Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Galveston Pearl Diver #highball #SummerCocktail

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven’t seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it’s a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn’t even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It’s a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit always requests at least one (usually more). This melon liqueur, Triple Sec, and rum combo is the perfect cocktail to serve at parties or just to enjoy as a refreshing cocktail to wind down your busy work week.

Galveston Pearl Diver Ingredients #SummerCocktails

Gather all of your ingredients. It doesn’t take much to make this drink at all. Some white rum, Triple Sec, Midori, a shaker, shot glass, and your favorite highball glass are all you need.

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Add 2 ounces white rum to your shaker.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Then 2 ounces Triple Sec.

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Then top your shaker off with 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur. And Shake!

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Pour your drink over ice in your favorite highball glass, garnish with a lime wedge or slice, and enjoy your new favorite highball. Seriously, once you try this, it’s sure to become your new favorite summertime cocktail.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 2.5 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Lime for garnish *optional*
  1. In a shaker, pour 2 ounces White Rum.
  2. Add 2 ounces Triple Sec.
  3. Add 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur.
  4. Shake thoroughly to mix.
  5. Pour cocktail mixture over ice in a highball glass.
  6. Garnish with lime for a better presentation and an extra refreshing twist to the drink.

This is a drink that can be served year round, but it’s especially satisfying during the warmer months. My version of the Pearl Diver has even made its way into some of the local venues once the staff tried it themselves. It’s that good! What’s your favorite warm weather cocktail recipe? We’d love to try it!

Picnics are a snap with Schlitterbahn’s Mom’s Ice Chest Challenge {Avocado Spread Recipe}

Just so you know, I participated in Schlitterbahn’s Mom’s Ice Chest Challenge to facilitate this post. We’re planning a picnic and packing a #BahnCooler. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.

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So, hey! We’re going to Schitterbahn! You know what’s cool about that? Well, other than the awesome water rides of course? Schlitterbahn loves families and the proof is in the cooler. Families can save by bringing their own coolers to the park. In fact, it’s encouraged. Combine that with free parking, and it’s the perfect family day of fun!

Bringing in a cooler does more than save money for your family. It lets you take care of those fussy eaters (so yea, Bubby will be eating P,B, & J) so you can stay all day. Packing a cooler with our kids’ favorite foods and drinks means more time enjoying rides and less time in food lines. Plus hello? Money savings!

The thing about Schlitterbahn is, the ticket price is the end of it. No nickel and dime charges. Pay for the tickets, then bring your cooler full of food and drink (no alcohol please and thank you), and parking is free. There’s a huge variety of rides, some wild, some mild  (something for everyone), and there’s plenty of room for you to set up your own picnic.

We’re stoked about going and since it’s been super rainy, yucktastic, and stormy here on the island, we decided to pick out our picnic food ahead of time and practice inside (hey, mom’s trying to entertain the kids here). We had a picnic in the living room and the kids are even more excited for Schlitterbahn Galveston than they were before.

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If you’re going to Schlitterbahn for a picnic, or anywhere for a picnic for that matter, you need to be prepared. Ready for some tips and tricks? Keep it simple! Sandwiches are the best picnic food. Trust me. Everyone loves a great sandwich, right? Well my family does and it’s the simplest picnic food on the planet. Plus, you can make it even easier by having the right essentials.

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I found this awesome picnic basket at Target. It’s a basket and a cooler, all rolled into one. This gem makes the picnic complete with the whole picnic atmosphere and it keeps your food on ice until you’re ready to eat. Some fruit (pack those in mason jars the night before), some sandwich meat, some sub rolls, cute bowls for serving, with some matching plates and utensils and you’re ready for anything.

Utensil caddy and container ideas

This cute utensil caddy, plus some sturdy cupcake cups, make for the perfect presentation without a lot of fuss and worry. The fact that they are portable and disposable is just an added bonus.

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Throw in some fun drinks, and the most awesome Jimmy John’s knock off avocado sandwich spread, and you WIN! And it’s all so easy. Want to be a hero at your picnic? This is how to roll. Seriously, check out the spread recipe below (and ditch the mayo because…well, gross).

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Whatever you like on your sandwich, sandwiches are definitely the way to go for picnics. We went with ham, turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and the most amazing spread you’ll ever put in your mouth. If you’re headed to Schlitterban, or anywhere else where a picnic is in order, I encourage you to try this spread, and to use these simple tips for a successful picnic. Nothing really says family time like Schlitterbahn and a picnic.

Jimmy John’s Knock Off Avocado Spread

What you’ll need…

  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 2 medium sized avocados
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 tspn dry mustard

What you’ll do…

  • Blend pepper, onion, garlic, tomato, and dry mustard in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Smash avocado and lime in a bowl with a fork.
  • Hand mix avocado mixture with above blended ingredients.
  • Spread on your sandwich.
  • Enjoy your picnic!

I hope you enjoy MANY family picnics this summer and I encourage you to be prepared. If you live in the area of a Schlitterbahn…GO. It’s like the best family fun anywhere. You can save a LOT of money because they actually encourage you to bring your own cooler and lunch. If you have better ideas than mine for the perfect picnic foods, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

So tell me, who’s going to Schitterbahn? If you don’t live by one, who’s going on a picnic? Picnics are super fun in the summer y’all. If you aren’t going, you’re missing out!

Sometimes I need to turn OFF: I’m Done with Community Living!

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I’m on “go” all the time. I’m social. I have my game face on. There’s nothing fake about it. I love being social. I love that my job is social. I just LOVE to talk actually. My job suits me and “social” is kind of my calling I guess. But, it’s not.

You see, I need down time. I need time to just sit back, relax, and reflect. I don’t need that time often, but I do need it. My job doesn’t allow that down (alone) time and I’m cool with that. I’m GREAT with that. But when do I find that alone time? That down in the depths of NON-social time? I should find it on the weekends when I’m off right? Well, I don’t.

I live in a community. It’s a beautiful community with a lot of amenities. We’ve been living this lifestyle for about 5 years now. At first, until recently, I thought I loved it. I’m social. Of course I love living around 100’s of people. Of course I love community living. Of course I love hanging out with a gazillion people at the pool every weekend. Of course I love bringing my children to the playground where they can’t even move because there are so many other children playing there. Of course I love having people drop by at will to join in our family cook outs. Of course I love being on “go” all the time, 24/7. Of course I do!

OK, I really don’t. I need downtime. I’m tired of community living. I’m tired of stepping out on my back porch to make a phone call to my mom, to pay a bill, to talk to my husband, and knowing that everyone around here knows my business. I’m tired of bumping into people in the hallways, and in the stairwells, when I’m just not in a good mood, and having to smile so they know that I’m friendly. I’m tired of socializing at a pool with a bunch of people that I don’t share much in common with and I wouldn’t chose to socialize with if it weren’t for our common location. I’m tired of  being afraid to have a disagreement with my husband, or with my kids, for fear of what people might think. I’m tired of community living.

Down time. I need it. I want it. I long for it.

I loved this lifestyle for awhile. I really, really did. I love being social. I love having people around. But these people are really around too much. They aren’t just my neighbors. They feel like stalkers because they’re just…there…always.

Community (perhaps commune?) living just is not for me. I’m ready to ditch the closeness. I’m ready to drop the insta-smile on command. I’m ready to turn off my “go face” for a couple of days here and there. Because when I’m “on”, I’m ON. But quite frankly, when I’m ready to turn off, I need to turn OFF. That’s not possible here.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been not as “social” at the pool on the weekends. I just kind of keep to myself and relaxed. Apparently, I’m the community bitch now. So be it. I needed to turn off for a bit. They don’t get it. I’m cool with that. I’m ready to leave commune life. Down time, that’s what I need. Just a little, every once in awhile. DOWN TIME.

We’re looking for a quiet place. My life is busy. My job is social. I’m social. We live in a tourist town, there will always be people to talk to. That’s cool. I’m just longing for a place where I can kick back, and not be social, on the weekends when I want to.

I’m hoping the new neighbors will be social, but not too much. Get me on that? I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, feel free to be social with me. I like it. A lot. Just don’t expect me to be at my best during my down times. We all need them, you know?