Margaritas and Grilling

Summer definitely paid us a visit this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to be home in NJ with my family to enjoy it. Celebrating three moms (my own, my sister, and my sister’s mother-in-law) along with my brother-in-law’s birthday called for a great dinner, margaritas, and cake. Perfect sunny weather was an added bonus that allowed us to enjoy dinner outside.

agave

Over Cinco de Mayo weekend, we made a quick stop at Bin Ends in Braintree and ended up buying their margarita “kit” a bottle of Reposado Tequila, 12 limes, and a bottle of agave. The recipe was included on the bag, and we discovered a new favorite, easy, at home cocktail.

My sister loves margaritas, and the weather was perfect, so I mixed up a batch of these.

2 ounces Tequila

1 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce agave

1/2 ounce water

ice

Mix up and enjoy! My sister thought the drink was a little too strong, so she added some orange juice to hers.

limes

Dinner was better than any restaurant. I picked up some fresh tomatoes and ended up eating them raw, topped with the sour cream/horseradish cream sauce we made for the filets. Yum.

My nephew, who is just learning to talk, kept grabbing tomatoes and saying “ball”. He’s too cute.

tomatoes

My brother-in-law also grilled up a ton of vegetables including red onions, yellow peppers, zucchini, and eggplant.

grilled vegetables

grilled eggplant

We also had filets and grilled scallops, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes.

summer grilling

It was an outdoor feast!

eating outside

I love nice weather eating because it is so simple. Other than a little steak seasoning and the horseradish cream, all of the food was pretty much plain, allowing the freshness to shine through. As much as I love recipes, I find it kind of refreshing to enjoy bright colors and flavors of nature and high quality ingredients.

How have you celebrated the nicer weather (fleeting as it may be!)?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    After the race on Saturday, we spent the day cooking, sipping beer and bubbly on the porch while reading, and grilling up a storm. It was absolutely lovely!

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  2. Renee’s avatar

    The thing I miss the most about living in Florida is grilling out every single day. You never have to have a meal planned, just fresh ingredients. Sigh….

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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  3. Megan’s avatar

    That looks like so much fun! Too cute about your nephew! We got out and did a sort of walk/hike at a nearby state park. It was so nice to not be cooped up inside.

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  4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    That looks like the perfect afternoon/evening! I celebrated the nice weather by just being outside and walking around the north end – it was just perfect!

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  5. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    I absolutely love fresh margaritas without the overly sweet margarita mix. I plan on making many this summer!

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  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That sounds like such a perfect weekend. and I’d definitely be interested in one of those margaritas.

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  7. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    This sounds like the perfect weekend and the perfect meal to go with it. So great that you and your family share a love for the same things!

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