The BEST Avocado Toast

I know, avocado toast is nothing new.  But I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon.  I probably was a little late to join the avocado bandwagon, but that’s nothing new – I’m late to all trends.  Anyways, during one of our trips to Drift last weekend, I ordered the avocado toast for breakfast.  In between sips of coffee and bites of my bread, I told Big Guy that I was going to recreate their avocado toast at home.  And I didn’t wait long to get in the kitchen with some avocados and toast.

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Now Drift did not give me any secrets or recipe, however, I’m sure they would if I asked.  So this is my interpretation of their toast based on taste and sight.

Mash 1/2 an avocado in a bowl.  Season with a little salt (more will come later!).  Toast your bread.  Top the toast with the avocado.  Spring with salt and pepper.  Finely chop a few mixed nuts.  Sprinkle those on top along with pumpkin seeds.  Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of your best EVOO.

Oh, and a poached egg on top kind of makes this insane.

In a good way.

 

Weekend Review {3.21.17}

Oh, hey.  Totally pulled a disappearing act but I’m not apologizing.  This past Friday we hit the road after I taught barre for a weekend at the beach.  It was our intention to come back yesterday but Big Guy ended up working from the beach and we left bright and early this morning so I could make it in time to teach my 11:15am class.  Deciding to leave on Tuesday was a very, very good decision.  The weather at the beach was windy but we enjoyed long walks each and every morning along with coffee and breakfast at Drift.  Not only did we get to see my parents but we were able to spend some time with my grandparents and Big Guy’s stepdad.  Oh, and I got to play dominoes and Yahtzee with my parents.  Big Guy refused to participate.  Here are a few outtakes from the weekend:

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avocado toast from Drift (p.s. I’m recreating this ASAP and promise to share my recipe)

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Sharky’s on Sunday for cocktails and March Madness

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watching the sunset with Big Guy and my Momma

It was a good mix of dining out and dining in.  Here are the recipes we whipped up:

Mustard Burgers with Crispy Goat Cheese and Fig-Onion Compote (SO GOOD!)

Coconut Honey Lime Filipino Chicken Adobo Skewers with Coconut Rice and Pineapple Slaw (Incredible!  Big Guy claimed the rice to be the best he’s ever had.)

And finally, HAPPY 36th ANNIVERSARY to my parents!  We love you OH so much.

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Hey friends!  If you’re not wearing green, consider this your PINCH.  I’ve never been one to go crazy over St. Patty’s Day.  I mean, I wear my green and if I’m on top of my game I plan a fun dinner but to be honest, I have no idea if I’ll eat anything remotely Irish today.  But I’m wearing my green.  Well, after I change out of my gym clothes.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Round Up:  St. Patrick’s Day Recipes.  Just in case you need some inspiration for your day of eats!

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Favorite Obsessed:  Samoas Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Y’all.  I haven’t had a Girls Scout cookie yet.  And now I want a samoa with ice cream squished in between.  Ooo, I bet thin mints would be good this way, too.

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Favorite Upgrade:  Rockingham Chelsea Boots.  The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”  And while I love my Hunter boots, I’m in need of something shorter that’s easier to take on and off.

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Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.  I love that this dish is made in a crock pot instead of a wok.

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Favorite Read:  “Why I Don’t Recommend Whole30.”  Preach.  I 100% agree with everything this blog post says.  Plus any diet that makes me take out foods that are good for you is just plain cray.

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Favorite Brunch:  Tater Tot Waffles with Bacon, Eggs and Truffle Oil.  Oh my.  Totally putting tater tots in my waffle iron ASAP.

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Favorite Craving:  Shrimp Cakes.  Someone find me some shrimp.  I’ve had a hankering for about two months now.

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Favorite Over Budget:  Fig Leaf Sconces.  I want to have a reason to need these.  I just love the print.

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Favorite DIP:  Avocado Hummus.  Two of my favorite things in the world – TOGETHER.

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Favorite Bring on Summer:  Sparkling Grapefruit Bikini Cocktail.  I can just see myself sipping this by the pool…

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

5 Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

As I get older, I find myself spending more money on beauty products in an effort to “turn back time” and find the “fountain of youth.” (I blame my Momma for my current Clarins obsession.)  However, despite all the more expensive brands there are still a few beauty products that I use on a day-to-day basis that can be found at your local Walmart, Target or CVS.  When I saw Kristen post about her five favorites, I was inspired to share my five drugstore beauty products.

  1. The gold star beauty product that I purchase at at drugstore would be my mascara.  I use a lot of higher quality makeup but I have yet to need a reason to pay more than what I do for my beloved CoverGirl LashBlast mascara.  I typically purchase “black” and I never, ever buy waterproof mascara.  For years I have been asked what mascara I wear and people are always shocked for my under $7 answer.

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2.  About a year ago I started trying out various brands of toner to use after washing my face.  I spent way too much money trying different toners and micellar water and in the end, I realized I only needed to make a quick trip to Target for Garner SkinActive All-in-1 Micellar Water (another under $7 product).  This product removes any and everything that is left on my face after washing using my cleanser but it’s not drying.  I seriously use this at least twice a day and it leaves my skin so fresh and hydrated.

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3.  Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is my equivalent to Windex in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”  It fixes everything.  I use it on my lips.  I use it on my hands.  I use it on my feet.  I’ve even used it on my nose.  I use it on any skin that is dry or irritated.  It’s safe enough for babies and at less than $7 it’s a steal to be such a miracle worker.

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4.  I first used Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel after I forgot my body wash on a trip to the beach and this is what I borrowed from my Momma.  The scent is what first got me hooked.  I have no idea how to describe the scent – spices, herbs, fruits – but I love it.  It doesn’t dry out my skin and I love that I can buy a HUGE pump bottle at Sams Club.  The regular size is under $10 (for 16 ounces) at Walmart but I like to spend a little more ($20) and get a whole lot more (40 ounces).  The bottle will last you forever.

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5.  And finally, my favorite chapstick.  I’ve tried them all and I’ve found Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean to be perfect alone or underneath lipstick or lipgloss.  And at less than $3, I am not completely devastated if I happen to loose a tube.  Plus it smells amazing.

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Do you have any must-have beauty products that come from the drugstore?

Indian-Spiced Pea Fritters

A freezer staple gets a make-over and becomes a delicious meatless dinner.  We all have sweet peas stashed in our freezer.  Some of us may eat them and others may use them as an ice pack.  As for me, I always have a bag or two but I rarely put them to use.  This recipe happened to be in the latest Cooking Light magazine and I was flipping through on Sunday thinking of our meal plan for the week, I couldn’t help but make this since we had ALL the ingredients on hand.  My bank account appreciates me not needing to buy anything else.

About one and a half cups are pea need to be thawed for these fritters.  Once thawed, lightly mash the peas.  (Honesty, I think I should have mashed mine a little more than I did.  So don’t be scared of mashing too much.)  To the peas add in breadcrumbs (I used gluten-free), sliced green onions, garam masala (love this spice!), a little red pepper, salt, and two eggs.

Heat up a little oil on the stove top and then add in half of the fritters, about 1/4 of a cup each.  The fritters cook about 3 minutes on each side, carefully flipping to keep together.

The pea fritters are served with 2% Greek yogurt.

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I rounded out the whole meal with a simple salad.

The pea fritters gave me a little trouble on the stove-top (fritters ALWAYS stress me out) but they were delicious.  So simple yet the peas were completely transformed.  If you don’t have garam masala, I highly recommend you give it a try.  It’s a mix of spices: cardamon, coriander, cumin, peppercorns, fennel, mustard seeds, cloves and red chile peppers.  So don’t be scared of the spice name.

Oh, and since St. Patty’s day is Friday, this is the perfect GREEN dinner.

Cold Tangerines {book review}

In an effort to read more and to also sleep better, I’ve tried to read before going to bed instead of scrolling through social media outlets.  Last week I finished “Cold Tangerines:  celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life” by Shauna Niequist.  The book is a “collection of stories about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything.  It offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, giving us room to breathe, to break down and break through, calling us to our best possible lives.” (from the back of the book)

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This book was such an easy read and at times I felt like the author knew I was reading this – she was speaking right to me from the first story.

I have always, essentially been waiting.  Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have…And through all that waiting, here I am.  My life is passing, day by day, and I am waiting for it to start…But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes:  this is it.  This is it, in the best possible way.  That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully.  This is it…I don’t want to wait anymore.  I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day…That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become.  The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting. – on waiting

Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways.  We were made to represent the love of God in each other’s lives, so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God’s love for them…True friendship is a sacred, important thing, and it happens when we drop down into that deeper level of who we are, when we cross over the broken, fragile parts of ourselves.  We have to give something up in order to get friendship like that. We have to give up our need to be perceived as perfect…Friendship is about risk.  – swimming

For me, what God said when He made the world is a prayer:  It is good.  This world, it is good…I have to remind myself that it is good.  I have to create hope in my life, because there’s something inside of me that has radar for the bad parts of life…I have a dark, worst-case scenario sensor, and it takes over…It’s rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life.  It’s must easier and much more common to be miserable…I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud.  And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes.  I want to eat cold tangerines and sing loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now.  I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh…It is good. – cold tangerines

What book is on your list to read next?

 

Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon

I’m a big fan of “bucket lists.” In fact, I have multiple lists.  I have my travel bucket list:  Italy, Spain, Austin.  The list goes on and on.  My largest list is a restaurant bucket list:  Maude in LA is at the very top.  And then there’s my “kitchen” bucket list.  We’ve tackled homemade pasta and ciabatta bread and I really want to take on homemade croissants.  But this past Saturday we checked Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon off our list.

The recipe takes some time (you’ll need a good 4-5 hours from start to finish) but it’s worth it.  We popped Julie and Julia into the DVD and got to work in the kitchen.  Our house was filled with the most amazing aroma and we were in heaven as we enjoyed each and every bite.  I served our boeuf bourguignon with roasted potatoes and an amazing bottle of red wine.

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“Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.” – Julia Child