Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Favorites

I've missed a few Fridays....just a few...ha. :)
But hold up....I'm going to make up for it!!!  Here's a few favorites:
Mini Food Processor....its GREEN!
I absolutely LOVE this thing!!  I have a full size food processor but wanted a smaller one because it's a pain to get that thing out all the time!  This one easily sits on the counter.  And is GREEN!!!! Doubles as a cute kitchen accessory!  I had to bust it out the minute I got it.  Yes, I am one of those people that has to try something immediately after getting it...why wait??? 
This has a 3 cup capacity and does an excellent job for small jobs.  I've made multiple batches of hummus (a full can and the extra ingredients all fit perfectly) and chopped up veggies with it so far.  So much more it can do!
Celtic Woman
There was a special the other day on OETA where Celtic Woman was performing. I was tempted to add every song from that special!
 Just listen.
A week of quietness at work!
(NOTE: This isn't my actual list. I borrowed from Google.  However; mine looks very similar!)
My boss was gone this week for meetings and so I was able to catch up on stuff that had been in the "less of a priority" to do list.  I'm a list person.  I am super excited when I can make a list and then actually cross (eh..scribble) everything out because it is actually finished! :) 
By the end of the week I had started another list...but hey I got alot acomplished this week!
Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino
Low Fat, Soy Free, 7 grams of Whey Protein, Calcium, Arabica Coffee and Cocoa....need I say more?  Ok, maybe I do......GOOD STUFF!  A tid bit expensive but worth it!  I have to say though it does have a lot of sugar....not a good thing....not going to keep me from drinking it though...ha! 
Rain App for Kindle Fire

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pretty lil' Patio

On the weekends, I like to sit out on my patio on the morning and drink a cup of coffee.  A couple of mornings ago I sat there looking around at the flowers, bright oranges, pinks, purples and greens. 

I thought of Matthew 6:30.  Here it is in context.

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Thank you God for the reminder! :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Steak Tacos with Cucumber-Avocado Salsa

The star of this is the cucumber-avocado salsa! I was a little leary but WOW!  I have made this multiple times since making for the first time a few weeks ago. And it is HEALTHY! It came from a Ellie Krieger Cookbook.  If you don't know who that is, well, she is all about healthy.

The original recipe had different seasonings for the steak.  I didn't have all of them so I compromised.  For the original recipe, see the "Recipes" page. 

Steak Tacos
Ingredients (for steak fajitas, salsa below): Top Sirloin Steak, the package I bought has three steaks in it.  I only used one and froze the extra for later use.  Steak seasoning, lime juice, tortillas. 

Rub the steak seasoning into the steak one both sides.  Let set for a few minutes. 

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.  When oil is hot add the steak.  Cook for a few minutes on each side, time depends on your preference of doneness.  Just before it is completely cooked squeeze some lime juice over it.  When cooked, remove from pan and set aside.  Let it rest while you make the salsa. 

Cucumber-Avocado Salsa
Ingredients: 1 cucumber, seeded and diced, 2 medium avocadoes, peeled, pitted and diced, 1/2 red onion, diced, juice of 2 limes, salt to taste, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, 3 jalepeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (or to taste). 

Note: The ingredients are listed as they are on the orginal recipe.  I halved the recipe.  I ate the left over on chips the next day.  Makes a great dip!  I made the salsa again on its own just to eat with chips. 

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss gently to combine. 

Go back to the steak, place on a cutting board and slice it into strips. 

Plate and serve!  I heated the tortilla on a tortilla warmer and topped with the steak, salsa, extra lime juice and cilantro. 

The salsa is so flavorful that you do not need to add anything else to these.  It is great!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fabric "Art"

My hope for this summer was to get my second bedroom transformed into an "office".  Well, it hasn't completely happened yet.  But I am making progress!  I am just soooo slow at picking things out.

I created this fabric "art", last weekend.  I found the fabric at walmart a few weeks ago and it was exactly the colors I am going for. 

Frames: I already had these (I used 3) 8x10 frames with mattes that were hiding in a box.  I love that they are not all identical, adds some fun.
Fabric:  Found these at walmart.  Love'em!

First, iron your fabric, to get rid of all the fold lines. Using Magic Sizing makes this part a breeze!

Place the matte on the fabric.  If you are a perfectionist, you can trace around the matte and then cut it to size.  In this case I was not....I roughly cut around the matte, making it a smidge smaller so it would fit flat in the frame. 

Assemble it in the frame. Hang on wall (or wherever).

And there you go!  That's it!  Instant gratification...almost. :)