Monday, July 30, 2012

Black Bean Salad with Mango, Citrus and Jicama

I have a sweet spot in my heart for Mexican food. Anything in the form of a taco or with salsa will always make me happy. This salad is more of merge of all things black bean and jicama with a lovely citrus dressing, smokey and salty along with some fresh basil. It was perfect paired with some grilled chicken or fish kabobs. A nice family meal with a good friend. Perfect weather for something spicy. 

Ingredients all ready to go. I did not have canned chipole chilies, but used dried smoked paprika and some red pepper flakes. Not as perfect, but got the job done. 
Mangos be slicing!
Citrus, chilies, limes I could put this on anything and be happy.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Peanut Butter and Jelly Potato Chip Cookies

Having two small kids can make you see the world from their eyes. Bubbles all of a sudden become amazing, play dough is super awesome, and a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can make ya smile. Well, these cookies embrace childhood in just one bite.  Peanut butter and jelly thumb print cookies rolled in potato chips. Just like when you were little and you totally put them in your sandwich. Don't worry Mom's not looking. 
Gathering all the ingredients. I used regular old fashion potato chips and just mashed them up in a bag. Very therapeutic. 
Rolled the peanut butter cookie balls in the crushed chips. 

These cookies are really a treat. I pinkie swear that it is hard not to eat more than one! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Yesterday was a good day. I was able to take a food styling workshop and I totally jumped out of my comfort zone. I also met some new friends. It was one of those days that you will smile about after weeks or years go by. Inspiration to get back into doing something for me and just embracing the fun, sun and smiles of life. Thank you Joy and Tracy!

       Setting up a shot of Tracy's Raw cashew maple oat bars.
Waiting outside prior to the class. Totally nervous. I am surprised I still have nails.

Working on my food styling. Such fun.

 Joy, making some amazing Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes. Thank you Matt for literally pushing me through the door. It was so much fun and I love you for helping me take on the challenge.