fridays with oscar | cinco de mayo

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears scalloped shorts, lemon embroidered button up, and yellow sandals

it’s fridays with oscar gang. this week we’re celebrating cinco de mayo. the first of many celebrations during the merry month of may. then there’s the kentucky derby, mother’s day, memorial day. and maybe there’s graduation or a wedding penciled into your schedule too. it’s a busy time of year to be certain. and the weather is just about perfect. so let’s savor every minute.

today, i’ve whipped up a healthy and delicious taco salad. and concocted a prosecco margarita to celebrate cinco de mayo. this date commemorates the mexican army’s victory over the french empire on may 5, 1862. in the united states, the date is associated with the celebration of the mexican-american culture. it has been observed annually in california since 1863. 

Prosecco Margarita
Serves 6
A big batch cocktail perfect for entertaining a crowd.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 oz. blanco tequila, or your preferred tequila
  2. 3 oz. Cointreau
  3. 4 oz. chilled simple syrup
  4. 8 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  5. 1 750-mL bottle chilled Prosecco
  6. coarse salt, to rim glasses
  7. fresh lime wedges, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a small to medium-sized jar or bowl, add the tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice. Prepare this mixture at least a couple hours prior to serving the margaritas, and place in refrigerator to chill.
  2. This recipe will make 4 medium-sized margaritas or 6 smaller ones. Gather 4 to 6 medium or small glasses and get started! If salting the rims of your glasses, run the cut edge of a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip the rim into a small plate of coarse salt. Repeat with remaining glasses.
  3. Add ice to prepared glasses and divide chilled tequila mixture amongst the glasses. Top with Prosecco. Give a little stir to combine, and then taste test. Adjust for individual tastes by adding more simple syrup for extra sweetness and lime for tartness, plus extra tequila for those who like a bit more tequila bite. Squeeze a lime wedge over the top and add another one to the rim of the glass. Enjoy!
  4. * Simple syrup is easy to make and takes about 5 minutes! In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature. Store chilled in the refrigerator for up to a month. Use to sweeten any of your favorite beverages.
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/

tray | shaker | glasses | vase

prosecco margaritas make a big batch that’s perfect for entertaining a crowd.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears scalloped shorts, lemon embroidered button up, and yellow sandals

similar shorts | shirt | similar sandals

 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears scalloped shorts, lemon embroidered button up, and yellow sandals

 

placemats | similar napkins | plates | bowls | glasses

 

Taco Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Meat and Seasoning
  2. 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  3. 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  5. 2 tsp cumin
  6. 1 tsp paprika
  7. 1 tsp oregano
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tsp pepper
  10. 1/2 tsp garlic powder add another 1/2 tsp if desired
  11. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  12. Salad
  13. 1 cup red onions chopped
  14. 8 cups lettuce of choice
  15. 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
  16. 2 Avocados pitted and sliced
  17. 4 tbsp sliced jalapenos
  18. 4 tsp Cilantro
  19. 1 Lime quartered
  20. Avocado Ranch
  21. 1 cup compliant mayo
  22. 1 avocado pitted
  23. 1 tsp salt
  24. 2 tsp dill weed
  25. 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  26. 1 tsp white vinegar
  27. 2 tbsp canned coconut milk (unsweetened)
  28. 1 tbsp dried parsly
  29. 1 tbsp dried chives
  30. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  31. 1 tsp garlic powder
  32. 1 tsp cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat, along with a tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet and brown for about 7 minutes or until meat is cooked through.
  3. Add the tomato sauce along with taco seasoning to the beef. Allow to simmer on low heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Clean and chop the onions, avocados, jalapenos, and grape tomatoes.
  5. Finally, add 2 cups of lettuce to each bowl and spoon the taco meat over each salad as desired.
  6. Divide the chopped veggies evenly among the 4 salads.
  7. Drizzle with the avocado ranch and top with fresh cilantro and enjoy!
  8. Avocado Ranch
  9. Take 1 cup of mayo add the rest of the ingredients and mix in a blender or using an immersion blender until creamy.
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what i love about this taco salad is that it’s healthy. fresh ingredients make the difference. last year lobster tacos were on the menu as well as a classic margarita for cinco de mayo. read that post here

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears scalloped shorts, lemon embroidered button up, and yellow sandals

 

oscar the german shepherd

oscar is so not into photos this week. he’s all about couch surfing.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears scalloped shorts, lemon embroidered button up, and yellow sandals

happy friday, gang! happy cinco de mayo. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.

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  • Chris
    May 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Looking good girl! Thank you for another great post and the terrific tablescape!

    • Beth Djalali
      May 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      thanks so much for stopping by chris! xo

  • Cynthia W Johnson
    May 3, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Those shorts are too cute! And I have a set of fiesta dishes just for occasions like 5 de mayo.

    • Beth Djalali
      May 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      aren’t fiesta dishes perfect for celebrations? there are so many colors to choose from xo

  • Rebecca
    May 3, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Oscar seems so happy to have his mom with him to welcome in the weekend. What a fun and delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Maya. I love the recipe for the Prosecco margaritas and will try that. Your home and table always look so inviting and pretty. Have a great weekend Beth!

    • Beth Djalali
      May 3, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      thanks rebecca! always love to kick off the weekend with oscar and a cocktail. xo

  • susan
    May 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Dinner looks delicious! Shorty shorts??

    • Beth Djalali
      May 3, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      this taco salad was delicous susan! i hope you try the recipe. xo

  • Karen
    May 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Beth, thank you for letting me know about the Biden pants. I will just select a current pant and use your idea for the outfit.
    Keep those ideas coming!
    Thank you,
    Karen

    • Beth Djalali
      May 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      thanks karen! boden has so many gorgeous summer clothes. one of my favorite brands that puts a spin on classics. xo

  • Julie Mycock
    May 3, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Beth, loving the tablescape and those sandles. You look lovely as always. Have a great weekend, joining you in a cocktail as we are now over the jetlag. Have a great weekend x

  • Megan
    May 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I’m chuckling about “compliant mayo” in the taco salad ingredient list & “Biden pants” in the comments! Cinco de Mayo humor/silly autocorrect!

  • Suzanne Smith
    May 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    You’re making me hungry! The salad looks yummy–my kind of warm weather fare. Have a great weekend! I hope you get a chance to put your feet up and relax some with Oscar, Ollie and Mr Style.

  • Dianne Ryan
    May 3, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Where is Ollie this Friday?

  • rosemarie gruidl
    May 3, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Your blog has been read by me since August 2018. I have visited Chico’s Talbot’s and Anne Taylor at your recommendations. I have even told the sales people at those stores about your blog. I love it. Thank you for putting so much effort into making me unclutter my closet and add only the essentials you have documented. I gave 5 bags of clothes to the Good Will. My best to you.

  • Cornelia Thomson
    May 4, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Any ideas on shoes/sandals with arch support for narrow feet?

  • Jeannine
    May 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hello Beth,
    I’ve followed your wonderful blog for several years now with such pleasure. Fridays With Oscar (and Ollie!) is my particular favorite! We had two German Shepherd half brothers, Brady and Natan, and though they’re both passed, after long and lovely lives with us, seeing your handsome boy brings back wonderful memories.The style and elegance you bring to every post is inspiring. Thank you! Enjoy the weekend. Here in Wisconsin we FINALLY have a sunny, fairly warm day, and I”m bursting with joy even at the outdoor chores in front of me. Your post inspired me to put margarita and taco fixings on my grocery list. 💐

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