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Time to Be Free (Recipe: The Perfect Margarita)

I’m leaving my family. Saying goodbye to my husband and kids. Packing my bags and heading south.

Don’t worry – I’ll be back. I’m just going on a very much needed girls weekend! This is the first girls weekend I have been on, kid/baby free, in more years than I want to count. I’m excited to sleep in. To eat at restaurants that don’t have a kids menu. To sit in the hot tub without having to turn my head every 30 seconds to watch some fantastic trick being performed in the pool. To carry a tiny purse. To sleep in a bed, alone without tiny feet and hands punching and kicking me in the middle of the night. To shop without having to drag a kid out of the store because of a meltdown. To shop without having to take someone to go potty. To eat my dessert without having to share. To ride in the car listening to songs I want to listen to. Oh the joys… I can’t wait.

I’m also a little excited, in a very rude “you probably shouldn’t say this out loud” kind of way that my husband is going to have a crazy, busy weekend. 3 soccer games, 2 baseball games and one T-Ball game, plus a softball practice thrown in. I know that it is not nice of me to wish a busy weekend on him, but I can’t help it. I’m secretly smirking. With his crazy travel schedule last year, I did it all by myself for so long. He needs a little dose of mommy reality.

And I know when I return, he’ll be a little more appreciative of what I do and I’ll be a little more appreciative of him as well. I’ll be a better mom for taking some time out for me. I need it. I deserve it. I can’t wait.

(and I’ll make my husband one of these as soon as I get home… he’ll need it. He’ll deserve it. He doesn’t know it yet, but by Sunday night, he won’t be able to wait.)

The Perfect Margarita from CHOW

  • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
  1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.

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  1. I totally hear you on the need for a weekend escape. I have one planned for 7/2 and it is affectionately been nicknamed Mission: Debauchery, though that name has not been shared with the husbands’ of the women who are going, let they not get a permission slip. Margarita looks divine – love the pops of color in the stem!
    .-= Cate O’Malley´s last blog ..Brownie Goody Bars =-.

  2. You take this weekend and ENJOY! :) I hope you have a fabulous time. And, how did you know to post this just for me? Margaritas complete me.
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Fitness Kick Start: Feeling Fabulous Leg Workout. =-.

  3. Good for you!! I’m sure you’ll have a great weekend.

    Just curious about your margarita recipe — how come you’re so specific that it should be cointreau and not triple sec? They are both orange flavored liquors, non?

  4. How wonderful !! enjoy your weekend definitely well deserved. I need to do one but just can’t bring myself to it. Will def try out the margarita this weekend !

  5. I know you will really enjoy your weekend. It is always so much fun to get away with the girls!!!

  6. I know this sounds simple, but I think this margarita recipe can change the world. I know too many people who have told me they hate tequila but will drink a watered down, overly sweet, syrup-based slushy that passes for a marg in many places, but who have left the Dark Side once they tried this three-ingredient authentic version.

    I will challenge you on one thing, though. Cointreau is fine. I prefer Patron’s Citronage. But if you use quality tequila and real lime juice, than triple sec works quite well.

    And you don’t have to spend a fortune on tequila. There are lots of $20-25 offerings out there these days. And like you said, blanco, because you want the shining freshness of pure tequila without the mellowing of the oak barrel.

    .-= 12th Man´s last blog ..Since blackberries were on sale this week … =-.

  7. This looks great! Let’s plan to have a few of these at BlogHer Food!!
    .-= Maris (In Good Taste)´s last blog ..People Like Cake: Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake =-.

  8. Enjoy your weekend! I can sympathize with those tiny feet kicking your stomach and ribs in the middle of the night! A bed of my own sounds like a dream!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Lemon-Lime Curd =-.

  9. Sounds like a great treat for you! I hope you enjoy every minute.
    .-= Crystal’s Cozy Kitchen´s last blog ..Goals =-.

  10. YAY for you!! Enjoy yourself!!

  11. I’m doing something very similar this weekend! And, my poor husband has a similiar schedule… something nearly every moment that I’m away. Guess, I may have to do something nice for him when I get back… but, I do figure me getting away will bring back a happier wife & mom… so, it will be worth it for them in the end! Enjoy your weekend!
    .-= patsyk´s last blog ..Review: WW Eat! Move! Play! (Recipe: Fusilli with Broccoli, Beans & Walnuts =-.

  12. That is making me sooooo thirsty right now!

    Can I come?
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats´s last blog ..What it is? No. 3 Revealed =-.

  13. I hope you have a great weekend, every mom deserves a break like that every once in a while! And thanks for reminding me why I don’t want any kids, LOL. I like to enjoy delicious margaritas like this without having to worry about little creatures jumping around, hehe.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Rotini with Roasted Poblanos and Tomatoes =-.

  14. Girls’ weekends are really healthy. Everyone deserves a bit of a break and the time to be an adult, without being a parent or a wife or a partner. Have fun!
    .-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Oregano (Recipe: grilled lamb, souvlaki style) =-.

  15. Have a great time this weekend. You deserve it!
    .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Boursin Spinach Gratin =-.

  16. You go girl!! I agree that every mum needs a bit of time to just “be” and this sounds like a perfect weekend to me! Cheers to you for being able to say that “out loud” – I think you are an awesome mum and wife! Enjoy!

  17. I don’t blame you for smirking! Have a great time and drink lots of margaritas!
    .-= Debbi Does Dinner Healthy´s last blog ..Amish Cinnamon Friendship Bread =-.

  18. Woo hoo! Every mom needs a Mom’s Night Out…I’m jealous you’re getting a weekend, but you do have 3 more kids than I do so I am sure you need it more. :) Have a safe and fabulous weekend!
    .-= Joanne @ Barely Domestic Mama´s last blog ..Pardon the quiet while I clean up around here… =-.

  19. Have supreme amounts of fun chica! You so deserve it (and thanks for saying what we all think sometimes. Not that I’m a mom. But still.). These margaritas will be the perfect treat for girls weekend!
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Tahitian Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Bittman’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting =-.

  20. I love girls’ weekends! Have a fabulous time.
    .-= Kate at Serendipity´s last blog ..OLIVE PESTO =-.


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