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St. Germain Margaritas


Friday is finally here again.  Thank Goodness.  Hopefully the 13th means nothing but good luck.

I am here today to drop a boozing revelation on y’all.

St. Germain Margarita Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

When in town for our friends Mandi and Jim’s wedding in October, we stopped at Taco Lu in Jacksonville Beach for lunch.  I asked our waitress for a recommendation (the margarita choices were seriously overwhelming) since I don’t like very sweet drinks.  She recommended the Skinny Saint margarita made with St. Germain.


It was ah-mazing.  Perfectly sweet, with a hint of something else (elderflower, obvi).  Anyway, I set a goal to recreate it at home.  After some experimentation, I think I got it right.

St. Germain Margarita | Oysters & Pearls

Please note that I am the FURTHEST thing from a professional bartender.  I am actually very, very far from an amateur bartender.  I generally stick to my homeboy Jesus’ favorites: water and wine.  But this is worth pretending I know what I’m doing.

St. Germain Margarita Recipe


– one part tequila
– two parts St. Germain
– juice of two limes

Place ingredients in a mason jar (because it has measurements on the side!), then fill the rest of the way up with ice.  Put on the jar lid tightly and shake it like a polaroid picture.  Remove lid.  Dress up the jar rim with salt if you’re fancy.  Drink up.

Juicing Limes for St. Germain Margaritas | Oysters & Pearls

I had my margs with a homemade quesadilla that got me hooked on the ‘dillas for over a week.  Side note/funny story: Wheat’s aunt and uncle thought I was preggo because I posted a picture of this quesadilla on Instagram and said I couldn’t stop eating them.  They announced to the family at Thanksgiving that we were “with ninos” based on this assumption.  I guess when we really do decide to have kids I’ll have to have a Mexican themed gender reveal party or something.  Totally normal.

Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Cheddar & Chevre Quesadillas | Oysters & Pearls

Anyway, for the bomb.com quesadilla, I browned some sausage in a skillet and drained it over paper towels, and caramelized some onions in yet another skillet.  Finally, I placed a tortilla in a large (dry) cast iron skillet, topped it with sausage, caramelized onions, shredded cheddar and some fresh goat chèvre, sprinkled it with some dried cilantro, then topped it with the other tortilla.  These were some of the best ‘dillas I’ve had in ages!  Cook until the cheese melts.

Making Guacamole | Oysters & Pearls

Guacamole was also necessary, obvi.  One avocado mashed with half a tomato, chopped, plus cilantro, salt & pepper, and some ground cayenne pepper (just a smidge!).

St. Germain Margaritas and Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Cheddar & Chevre Quesadillas | Oysters & Pearls

All totally legit reasons to make me crave Mexican night again, sans baby + margaritas.

Low Sugar St. Germain Margarita | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll drink to that.


Until Next Time

Weekend Update

Good morning!

It doesn’t look like my lack of a Monday morning post is going to change any time soon.  I try to get so much done on Sundays that blogging just isn’t really feasible.  And with being out of town so much on the weekends, it’s just been impossible.  Anyway, let’s get down to a recap of my weekend.

First off, I have the anti-thesis of a Friday Find for you all.  On Friday I popped into CVS for craft paper for wrapping presents, and looked into the hair aisle.  I saw this Redken stuff that sounded like something my hair could use after my ordeal last weekend.  My sister is a hair stylist, and works at a Redken salon and preaches the gospel about Redken, so I thought I’d give it a try.


I sent her a picture to ask her if she thought it would be something good for me to use.  I was shocked when she told me that the Redken that is sold at CVS and other retailers isn’t really Redken!!  Or, after my googling, seems to be “gray marketed” Redken, and isn’t guaranteed to actually be good for your hair at all.  According to the Redken website, it’s called diversion, and it’s super shady.  I seriously do not understand how this is being allowed to happen.  Apparently they are either counterfeit products, expired, or stolen from salons.  I obviously had to do some further investigation, and took a look at the Redken website.


According to the Redken website, this product has been discontinued!  So this is most probably old, expired stock that CVS is selling for $17 as new.

SO I’ll be making a trip to CVS to return this shady goo today without even trying it in my hair.  I do not understand how CVS is getting away with this!

On that note, are you a goo hoarder too?

I’m pretty sure it’s a rule that all girls are.

Just a snapshot from Friday of the pet goats that roam our neighborhood.  They belong to a house that isn’t actually in our neighborhood, but is next to it.  They just hang out, eating, being goats.


Obviously, I don’t mind a bit.

Saturday morning we drove over to Jacksonville for our friends Jim and Mandi’s wedding.  We stayed at the Seahorse Inn, right above the Lemon Bar.  The motel isn’t anything to write home about on the exterior – it’s old and dated and very typical of an old Florida motel.  However, the inside has been renovated and was perfectly fine and very clean.  And you absolutely cannot beat the location!

It was a gorgeous day!  We had lunch first at Taco Lu, which was awesome. I had the best margarita ever, and I cannot wait to try replicate it at the beach next weekend.  That recipe will hopefully be forthcoming!  I also had the Bangin’ Dilla, which was filled with fried shrimp and sriracha and was of course, right up my alley.  I highly recommend Taco Lu!


The ceremony was in the Beach United Methodist Chapel, which was small and old and beautiful.  The reception was at the Tournament Players’ Club (TPC) and the cocktail hour was amazing.  Just look at that view!



After an hour and a half or so, we headed inside for the reception.  It was beautiful, too, and the food was really, really great!  The groom enjoys fishing, in case you couldn’t guess.



The reception was just too short, and we had the best time celebrating Jim and Mandi.  It was a beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple, and we just love them to death!

I love this picture I somehow managed to catch on my phone as they made their exit.


I may have also had too much fun with my sparkler.


The next morning, a breakfast at Metro Diner was completely necessary.


I usually get the crab cakes benedict or an omelet (the few times I’ve been there), but this time I got the San Francisco benedict, which was a classic eggs bene with a slice of tomato and avocado added.  Plus hash browns loaded with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms.  Obvi.

We did some excellent eating this weekend, for sure.

As we passed through Tallahassee on our way home around lunch time, we couldn’t resist the temptation of checking out the new Whole Foods and Barberitos for lunch.  I get to eat it about once a week in Thomasville, and Wheat always gets jealous.  So he got to satisfy that craving, and I got an awesome salad.  If you ever go to Barbs, I recommend the Joel special – salad, all spinach, with mushrooms/onions/peppers grilled, then with all the toppings you want.  I like to add corn salsa, pico de gallo, fresh and pickled jalapeños, guacamole, and southwestern vinaigrette dressing.  I also add a couple squeezes of fresh lime juice and some tomatillo salsa verde from the salsa bar!  So good I might have to get another one today for lunch.  :)

Then we went a little wild in Whole Foods.  It’s so easy to do! But I love these pretty purple potatoes we picked up.  I’ll show you what I did with them later this week!


The rest of Sunday necessitated a nap, and also included exciting activities such as cleaning the coffee pot, cooking supper, and repotting my night blooming cereus and moving it and my key lime tree inside for the winter.


Night blooming cereus, also called the “Queen of the Night” cactus, and pretty amazing.  It’s this weird looking plant until it gets ready to bloom, and it blooms in the middle of the night.  Each blossom only lasts one night, but they are exceptionally beautiful.  My dad has a huge plant, and when we were little, he would wake us up in the middle of the night to see the flowers. Below is a time lapse video of the blooms.  I can’t wait for mine to get big enough to bloom!  But we are a long way from that, currently.

I’m also pretty proud of myself on this key lime tree sprout.  I started it from a key lime I bought at Walmart.  For realz.  Wheat didn’t believe that I could get a tree out of it, but here we are.  It’s actually gotten pretty big over the course of the summer, and stands about 8 – 10 inches tall.  I moved it into our sunny kitchen for some TLC all winter.  In case you’re interested, all I did was pluck the seeds out of a key lime, dry them on a paper towel for a couple weeks, then planted a couple in a small terra cotta pot.  I kept it on a sunny shelf on our back porch, and kept it well watered.  A few weeks later, I had a tiny sprout!  Hopefully one day I’ll see it put in the ground and bearing fruit!



And that, my friends, is all I’ve got for you this lovely Tuesday morning.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, and I am worn slap out.  However, I’m excited for this weekend already because 1) it’s my birthday! and 2) we are going to the beach!  I’ll be missing the epic Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville this year, which makes me mega-sad, but I’m excited to renew my family’s tradition of going to the beach and the Apalachicola Seafood Festival for mine and my dad’s birthday weekend! (His birthday is the day after mine: November 2nd.)  We used to do it every year, but I haven’t been in years.  I’m pumped to eat unholy amounts of oysters and seafood and just relax at the beach.  It will be so nice to have a weekend there with my parents to celebrate.  Plus the Panhandle beaches are the very best this time of year.

Anyway, thus commences birthday week!

Until Next Time