Mexico on my mind: Bright Inspirations

I’ve been meaning to make it down to Mexico for a while now and been wanting to visit Oaxaca, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Frida Kahlo’s old stomping grounds. I day dream of the sights, the sounds, the food, the blazing sun on my back, the drinks…a girl can daydream no? I could just book a trip and be really irresponsible but I have so much work to do here before I can really getaway. So right now I’ll just settle for my little web-escapes….Pinterest, Trip Advisor, Food Gawker! ha!

So here are my fresh finds…things that remind me of my previous trips to Mexico and things that just make me want to go back…

I want to sip my morning cup of Joe here, with a little milk, cinnamon and nutmeg please! Love the bright colors and gorgeous view…ok, go book your trip! This one here is the Villa Mandarinas in Puerto Vallarta, photo from Around the World Villas

These gorgeous flags always transport me to Mexico and this lovely Etsy shop, Ay Mujer, has really taken it to the next level! They personalize them!

Are these awesome cookie designs or what? Love the details and colors inspired by Dia de Los Muertos! You can get these and many other Mexican inspired cookies at Sweet Sugarbelle

The colors and patterns remind me of Mexican textiles…just follow link for instructions on how to make your own friendship bracelet from Honestly WTF.

I gotta have this Opal Clutch from Mar y Sol! Love the thin gold thread and the wooden closure…the stripes remind me of a burst of sunshine…perfect for a vacation.

Last but not least, we have to have a little spice and thought I’d share this great recipe for hot sauce. This one is made with habanero peppers so it’s quite hot. Seed your peppers and remove the membranes if you want more flavor than heat. This one is from Lottie and Doof.

Hope you were able to escape with me, if only for a little while. This just makes me want to pack a bag but instead I’ll do the next best thing and make you something spicy and inspired by Mexico! As I mentioned in my last post, this month is all about Mexico!

My love for hot peppers…

I have so much to share with you all and very excited about all the hot, peppery food news, happenings and products out in the market today. We’re seeing more chili peppers in products we never thought would go well with peppers. Liquor manufacturers, confectioners, bakers, and home cooks are experimenting more with peppers and using it in their products and foods to meet the demands of this quickly growing market. Could it be because of the prevalence of cooking shows and folks are learning more about pepper varieties and how to use them or that some naturalist and doctors are claiming health benefits? Who knows, probably a bit of both! Some say it improves circulation, others say it helps clear colds but I won’t get into the details, for that you can consult the professionals, but I do know that it clears the sinuses right up and produces sweat like you’ve just run a mile so that’s got to be good!

I’m happy that many have taken notice since just five years ago it was so difficult finding food or products that uniquely blended chili peppers in new and interesting ways. You’re probably saying “well people have been using chili peppers since the beginning of time.” Well yes, of course, but not easily accessible and not in store bought chocolates, infused in vodka for martinis, in candy and syrups, and even in cup cakes! I LOVE the creative ways peppers are being used nowadays and hope to see more and share some of those with you here as well as my own creations, some savory and some sweet. Stay tuned…