Monday, February 28, 2011

Guacamole Recipe

Day two of avocado went better than day one (these photos are still from day 1 though)

No shuddering.

No grimacing.

Lass seemed to enjoy the green stuff, and she's getting the hang of this eating thing.

When I bought an avocado for Lass at the grocery store yesterday, I picked up a few extra to make guacamole. I never used to like guacamole until I started making it myself with fresh ingredients. Here's the recipe I've adjusted over the past few years.

3 avocados, mashed with a fork
2-3 scallions, minced
2 garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 tsp Kosher salt

Mix all ingredients. Enjoy. All the ingredient amounts are adjustable to your taste. I like lots of lime and cilantro in my guacamole, but you could use a bit less, for example. If you have any left over that you're storing in the fridge, put it in a container with an airtight lid, but put on some plastic wrap pressed down right onto the guac before sealing the lid to help minimize the avocado turning brown.

We don't eat chips much in our house, but this is great added to tacos or burritos or as a dip for fresh veggies. Tonight we had it with enchiladas suizas (sauce made with tomatillos, poblano peppers, and a bit of sour cream rather than lots of cheese and cream). Yum.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Big Fat Vacation Post

We came home to heavily falling snow yesterday. After a week of sunshine and warmth, we are now back to over a foot of snow and temps below 20 degrees. But we had a splendid time. Now there's a word I don't use often enough. Splendid. Our vacation was truly splendid. It was full of everything a vacation should be. Lots of time with family. Cherished moments for my girls to spend with my grandparents, their grandparents (both my parents and my husband's), and my aunt and uncle.

Four generations here.

And in addition to the fantastic family time, we had all the elements of the perfect vacation.


Sweaty, sunscreened skin and hair curled by humidity.

Dancing and funny faces in a could-have-been-made-for-my-toddler mirror.

The beach of course, complete with shelling, relaxing, sand play, checking out the surf (Miss would not get too near the water, and kind of freaked out the one time a wave did come up over her toes), bird watching, a picnic lunch, and a nap for our littlest, experiencing her first trip to the beach.

A fun visit with close friends. Two of my good friends from graduate school live about an hour south of my in-law's house, so I was able to visit with them and let them see the girls.

Morning walks, during which we got to walk by the harbor and see the manatees. Miss got so excited to see them poking their noses up out of the water. Okay, I got really excited to see them too, as I had never seen a manatee in person before.

Here we're getting ready to go.

And of course, pool time.

This was our second dip in the pool for the week. Somehow we did not get any photos the first time. And unfortunately the pool heater got turned off by accident, so the water was a bit too cold for our second swimming attempt. But Miss really wanted to go in the pool, so her daddy got into the cold water and took her swimming. Reluctantly. . .

Sort of.

This dip in the pool only lasted a few minutes before we coaxed a blue-lipped, teeth-chattering Miss to get dry and blow bubbles instead of swimming.

In the evenings we had some grown up time playing cards with my in-laws. My husband and I taught them to play Euchre. I haven't played Euchre since graduate school, and I forgot how much I enjoy it.

It was a great vacation. I almost didn't want to come home. But now we're here and I'm glad. We're snuggled in and refreshed to get through the last of the cold weather. We're looking forward to spring here. I can't wait to see the crocuses pop up and feel the warm sun bringing everything back to life. I can't wait to get my girls out and playing in the yard, going to the park and for walks in our new double stroller. Big things to come. Potty training. And this:

That's avocado.

She seemed to like it at first.

And then maybe not so much.

Not sure if it was the taste or texture she was shuddering about.

We'll try again tomorrow!