I am home! After a long day of traveling.... frustrating flight delays, yucky airplane food and stopped up ears! It was worth it though, I had a blast visiting our family! Melissa's 30th birthday was a success. It was a little too hot, but manageable. We had awesome food. My favorites were the fried chicken, fried okra, and strawberry basil lemonade.
Mel's S-I-L, Marqui was the party planner and decoration designer. Isn't this the cutest?!
Mel had no idea where her party would be, she was so excited when she got there. We all loved wearing hats! Mel's mom made her this hat!
The adorable party place.
Mommasita with aunties, Carol and Kathy
My S-I-L, Katy and her Hubby James. They just bought a new Golden Retriever Puppy, she was adorable.
Pinkie (Jeffrey's dad), Aunt Rolie and Ozzy Boy!
Katy and I bought Mel and planter, plant and honey bee wind mill.
Mel loves honey bees!
Izzy was pooped!
Mommasita playing with her grand-dog
You are never too old to have a piñata at your birthday.
Enjoying the sun, aren't these ladies beautiful!
Whack it Mel!
We are so silly!
Mel with her beautiful mama, Diane
Diane even made Mel's cake! It was fantastic!
Love this pic!
Girlies in our hats! Carol's birthday on the next post...
This is one of my new favorite dinners! Sooo good! Please make it soon.
Beer Battered Fish with Mandarin Salsa
2 tilapia filets
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup beer
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp chili garlic sauce
1 - 11oz can mandarin oranges
2 Tbsp cilantro
Stir together 1/2 cup flour, beer, baking powder, salt, pepper, and egg.
Chop oranges and cilantro
Stir together oranges, cilantro, chili garlic sauce, lemon juice and a little bit of salt and pepper.
Mix and set in fridge until ready to use.
Pour about 1/2 cup of oil in a skillet and allow it to heat up. Set up your dipping station. Put 1/4 cup of flour in a shallow dish.
Dry fish really well.
Dredge fish in flour.
Dip in beer batter.
Allow to drip so that there is a thin layer left.
Drop fish is a pan of heated oil.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden.
Remove from oil and blot of paper towels. Salt.
I served the fish over a bed of Jasmine rice mixed with roasted corn. Then I topped it with the mandarin orange salsa!
Oh and I got this recipe from a new cooking blogger who is posting lots of great looking recipes...Sweet Beginnings