Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends and family and lots of good food!
A good friend of mine is excepting her first this spring, and myself and another friend had a few baby shower duties, including the games. We came up with a few easy word games, and I thought they might be useful to others so I’m sharing them here. There is a pink themed set for girls and a blue one for boys (sorry, no gender neutral options currently). The download includes a word search, a word scramble, a nursery rhyme quiz, and a blank layout in both themes, as well as the answers. Enjoy!
It usually takes me a month or two to get sick of whatever is currently on my iPhone, and since I hadn’t created a new playlist since late fall, it was time to jumpstart my workouts with some new tracks. This compilation had a few inspirations: some old favorite gym songs that needed to make a comeback, last Friday night’s dance party, and a few newer songs. And the addition of Mamma Mia was totally because I heard it on Glee last week, can’t get it out of my head, and because it is such a dorky, awesome, fun song.
You can listen to this new playlist on Spotify. Hope you enjoy it!
I love me some Chipotle and Qdoba. My go to order is a chicken burrito bowl with rice, black and pinto beans, lots of salsa, a bit of cheese, and guacamole. But a take out meal from either of those locations is a rare indulgence and takes a huge bite out of my weight watchers points.
But since I had some fresh guacamole in the fridge and this month’s Bon Appetit had a great recipe for beans and rice, I decided to attempt my own burrito bowl.
I used black and kidney beans, and added some grilled chipotle lime chicken, and it was delicious. My rice came out a little overcooked and mushy, but I’ll definitely make this recipe agin. And the salsa was the best part. Since I am incapable of following a recipe as written, here’s the salsa I made to accompany my beans and rice.
- 2 jalapeños
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- zest and juice of 2 limes
- 1/4 white onion
- 4 roma tomatoes
- Blend the first four ingredients: jalapeños, garlic, chipotle, lime zest, and lime juice in a blender or food processor.
- Remove cores and seeds from tomatoes and cut into a small dice, and put into a medium sized bowl.
- Chop onions into a small dice and add to tomatoes.
- Add blended mixture to the tomatoes and onions, and add salt, pepper, cumin, and cilantro to taste. Stir to mix ingredients together.
It was sooo good and super easy!
What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling a bit groggy after a late night of dancing and a couple of tequila cocktails? A quick scrambled egg? Maybe a slice of avocado on toast? After I cut into a perfectly ripe avocado, I had to whip up a quick batch of guacamole (just avocado, garlic, lime, jalapeno tomato, and a of bit salt, pepper, and cumin).
Next I toasted up a few slices of bread for my ready to eat guacamole and scrambled up two eggs with some peppers and onions. And a tiny bit of pepper jack cheese because it’s awesome, and it’s the weekend, go crazy.
And I finished the meal with a mango, lime, and coconut water smoothie. This perfect brunch was enjoyed on the couch with last week’s episode of Scandal. It was the best way to start my Saturday morning.
My simple breakfast turned into a a more complicated preparation, that took way more time to make than eat (and it also generated lots of dirty dishes that are still sitting on my kitchen counter). But it was totally worth it. It reminded me of the scene in Bridesmaids where Kristin Wiig meticulously crafts that gorgeous cupcake then admires it for a few seconds before eating it. It’s an amazing scene. There’s a lot to take away from that scene about Wiig’s character’s loneliness and melancholy, but even in the middle of her breakdown, she took the time to make something beautiful for herself and hopefully enjoy it. I like that.