Avocado and Corn Salad

Holy Moly! Right after I posted yesterday a freak windstorm blew through the area and there was so much damage! I think they said 40 houses had trees fall on them, there was a trailer park in north Spokane that almost every trailer had a tree on it, roads were closed, thousands of houses had/still have no electricity. It was insane. I left the house for a quick errand this morning and when I was driving around I must have seen about four trees down, with one on a house. Gosh, like the fires in our state weren’t enough! I hope the wind missed those areas! As far as I know there was no deaths from the crazy wind, which is amazing!

If you all remember, I was going to share this salad recipe with you last week and it just didn’t happen, so without further ado, here it is!

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This salad is simple and can be made in ten minutes flat! It’s great for two people or as a lunch for one person.

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Avocado and Corn Salad

  • 2 Cobs Cooked Corn (Boil on stovetop or BBQ)
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Roma Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Cheese Of Your Choice (I used a Mexican mix)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 3 Slices Canadian or Regular Bacon
  • Juice From Half A Lime
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Add it all together, stir, and serve! I used lime juice concentrate in the above pix, since I had used my one lime the day before when I initially made it. The salad is easy to alter as well: more cheese, less meat, no meat, more avocado, you get the idea!

Try it, it’s a great summer salad and very satisfying!

Have a great Thursday!

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Random Thought Wednesday! 7/23/14

Are you ready for another one!

1. Not really a thought, but I’ve been a bit MIA because my Grandma Judy fell on Monday and broke her hip. She had surgery yesterday and thankfully is doing great today! Hoping to be out of the hospital and into rehab the beginning of next week.

2. I need to run! Things have been crazy and the time has just not been there. I’m making this month PiYo month and doing that 6 days a week, but I really need to get in a run soon or I’m going to go CRAZY!

3. Tyrion and I went with a few friends to Mobius Science Center today and he had a blast! So fun to play with new toys instead of the same old ones mom gives him every day! Winking smile

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He was out for his afternoon nap in about three minutes flat! That boy was worn out!

4. I am a bad raspberry picker. I have had so many go bad because I have been too busy to pick them! I am making an extra effort the rest of the week to pick it clean!

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5. I think my chicken nests need more straw, they are looking a bit flat.

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6. I made this salad from Pinterest with fresh dill and cucumbers from my garden and it was amazing! I brought some to my mom at the hospital since she is pretty much living there until my grandma is released into rehab, and she said it was delicious! Ya!

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7. Since starting PiYo I have dropped another two pounds and that pesky tummy pooch is finally disappearing. And I’m only in the beginning of week two! I can already feel myself becoming more limber and flexible. Man oh man though, my body is shaking by the end and I’m dripping sweat all over my yoga mat!

8. Because of how hot it is and how much I’ve been working out, I now have to take two showers a day! Am I the only one? I take on in the morning and then again when I finish working out in the evening because I am disgusting. Tell me I’m not alone? I try to stick to only washing my hair once a day though, so it doesn’t turn into straw.

9. My sister and I have had a plan in the works for weeks to redo my hair. I’m going to do it at home, because I’m pretty sure I can’t mess it up. I hope. Looking forward to a lot more purple! Now if only we can find the time to do it. Hopefully within the next week!

10. I miss Seattle. Like, downtown, pier walking, Pikes Place, smell of Puget Sound, bustling city Seattle. Counting the days until I can be there again. I miss it so much!

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And that’s all I can think about right now! Happy half way through the week!

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Weekend Recap 7/21/14

Good Monday Morning! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. It was cooler over here which was so nice. Sadly, the wind was pretty crazy and that didn’t help the many fires we have in Washington State right now. Hoping they get those under control soon and no more homes are taken by the flames. Prayers going out to all the victims and those who’s homes are still in the fire path, as well as to all those amazing firefighters working long hours.

I didn’t pop in Friday because it was my BIRTHDAY! I’m now 29, last year in my 20’s! Live it up right? Or maybe not. Winking smile Actually my goal for 29 is to sleep more! Now that would be awesome!

We kept it very relaxed. I was able to hang out with my boys all day and even got to go downtown to feed the birds and hit up Ben & Jerry’s for some ice-cream. Yum!

Can I just say, my boy is so stinking cute! He melts my heart!!!!

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He kept trying to stick his hangs between the bars and touch the geese. I had to quickly grab his hand back because the geese totally thought he was giving them bread and were coming in mouth wide! Tyrion would of got a not-so-nice shock!

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My boys.

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At first I thought that my pictures had this antique color to them because of all the smoke, but later I found my iPhone photo filter was on. They came out cool anyhow!

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Saturday was cake day! I finished the Zombie Walking Dead cake I told you about. It turned out great!

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It was a red velvet cake with “bloody” red cream cheese frosting in between the three layers. I frosted it with buttercream on the exterior and then applied the fondant. The original cake the customer showed me had zombies hand drawn on the fondant. I am not a drawer, so I found this zombie printed sugar paper on Etsy, purchased it for $12, and applied it to the side. Love how it turned out!

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I did make and paint the cake topper, and loved how it came out!

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All you do it take a little Vodka, mix it with the color of your choice and some powdered sugar, and boom! Paint! The vodka dries fast and the powdered sugar gives the paint a mat look.

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Overall very happy with the finished product. And the birthday girl loved it they told me! Always great to hear positive feedback!

Sunday was spent at church, and then yard work, all day! Perfect weather and it was just a nice, relaxing end to the weekend. Today I’m off to do some running around with little man, and grab some much, much needed coffee.

Have a stellar Monday!

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So, So Hot!

I started yesterday off with a 4 miler. Enjoy the blurry river picture.

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It was nice to get it done early, and it was a tad cooler than is has been. Don’t kid yourself though, it was still killer hot. Ready for a cool down ASAP! I’ve decided that with how hot its been in Spokane, I’m not going to worry about working on sprints, splits, or anything. Just the fact that I’m out there in this heat running gets me a gold star. Plus, I started Piyo to top it all off. And Piyo is kicking my tush! And abs, and arms, you get the idea. Feels so good to be sore, I know it’s working!

While I was stretching in the driveway before yesterdays run I noticed our neighbor painting her wall, again . . .

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I feel strongly that if it’s your property, you can do whatever you want on it (within reason). However, just because I believe you can do whatever you want, doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And I don’t. At all. Now if it was a cool mural of Seattle I might be okay with it. But no, not digging the art.

Anyhow, after running I made an epic breakfast.

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But then things went downhill from there. I swear it was the apple cider vinegar. I have a super old bottle I have been using and thought maybe it made me feel a little off last time, but I wasn’t sure. So silly me, instead of using the new bottle I had, I chanced it and used the old bottle. I add a couple tablespoons to my water along with some Minute Made drops. I think I’ve mentioned on here before, but it’s great for curbing the appetite, combating bloat, and a host of other health reasons. I try to drink it at least once a day.

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I drank it around noon, with the hope to head out and finish a couple errands after Tyrion woke up from his nap. About a half hour after finishing my drink I seriously felt like I had the flu. My stomach felt horrible and all I could do was lay down and stay as still as possible, until about 5pm. Tyrion was corporative and played quietly on the floor while I laid on the couch feeling like death.

Once 5pm rolled around it was like a cloud lifted and all the sudden I felt fine again. It was trippy. I walked around a bit to make sure my body wasn’t playing games with me, but the feeling never came back. Sadly, my day was pretty much over at that point and I had nothing to show for it. Oh well! I was starving since I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast, so I made a plate of zucchini nachos!

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Grill the zucchini pieces on the BBQ, then bring them inside and place on a plate and top with cheese and olives. Broil in oven until cheese is melted. I topped it mine with veggies, sour cream, and a super mild avocado salsa so my tummy didn’t get mad. It was so, so good! Try it, you will fall in love!

After putting Tyrion to bed I did my Piyo for the day; Core. Out of all the workouts I’ve done so far, core it my least favorite. I hate how my neck and back hurt when doing floor ab work. I always feel like I’m doing something wrong. I’ve done different DVD’s and classes throughout the years though and they all do the same thing. So, I must just be a sissy, or have really squishy abs, or both!

Travis had promised to do a little three miler with Tyrion and I this morning, but sadly he was pretty beat from working late yesterday, so it didn’t get done. Not sure I’ll run tonight since it is again, going to be in the high 90’s today. Might call today a rest day and get out there early tomorrow (my usual rest day). I’ll have to give Piyo all I got to make up for it. Have a great Thursday! I’m off to bake some cakes before it gets to hot to cook. I have a zombie cake to make for a birthday party on Saturday. Never attempted zombies before, should be interesting. See ya!

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Crazy Morning and Green Bean Salad

My gosh it’s been insane around here already today! Tyrion and I have been to the store, home, and are about to head out again once he wakes up from his nap.

My kitchen blew up when I was putting everything away.

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And why I was putting stuff away I made a pile of food that was no good and gave that to the chickens, who were more than thankful.

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I am already tired. Is it my nap time?

Before I head out again I wanted to share with you a quick green bean salad my mom use to make, (still does) and that you probably already know, but just in case not here goes!

Quick Green Bean Salad

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  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup ham or bacon
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Steam the green beans and then dump out remaining water and place beans back in pan. Add all other ingredients and stir as little as possible so the beans don’t turn to mush. Let cool and serve! That’s it! So easy and good. I make it at least once a week as a quick side dish for dinner, or sometimes as a light lunch.

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Okay off to get more done! Have a great Tuesday!

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