a holiday margarita| fridays with oscar

a margarita for Christmas? not quite apple cider.  not quite egg nog. and not quite what you were expecting.  but let’s mix things up a bit at the end of this year.  ’cause if you’re feeling at all like i am, i know there’s a lot of change coming in 2020.  

and change is a good thing:  big or small.  you may be looking to change careers.  or potentially retire.  you may move to a new town.  or you may just change your outlook.  whatever it is, you’ll be better than fine, because you’re, well, you.  so let’s start small today:  raise your Christmas margaritas, because here’s to fridays with oscar.  and more importantly, here’s to you.  

outfit of the day

if this sweater from Anthropologie doesn’t put a smile on your face.  so comfy. so cozy.  and perfect for the winter.  and Anthropologie is having 30% off everything sale.  couple that with J.Crew’s 50% off sale, there’s a deal to be had on these crop trouser jean and ankle bootsankle boots have been a big hit this fall and winter, and i’m loving these ivory ones from J.Crew. who remembers white go-go boots from the sixties? white boots continue to be on-trend so i decided it was time to add a pair to my closet.

sweater | crop trouser jean | ankle boots

entree:  beef & cranberry stuffed acorn squash

roasted squash is a personal favorite of mine.  i’m putting a slight spin on it today by stuffing it with beef, cranberries and spices.  but the recipe remains simple, straightforward and easy to make.  whether you’re hosting a holiday lunch or looking for a quick bite on a Saturday afternoon, reach for this recipe.

Beef and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large acorn squash
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, plus some for brushing
  3. 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  6. 1 pound ground beef
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus some for sprinkling
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 1/2 teaspoon caraway
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut the top and the bottom off of the acorn squash, trying to cut off as little as possible. Carefully slice the acorn squash into 5 rings, cutting the acorn squash from side to side (not from top to bottom).
  3. Scrape the seeds and innards out of the rings and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Brush each ring with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the rings and place them in the preheated oven. Roast the squash rings for 30-35 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. The squash is done when it's lightly brown and fork tender.
  4. While the squash rings roast, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and cook, stirring often until the garlic gets soft and is just starting to brown. Add the dried cranberries and chopped rosemary and cook for about 2 minutes more, until the rosemary is very fragrant and it smells like Christmas in your kitchen.
  5. Remove the herb-cranberry mixture to a bowl and add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook the ground beef just until no pink remains, then drain any excess fat.
  6. Add the herb-cranberry mixture to the ground beef, as well as the 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon caraway. Stir to evenly combine.
  7. When the squash rings have finished roasting, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Spoon the beef-cranberry mixture into each ring and place back in the oven. Cook 4-5 minutes more.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, top the stuffed squash with shredded parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!
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cocktail: a margarita for Christmas

i just love the sweet and spicy flavor combination.  if you do too,  or if you’re looking to break out of the holiday same old same old, make sure to check out this week’s cocktail:  a blackberry margarita.  the bite of the jalapenos is offset nicely by the sweetness of the blackberries.   pair that with a traditional salt rim, and you’re running the full flavor spectrum.

Blackberry Margarita
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces of tequila
  2. 2 ounces of lime juice
  3. 5 blackberries plus more for garnish
  4. 3-4 slices of fresh jalapeno
  5. 1 ounce of agave nectar
  6. 1 cup of ice (1/2 used in the shaker, 1/2 used to serve the drink)
  7. Garnish: salted rim and blackberries
Instructions
  1. Fill the cocktail shaker with tequila, lime juice, blackberries, sliced jalapenos, agave nectar, and 1/2 cup of ice.
  2. Shake the mixer and strain into a slated glass filled with ice.
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alright gang, that’s a wrap!  as we approach the holiday home stretch, remember to always take a deep breath and always give yourself a few extra minutes of alone time.  if that means getting up 10 minutes earlier to enjoy a quiet moment with your cup of coffee or staying up 30 minutes later to finish The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, do it.  

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14 Comments

  1. Carol wrote:

    Love your blog. Keep it up! Oscar’s looking a little old with his grey muzzle. Your should get him a play mate. I have 3 German Shepherds. They’re a blast and keep each other company.

    Posted 12.13.19
  2. Mary campbell wrote:

    Love reading your site.

    Posted 12.13.19
  3. Ali wrote:

    Hi Beth and Oscar
    Wishing you both and the rest of your family a very happy Christmas and holiday season.
    I so enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for all the work you put into them.
    Hope you get some down time over Christmas/New Year to recharge your batteries. Hope you are doing ok. Mr Style will be watching over you all — your own personal angel.
    Big hug,
    Ali

    Posted 12.13.19
  4. Carole Soliday wrote:

    Thinking of you as you spend your first Christmas without Mr. Style. I’ve been there and know it’s hard. Bless you. May the goddess be with you.

    Posted 12.13.19
  5. Lin Taylor wrote:

    Love your bit of philosophy on change. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for being out there for the rest of us ‘women of a certain age.’ Wishing you happy holidays… and an especially happy new year!

    Posted 12.13.19
  6. Connie wrote:

    I make sure I scroll slowly through all your photos. I just noticed the twigs in the tall glass vase by your fireplace. I have a vase like it that has a glass insert for an arrangement and that’s the only way I’ve used it. I’m now going out to buy a lighted twig to use the tube glass part for the holidays! Also, Do you think I can use cranberries instead of blackberries in your holiday margarita?

    Posted 12.13.19
  7. Paula wrote:

    Beth, great ideas. I am going to try the squash recipe. I really like the picture of you and Oscar on the couch!! Also please share your nail polish color it’s so pretty and a nice change to try this time of year. Have a great weekend.

    Posted 12.13.19
  8. kim wrote:

    Love the sweater and the white boots, so chic! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    Posted 12.13.19
    • so glad you liked today’s ootd. it’s one of my winter go-to’s. i have to say i am loving the white boots.

      Posted 12.13.19
  9. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Mmmmm…that squash dish looks good! I’m going to make that. Did you use dried montmorency cherries for it? I love them–I think I’d enjoy that. They are so good for you, too–very anti-inflammatory. Pinned it! thanks! Your OOTD is cozy and the drink sounds yummy as well. Happy Friday! Hugs to Oscar and Ollie.

    Posted 12.13.19
    • hi sue! yes, i used the cherries instead of the cranberries and it was delicious! this is an easy dish to throw together that’s healthy too. what’s better than that? especially during the holidays.

      Posted 12.13.19
  10. jackie wrote:

    Always sage advice. Do have a pleasant day with the kiddos. Know it will be hard for you . Will be thinking of you.

    Posted 12.13.19
  11. Laura LeSieur wrote:

    Beth, I very much like the bracelet you’re wearing in the photo with the Jose Cuervo bottle. May I ask where you got it?

    Love your blog! You and Une Femme make my day. It makes such sense you’re good friends!

    Posted 12.13.19
  12. Chrissy Hoffman wrote:

    Love the sweater and LOVE the marvelous Mrs maisel!!! My favorite show

    Posted 12.22.19

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