Things Change

For the 4th of July, I went to visit 2 of my girlfriends from college. Since we all graduated (some of us twice!) we have moved, gotten married, and made a lot of big changes. The beautiful thing about the friendships with these girls is that even when we are separated for a while, we get back together and we click instantly.

I am learning that in this season of life, a lot of things change and they usually change quickly. I am also learning that when things change  they are usually for the better, even if they are really hard changes at first. I just praise the Lord for lasting friendships like these. We had such a fun time.

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Another thing in life I have learned that changes are taste buds. Now, I know this is sort of silly, but it is true. There are things I love now that I couldn’t stand to look at a few years ago. I hated tomatoes, vinegar, onions, and most importantly AVOCADO. I can’t even explain to you how much I disliked avocado. The texture freaked me out and truthfully, it was nasty.

Well- like the title of this post says- things changed and one of my new favorite things is avocado. If we want to get more specific, I love guacamole. Seriously, it is the best thing ever. Over the weekend, we ate at a mexican restaurant and got guacamole and all I could think about since then was eating some more.

Tonight Nat and I had tacos, and I figured it would be the appropriate time to make some guacamole. I looked around at recipes and just took pieces from random places and I feel like my creation ended up being pretty delicious. (Also, you look super healthy at the grocery store when you buy the ingredients for guacamole. All veg!)

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Guacamole

avocados

1/2 small red onion, diced

1/2 small lime, juiced

1/2 cup cilantro, diced, stems removed

coarse salt, to taste

fresh ground pepper, to taste

1/2 tomato, diced, seeds removed

Cut avocado in half, remove the seed. Scoop avocado from peel and put in mixing bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork. Don’t over mash, it should be a little chunky. Add onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Mash a little bit more with the fork. Before serving add the tomato.

Serve with tortilla chips or on a sandwich or on a taco or on a burger…the opportunities are endless!

Enjoy!

Celebrating Katy

In the past 2 years, most of my husbands close friends from high school have gotten married (including him, of course). With all of these weddings comes a great blessing for me- their wives. I find it to be luck that all of the wives of that group are wonderful and we all just click. This group of friends has been close for many years, and throughout college people have been added to the group and we have all just developed really close relationships.

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In May, we are all excited because we get to celebrate another marriage! Casey, one of the boys of the group, is marrying Katy, who is such a blessing to everyone. All of the men are groomsmen in the upcoming wedding, and so the wives of the groomsmen decided to throw Katy a bridal shower.

We chose the theme “Around the Clock.” This theme allows people to buy many different varieties of gifts, because each person is assigned a time of day, and they buy a gift based on that time of day. At the party tonight Katy received gifts like a waffle maker for 9:00 am and margarita glasses for 7 pm. You could also take the midnight route and buy a gift that is for later at night 😉

 

This was such a fun night! It was wonderful to celebrate Katy. Our menu had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a midnight snack. I was in charge of “lunch” and so I made mini pizzas. These were frustrating for OCD people, but they ended up being delicious and very easy to eat.

I didn’t really follow a recipe- more like, I saw pictures and just went with it.

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Mini “deep dish pizzas”

Whole wheat tortillas/wraps- I made 36 pizzas, which ended up being 9 tortillas

Pizza sauce

Mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese

mini pepperonis

*optional- crushed red pepper flakes

This recipe really does depend on how much you like of each component. I am not a huge pizza sauce person, so I used less than say- my dad would. I would estimate for the 36 pizzas, I used about a 1 1/4 cup pizza sauce. I used half a big bag of mozzarella cheese, and 4 mini pepperonis per pizza.

Pre-heat oven to 400 and spray a 12 muffin- muffin tin with cooking spray.

Using a biscuit cutter, cookie cutter, can- cut circles out of each tortilla- trying to get 4 circles per tortilla.

Mix the pizza sauce, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes.

Place each tortilla on top of a muffin cup. Spread the sauce mixture on top of each “crust.”

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of sauce, and place pepperonis, or your choice of topping, over the cheese.

Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melty and bubbling.

I know there are few instructions and measurements, but really, it is about what you prefer. These were really easy and simple- if you can get passed the frustration of the tortillas falling into the muffin tins.

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But really, happy bridal shower, Katy. We love you! You are a blessing to us all. I am so thrilled for you and Casey!