeter)
.5 oz. agave nectar
.5 oz. orange juice
1.5 oz. Patron Blanco Tequila
.5 oz Patron Citronge orange liqueur
salt (optional)

If using salt, place kosher salt in a shallow dish or saucer. Rub a lime wedge around a glass, then dip into salt. Fill a shaker 3/4 full with ice. Place ingredients in shaker and shake vigorously until shaker is frosty on the outside. Strain into glasses and add a lime wedge.

If you want a frozen margarita, place ingredients into a blender, adding 1 cup of ice per serving. Blend then pour into glasses, adding 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier to float, then enjoy.

It’s like a fiesta in a glass!!


Let’s face it, there’s no better appetizer for a margarita then chips and salsa. Here’s a homemade salsa recipe that’s easier than you think.



1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel)
1 (14/12 ounce) can whole tomatoes (plus the juice)
4 teaspoons jalapeños (canned, diced, not pickled)
1/4 cup yellow onion (diced)
1/2-3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon sugar

In a food processor place jalapeños and onions, processing for just a few seconds. Add both cans of tomatoes, salt, sugar and cumin. (You can add a little cayenne or tabasco for a spicier salsa). Process all ingredients until well blended but do not puree. Place in covered container and chill. A few hours of chilling will help blend and enhance the flavor. We like to serve with a mix of traditional tortilla chips as well as kale and chia chips. The chips are great served warm too.  Just place on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.


Have a fun and safe 4th of July!   —May and June

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5 Responses to Happy Hour Friday

  1. Dee Burkhardt July 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    What a great beginning, you can count on me to follow your blog and to pass it on to my friends. Dee

  2. Erika Roszak July 5, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Pam, Love your blog. Read your bio, love your growth. You sound happy, makes me happy. Glad we crossed paths. Erika

    • pameladmalone July 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Thank you, Erika. You were such an inspiration and wonderful mentor. I’m so happy you were along for part of my journey. I hope you enjoy the blog.

  3. Clarice Filardi (your mom's chidhood friend) July 7, 2015 at 12:54 am #

    hi Pam…………Sawyer is tooo cute! My fav summer cocktail is also a Margarita, but I’m not a “purist” like you. I cheat. I buy the already mixed at Costco. ( it is 12 % alcohol) and not bad over crushed ice in a pretty glass. I shall try your recipe for salsa. Sounds yummy. Great blog. Keep me tuned in. Clarice

    • pameladmalone July 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Clarice. Thanks so much for following and let me know how you like the salsa recipe.

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