Saturday, February 28, 2009
(please forgive that this is on top of a moving box as a back drop, that's about the only surface we have available in our home right now... boxes, boxes everywhere!)
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Some pre-partying before Jeremy and I arrived (the other Jeremy shown in the pic)
Dan and Sophia playing
Carmen pretending to be me and surprised
Who stole Kim's smile?
(lots of laughter)
look at all the pretty confetti (that is actually still on our floor)
(Meggan must like taking pictures of Carmen since all of the photos are hers and this is the third Carmen photo)
My handsome part planner extraordinaire turned candle lighter
The delicious, fudgy chocolate cake made by Meggan
Crystal trying not to burn down the house by walking VERY carefully
"Make a wish"
Daddy's little girl
Every time I walked through the kitchen my foot picked up pieces of the confetti that was scattered all over so Meggan decided to capture my foot art. The best part was the 5 minute long leg lift that she made me hold while taking this picture.
(All the pics above were from Meggan's camera, the one's below are from ours, which isn't as good a quality)
Dan & Crystal
Jeremy & Caleb, the old roomies
Jeremy A. & Randy
Kim & Jeremy
Sophia & Meggan
Caitlin & Carmen
P.S. Onto the subject of bangs... You've probably noticed that I did go back and get "full" bangs cut. However I'm still not quite 100% happy with them. They are a little thin for my taste. You can still see my forehead through them, and I was really looking for a thick, full layer that covered my entire forehead. So dare I go back for round 3???? Third time is a charm, right???
Monday, February 9, 2009
If anyone has any great bean recipes or flavor combinations please share!
What's your favorite way to eat and/ or cook with beans?
Monday, February 2, 2009
We like this best when served with Scoops chips to form a pocket for the ingredients.
-2 (14.5 oz) cans of black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 cup or a half bottle light or fat free Italian salad dressing
-1/2 red onion, diced
-1/2 of 2 or 3 different colored peppers (I recommend a variety or green, red, yellow and/ or orange), diced
-¼ to ½ of a bunch of cilantro (as sold in the store) washed, pulled of the stems and minced
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
-4 avacados, sliced in half, then sliced into small cubes (while skin is attached) and removed from skin with a spoon
-2 roma romatoes (or 1 medium to large tomato), seeded and chopped
-½ red onion, chopped
-1 clove garlic minced
-salt and pepper to taste (up to 1 teaspoon of each)
-a couple drops hot sauce
-chopped fresh cilantro
-the juice of 1-2 limes
Combine all ingredients in bowl, stir and serve immediately. Keep the pit of one of the avacados in the bowl if the dip will remain out for a while, or if it will be refrigerated (this helps keep it from turning brown).
7 Layer Dip
Layer your favorite ingredients. In this one I did refried beans on the bottom, sour cream, the homemade guacamole, salsa, cheese, cilantro and sliced jalepenos. You can add scallions, chopped tomatoes, black olives, or your favorite Mexican sides. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.
Chickpea, Spinach and Whole Wheat Pasta
I adapted this from the Chickpea, Bacon, and Spinach Pasta on Kate's blog. I made Jeremy pork chops for dinner and served him this as a side while I enjoyed this as my main dish on Saturday. I also doubled the recipe and still had leftovers to enjoy for lunch Sunday and today.
-1 onion, thinly sliced
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 t. red pepper flakes
-1 t. cumin
-1/2 t. black pepper
1 c. dried chickpeas, soaked and fully cooked (or 1 or 2 cans chickpeas, I'm not sure of the equivalent)
-1/2 bag frozen chopped spinach (or 4 c. fresh spinach)
-2 T. red wine vinegar
-1/2 c. veggie broth
-1/2 lb. whole wheat pasta (I used rotini because that's Jeremy's favorite, but I would have preferred the spaghetti that Kate used in her recipe)
1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in large pan, add onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin & black pepper. Cook until onions are tender.
2. Add chickpeas and spinach and cook for 5 minutes, until heated through. (At this point, you could stop and have a wonderful side dish
3. Stir in the red wine vinegar and veggie broth. Bring to a low boil and let simmer until the stock begins to thicken a little. Add pasta and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.