Friday, August 9, 2013

You'll Wish that Summer Would Always Be Here

-Imbibing Nat King Cole's song...Hazy, Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer

-Idyllic summer week...lots of bike rides-even our first one as an entire family; a Celtic concert where I got to clap my hands, tap my toes and smile as my Love danced with my girls; picnics & sunshine...

-Epic day out, after an epic day in (aka real, every day life). Day in, Meres had so many accidents-including peeing on someone else's driveway-I almost cried. Plus I popped my bike tire. But, on my day out I got my business accounting up to date for the year, which has been a long term goal for me that has never happened. You know, to actually do the accounts before tax time. I also ventured the downtown (and out of my comfort zone) of our burg to a new PB to see the mural a friend painted (I didn't have my camera for a pic. this link will take you to some pics she posted.) and I went for a salon pedicure. Groovy music, darkish room, massage. Perfection...

-Awesome quote of the week. Plus awesome new site for free stock photos.
photo source

-My ah-ha moment lately was that I am less organized than goal oriented. But, I do strive for a system of simple organization. One that doesn't take tons of effort to set up or keep up.
Today I am sharing over at Simply Helping Him: Simple Organization. Join me there?!

-My current pile of books. Some fiction, inspiration, how-to, and thought provoking.
saw a similar pic on Pinterest. BMV and I worked together through many photos to get this one.

-My nearing the end of summer recipe for you...
Don't know what is up with the blurry bottom of the photo, but the top looks pretty good...
This salad puts a unique spin on normal taco salad. It is chock full of healthiness and goodness in the form of chicken, black beans, lettuce and tomatoes.

Chicken Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
8 cups thinly sliced lettuce
2 cups roasted and chopped chicken pieces
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 large red or white onion, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained.

Here's what you can do...mix all this together in a big bowl, or mix everything but the lettuce and serve on a bed of lettuce. Your choice. On top of the lettuce lasts longer...

1/4 cup chopped, seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 T olive oil
1 T cider vinegar
1t grated lime rind
2 T fresh lime juice
1/2 t salt
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t chili powder
1/4 t black pepper
1 garlic clove, peeled

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour over the chicken mixture-with or without lettuce.

Serve with tortilla chips, and sour cream and salsa, if desired.

What was phenomenal about your week? What are you looking forward to this weekend?