Friday, January 30, 2015

Happy Friday

Hello all! I'm coming to you a little late today. I played on Pinterest last night instead of writing my post. Whoopsy!!! 

Everyone is posting recipe roundups for Super Bowl. This got me thinking....what am I going to make for Super Bowl? We are going to a friend's house to watch. I decided to bring black bean and corn salsa.  It's so easy and is best if you make it the day before so the flavors can mix!

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1-2 jalapeƱos 
1 bell pepper
Garlic-I think there can never be too much garlic!!!
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups of roasted corn (I buy it in the frozen section of Trader Joes)
2 cans of rotel - mild or hot depending on  how much heat you like
Lime juice 
Salt to taste 

I also mix it up by adding in avocado, pineapple or other fruit, and even a little olive oil and fun balsamic. 

No pics. Just a fun recipe. Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Eating and Running

I have been doing a lot of eating and running this week.

We met Bobby's cousins for dinner on Tuesday. We went to an Indian restaurant called Touch of Asia. I was a big fan! I ordered tandoori (which just means cooked in an oven-clay in this case) to keep it a little lighter and I obviously tried other people's food. Everything was great!  **Thanks Billy for taking the photos!**

After dinner, Bobby and I sat on the porch by the fire, had a drink, and talked over some big decisions. I recently accepted a manager position at work and he was offered a new job as well. His is a fitness equipment sales rep. It is a great opportunity, but it is also scary to go to a commission based job!  Wine and fires help in decision making!!

Porter wanted in on the fire action too!

I tried a new recipe on Wednesday night. Anne posted this recipe for Almond Crusted Tilapia. It sounded delicious so I tried it out. It delivers on flavor and filling you up! The hubs even liked it and he is not a huge fish fan!!

Oh yeah-the running part... I started half marathon training this week. I am out of shape and slow, but extremely happy to be outside running!! I ran 5 miles on Monday, 3 on Tuesday and 4 on Wednesday. I also play indoor volleyball on Wednesday and could definitely feel the 4 miles that I had just run!!

Whew-we are all caught up on the week now!  What's new in your life right now?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#WIAW Favorite Cookbooks

I shared my Cookbook Challenge with you guys a few weeks ago.  So far, I have made one recipe and will be making another on Friday.  That is 2 in one month!!  Hooray for hitting goals (and cutting it super close for January)!!  I decided to linkup with Jenn and share some of my favorite cookbooks for What I Ate Wednesday.  Head over to Peas and Crayons to see what others are eating!

My absolute favorite cookbooks are actually family cookbooks.  My mom made this adorable book for all of the grand kids for Christmas once everyone was in college.  It encompasses recipes from my grandma, her sister and all of their children.  It is a great mix of recipes and some fun family photos!

My other grandma kept meticulous cookbooks with menus and recipes.  She passed a couple of years ago and that is when we found the binders.  It is a great way to keep her close and honor her memory.  Plus, it is so fun to make things that she made for the holidays!!

You southerners know all about this kind of cookbook-the church cookbook.  All of the ladies (and some men) of the church submit recipes and they are combined into a big cookbook.  We sold them in middle school and high school and the proceeds helped send us on choir tour that year (yes, I was a Love Singer and I'm totally proud of it!).  These recipes are so fun and remind me of home!  

Now for some healthier options!!  Ellie Krieger has fantastic recipes.  They are healthy and so easy!  I can always find something to make in her cookbook!  I also have a quick and easy Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  I have only flipped through this one, but there are some fun options.  

For the more adventurous-I bought the first Top Chef cookbook that was distributed.  I have only made one or two things from it, but the recipes sound soooooo delicious!  These recipes are more time consuming and would be great as a date night!

Do you have any family cookbooks?

What is your favorite cookbook recipe?