Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Weekly Photos

Last Friday I skipped my usual Friday Photo post since I posted a recipe for a salad with avocado dressing.  I saved my photo post for today since today is the last day of the month and it wraps up #FebPhotoADay challenge that I was doing from FatMum Slim found here.  I liked it and will be continuing next month with her #MarchPhotoADay.  I don't have instagram, so I just post them here and to my Flickr account.

For March I will just be using my phone for the #MarchPhotoADay but I also plan to take a random pic of my choosing each day, too.  I was going to mix them up this month, but to me that wasn't "neat and tidy". Yes I am crazy and neurotic.   Also... I may just start posting my photos on Wednesday.  I have more time for editing and stuff so it's just easier.

Time to hit the road for Myrtle Beach.

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Something I hate to do.
I hate constantly trying to keep the kitchen island clean.


A fave photo of me.
This isn't my best photo, but it's one of my favorites.

Where I work
I don't work on Wednesday, so I spend a lot of time right here in my kitchen.

My Shoes

Inside my bathroom cabinet

Green onions.  Yuck!

A flash light and a cell phone.

Something I ate
Today was Mamaw's birthday so I picked up some lunch for us from Cookout.


Something I am listening to

Here are a few other shots from February that I just really liked but haven't shared here yet.

Early morning walk.

Web design

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Let's Eat Y'all - Texas Two Step Salad

If you like avocados this is the recipe for you.  The dressing is made with avocados and oh! mah! gosh! is it good.  I made for the first time a few years ago.  I used to commute to work and listened to the Martha Stewart Channel on satellite radio.  They shared this recipe on the radio so that is where I learned about it.

Texas Two Step Salad
(by Laura Pensiero)


Makes 4 to 6 servings

12 ounces torn Romaine lettuce leaves

1 cup black beans (cooked and drained or canned, rinsed and drained)
1 cup corn kernels (grilled and removed from the cob or canned, rinsed and drained)
1 cup diced roasted red peppers
12 ounces barbecue chicken cut into bite-size bits
6 ounces shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
2/3 cup Chilled Avocado Dressing (see below)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss with dressing. Serve immediately.

Chilled Avocado Dressing

Makes 1 ½ cups

Pulp from 2 ripe avocados (about 7 ounces each)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons minced red onion
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
pinch cayenne or more if desired
½ to ¾ cup water (more, if necessary to thin)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro and/or ¼ teaspoon ground cumin **


Combine the avocado, lime juice, onion, mayonnaise and cayenne in the work bowl of a food processor; pulse to blend. With the motor running pour the water through the feed tube, adding just enough to thin to a thick liquid consistency. Adjust seasoning with salt and chill until ready to serve.

* I don't eat onions, so I never add them. 
** I'm not a fan of cilantro so I didn't use it. I did use the cumin.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday - Cousins

Tristan, Ali, and Anouk.

Story Time!

Story Time
Tristan reading the latest issue of Car and Driver to Anouk.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A day at the beach

While we were at the beach this weekend we had a little family fun time, too.  It wasn't all about the marathon all weekend.  It was kind of a mini vacation.

Friday after we got to the hotel and checked in, Steve had to go register or sign in.  I opted to hang back at the hotel with Tristan since we had already spent enough time in the car.  We went for a little walk on the beach down to the pier to check things out and stretch our legs.  After Steve got back we headed to the Olive Garden for dinner.  Since we had a microwave and a fridge in the room, I thought it would be a good idea to bring back our left over spaghetti to have for breakfast.  You know me.  I'm never prejudice about having ANY type of food for breakfast.

Morning came early.  Tristan and I drove Steve and a friend over to the starting line to see where we needed to park later when we can back for the end of the race.  When we got back to the hotel it was still dark.
We got see the sun rise from the balcony and watch the start of the race on TV all the while eating spaghetti for breakfast with our fingers.  I didn't realize our room didn't have any utensils and I hadn't thought to pack any.  

 When we got back after then marathon it was time to hit the beach and grab a little lunch.   We walked down the beach to the pier where we watched horses pass on the beach from our corner booth and we shared a Club sandwich and some fries.

Then we strolled along the pier enjoying the sunshine and blue skies.  Earlier in the week we had thought it was going to rain all weekend, so this nice, warm, February day was a treat.

Tristan kept calling the pier a bridge and said their were trolls underneath it.  Just before we headed back, Tristan and Daddy did a troll check.

As you can see, someone got all sandy and wet.  Boys will be boys.

Following the hoof prints.

Collecting a few shells along the way.

Eventually it was time to head back and take a nap.  

After our nap we didn't want to waste any more time in the room.  The rain was closing in fast.  We had only a few more hours to enjoy the weather.  On our way to eat dinner we made an impromptu stop to take Tristan on a helicopter ride.  I HATE heights and I hate to fly.  But I was not going to let this stand in Tristan's way of flying.  And no way in heck was he going up with out his momma.  The things we do for our kids.

This kid is super stoked.  

As for me...
 not so much.
I wanted to throw up, pass out.  You name it.
Nor was I too thrilled that Steve had upgraded our little flight to one that was just a little longer.  Also, what you can't see is that I am holding on to the seat and seat belt for dear life.  Like it would have helped had we crashed, but whatever.  I'm a chicken.

After all that excitement, I was hungry.  We headed up to Calabash, NC for dinner.  They have the best hush puppies as Ella's.  Seriously!  If you are ever in Myrtle Beach you need to make the short trip up to Calabash and try them.  

Sunday morning we had breakfast and were headed back to our room when we saw this little guy beside the sidewalk.  He was a pretty good size.  Tristan kept waving at him and telling him "Hello" and asking questions about him.  Just was we started to walk away, Tristan stopped, turned around and said, "I wanna give it a kiss."  Um... No kiddo.  That isn't a good idea.