Nine of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Margaritas

We’ve got five days left till Christmas. It’s coming and coming fast! I managed to finish my holiday shopping yesterday. What a relief! What’s left is the wrapping and more holiday baking. I hope you all are keeping safe and healthy, as the pandemic is still greatly present in this world. Keep your distance, make good hygiene part of your lifestyle, and wear your masks. We are going to conquer this together!

Today, I’m sharing the ninth fact that the year has taught and reminded me:

9. To be mindful and open to change and possibilities.

2020 was a year to fully incorporate mindfulness and openness as change was and is still so prevalent in our world. Life has been very unpredictable and uncertain for many, if not, all of us. Feelings of daily ambiguity has never come to the forefront of my mind until this year. Before the chaos began, I never gave it a second thought. In a way, it felt like I lived my life blindly, though I was clearly aware of things happening before me. I can’t quite explain it, but all I know is that 2020 was a very unique year, where different feelings I’ve never encountered, were felt and made aware in my conscious that would change my life. This year alone, I’ve seen countless times where things constantly changed. Not only daily, but sometimes within hours of the same day. Change does not always come easy to people. Many people I know don’t like change. They have a hard time adjusting, including myself at times. With so many changes that occurred within 2020, I had to ready my mind and heart to be accepting of whatever changes came and are still to come my way.

This year was not all angst. I found light, too. A beacon of hope for potential possibilities in my life. A lot of ideas, thinking, reflection, pondering… Good moments. Inspiring and motivating junctures. Change is not always unpleasant. I’m grateful for the good changes.

Mindfulness has such awesome benefits. This article describes what mindfulness is and its health benefits: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-of-mindfulness/. I have been trying to practice mindfulness regularly because I want to reap the positive benefits of this practice. Who wants to live their lives miserable and stressed?

Let’s talk margaritas. Blended peach margaritas. Yum! It was so good and very simple to make. All the ingredients listed you add accordingly to your taste buds and preferences.

Ingredients:

  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Lemon juice
  • Peach slices/cubes
  • Salt
  • Ice

Cheers to the week of Christmas! Be safe! Until next time.

Happy Sunday!

FS

Bringing out an old friend… Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

In honor of this holiday, I was inspired to make some grinds with tequila! This time, with lamb shanks, baby!

I made orange-tequila lamb shanks.

I tweaked the recipe, as I always do.

Ingredients (Foodnista Soul’s way):

Cookin’ with tequila!

Last week, I was inspired to make a dish using tequila. The weekend before, I ordered a dish at Just Tacos at the Ko’Olina location, which apparently they don’t have on their menu anymore. How unfortunate. It was a shrimp dish, made with a tequila-garlic-cilantro cream sauce, served with Mexican rice. Talk about yummy! I have to say that I was quite proud of myself for ordering something different for once at a Mexican restaurant. I tend to order the same things when I’m craving this cuisine- soft or crunchy tacos, quesadillas, or taco salad. I know…boring, huh? I got to expand my horizons.

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Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina, Ko’Olina
92-1046 Olani St.; Kapolei, 96707
808-677-7782
http://justtacos.com/

…So with being inspired, I made tequila lime chicken. I found a very simple recipe from one of my favorites, Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.

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These were the simple ingredients needed for the marinade: tequila (of course!), garlic, lime, jalapeño, and olive oil- I forgot to include in the pic. Oh, and seasoning- good ol’ salt and pepper.

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Here’s the recipe!

I, of course, altered the recipe a little. I did not use cilantro, as I’m not too much of a fan of the herb. I also decided to bake the chicken instead of grill it. It was a success! Yes! My auntie and boyfriend enjoyed it. I use them as my guinea pigs when I make new dishes, haha! My dad, as well.

Inspired to make something with tequila? Here are 14 tequila recipes to try!
It will “blow your mind!”

Here’s some facts about tequila:

“In 1795, known to be the first producer of Tequila in the world and the first to receive an official permit from the King of Spain, Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo made the very first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo commercially. The production of Tequila is administered by the Declaration for the Protection of the Denomination of Origin (DOT), which is why tequila is only produced in Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Guanajuato, and Tamaulipas. All real tequilas in the world are made with Blue Agave or agave azul; anything else that is grown outside from Mexican town of tequila is not considered tequila. DOT was established in 1997 providing strict requirements on the production of Tequila. To keep track of the production of Tequila, they created standards to easily identify where the tequila was produced. For Jose Cuervo’s tequila, they have Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM) numbers (1104 and 1122) to authorize that they are real tequilas.”

To read more about tequila, please visit Just Tacos website.

References:

“Tequila Facts.” Just Tacos. N.p., 2010. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.
Happy weekend!