Wednesday, February 18

Blood Orange Mimosa

I was staring at my computer screen for a solid 30-40 minutes trying to figure out what to write in this blog post. To take a break from writing, then backspacing everything I typed, I decided to check my email. And I was glad I did because a reader emailed in.

Typically I enjoy these, they are normally positive, telling me they loved a recipe, asking for baking advice, or just saying that they like my blog because I write about real life. Now that last one is something I have tried really hard to maintain over the last 3-4 years. It is hard when you are trying to keep up with reader demands and trends to keep your writing and blog real. I from time to time have to step back and remind myself that I started writing this blog as an outlet and way to socialize with the world. It is my little space that belongs to no one but me.



I have always been aware that there is a risk when deciding to put yourself out there, there will people who judge you no matter what. If you discipline your child a certain way, eat a certain type of food, religion, political beliefs are all things I have  had people comment on... but what do I get judged on the most when I blog?

My language.



It always amazes me how offended people get if I  say any form of a four letter word. Where I live everyone has a dirty mouth.... Have you ever been to north east? Espcially towards New York or Boston? People here have the worst language, and I LOVE it.

But seriously, it has gotten to the point where I can not even say "X-mas" with out hate mail coming in. This particual email I received was from a reader who asked me not say the F word anymore. She wasn't hateful as some previous emailers have been, but it still stuck a nerve with me. Do not tell me how to write, and what words I can or can not say. I get to decide what goes up here, and I have no intentions of changing how I speak or write.




So now that I got that off my chest, can we talk about how obsessed I am with blood oranges this year? Every year I usually get my share during citrus season, however this year I am eat about two oranges a day and cooking with them constantly.... which is a pretty expensive habit when they are $.99 each. 
Over the weekend we had some left over champagne from Valentine's Day, so obviously Sunday morning called for many mimosas!  I have to say using fresh squeezed blood orange juice made this simple cocktail absolutely delightful. 
Blood Orange Mimosa:
(Serves one)

Ingredients:

1 blood orange, cut in half
Your favorite sparkling wine,  I used a sparkling Rose (the pink added to this gorgeous color!)
Directions: 
Juice orange and pour into serving glass.
Top off with sparkling wine. 
Cheers! 
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17 comments:

  1. Love this! I totally want to whip up brunch this weekend and serve these along with

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  2. It is amazing how mean people can be when they hide behind social media. I'll happily raise a glass of this fabulous cocktail with you

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  3. I could use one of these right about now {oops, its only 11 am}. This looks wonderful-love the blood orange flavor!

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    1. Oh but mimosas are morning cocktails usually served with breakfast and brunch... so you are golden! CHeers.

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  4. oooh, I'd love one right now! bring on Wednesday day drinking

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    1. Wednesday drinking needs to be a thing. Screw waiting for the weekends!

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  5. AMEN. Our blogs, our right. Also? The f-word is my favorite word. I'd use it in every day language if I could. Instead, since my 9 year old is all about calling out dirty words now, I have to use that word in my head and then say "Oh darn it." Doesn't give the same satisfaction! Also, this mimosa??? Holy cow. Drooling.

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    1. The fact that it's your favorite is exactly why we are friends.

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  6. I am in love with blood oranges as well, and my girls are too so I'm constantly filling my basket with them! Any type of citrus for that matter! After all this snow, I think this makes the perfect cocktail to enjoy this coming weekend as we get ready for - you know, more snow! As for you, your blog and your language…I wouldn't change a thing! There's a reason why you have had faithful readers over the past several years and your blog has grown into much more than a hobby. As far as the language, I'm right there with you sister, obviously I'm a New England native so I completely get it and would be lying if I told you I didn't drop the F bomb several times a day. The rest of the people up on their pedestals, they can do it works for them and you do what works for you! I'm jealous of that person who has so much free time to critique about trivial things!

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    1. We cant buy enough citrus lately. Mads is particularly obsessed.

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  7. This mimosa is fucking awesome! I love you, your blog, and your writing style. You are authentic in a world full of so many bloggers who just blog for pinterest. I'm so tired of sterile 'pinterest-worthy' photos accompanied by a sterile 'here are 10 reasons you should make this' write-up. YOU are better than all that. You write about real life, your food looks like something I would actually make, and I don't know how you do it all with kids! You're my inspiration :)

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  8. Absolutely stunning! LOVE blood oranges and the color they provide!

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  9. Carrie, I'm with you. . this is your space that belongs to no one but you. Clearly, this reader has not seen or read Thug Kitchen. Tell her to pay that blog a visit and she'll think you are an angel :P Cheers, Carrie! It's 9:40am and I want a mimosa. :)

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  10. Oooh, I love what you're doing to the place. Your new header looks amazing. And this... I need this cocktail. I have been buying oodles of blood oranges this year. Trader Joe's has been the cheapest this year.

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