I LOVE That!

>I have a seriously problem. I exaggerate. ALL THE TIME.

But really, I do. I definitely throw around “favorite” and “love” too much. “That’s my favorite movie!” “I love this restaurant!” You get the idea.

I’m working on it.

There is one area, however, where exaggeration is not at play.

I love Guacamole. With a side of tortilla chips, it is my favorite food.

Last night the stars aligned – avocados where on sale, and they were nice and ripe. YESSSS.

This is some serious stuff. It’s taken about a year or two to get it down, but I think I’ve finally got it. I know a lot of guacamole purists don’t like adding tomato but I do. So there!But seriously, you can just omit it if it’s going to get your panties all in a twist.Favorite Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 med. tomato, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (take the seeds out if you don’t like a lot of heat)
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, diced (again, take the seeds out if you don’t like heat)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime
  • salt, pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice avocados in half, lengthwise. Remove pits and add to serving bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork. If the avocados are nice and ripe, it won’t take much mashing.
  2. Add the diced tomato, onion, peppers, garlic, and cilantro. Stir to mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Add the juice of one squeezed lime. You can microwave the lime for 20 seconds or so if it’s a little hard to help coax out more juice.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix one last time and Enjoy.

Blurry iphone pic!

Adam and I ate almost the entire bowl between the two of us.

Absolutely no regrets.

>A Belated Christmas Feast (Post) Pt. 2

>Christmas dinner was definitely a showstopper, but I don’t want to leave out Christmas morning. Christmas morning entailed having breakfast with my siblings, Dad, Stepmom, Stepbrother and Stepsister in Scottsdale. With the fireplace roaring, we had a great time sipping coffee (with and without Baileys), mimosas, enjoying a delicious breakfast casserole my Stepmom made, and chowing down on a huge plate of bacon. We opened presents and watched as the not-yet 4 month old black lab puppy Thor had his way with all of the wrapping paper.


Bacon + Mimosas = Breakfast of Champions


Thor has a million toys. None of them stand up to a pile of ripped up paper. Go Figure.


He’s a ladykiller, that one.

>A Belated Christmas Feast (Post)

>This post is a few weeks past due, but I had to include it.

For Christmas I went back to Arizona for a few days. My siblings and I made the trek up to Prescott to spend Christmas evening with my Mom, Stepdad, Grandparents, Stepdad’s parents, and some very close family friends.

It was a wonderful time. Lot’s of chatting, giggling, goofing around, and of course – eating.


Family Dining Table


Can you feel the Christmas Spirit?


Roasted Potatoes with Garlic


Broccoli with Curry Sauce and Breadcrumbs


The Star of the show! Rib Roast with Garlic Crust


This makes me drool.


Our version of Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bar. White cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Cranberries. So decadent!


Panettone Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce


Always save room for dessert!

Not shown: Eggplant Parmesan (healthy and delicious!), rolls and wine. Lots of wine.

It was even better the next day.

>After the Rain

>I live in San Diego. In the winter, much like the summer, that means I enjoy mostly sunny days.

Not this year. It has been rain, rain, rain and more rain. Thank goodness the Sun peaked out yesterday.


San Diego in the Wintertime.

It’s hard to justify staying indoors when it’s like this out. Unfortunately, it is winter and the Sun sets around 5PM. I can’t remember the last time I left work at 5pm. Bummer! Luckily, just a few more months and we’ll be back in business. See? Even when living in Paradise you can always find something to complain about 😉

Inspired by the lovely day and relatively warm, sunny weather, I decided to keep dinner light and healthy. I always keep frozen turkey patties in my freezer for those nights where I don’t feel like making a big production out of dinner. I added a little salt, pepper and dried basil to the patty before putting it on my grill pan (high heat!) for a few minutes. While the turkey patty was cooking I put together a quick dinner salad and vinaigrette.

15 Minute Dinner
Spinach Salad with Turkey Patty. Yum!

The best part? This whole dinner came together in 15 minutes. Not too shabby.

What’s your go-to dinner when time and inspiration is low?

>New Year’s Resolutions…Everyone’s Got Them

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I’m always sad when the Holidays are over. It’s such a festive time of year. Now? It’s back to the grind. Sigh…. Naturally, as one year draws to a close and another begins it is a time of reflection for many. I usually don’t bother writing down my resolutions. This is mostly because they’re the same – eat better, go to the gym more regularly, get more sleep, etc. This year I am going to write them down in hopes that by publishing them on the internets for all posterity I’ll feel more obligated to take proactive steps and see some lasting change.

So here goes….

Stress Less. I have a tendency to bottle up all of my day to day stresses until I can’t handle it anymore and I explode. Unfortunately, it’s those dearest to me who feel the brunt of it. 2010 had it’s share of struggles and stresses. But the reality is that at no time was I ever hungry, homeless or without the support of my friends and family. So with that said, I want to take the little things in stride and when I’m faced with a bigger challenge I hope to put them in perspective and to lean on the support of my friend and family and my own sense to get me through it without losing hours of sleep and shutting myself away.

Strength Train. I love to go running, take a walk, play tennis, hit the gym and spend an hour on the eliptical or stairstepper. BUT, I never use weights or do any kind of strength conditioning. Mostly, I think it’s because I find it intimidating. But now that I have started learning about the different moves and machines, I’m starting to feel comfortable. I want the 2011 me to be a stronger, leaner, healthier me. I think that translates into more squats, small weights, push ups and maybe a pull up or too. I’m hoping it will make the running improve as well.

Eat Good Food. If I’m going to put more effort into making my body a lean mean fighting machine then I might as well fill it up with the good stuff. In general, I do eat a lot of salads and vegetables in general, but I also indulge on a lot of pizza and other comfort foods. I don’t want to cut out the pizza entirely (I’m not crazy) but I would like to make it the exception and not the default for a lazy Monday night. I would also like to be better about eating breakfast so I’m not starving when lunch comes around and less tempted by the delicious, seriously delicious, burgers down the street… Afterall, my coach at Crossfit told me two really great things that I’ve thought about quite a lot since I’ve started my workouts there: 1) 90% of your fitness has to do with the foods you put into your body and 2) if you want to be solid you have to eat solid foods. I like both of these statements. It’s a good reminder that everything starts with the quality of nutrients I feed my body. So there!

Sleep More. Sleep is definitely the first thing to go when I get busy and probably the thing I need most. I often go to bed well past midnight and wake up early, only to get on a good day, 6 hours of sleep. I’m then sluggish and grumpy throughout the rest of the day and have to rely on copious amounts of coffee to get me by. I would really like to aim for 8 hours of quality sleep every night. I think that’s possible.

I think that’s it. If I could knock these out this year, I’d be one happy (and healthy!) girl.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?