happy friday, gang! well, here we are at the end of august, can you believe it?! we are beginning to transition to fall here in athens: the mornings are a little cooler and we’ve had so much rain that it looks a lot more like fall than summer. but with the temps still in the 80s, today i am sporting summer shorts and a sleeveless top. we have a light appetizer and spicy, cool take on a margarita.
outfit of the day: animal print for (f)all!
animal print is a year-round go-to for me. it’s so fun each season to see the new takes on this print every year. leopard, cheetah, giraffe, large or small – there’s an animal print for everyone. if you think you can’t mix brown and black – think again! animals do it with aplomb. when you wear an animal print, nature’s most neutral color palette, you have endless combinations to create with your tops and accessories.
i love the big, bold pattern of these leopard print shorts. pairing them with a flowy white sleeveless top is an easy way to go.
and of course, metallic sandals will always go with animal print! but you could always go with gold or bronze too. when you with animal print for fall, you have a ton of options for accessories.
savory Thai turkey lettuce wraps
these lettuce wraps are easy and delicious. a perfect appetizer or lunch, they are savory, spicy, and light. if you want something more substantial than a lettuce wrap, the ground turkey mixture would be great in a corn tortilla too.
Thai turkey lettuce wraps
- 2 medium bell peppers, seeded and diced
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup packed fresh mint, chopped
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- lettuce cups and sriracha for serving
In 12-inch skillet on medium-high, cook bell peppers in vegetable oil 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add ground turkey and fish sauce. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up meat.
Stir in cilantro, mint leaves, lime juice and sugar. Serve in lettuce cups with Sriracha hot sauce, if desired.
the turkey mixture itself is not spicy, but add sriracha as a topping to spice it up as much as you like. another great topping would be chopped peanuts.
spicy cucumber margarita
you all know i love a margarita and there are so many varieties. this spicy cucumber version is spicy from the jalapeño, yet cool thanks to the cucumber. it’s a really nice combination of flavors. rim the glass with tajin and you get a nice spicy, sour pop of flavor.
spicy cucumber margarita
- 3 parts tequila blanco
- 1/2 part triple sec
- 1 part lemon juice
- 1 part lime juice
- 1 part agave nectar optional
- mini cucumber
Muddle 1-2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).
fridays with oscar
this is a wrap on another fridays with oscar. as september approaches, we have been looking at summer clothes that transition to fall with ease and style. in case you missed it, tuesday’s post was all about going into fall with bold bright colors (and don’t forget animal print for fall!). it’s a sure way to welcome the new season with confidence and a smile. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a gorgeous weekend!