Coloring Contest

Please vote for your favorite poster in the comments below. Can you guess which one is my creation and which is Kevin’s masterpiece? The stakes are high!!! He doesn’t know it yet, but if I win – I’m pulling for something good. Which really beckons to your soul to come and buy another man’s trash to become your treasure?

For your consideration:


I think I’m going to be a crabby garage sale lady tomorrow. It’s getting kind past my bedtime!! I actually just wrote this blog post to trick Kevin into having to do the final poster. :)


I Could Not Ask for More

I’m in a super good mood! Making the Cookie Friday cookies tonight because  we are BOOKED to the hilt tomorrow. And I’m listening to country music on Pandora. Because I can’t handle that crap you kids listen to on the radio these days!

A repeat of overnight oats. Today with frozen berries. I was nervous about the berries thawing overnight in the fridge, but it was perfect! :)

My luncheon was just a little carb-heavy, but it was awesome. Kevin James was happy not to be forced to choke down vegetables. The bread was homemade in a pinch this morning and served with panini leftovers. The creamy avocado pasta was served cold because I read in the recipe writer’s blog that it’s bad to reheat avocado. Interesting.

I just HAD to have something before I want to tutoring so I went with a bit of chocolate frozen yogurt.

Oops! Extra snack today because we had to delay dinner significantly due to a meeting Kevin James had. I was thrilled to discover the Sabra hummus all over Winona this past week. I hadn’t seen it in ANY of the grocery stores before. And now it’s in Hy-Vee AND Wal-Mart. It’s the creamiest and the best.


Our late dinner was a version of Ancho-Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw & Avocado. I was a huge fan of the slaw! I was surprised because normally I am VIGILANT in removing that purple cabbage from lettuce mixes, but it was nice and crunchy in the slaw. It was tasty and had a little lime flavor. LOVE lime. Love it! I saw a whole bag of limes, and I coveted them just a little with my two paltry limes in the cart. You know in the DR limes are like a staple. You might only have 150 pesos to buy groceries, but that’s probably going to include limes. I know this because I frequented the supermercado! :) I miss my homies there!!

Kevin’s slaving away on last-minute garage sale stuff so I gotta bounce. :)

P.S. Oh yeah. Confession. No pop or expensive iced coffee, but I did have a LITTLE cookie dough when I was prepping Cookie Friday. I resisted for the longest time. And then I just fell. Haha. :)

Super Jueves

Here is my face before I had ever been to a Zumba class.

It’s actually really hard to take a self-portrait with a SmartWater in your armpit. And yes, that’s what I wore to my first Zumba class. Underwhelming, I know! :) I ended up having to jog the .7 miles there because of a last-minute panic attack when I couldn’t locate my gym shoes! Can you believe I texted Kevin James @ work and he knew right where they were? Impressive!!!

I made it just in time for the 10:15 Zumba class at Z Studio. The first class is complimentary so I encourage you to check it out! The class was kind of duo-taught by two instructors, and I really liked them both. They were fun, upbeat and super encouraging. I really enjoyed my class – it was good to just hear some Latin music. There were only about seven ladies in the class so that was actually really nice. It was different not to have an instructor not SCREAMING at me in Spanish. Oh, Rosa. I haven’t decided if I’m going to go back or not. I have to commit to a $40 punch card that is good for ten classes. I liked it, but I still can’t quite get myself to count it as a real workout. Insanity, Jill, and running are really the only things that make that cut for me. But it would be fun to do once or twice a week? And I did meet a new friend… Haha. I found it hilarious that I’m in a point in life that I can go to workout classes during the day. I always thought it was funny that they schedule so many fitness classes during normal work hours. For losers like me!! I made a self-deprecating joke along these lines to one of the instructors. She didn’t take it well. I’m not sure why.

For lunch I whipped a version of the Creamy Avocado Pasta from this morning’s post. I had to substitute pesto for basil which was really disappointing because it kind of commandeered the favor of the entire dish. It was still really delicious, and I’m definitely going to throw it in the rotation.

And THAT is why I don’t take step-by-step pictures of my recipes. I’m a very, very, very messy cook.  I like to try to have everything back in some semblance of order before more cute neat freak husband gets home, but this is the reality! :)

After tutoring, I hopped, skipped, & jumped over to the library. Kevin James was getting off work in 20 minutes so we could carpool home together. I got a good stack of books to devour while I’m overseeing the proceedings at the BIG GARAGE SALE TOMORROW. Here’s Kevin modeling the selection I chose for him: Paddle North. I thought it was true love. He thought I was mocking him by choosing a book that was mainly pictures. It’s about canoeing in the boundary waters!!!

We forgot about Kevin’s meeting tonight so he got abruptly pulled away from dinner preparations and left me alone to wrestle with the food processor. I absolutely hate that thing. I managed to muscle it into submission this morning, but I’m having no such luck right now. I actually started sweating trying to screw on the lid.  I just gave up before I totally lost my temper with it. Not worth it, right?

Do you know that last night Kevin told me I was the best wife ever? And I quote: “Better than Carrots ‘n’ Cake, and that ‘cowboy woman’ and even Peanut Butter Fingers.” He meant Pioneer Woman. I just thought that it was funny that he would list them in a compliment to me. I guess he knows his wife. If you’re curious, tonight’s dinner is going to EVENTUALLY be Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream. I’m thinking it’s going to be pushing 9.

P.S. One of my old Dominican aerobics instructors always called Thursday “Super Jueves” and it was always a super tough workout. I loved those!!!

What’s Next?

If you can tell me what tv show I’m referencing in this post’s title, you get all the Cookie Friday leftovers I make for Kevin James. Rumor has it that they’re going to be chocolate chip!


I can’t wait to get back to my nerdy-nerdy ways!

You know that I already got a library card here in Winona, and now I’m determined to use it! I am currently #51 on the waiting list for The Help. Approximately how long do you think that waiting list will last? I think they should give preference to people who promise to read the book within 24 hours. I could definitely do that. Or let me borrow it during working hours while people who have jobs are winning the bread. :)

I really want American Wife to be my garage sale proctoring read. Can I really call it proctoring? I’d really prefer “curating” but that might be a stretch. I see WPL has a copy available, and I’m going to try to bribe Kevin into picking it up for me. It’s literally right across the street from his office

Also on my reading list?

  • Spousonomics
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • The Pillars of the Earth (a historical novel about the building of a cathedral – fascinating!)

What else should I read? Know that this little blog will suffer once I pick up a book. And so will my fleeting tan. But maybe I’ll start integrating more creative language than “super”, “like”, and “omg.” Just maybe.


Notice that one is with a question mark. I found a place where I can try a class for free (thanks to Deidre stopping by Mugby) so I’m going this morning. I’m a little nervous that I don’t have the right clothes…

Are they going to turn me away at the door? Of course, I’m super skeptical that Zumba is a “real workout”, but that’s how I feel about everything except for running… Which, by the way, still feeling the afterglow of last night’s glorious run. I think I’m good to go again tonight! Woohoo!
Avocados. Did you know an avocado is actually a berry?  I’m obsessed. Although continuously disappointed by its limited availability and diminutive size here in Winona, MN.

Here’s why:

15-minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Avocado Fries with Cilantron-Lemon Dipping Sauce

Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad

Chicken Avocado BLT Salad

And that’s not to mention I totally want some GUACAMOLE! And Hummamole (Guacamole + Hummus!)! Which should I cook first? I have to head out so I can clean the my tornado kitchen. That tends to happen when I’m trying to invent something out of the random ingredients we have in the house… we really need to hit the grocery store! But I still managed to pull something awesome out of my sleeve. :)