Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Avocado Alfredo

Sooooo, I realize this photo probably does not look very yummy to some...but to us, on our plant-based diet, it looks creamy and delicious!! I used this recipe as a guide, with a few changes as outlined below.

I blended the following in my personal blender:
1 avocado
1 ts minced garlic
1/2 ts dried basil
1/2 ts dried oregano
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning to taste
almond milk 
{I kept adding until the consistency was what I wanted, 
so I've no idea how much I ended up using!}

I served the sauce over whole grain penne pasta only because that's what I had on hand.
And we also added some homemade salsa just for some extra zip and zing.
{told you we put it on everything!!} 
I do wish that I'd had some olives to add. But there's always next time, since I'll for sure be making this again!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Barefoot Baby Sandals ♥

I am so excited about these Baby Barefoot Sandals I made for a friend's shower today!!! 
I so wish I had known about these when my girlies were little, but they've just become popular in the last year or so...we just missed it! 

Please excuse my photos with my baby doll model...though it wouldn't be a bad idea to make some for my girlies' baby dolls! I just couldn't wait until the middle of June when my friend's baby is born to show you. And some of you may not be familiar with how they fit as the above picture in no way resembles a "sandal." :)

Positively Splendid

Friday, May 25, 2012

{Freebie Friday} Construction Invitation

Today's freebie is a Construction Themed Invitation!

Just add your custom text using your favorite photo editing site.  I work in PSE, but some great free sites to use are pixlr and PicMonkey.  Each of these downloads was designed as a 4x6 file - I generally print them off as photos at my local photo lab.

Printables and all designs are for PERSONAL USE only. Please feel free to download and share, but do not distribute for profit or self-promotion. If you would like to share online, you must include a link back to my site. Thanks! ENJOY!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fish {Salmon} Tacos & the World's Best Kept Secret

I have had fish tacos all of two times...as in TWICE...and both times I've made them... just in the last couple of weeks.  Gotta confess, they never really appealed to me in restaurants, given the other options.  But since we aren't eating red meat now, I decided to give it a try...and I was pleasantly surprised!

I started by cooking up some peppers and onions.

Then I heated two salmon foil packs and added taco seasoning (NO MSG) with a little water for some extra flavor.  I'm sure fresh salmon would be tastier (and healthier), but this is what I had on hand.

I brushed a tad bit of olive oil on some white corn tortillas (just enough to soften them a bit) and warmed them in the oven.  Next time, I will try them without the oil to try to cut out that extra fat.
UPDATE: Today I just warmed them in the oven, and they were still delicious and soft! No extra fat!

Then I layered ingredients on the shells:
Homemade Refried Beans
Black Bean and Corn Salsa (recipe here)
Homemade Salsa (recipe here)
Peppers and Onions
Sliced Olives
Diced Avocado


These are VERY messy for the kids, but they gobble them right up! ...it's the salsa...gets 'em every time...they want it on everything...just like their momma!! :)

 And I have to share my most recent and greatest discovery...though, I'll probably find out I'm the last to figure this out!! I have a huge love for chips and salsa, as in I prefer it over chocolate and ice cream!!

So it is always a sad day for me when I realize my tortilla chips have gone stale - not from being in the pantry too long (for sure!), but rather from some other member of my family not closing the bag correctly and completely.

So just last week, as I cried over a FULL bag (COSTCO size) of stale chips, I had a revelation!!  Why not heat them in the oven like you would packaged taco shells...I just knew it would work...have you ever tasted a hard taco shell before you bake it?? Worse than stale chips!!  

The result was HEAVENLY...DEE-VINE!!! Better than getting warm chips at my favorite Mexican restaurant.  Why didn't I think of this ten years ago??!! Why did no one share this secret with me??  

I will be warming my chips in the oven from now on...even if they aren't stale.  It's super easy to heat them in a single layer at 350° for about 8-10 minutes. So cripsy and fresh tasting...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

♥ fresh flowers!!
Tim came home for lunch yesterday and brought these to me...freshly cut from our very own hydrangea bush.
...so simple, pretty, and elegant....  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

{REAL} Dress-up Birthday Party ~ Part Two in Pictures

 Warning: This post contains an overload of adorable pictures!!


Kourtney passing out plates...♥ Her!

We ate outside!!

Titus dressed up like a cowboy. :)

Kaelyn LOVES walking in her heels!

Kourtney confiscated all the jewelry, I think....seeing $$$ in my future!

Kaelyn was cracking me up with her upside down crown - she was totally into the dressing up!!

Looking for something else to put on!

Happy with her new purse!

More pictures on Flickr!

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