Tuesday, August 20, 2013

..super quick smoothie..

I've gotten into making smoothies for breakfast. They're quick and good for you, and you can add in all kinds of extra goodies like protein powder, flax seeds, chia seeds, and so much more. This morning it was banana peach! 

In a blender add:

1 whole banana, broken up
1 peach, peeled and de-pitted
1 Tbs protein powder (optional)
Handful of ice cubes

Blend until liquified! If you prefer your smoothies a little thinner, add a bit of water, juice or coconut water. If you like it thicker, leave the liquid out. 

Tip #1: Add your fruit in the blender first, then ice. It keeps the ice from just spinning around.

Tip #2: Keep your fruit in the fridge, or put it in the freezer for about an hour before you want your smoothie. Makes it colder, and you need less ice!

Friday, August 16, 2013

..feeling feline..

Took some time for myself to do my nails! Nude background with gold and black leopard spots. So easy to do but so cute. Maybe I should do a tutorial?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

..meals for this "week"..

I know you're thinking, "It's Tuesday.. Almost mid-week. Why are you posting your meals now?" Well that's because the hubs started a new position at work, so he no longer has Monday through Friday work weeks. He doesn't even have weeks really. I'm not even sure how to describe his schedule other than he works a few days, is off a couple, works a few more days.. And during those working days he swaps between day and night shifts. I can cook just fine for the day shifts. He's home by 7pm, and I have it ready to eat when he walks in the door. But night shifts are weird.. He leaves anywhere from 5-5:30pm, so if I made supper that would put us eating at 4:30pm. Umm, no. So what I've been doing is making a bigger late lunch kinda thing. Paninis, grilled turkey dogs, and piled high sandwiches, stuff like that. But this "week" he's on day shift, so I worked up a quick meal plan and this is what I came up with:

-Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and salad

-Tuna patties, fried potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with cheese sauce and cornbread

-Beef stroganoff, green beans, pear halves with mayo and cheddar and Italian bread

-Pork carnitas, refried beans and rice, guacamole and chips

-Work chicken. I don't know what else to call it other than this because the hubs found the recipe while he was at work. It's just chicken breasts, black beans, corn and salsa. Add cream cheese at the end, serve over rice. Boom, work chicken :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

..nom nom..

Seriously, this stuff... I used to be scared of guacamole. One too many bowls of grayish-green goo at second rate restaurants probably jump started that fear. Even when I was brave enough to taste it, it was so bland that I wondered what the point of eating it was. Then one day my husband made some at home. The man who can't make macaroni, made guacamole. He said he had found a recipe on the internet and wanted to try it. And it is GOOD! I'm not kidding. I make it twice a week because I crave it. I have tweaked the original recipe that my husband found (I don't even know the website he found it on, just went by what he told me he remembered reading). And I'm also not a big "measure everything exactly, every single time" kinda girl. Except in baking. Because that junk is finicky! Anyway, if you wanna know how I make guac, here you go! 

This recipe makes enough for me and the hubs. But we can put it away, so judge for yourself :) Also, the size of your diced/chopped pieces is totally a personal preference. For example, the hubs is not a huge tomato fan, so I dice the pieces up pretty small. 

2 ripened avocados
1 Roma tomato, diced (I only use half the tomato when the hubs is eating it)
1/8 c. chopped red onion
1-2 tsp chopped cilantro
Juice of half a lime
Garlic salt

Here's where I get technical with the fancy lingo, you ready? :)

Cut up and scoop your avocados into a bowl. Take a fork and mash those suckers up good. Add the next four ingredients and stir up. Add your salts to taste.. I go a little heavier on the garlic salt. Stir, grab some tortilla chips and stuff your face! Or schmear it on a taco. Whatever, this stuff is good. Everyone's idea of good is different though. If you like heat, throw in some diced jalapeƱos. Don't like cilantro? Lessen it or leave it out completely. Go guac crazy!