Vacation: All I Ever Wanted

This morning, I woke up and made guacamole.

Avocados

To me, mashing up an avocado and mixing it with garlic powder and lime juice is a perfectly normal Tuesday morning activity.

Avocado

You see, I was slicing an avocado to smear all over my eggs (don’t judge), and realized that it had reached its perfect stage of ripeness. You know, the point where an avocado is just so bright green, and so incredibly soft, that to not turn it into guacamole would be an outright denial of its true potential. It’s kind of like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. It just has to happen, ya know?

::crickets::

Anyway, that train of thought is how I wound up making guacamole at 9:30 this morning.

Guacamole

It will probably all be gone by tonight. 

Jeff and I returned from our beach vacation on Thursday night.  I just unpacked this morning. Because the goal of our vacation was to achieve a state of complete relaxation, I was not in blogger-mode (Let’s ignore the fact that I haven’t been in “blogger-mode” for most of July).

Our hotel was right on the boardwalk, and we spent most days alternating between the pool and the beach. I subsisted mostly on veggie burgers and salads because those were about the only vegetarian options available.

However, on our last night there, I devoured the most delicious grilled cheese sandwich of my life:

Grilled Cheese

It was made with fontina and asagio cheeses, basil pesto, and tomatoes, and came with a tomato bisque that when paired with the sandwich resulted in melt-in- your-mouth bites.

Overall, we had a great time. I’ve been super stressed these past few months (stressed=not blogging), so getting away for a few days was a nice break for me.

I’m going to leave you with a picture that wasn’t taken on vacation, but at dinner with friends a few weeks ago. Looking through pictures from that night, I realized I was doing the same thing in every picture taken of me: drinking wine.

Drinking wine It’s my true calling, I guess. 🙂

Have you gone on vacation yet this summer? Are you going Where?

What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?

Have a great Tuesday! <3

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Burritos and an Operation Beautiful Giveaway

If I’m good at anything, it’s making breakfast burritos.

Burrito

And, no, I don’t feel silly bragging that my specialty is one of the easiest things in the world to make.

Breakfast burrito

You can make these suckers with a variety of ingredients, but I like to keep mine simple.

  • 2 Scrambled Eggs
  • 1 Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla
  • 2 spoonfuls of Newman’s Own Black Bean and Corn Salsa
  • 4 or 5 Slices of Avocado
  • A Generous Sprinkle of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Voila! Breakfast burrito

If you feel compelled to eat your computer screen, please stop reading, and make a breakfast burrito right away.

If you’re not drooling all over your keyboard, please turn your attention to the GIVEAWAY I’m about to announce!

The other day, my wonderful friend, Dara, presented me with the Operation Beautiful Book!

Operation Beautiful

Since I already own a copy, I want to give this one away to one of YOU! (I got Dara’s and Caitlin’s permission, of course!)

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that last summer, I met up with a great group of bloggers in NYC to support Caitlin as she promoted her book on the Today Show.

Operation Beautiful Cheerleaders at the Today Show last summer Al Roker holding my Operation Beautiful Sign

I absolutely adore Caitlin and her blog. Her book is just as fabulous and inspiring as she is!

I know many of you probably already own a copy, but for those who don’t, here’s how to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me one thing you do each day to make yourself feel beautiful.

That’s it!

Feel free to spread the word about this giveaway through Twitter, or Facebook. In a separate comment, let me know if you tweet or post about it, and you’ll earn an extra entry!

You have until Midnight EST on Friday, June 17th to enter. I will pick a winner via the random integer generator on Saturday, June 18th.

Good luck!

Operation Beautiful Shirt

Have a great Wednesday! <3

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