Blood Orange Rum Margarita


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Every week, I check the new H‑E‑B ad to see what fruits have been added. Last week, I noticed they now had blood oranges. I’ve never had a blood orange, but I’ve always been intrigued by their dark, almost red flesh. So I decided to give them a try.

I also recently got a new rum I’ve never tried before called Hera Tropical Rum. This rum is made right in Austin by rap artist and innovator Anastasia Hera. The all natural rum is brightly flavored with notes of banana and coconut.

I don’t know why, but something inside me said, “Make a cocktail with the oranges and rum!” So, I did. I almost instantly knew I wanted it to be something like a margarita. So, I searched our liquor cabinet and fridge to see what we already had that would work. Then I checked the grocery store online for blood orange flavored things.

At home, we had orange liqueur, lime juice, and of course the rum. So the base was looking good. I then ordered the blood oranges and blood orange Italian soda to round the recipe out.

Blood Orange Rum Margarita

Alyse Nicole
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 2 drinks


  • 1 knife
  • 1 saucer (small plate)
  • 1 jigger
  • 1 shaker


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 blood orange
  • 2 oz Hera Tropical Rum
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 4 oz Italian soda
  • 1 oz lime juice


  • Slice blood orange and wet glass rim with slice. Pour sugar on saucer, and dip glass's rim in the sugar.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, and add the rum, liqueur, soda, and lime juice. Place the lid, and shake for about 30 seconds.
  • Remove strainer cap from shaker. Fill sugar rimmed glass with ice, and strain shaker contents into glass.
  • Finally, place orange slice from earlier on glass rim for garnish.
Keyword cocktail, rum

Gather Your Ingredients

So, before we start, let’s get all our ingredients in one place. You’ll need

• tropical or white rum

• orange liqueur

• lime juice

• blood orange Italian soda

• blood oranges (mostly for garnish)

• sugar

• and ice

I’m a sugar rim girl. So, that’s how I made this cocktail, but I was tempted to try some pink Himalayan sea salt just for looks. If you prefer salt on your margarita, try it out, and let me know how it is. 

Rim Your Glass

Take a saucer (small plate), and pour about a quarter cup of sugar on it. You can use more or less, depending on how many drinks you’re making. Then, thinly slice an orange, and use one of the slices to wet the rim of the glass. I like to go down further where my mouth will be on the glass to give it a little razzle dazzle and to get some extra sweetness while I drink.

After wetting the rim, dip the rim of the glass in the sugar, applying to more areas as needed. If you wet the side of the glass, be sure to roll that section in the sugar as well. Now, let’s make this drink!

Combine the Liquids

Fill a shaker with ice. Then add the rum, liqueur, soda, and lime, in that order. Place the lid on the shaker, and shake it for about 30 seconds. You’ll know it’s ready when the frost appears on the shaker and your fingers start to freeze. lol

Pour Your Drink

We’re almost at the finish line! Take your sugar rimmed glass and fill it with fresh ice. Afterwards, remove the strainer cap from your shaker, and strain the drink into your glass. Depending on the type of glass you used, this will make one to two drinks. Lastly, just place the orange slice you used earlier on the rim of the glass, and enjoy!

After adding everything together and taking the first sip, I knew this would be a staple hosting cocktail in our home until further notice. The way the flavors mix and mingle, while still uniquely standing out from each other is true magic! hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you try it, tell me what you think and if you’d change anything. Happy sipping!

Thank you for checking out my recipe! Let me know how it turns out for you and if you’d customize it at all. Find the rest of the Saturday  Sip series here.

Easy One Pan Breakfast Casserole


This one pan breakfast casserole with sausage is very easy, and you can easily customize it by adding other ingredients. The sausage almost makes a crust at the bottom, giving your taste buds a nice surprise! 



Last weekend, my husband asked if I could whip up some breakfast for us and my mother-in-love, who’s visiting us. I knew we had some eggs we needed to get rid of, and we just bought sausage on our last grocery trip. So, I had the idea to make some kind of quiche. Mind you, I’ve never made a quiche before. So once I saw the time it took, I decided to go another route, making a quiche-like dish, which I settled on calling a casserole.

To lock in my idea, I scoured the fridge to see what all I could add. What I found was shredded cheese, campari tomatoes, and a bit of salsa, I liked where this was going and didn’t want to make it too complex. So, I settled on those ingredients. Making this was basically a shot in the dark since I was just winging the whole thing, but luckily, it turned out great, and was hubby and mother-in-love approved.

I finished the meal by just making a slice of toast for each of us, and I made us a Pineapple Fizz, which is just pineapple juice and Sprite. You can also substitute the Sprite for ginger ale, or you can add sparkling wine for a fancy mimosa. 

One Pan Breakfast Casserole

Alyse Nicole
This one pan breakfast casserole with sausage is very easy, and you can easily customize it by adding other ingredients. This dish would be perfect for breakfast or brunch!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 1 deep 10 in pan


  • 8 oz sausage choose your spice level
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup mild salsa
  • 2 campari tomatoes
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • seasoning to taste


  • Set burner on medium high heat, and place plan on burner. Once the pan is hot, add sausage.
  • Break the into crumbles with your preferred cooking utensil (I used a spatula), and cook the sausage until brown.
  • While the sausage is browning, beat eggs and add your preferred seasoning. I used Sooo Matcha Soul seasoning from Caribreoso Flavor Boutique.
  • Add eggs to pan with sausage, distributing them evenly. Then let them cook for a few seconds.
  • Evenly pour salsa. Then add tomatoes, and let cook for 5 minutes, never stirring the ingredients.
  • While the casserole cooks, preheat oven to 400°.
  • Sprinkle ½ cup shredded cheese on top of casserole, and place casserole in the oven, cooking for 15 minutes.
  • Check after 15 minutes. If the eggs aren't fully cooked, continue to cook in 5 minute intervals until done. I cooked mine for 10 additional minutes following the initial 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, slice into eighths, and immediately serve.
Keyword casserole, crustless quiche, eggs, salsa, sausage

I also recommend making this one pan breakfast casserole for brunch. It’s very easy and relatively fast to put together and cook. You can even make different variations for your breakfast and brunch guests to have  options. I plan to add spinach in the future to see how that meshes. The options are virtually limitless for this dish!





Thank you for checking out my recipe! Let me know how it turns out for you and if you customize it at all.


Hard Blueberry Lemonade

Hey y’all!  Welcome to my new series, Summer Sips, where I will share cocktail recipes featuring local or up-and-coming wines and spirits. Not to worry, though. If these brands aren’t available near you, there are other alternatives.

So lately, we’ve been regularly keeping alcohol stocked in the house, partly due to being partnered with a few brands, and partly from us actually purchasing it. Because of the increase, though, we’ve been getting more creative with our recipes. Then I thought why not share them with you!

Today’s recipe will be a hard blueberry lemonade made with Bomade vodka, a lemonade vodka infused with organic lemons, that recently became available in the Austin area. Oh, and did I mention it’s Black owned? This vodka is so smooth and light that it’s almost dangerous! The refreshing lemon flavor helps the vodka effortlessly blend with most mixes. To get your hands on a bottle, click here to check its available locations or to request it in your area. Now, let’s get to the recipe.

Hard Blueberry Lemonade

Alyse Nicole
This is a simple, refreshing drink to end an evening or to serve while entertaining. You can also interchange the berries and sparkling water to make it your own.
Prep Time 1 minute
Mix Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 glass


  • wooden spoon
  • jigger


  • ¼ cup blueberries rinsed
  • ice
  • 2 oz Bomade vodka
  • 1 can Sanpellegrino Limonata sparkling water
  • garnish optional


  • In a highball glass, add blueberries. Then crush blueberries with wooden spoon.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Pour Bomade vodka over ice.
  • Finally, fill rest of glass with Sanpellegrino.
  • Lightly stir with wooden spoon.
  • You can stop there, or you can garnish the drink with mint.
Keyword blueberry, cocktail, lemonade, vodka

Once when I made this, I had a little peppermint left in my garden, one of the only plants that actually grew. So, I just added that for a little razzle dazzle.

Now all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy. Get you a good book, turn on some mellow tunes in the background, and take in the vibes.

Thanks for tuning into my first Saturday Sip! I hope you liked the recipe. If you tried it, let me know. If you post it on social media, be sure to tag me @alysenicole85 and @bomadetexas for a shout out! Bye bye for now. See you at the next sip!





Lutie’s Garden Restaurant


If you read my last post, you know that we had a staycation at the Commodore Perry Estate during the July 4th long weekend. Unfortunately, William and I didn’t get to eat at Lutie’s during that stay because the restaurant is only open Wednesday through Sunday, and we were only at the resort overnight on Monday. Luckily, though, I was able to return Wednesday to try Lutie’s. Continue reading for a look inside one of the most beautiful, sought after restaurants in Texas, Lutie’s Garden Restaurant.



Lutie’s Garden Restaurant is named after the Lady of the original Comodore Perry estate, Lutie Perry. She was known for her beautiful garden as well as hosting Gatsby level gatherings, from dinner parties to soirees. So this restaurant is a breathtaking homage to her.


The Interior

As soon as you open the door, you’re engulfed by the lush green décor, including a mixture of live and artificial plants hanging from the latticed ceiling. While there is lighting, the restaurant is mostly lit by the sunlight entering two enormous walls of windows. After sunset, the chandeliers and pendant lights take over.

Lutie’s may also have the most beautiful bar I’ve ever seen, with its gold trim around cream and glass shelves, the green velvet rollback barstools, and chandeliers on either end that almost feel like floral arrangements.

Seating is a mixture of booths and tables, as well as outdoor seating on the patio that overlooks the sunken garden. I arrived promptly at 5pm (actually before then), at opening time. So I was the first patron seated.

I was taken to a table for two near the windows and had the perfect view to admire the entire restaurant, both indoors and outdoors. The food is served on antique ceramic dishes with gold flatware, and guests are offered their choice of still or sparkling water. Since this is still during cautionary times due to COVID, menus are still digital.


The Menu

Here’s the thing. Lutie’s menu is a bit different from what you may be used to. There isn’t an appetizer, salad, or entrée section. Instead, the food is listed from the smallest to largest dish, ending with a 2 pound aged ribeye steak. The menu also changes regularly, depending on what fresh ingredients are available. So there isn’t really a menu available online to peruse beforehand.

The entire menu is explained to you upon arrival, and every dish is described in detail. My server, Candace, said they suggest 2-3 dishes per patron, consisting of two smaller items and one larger item. There are also several shareable dishes.


My Meal

I started with a cocktail, the very flavorful Indigo Kick (all specialty cocktails are $17). Its ingredients include vanilla infused Kettle One vodka, blackberry, basil shrub, local honey, ginger beer, and lemon. I used it as a palate cleanser between dishes. For my meal, I chose 3 dishes, the corn falafel ($9 for 3 falafels), the barbecued scallops ($30 for 2 scallops), and the green dish ($18).

The corn falafel was tasty. It was crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. The tangy sauce drizzled on top was a nice surprise for my taste buds.

The barbecued scallops were insanely good! It had several contrasting flavors and was cooked perfectly. The purple daikon relish also gave it a nice little crunch.

Finally, the green dish was also exceptional and nothing I would’ve ever thought of creating. The ingredients for this dish change, depending on what’s in season, but as of July 5, 2021, it consisted of roasted summer squash topped with mixed greens and feta cheese, all covered in a green sauce with a dash of sea salt. If only I knew what the green sauce was made of, I’d definitely try making this at home.

Everything had a great combination of contrasting flavors that made them stand out and keep me excited for the next bite. The three dishes were also just enough to fill me up.



Of course, I saved room for dessert! I ordered the chocolate shaved ice ($12), which is layered from bottom to top with dark chocolate ice cream, chocolate shaved ice, vanilla Chantilly, and cocoa nibs. 

Now, I’m not a chocolate ice cream fan, but something said try it, and I’m glad I did. The different textures are a lot of fun in your mouth. The chocolate did start to take me over close to the end, but the vanilla Chantilly calmed it back down. It almost reminded me of tiramisu with a crunch. Then Candace, my server, said someone described it as a fancy fudgesicle, and they were absolutely right!


Final Thoughts

Lutie’s Garden Restaurant is hands down the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever visited, but it’s also very down to Earth. The servers are quite attentive and go out of their way to make sure you  fully enjoy your visit. The presentation of each dish was top tier, with nothing out of place. You definitely receive the full 5 star experience from arrival to your last bite (or sip).

I recommend everyone dine here at least once. You’re unlikely to experience anything like this anywhere else.






The Backspace Anderson Lane


I’ve been trying to branch out from my go-to’s and explore new restaurants. So, last week we visited The Backspace Anderson Lane, the sister restaurant to The Backspace, Austin’s first Neapolitan pizzeria. These restaurants are under the umbrella of Parkside Projects, which is comprised of several local restaurants and venues in Austin. 

The Backspace Anderson Lane serves Neapolitan pizza (of course), antipasti, pasta, paninis, and many other Italian dishes. Read below to see what we tried, including pictures to lure you in.


First Impressions

When arriving at the restaurant, you enter it from the back side of the building. Get it, the backspace? There’s a nice small outdoor sitting area near the door and cool painted signage on the wall with neon lights of a pizza being flipped (top picture).

Upon entering, you’re welcomed by the hostess, who is kind enough to give your husband a disposable mask because he forgot his at home. To the right, there’s a private dining area with banquet style tables. Straight ahead is the bar, kitchen, brick oven, and a shelf featuring the many Italian wines served there. Then, to your left is the seating, which is a mixture of booths and tables.

There’s a very nice ambiance inside, which is definitely matched by the food offerings. This isn’t your everyday pizzeria after all. I mean, you don’t have to be dressed up as much as I was, but I feel it calls for at least a polo shirt or blouse, depending on your preference.

Though there’s a bar, the restaurant is still family friendly. Case in point, there was a young lady celebrating her 13th birthday with her family and friends while we were there.

I love that the pizzas are made out front where you can see the artistry in action. Also, pretty funny to me, my favorite aspect was the water glasses made from old wine bottles. Enough of the visuals, though. Let’s get to what you really want to know. How was the food?


caesar salad

crispy calamari

William (my husband) started with a caesar salad, and I had the crispy calamari. I tasted his salad, and he tried the calamari. Both were delicious!

Usually when I think of a caesar salad, I just think of lettuce, parmesan, croutons, and caesar dressing. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see this colorful medley. The calamari included the typical calamari rings as well as mini octopi and was served with an Italian tarter sauce.



As I said, William had the fettuccini. So, here are his thoughts.

“It was very flavorful. The basil added a pleasant zing to each forkful. There  was a nice amount of pesto sauce. It wasn’t too much, and it wasn’t dry.”


the speck

I ordered the Speck pizza, and oh my goodness! The flavor combination was almost too good to handle, from the spinach and read onions to the calabrese chili and ham, it was a true party in my mouth! I will be honest, though. The chili almost had me, but I was able to come out victoriously. All in all, though, I’d absolutely recommend it.



Finally, there was the tiramisu, which I have to order whenever it’s an option, thanks to my oldest brother, Chef Tony Evans. May he rest in eternal peace.

In my opinion, tiramisu should be listed as one of the wonders of the world, and the one served at The Backspace Anderson Lane is top tier! The bottom wasn’t soggy, which I have unfortunately experienced elsewhere several times. The coffee flavor wasn’t overpowering, and the mascarpone was perfectly light.

My final thoughts overall are that this won’t be our last visit, and I look forward to trying other dishes in hopes that they’re all as delicious as these. If you have or haven’t been before, make this your next restaurant to visit. Dine in, and really take in the full experience and vibe.


*This was a hosted visit, but all thoughts are my honest opinions.

Peach Cobbler Pound Cake


Some time last year (I think it was in the summer), we had the most delicious cake I’ve ever tasted, a peach cobbler pound cake! I’ve been trying to chase that high ever since. So, last Thanksgiving, I decided to try my hand at making it since we had basically all the ingredients because I already planned on making a regular pound cake. After a quick web/Pinterest search, I came up with this recipe.

I’m not big on the blogs that have an entire autobiography before getting to the recipe. So, I’ll save you the five minutes of scrolling lol. The recipe is right below.


Peach Cobbler Pound Cake

Alyse Nicole
This is a fun and delicious twist on two classic desserts, a peach cobbler and a pound cake. There's a few extra steps for this, but it's definitely worth it in the end!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings


  • 1 mixing bowl set (2 small, 1 medium, and 2 large bowls)
  • 1 10 in. Bundt cake pan
  • 1 stand mixer or hand mixer



  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 eggs yolks separated
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 can (15 oz) sliced peaches in syrup separated from syrup
  • 3/4 cup syrup from the peaches
  • 1/4 cup whiskey optional


  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • water, milk, or liqueur*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or any flavor you want


  • Geez! That was a lot, but now we can start.


  • Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.
  • Butter the Bundt pan, and coat it with the brown sugar mixture. This will give the outside of your cake the flavor and texture of a cobbler crust.
  • In the medium bowl, add the peaches, 2 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. Mix it together, covering the peaches, and save for later.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and the rest of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In the second small bowl, beat the egg whites until firm. Now place all these bowls to the side.
  • In the second large bowl, mix the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until creamy and fluffy.
  • Beat the egg yolks into the sugar mixture one at a time. Then mix in the vanilla extract and 3/4 cups of the peach syrup. (Alternatively, you can add just 1/2 cup of the syrup and 1/4 cup of the whiskey of your choice.)
  • Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Once it's mixed well, fold in the milk and egg whites.
  • Pour half the batter into the Bundt pan. Then add half the peach mixture. Next, fill the Bundt pan with the rest of the batter.
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hour, checking with a toothpick at about an hour. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the Bundt pan for 10-20 minutes. Remember that the cake will continue to cook after it's removed from the oven. So don't leave it in longer than the recommended time.
  • Once the cake is cool, remove it from the pan and place on a wire rack (a plate will also do) to continue cooling. Finally, place as many of the remaining peach slices that you'd like on top of the cake.


  • Place the sifted powdered sugar in the now empty and cleaned medium bowl from earlier.
  • Whisk in whichever liquid (water, milk, liqueur) you choose, one tbsp at a time, until you reach the desired thickness.
  • Whisk in 1 tsp of the extract.
  • Take the glaze, and slowly drizzle it over the cake to your preferred liking.


*If you use a liqueur, you can skip the extract.
Keyword fruit, fruit dessert, glaze, peach cobbler, pound cake


The Glaze

photo cred: Friendship Bread Kitchen

Here’s the thing, I didn’t have on of the ingredients to make the glaze, the powdered sugar! So, I put regular granulated sugar in the blender to make something similar to powdered sugar. Remember that if you ever find yourself in the same situation!

Well, that’s it! You now have yourself a homemade peach cobbler pound cake! Would you change/substitute anything? What did you use for your glaze? Let me know below!

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How to Make Homemade Hummus


I’ve been really craving hummus lately, but I’ve also been on a DIY kick. So, I decided to look up some recipes on how to make hummus at home and came across this super simple one from Inspired Taste on Youtube. If you want to try your hand in making some tasty, really easy to make hummus, keep reading below. If not, keep reading below. lol




Easy Homemade Hummus

Alyse Nicole
For a fun homemade snack, give homemade hummus a try. You'll know exactly what the ingredients are, and you can experiment to make it your own.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people


  • 1 food processor (a blender or chopper will also work)


  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can (8 oz) chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • salt to taste


  • Stir up the tahini sauce and add it to the food processor.
  • Add lemon juice and run the food processor for about 1 minute.
  • Next, add the garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, chickpeas, and about 1/2 tsp of salt to start.
  • Run the processor for another minute. Then, stop to scrape the sides and to taste test whether more salt is needed.
  • Run the processor another minute.
  • Once it's at the texture and taste you prefer, you can be done.


If you want your hummus creamier and less thick, add about 1-2 tbsp of water, and run the food processor a little longer.
Keyword chickpea, fast snack, healthy, hummus, snack, vegetarian


Once it reaches your desired consistency, you’re all done. Grab your pita bread or your favorite dipping veggies, and enjoy! For a little razzle dazzle, sprinkle some chili powder or your favorite seasoning on top. Now you can teach others how to make homemade hummus also!


Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe and if you add anything else, like roasted bell peppers or garlic.