Bored This Sunday Evening?

Get thee to a Trader Joes and buy these ASAP.


You’ll thank me later. Promise.

This And That

I like to think I live a pretty “balanced life.” For every Sunday morning spent curled up in bed, I spend the afternoon on a long walk or run on the beach. I count calories, but don’t “diet.” I read ‘The Hunger Games’ followed by ‘A Room With A View.’ You get the idea. And in case you don’t, here’s a visual depiction.

A handful of M&Ms (x10)…

Followed by a salad and grilled fish for dinner.

A late night spent in OB drinking beers, eating burgers, and playing pool…

Followed by a quiet day in Riverside, visiting Adam’s Mom.

And last but not least, Prosecco with a splash of raspberry…

Followed by taco flavored Doritos (pictured above, behind the Prosecco).

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Snack Time Isn’t Just For Kids

I’ve been feeling especially snacky lately.

Hence my plate tonight.

From top left, clockwise: greek olives, fresh mozzarella with salt and pepper, pepperoncini, wasabi flavored almonds.

Technically not dinner, although on a dinner plate.

Technically delicious.

Every day I have grand plans to make a delicious dinner…and then the snack monster hits. Entrees are overrated. Appetizers are where it’s at.I think the fact that I’ve eaten my weight in tootsie rolls this week has added to my preference for snacky meals.

Don’t worry, this plate was filled up a few times, and wine was definitely enjoyed along with said plates.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

And if you haven’t already tried them, next time you’re at Trader Joes make sure you snatch up a bag of wasabi flavored almonds. They are magically delicious!


The Weekend Is Practically Upon Us

This week has flown by and I love it! Every week should have Mondays off 😉

So in that spirit, I’ve been determined to stay positive this week. And I’ll admit it – it’s been difficult a few times. I’m sure like many of you I have been following that trial this week. To say that it’s a tragic situation is making light of it. Too say that it’s probably one of thousands a year doesn’t make it any sadder to me. (Yes the media coverage was excessive. But that doesn’t make it any less sad.) So, the legal side of me (damn you law school!) understands why a not guilty verdict was handed down (mostly circumstantial evidence resulting in lack of evidence for the elements of the crime, blah blah blah) but the human side of me is so disappointed. The reason for so little evidence? The Defendant lied for months and misled authorities and searchers! It’s frustrating and probably only a small taste of what happens on daily basis. To my friends who work at the DAs office or specialize in criminal defense – my hat’s off to you. I don’t think I could stomach it. Life’s unfair. But it’s not horrible. These are the times when I’m reminded that I have a pretty swell life. I’ve never gone hungry, I’ve never been in danger of being homeless and I have the most wonderful set of family and friends (shout out to my mom who is celebrating her birthday and is still smoking hot!). So yes, focusing on the positive. And my apologies for the rant.

Rant officially over.

On to some things we really care about… eats! (Good ones too!)


Wasa crackers, laughing cow cheese, sliced strawberries and deli turkey

My new favorite treat:


Salad greens, cucumber, chili lime shrimp, homemade miso dressing

Simple salad with leftover shrimp:


Cilantro lime quinoa, chili lime shrimp kabobs, grilled veggies (zucchini, bell pepper, red onions and corn)

Leftovers from night before:



Chocolate covered waffle cone chunks. Done.

Who says food doesn’t make you happier?

So listen, you need to do yourself a favor and MAKE that miso dressing. It is light, refreshing, sweet and tangy at the same time. I can’t wait to experiment with this recipe in the coming weeks!

Ginger Miso Dressing


  • 2 TBSP White Miso paste (you can buy this in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores in the same area you would typically find tofu– Bonus: it’s cheap!)
  • 4 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 TBSP – 1 TBSP honey (depends how sweet you want the dressing)
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger (I didn’t have any fresh ginger, but you could probably substitute 1 TBSP of fresh ground ginger for the powdered stuff)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor/blender. You could also do this by hand with a whisk 🙂
  2. Enjoy!

Yes. It’s that simple. And people, it’s THAT delicious.

So what’s keeping a smile on your face this week?