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You Say Tomato We Say Clamato

Howdy friends! 

We're having a TON of fun with Reality Moms and I can't wait to tell you sooooo much more. But right now, I have to keep my nose to the grindstones getting ready to rock our Big CHRISTMAS in JULY extravaganza!

But this month is loaded with awesome at Reality Moms and my friend Sandy has all the details about MY FAVE tomato loaded drink, Clamato®.  Be sure to hit up the Clamato website to find some super fun recipes  - but swing on by RealityMoms to get the full skinny and the secret recipe yourself!  Oh-and make no mistake my friends!  Clamato® is apart of my absolute favorite caffeinated beverage - THE DR. PEPPER/SNAPPLE GROUP!  Yep.  My fave is Diet DP, but there are many great flavors to choose from.  My house absolutely LOVES to do a "DPG" that's where we put every flavor in the fountain made by Dr. Pepper!  Sunkist, Stewarts, IBC Root Beer...mmmmmmm.  FUNKY FANTASTIC!

Now do yourself a GIANT flavor - I mean favor....and get yourself acquainted with the hashtag #DPSFlavorTour!

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group written by Sandy O'Brien.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group.

The universe was listening while chatting with hubby the other night.  He couldn’t take another summer of either beer or cider as the beverage choices readily available in our fridge. Gone are the days when I could sit back and enjoy a cold beer or two, my 40-something-year-old digestive system having given up in defeat, just blows my tummy up like a balloon after the first few sips. I tried cider—a cold, sweeter refreshing cousin of my hubby’s favorite brewski—it felt like the perfect match for me. Except for the sugar and subsequent headache, that is. So I did what I do, I googled, and searched pinterest and was very excited to find not just my perfect summertime beverage, but that there’s a whole DAY devoted to it! Best wife in the world, I know.

So what is this perfect drink you ask? It is called a Michelada and there is a Michelada Day – you can celebrate on July 12th! A Michelada is a refreshing, delicious drink made from Beer and Clamato® Juice with a blend of lime and spices. Similar to a Bloody Mary or Caesar, this drink is very popular in Mexico and I can see why. It isn’t as alcohol laden as a Caesar or Bloody Mary and has a more complex flavor, thanks to the spices which give it a kick. There are even specialMichelada glasses. There are many different variations and I am committed to trying them all this summer (all in the name of research of course).

Now, I have to admit I have always shied away from tomato juice, it’s just never been my thing (big tall glass of cold blood), but my new cocktail bestie is made of Beer and Clamato® Juice so I’m broadening my horizons and trying new things, (look at me, MOM!).

So here’s the thing, Clamato® Juice isn’t just tomato! It’s crazy good, with spices and ya, clam juice, but it totally works. It’s not thick, in fact it’s really yummy just over ice. I know this because you aren’t supposed to be boozing at 9am, but a “virgin” Michelada is completely acceptable, and considering the other main ingredient is BEER, the virgin variety is, well,Clamato®.

I’m really quite a genius with my whole plan, because I have found a way to incorporate a VEGETABLE into my summer libations.   I actually think I may be more excited about the CLAMATO® juice than I am about the beer! If you think about, the Clamato juice is practically one of those “perfect foods”. I get a serving of veg from the tomato and there’s got to be some protein from the clam juice, right? And I can mix it with beer. Sounds pretty darn perfect to me!

My First Michelada Day

INGREDIENTS

6 oz. Clamato® Preparado

4 oz. beer

Ice

Salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste (if you dare)

Rim Spice Blend:

4 tablespoons salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

Rim a tall beer glass with spice blend (optional). Fill the glass with ¼ cup of ice, ice, baby. Add Clamato® Preparado, beer, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. One drop of hot sauce, you’re boring; three drops, you’re playing it safe; ten drops, you’re on fire.

Rim Spice Blend:

Combine rim ingredients on a small plate. Pour lime juice onto another small plate. Dip rim of glass into lime juice, then carefully dip into spice blend.

Garnish with a fresh lime, take a sip, take a sip, take a sip, and enjoy.

 

Teotihuacan in Me: The End of the Beginning

Teotihuacan in Me:  

The End of the Beginning

 

Here I am.  Sitting at my desk.  On such a NASTY day!!

I feel compelled now that I'm getting back in the swing of things to really share with you more about my trip to Mexico.

My last day in Mexico..I haven't shared yet.

The night before-I took part in Alberto, the keeper of The Dreaming House's birthday party.

Mexicans DEFINITELY know how to throw a siesta!!

The Basilica in Mexico CitySeriously!

They had a big band and fireworks.  Plus the cake was TO DIE FOR yummy.

I honestly think I've been 'on vacation' since I got back!  I haven't been able to get it together.  My brain is still floating on top of the Pyramid of the Sun.

I have to get my game on this week.  Especially since the real world bills are SCREAMING calling out my name.  (So much so that the VERY first conversation with my husband this morning I got back was about 'how much money did you spend?'...Ahhh....oh how some things never change.....)

Hats at The Dreaming HouseBut I'm still in that Mexican mentality.  Chill!

Teotihuacan in Me: Day 4 Pyramid of the Sun

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Top of Pyramid of the SunTeotihuacan in Me:  Day 4 Pyramid of the Sun

Well, today is the last full day in Teo.  

I have to go back to the 'real world' tomorrow.  The leaders of our journey here like to call it 'the Matrix'.

Totally makes sense if you think about it.

We live our lives in America (and elsewhere for all I know) going through the motions in life.  Barely putting effort into the daily things we do.  Letting the magnetic forces pull us into every which direction...good...bad....and the ugly.

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Pyramid of the SunAnd so many times in life-that magnetic force just sucks the life out of you.

Takes all your energy.  Dreams.  Thoughts.  Opinions.

Transforms you into what they think you should be.

In reality...life should be not what everyone else thinks you should be.  

But by being who you REALLY are.

By tearing off the layers of the crap that you have compounded from your "story".

For me....I look at the sequences in my life and in the past year-while trying to climb my way out of the Post Partum portal I've been living in...I've become much more mindful and aware.

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We all put special objects in the middle before an amazing ceremony of GRATITUDE on top of the Sun. I put my wedding ring in there...So much so-that I have really realized that I created my own madness.  That because of the layers of mud around my heart-the light couldn't shine. 

Or more so, that I just wouldn't let it. 

I heard something this weekend that completely and totally resonates with me.

And I'm going to add it to my arsenal.

By looking back on my life...and the times when I held onto resentment.  Anger. Disappointment.  

I'm going to approach the person in that snapshot...and tell them "Forgive me...for using you..to hurt myself."

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Through my eyes on the top of the Sun.I mean think about that for a second.  

The times when I held onto resentment towards my husband for leaving me behind while his professional life took off like a rocket ship.  The times when I cried because my parents were days away and I didn't have any friends in this new town and 'new mom' life.  The times when I mentally felt that I had my identity stolen to the time when I PHYSICALLY got my identity stolen... 

What a crock of crap.  

Really. 

I control my destiny.  

Close your eyes and remember back to when you were a very young child.  

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My beautiful friend, Denise..an top of the Sun.Or if you can't think back that far... LOOK at your child.

See them laugh at silly things.  Run around and play as if there isn't a care in the world.

Then imagine them 20 years later after the world got ahold of their thoughts.  Actions.  Responses.

As a child we take in nature....free in spirit...Before society programmed us to believe what they want us to believe.  That in turn created conflict within ourselves.

I can't even begin to name the daily doubts I've lived.  

I'm fat. I'm ugly.  I deserved it.  I'm not worthy.  They can do better without me.  I'm stupid.

And as adults...we live like we think we're suppose to live..and not who we really are.

I can honestly say...up until I stopped to 'smell the roses' (or the horse poo since I was on a Ranch lol) I really lost my authentic self.  I worried so much about what other people thought of me.  I held onto so much rejection and self-doubt.

Today was amazing.  The Grand Finale.  

Today we went to the Pyramid of the Sun.  

We climbed the top...all 248 steps...(over 20 stories in real-world measurements).

When we reached the top...the emotions went bonkers.  

1) I was proud of myself for reaching the top and not passing out.  2) The history I learned about this place and the power and energy that is embedded in its structure is enough to make anyone cry.

Or laugh.  Because that's what I did first.  I laughed.

Just like a little girl.  

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Little Girl in me...on top of the Pyramid of the Sun.As I watched the thousands of butterflies flying around us I put on my headphones and hit play on a very important song in my life.  The song that I danced to with my husband when we got married.

And boy did it fit.

Train:  When I Look to the Sky

When it rains it pours and opens doors...that flood the floors we thought would always....keep us safe and dry...

And in the midst of sailing ships...we sink our lips into the ones we love..that have to say goodbye.

And as I float along this ocean...I can feel you like a notion....that won't seem to let me go.

Cause when I look to the sky..something tells me you're here with me.. and you make everything all right.

When I feel like I'm lost...something tells me you're here with me....And I can always find my way when you are here.

And every word I didn't say...caught up in some busy day. And every dance on the kitchen floor, we didn't have before..

And every sunset that we'll miss...I'll wrap them all up in a kiss...And pick you up in all of this when I sail away...

And while I float along this ocean.... I can feel you like a notion..that I hope will never leave.

And when I feel like I'm lost...something tells me youre here with me...and I can always find my way.

Whether I'm up or down or in or out..or just plain overhead...Instead it just feels like it is impossible to fly.

But with you I can spread my wings...to see me over everything...that life may send me when I am hoping it won't pass me by.

((Insert 30+ female wearing cowboy hat and pig tails JAMMING while standing on top of the 3rd largest pyramid in the world!!!!))

Teotihuacan in Me: Day 3 Pyramid of the Moon

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This was the 'panoramic view' from Pyramid of the Moon

Teotihuacan in Me:  

Day 3

Oh...what a day.  

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Probably one of the most emotional & intense experiences in one day-EVER!!!!

I can't even begin to tell you what the day was like.  Really.  Cause you totally wouldn't understand.  Unless you were there.

At that moment.  That time.  That place.

What I can tell you is that there is MAGIC that happens in this beautiful place of the Earth. 

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When we were on the grounds of the Pyramids-you can 'feel' the place.

Thoughts kept running through my head..wondering how they lived.  

Because I'm not lying...nor am I crazy......that place is ALIVE.  

We started our day by visiting the Palace of Tetitla. 

I honestly can't tell you about it...my words don't have any justice compared to the feelings I felt in there.

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I know that at one point it was a residential compound for priests.  And at one point-when they were 'sick'...they came there to die...

Is your hair standing up yet?!?!?!  Yeah.

The murals on the walls are extraordinary.  And if you really sit there...gaze into their eyes.  

They say you might start 'dreaming'......

I've never been great at remembering history.  But I always love to hear stories.  

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And with 1500 years of stories?!?!?

I can only imagine what happened at this place.

After Tetitla we headed up to the Pyramid of the Moon.

Directly in front of the pyramid-there is an alter.

We gathered as a group on top of the alter and took in the breath of the ancestors there before us.....

I know I've said this 1,000 times already..but I can not even begin to explain the feelings and emotions you get in this beautiful place.  The sounds...the wind....

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The vendors at Teotihuacan know exactly how to create the mood!!  They have these whistles called "Jaguars" then you hear flutes, drums, bells...sounds that you think you're imagining-then they become real.  It's wild. 

Wild isn't even the word for it.

The pyramid is surrounded by 12 temple platforms.

After taking in the air and feeling the strength of the plaza I decided to take the challenge of hiking up the steps.

Dear Heavens...I'm so damn out of shape.

But when I reached the top. I cried.  Not cause I was out of shape! hahahah

But because my emotions completely took over me.  

Overlooking and taking in all that I could see on top of that Pyramid...I yearned to have my family there.  

You can just feel the light and love emanating from the sky.