SUMMER- You Are SO Close!

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Summer is right around the corner. I am already starting to see the teacher countdowns pop up on my Facebook news feed.

This is the time of year I am extremely jealous of them! Summers off – who wouldn’t want that?

My favorite part of summer is the beach and the sunshine. I love my beach chair and a good book, which brings me to my next question, do you have any summer book suggestions for me?

I grew up spending every summer in Ocean City, NJ. It became my second home. To this day, I stand by this statement: the sunset from my great-grandmother’s dock is the most remarkable and gorgeous site I have ever seen.

I had some of the BEST summer jobs down in OC. I worked on a pirate ship and a speed boat for cyring out loud! (Yes, you read that correctly!) If you are ever in OCNJ, check them both out: Pirate Voyages, and Stormin’ Speedboat. Both jobs were so much fun! As a pirate I got to paint little kids faces, tell them jokes and stories, and we would have watter cannon fights with the bad pirate. On Stormin’ Speedboat I did exactly what you’re thinking right now, I went on speedboat rides! I also got to tell the passengers all about Ocean City, and occassionally we would run into dolphins! That was always a special treat! They would swim right up to the boat, which was an AMAZING site to see. I have made so many friends in that area, and it is also where I met my Michael, that was the best summer of my life. (Summer Lovin’ Couple 2010).

It’s hard not to smile and be so excited this time of year, and I am smiling especially hard after this past winter!

I hope you all are getting every opportunity you can to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, and I hope you will share some of your fun summer memories with me after you read this blog.

Catch ya later!

XOXO!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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Hi Friends!

I am always looking for an excuse to eat Mexican food! YUMMY. Tonight I will me making myself the following treat:

What are you doing this Cinco De Mayo? Are you going out, or staying in? What will you be eating/drinking/making?

I can’t wait to hear all about it, whatever it is “divertirse.”

Easy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 2 Bell (Red & Yellow Peppers are my favorite)
  • 1 cup cooked Brown Rice
  • ½ Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Sweet Corn kernels (fresh is best but canned is ok too)
  • 3 tbsp Red Kidney Beans (canned – or pre-soaked if making from scratch)
  • 4 tbsp Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • ½ Avocado, sliced
  • 4 tsp dried Mexican Chilli Powder (or make your own by combining dried paprika, chilli, cumin, oregano, pepper and garlic)
  • ½ a Lime, juiced
  • ½ cup fresh Coriander/Cilantro Leaves
  • 40g Cheese (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut peppers in half and remove stem, core and seeds. Lay empty peppers on a lined baking tray.
  3. In a bowl, combine rice, tomato, mushrooms, corn, beans, pasta sauce and half the Mexican Chilli Powder. Mix well.
  4. Stuff mixture into peppers (if your peppers are large you may need to make a little more mixture to ensure they are filled to the brim).
  5. Top with grated non-dairy cheese (optional).
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with Mexican Chilli Powder, lime juice, cracked black pepper, avocado slices and fresh coriander leaves.
  8. Enjoy!