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by agirlandhermutt on May 2, 2011

Phew. This past week has been toouuuuggghhh. Funerals are NOT fun, but being with family was quite comforting. I also found it really comforting to get all your comments, tweets, and messages expressing your condolences. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I got home on Saturday night and was not in the mood to cook. I wanted something comforting and easy. I’m no different than most. My comfort food includes all things carb-o-licious. Mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, spaghetti, and anything else that is white with carbs. However, after a full week of “fun eating” with my Dad and eating on the go in Pittsburgh, I wasn’t in the mood for a totally full belly. Enter…guacamole. I love all Mexican food. I think it has a  lot to do with my love of beans. Guac is part of that love.

Everything in my house is easy. Including making guac. Here is a great base  that you can easily add whatever spices or herbs (cilatro…ewww) that you would like and doesn’t break the calorie bank.


Guac Remix!

In the mix:
-1 ripe avocado
-Salsa to taste (start with 2 tbsp and add as wanted)
-1 Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese Wedge

*Cut your avocado up to mix with the salsa and cheese.  The cheese will add that creaminess that mayo usually gives guac.

*Mix together and ENJOY!

The color isn’t the best and it doesn’t look absolutely amazing, but it tastes like LOVE and all things comforting. Creamy, flavorful and filling!

When my dad came for a visit he introduced me to some excellent chips from the big T (Target!). Mmm…

Why don’t all chip companies do this resealable thing on their bags?!

I could have divided this up to share with The Scientist, but I managed to eat it ALL ON MY OWN.


In other news…to brighten my spirits I joined my buddies at Tea Party Karen’s for a lovely Sunday tea. It was just what a girl needs to lift her ‘tude and put a smile on the face.


I took a little nibble of each of these. I completely down the tea sandwiches.

Tea party hats were busted out. Tina can wear this baby like no other woman in the room could. So jealous.

Big thanks to Karen for having us all over and filling our bellies with good grub. Oh…and thanks for the mimosas. Winking smile


So I’m officially back on track. I’m back to the gym today. I’m back to bringing my lunch to work. I’m back to cooking my dinners at home. It feels good to be back. I never realized I enjoyed so much of my routine! I’m an old lady and didn’t even know it. Smile Have a wonderful week and I will see you on Wednesday!!!

Do you like cilantro?

I think it tastes like soap. Dirty ol’ soap. How can people enjoy it?!



Invite Me! I’m a fun guest…

by agirlandhermutt on March 16, 2011

I’m a pretty good houseguest. Just ask any friend that I stay with. I take short showers. I keep my stuff to a little area where my bag is. I don’t require any special foods or beverages and bring my own snacks. I love pets and most babies.

I’m also a great person to invite over for a meal. I’m easily amused. I love almost all types of foods. I am easily impressed by all cooking attempts. When my friend, Christie, sends out a brunch invite I jump to say “YES, Please!”

On Sunday I showed up ready to drink some booze and eat some food. I knew it was going to be good when I showed up to a lovely table setting and a mimosa.


Christie is a genius in the kitchen. She makes everything seem so easy!


First Course: Cauliflower & Leek Frittata

Chat it up in between courses!


Drink it up!


Second Course: Mushroom risotto (some had duck confit too!)

Third Course: Macadamia Nut Crusted Sea Bass with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and a green salad.


Dessert Course: Lemon Ricotta Stuffed Strawberries and a Crepe that had the most delicious inside ever. (Obviously I can’t remember what it was except that it was GOOOOOOOD.)


I rolled myself home after this meal and proceeded to nap the rest of the day away. If that doesn’t scream lovely Sunday brunch I don’t know what does?!

BUT WAIT! The fun doesn’t end there…on Monday I busted out my best kicks and boogied over to Cuchi Cuchi for a Martini Monday with the girls!

Cuchi Cuchi is eclectic with a vintage vibe filled with feathers, fishnets and all kinds of fun jewels.


There were drinks…


Lots of small plates of yummy food including marinated mushrooms, fried artichokes, mexican tomato, stuff avocado and thai coconut soup.

I tried to creepily and sneekily take a photo of our servers absolutely fantastic outfit, but my stealth photo skills were just not up to par that night.

Two meals. Two fantastic meals. Great friends. I’m a lucky girl, huh?!

What is your fave restaurant to take a guest when they come to town?

Cuchi Cuchi is a great pick for me. I also love taking people to the North End for some great Italian food at Mother Anna’s. Mmmm….


Happy Days!

February 15, 2011

This time of year is my absolute favorite. Winter is starting to wean off a *teeny* little bit, my birthday comes around, and Valentine’s Day makes me feel loved! This year was no different. RECAP TIME! I started the weekend of fun with a birthday skating party! When I was a kid I loved having […]

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