A few months back, when the bar I work at first got RumChata we all did a big, “What IS this stuff?” I looked it up and it claimed to be a “bartender’s best friend,” and I immediately felt kinda dumb for not know what it was already. But. I’d never heard of it!
So, of course, I immediately downloaded the RumChata app to my phone to start exploring what to do with this… stuff. And immediately, we started experimenting.
Ever since that night I’ve not looked back. It’s become a favorite item on our shelf, and I have to be quick to get a bottle at my liquor store if I want some at home because they sell out fast!
So, that being said, “What is it?”
Well, its Rum and Horchata of course.
Yeah, that didn’t help me any either. Horchata is the name of several kinds of traditional beverages, made of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts. *
STILL doesn’t help me any.
The way I describe it at the bar, RumChata (13.75% ABV – 27.5 proof) is like an Irish cream, only it features rum instead of Irish whisky. That’s a super crude description, but its the most general explanation I can give. If you ask me what its main flavor is, I’d have to say a combination of vanilla and cinnamon.
I’ve taken to drinking it in coffee at home. But at the bar, our favorite ways to serve it is:
3 pts RumChata
1 pt Kahlua
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
3 pts RumChata
1 pt Fireball
Both have become super popular shots at the bar. Lots of ways to mix RumChata though… would love to hear how you drink it. Like I said, its become a must-have for me. How about you?
Photo Share is my personal replacement for Weekly Winners, since that link exchange is no longer happening. It’s just my own challenge to take great photos through the week, as it gives me a venue to share some of them on this blog. Consider it my own little P.S. on the week before.
1. My niece is turning 12 years old today. She’s hitting that super fun age of being closer to being a young woman (which means more privileges all the time) but still totally a kid that equates to lots of fun left to be had. It’s a really awesome age.
2. It’s also a really awkward age, but she has a self confidence that shines. I have no doubt she deals with the many stresses we all had in junior high. It’s a cruel time for everyone at one point or another. But my niece lets her own personality shine through without wavering. She’s a goofball, and she isn’t going to apologize for it. And I LOVE that fact.
3. She was excited about going on vacation to go fishing. How many tween girls do you know that look forward to going fishing? Tell me that’s not one of the coolest things ever.
4. A sports powerhouse, she has serious softball skills. I was at the Nashville Sounds game the other night, and there were a few plays I found myself thinking, “My niece could have totally smoked that play better than all of y’all!” And you know… she could have. Also, I totally respect that she doesn’t have a specific team she roots for… she just loves a good game of softball. I love that she’ll rock an Alabama Crimson Tide baseball cap and then the next day run around in a Baylor Bears t-shirt. It’s about the game, not the team. And I admire that.
5. She is so full of love. I don’t need to say anything more. It says it all.
Happy Birthday, beautiful girl!! I love you and hope you have an amazing day!!!
Wheat beer brewed with Ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.
I picked up a Red Hook Wisecracker Wit awhile back, when my husband and I did one of those, “make your own six packs” at the store. I finally got around to drinking it the other day.
My favorite beer style is a wheat beer, and for a long time if it was a wheat beer I’d love it. Now, though, I’m a lot pickier about my wheat beers. I look for drink-ability first and foremost. (Duh!) But beyond that, I want one that that stands out among the rest.
Red Hook Wisecracker Wit is high on the first, but middle of the pack with the last. This is a HIGHLY drinkable beer. I poured it into a glass, but I think it would be just as easy to drink from the bottle. (Wheat beers are meant to be enjoyed from a glass, in my opinion. Sometimes, though, that might not be an option.) I’d happily pack a six-pack for a day on a boat or for a backyard barbecue. It’s very easy to drink. Which could potentially be dangerous.
However, it didn’t really make me go, “WOW! This really stands out from the rest!” It just kind of runs middle of the pack of all the wheat beers I’ve had regarding uniqueness. Nothing really jumped out at me flavor-wise that made me stop and really analyze it.
Nonetheless, that’s nothing to stop me from having it again, though. I did enjoy it very much, and, like I said, it might just show up at a future barbecue in my cooler.
I rarely do “how to” posts because I
don’t think I’m very good at them don’t have the patience for them. So this isn’t a “how to” post as much as its my sharing what I did and if you get something from it, awesome.
I’ve been wanting to attempt making homemade salsa for a long time now. I have a lot of friends who have made it, but I never tried myself.
Sunday, I decided this was going to happen. So when I was at the grocery store, I picked up the ingredients I thought I might need. (I was so prepared that I didn’t even look up any recipes online. I’m so pro here. Obviously.) I grabbed tomatoes, jalapenos, a sweet onion (Vidalia… Vidalia… Girl won’t you tell me why… Sweet Vidalia … You always gotta make me cry… Oh, sorry. Got sidetracked there. Kudos to anyone who knows what that was.), and limes. I already had garlic on hand, so I didn’t need that.
When I got home I looked up recipes online for some tips on how to make this happen. Doing things in a logical order clearly doesn’t make sense to me here, but luckily I found I had the main ingredients I might need. So without hesitation, I jumped in with both feet.
I ended up using three tomatoes, two garlic cloves, half the onion, the whole jalapeno, and a fist full of cilantro. I threw them all into my food processor and then squeezed the juice of the whole lime on top.
Two pieces of advice… the fun of homemade salsa is you can accent whatever flavor you wish. Want it more acidic, use more limes. I happen to loooove cilantro, so I used a LOT of cilantro. My second piece of advice is to think about how hot you want your salsa. Want it hot? Use the whole jalapeno. Want it not so hot? Take out the insides of the jalapeno (the seeds) since that’s where the heat lives, or at least use just a portion of the jalapeno.
I hit the button and let the food processor do its magic. When it looked like every thing was chopped up good, I sampled my mixture. (Uhm, I turned the food processor OFF first, of course.) It was HOT. As in spicy hot. And it was missing something.
So I stood there pondering my options. I had two tomatoes left, should I add those? Would it even help? What about more lime? What to do… what to do…
Ah ha! I’ll add these things:
Cumin is my favorite good guacamole go-to spice. Tomato paste wouldn’t make it runny, but would help cut the heat. I hoped. And salt. Well. It needed it. So I threw some cumin and salt in, and then the whole can of tomato paste.
I hit the button again. Got it all mixed up. Sampled it again. BINGO! Its still way hotter than I usually like my salsa, but its also that kind of hot that makes you go, “Oh that’s HOT… I want more.”
As you can imagine, over time its gotta hotter. A trick I picked up from a friend is to put shredded cheese in it when I eat it. So I’ve been doing that and its just been yummy goodness. It’s ADDICTING. I’m eating it right now as I type this. I might have to make more later this week, in fact.
Hope maybe I gave you some ideas on how to make your own homemade salsa. Don’t be afraid of it! There’s no real right or wrong here. Make it the way YOU like it… that’s the beauty of it being home made.
I happened to have this last Saturday night off. Felt very strange to not be going to work!! But I used the evening to just enjoy myself and do things I don’t get to do much any more. One thing being to go to church.
It’s happened before, but it never ceases to bring tears to my eyes. When I go to church for the first time after missing awhile and the sermon is tailor made for me. It almost makes me want to ask someone if they heard the same thing I did, because it is so spot-on for ME.
Lately, I’ve felt incredibly overwhelmed with my to do list. I never feel like I’m making headway, and I fear I’m going to upset a client by not getting their work done fast enough. My to do list eats up my mental and worry capacity constantly… it takes up my focus.
The sermon this weekend focused on the to do list, and my priest challenged us all to have, instead, a “to be” list and to give it more focus. Be in the moment. Be a better friend, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, christian, etc. Stop letting my to do list on Saturday keep me from going to church. Stop letting my to do list leave me so overwhelmed I want to snap on a family member asking for a favor. Stop letting my to do list leave me in a bad mood when I pick up my husband from the bus.
My “to be” list is what people will remember about me years from now… not whether or not I got a blog post written today or if I got that business card designed by Wednesday. But you know what? I bet if I focus more on the to be list… the to do list will get done just fine and on time.