Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar is one of my favorite recipes for football tailgates or a night of entertaining. This is basically a ‘re-vamped’ version of salsa. While this recipe is quite healthy, it is extremely addicting.

Salsa

Cowboy Caviar

Ingredients :

  • 1 Can Black Eyed Peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 Medium Jalapeño, minced & seeded if you do not like the extra heat
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 3 Cans of diced Tomatoes [fresh are always better if you have them]
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Franks Hot Sauce {I tend to use more because I love spice}
  • 1/2 Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 2 hours prior to serving.

When ready, serve with tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • J is coming home TODAY!
  • Celebrating with friends and family this weekend.
  • A mini-vacation with my mom and Jen’s.
  • Plants that are blooming. {Rose Bush is my favorite currently}
  • Connecting with new blogs that I have learned so much from.

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • Fresh Seafood.
  • Parker’s Market Sweet Tea.
  • J is coming in ONE week.
  • Meeting new blog ‘friends’ and sharing this blog-life with them.
  • Neighbor’s who bring back treats from trips they go on to share with me.
What are YOU thankful for?

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Turkey Meatloaf

With this terribly yucky weather outside, I decided I wanted to make a delicious and warm meal to enjoy. When I went to my favorite store {SAMs} I bought two big packs of turkey meat, so I knew this recipe would be perfect– 
Turkey Meatloaf

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Ingredients :

  • 1 1/4 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Butter
  • 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire  Sauce
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Preparation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the Olive Oil or Butter in skillet.
  3. Sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. {Stir occasionally.}
  4. Remove the onion and garlic from the skillet and let cool.
  5. Combine the rest of the ingredients {turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, 1/4 Ketchup, mustard, worcestershire, salt & pep} into a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add in the onion and garlic and mix all together.
  7. Transfer the meatloaf mixture into a {greased to cut down on the clean-up process} loaf pan and press flat.
  8. Cover the top of the meatloaf mixture with the remaining ketchup. 
  9. Place in over and bake for 50-55 minutes.

My most favorite way to enjoy meatloaf :

  • Get a sheet pan and lay tinfoil down on it {to cut down on the clean-up process}
  • Cut a few pieces of the meatloaf and lay on the tinfoil.
  • Put more ketchup on the slices and put in the over on medium/low broil for aprox 10 minutes. {I love when the ketchup has browned a bit}
  • Toast a slice of my homemade bread.
  • Put a bit of mustard on the toasted slice.
  • Lay the meatloaf on top and ENJOY!

What is your favorite way to enjoy meatloaf?

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Not Your Usual Chops

Walking into the grocery without a list is always interesting for me. I have my ‘go-to’ meals, but I also love to find new things and come up with a recipe. 
First, I walk in and go straight to the meat that is on sell. Usually I find a random mix of  pork-chops, filets, ribs, pork-sausage, and chicken. Depending on the day, I find the different types of meat. This particular day, I decided to buy the pork-chops.
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For those of you who live in the South, know what I’m talking about when you think ‘pork-chops’ you automatically think ‘fried’. Well, yes…fried are absolutely WONDERFUL, yet…I’m trying to be a bit healthier. Tough, I know. If you have never had a fried pork-chop, you must try one. They are heavenly. {Maybe i’ll branch out and put those on here one day!}
As for now…I’ll stick with my ‘healthier’ version–

Mustard & Vinegar Based Pork-Chops

porkprepIngredients :

  • 1/3 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste

Preparation :

  1. Mix all of the ingredients of the marinade together.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chops and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. {The longer the better.}
  3. Flip the chops during the marinading process so that all sides are covered well.
  4. Heat up the grill or skillet and cook your chops.
  5. Finish off with fresh parsley.

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{Delishhhhh}

What is your favorite way to cook your chops? I’d love to hear!

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • Being able to have my very own garden.
  • Grilling on my new grill.
  • Jen allowing me to dress her any way I want.
  • Finding new delicious treats at SAM’s. {My favorite place.}
  • J’s excitement for coming home in 2 weeks!

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Get Fit : Playlist

Since I’ve been on my workout kick, I’ve learned how important it is to have a playlist that ‘gets you going’!
You know…like a particular song comes on that makes you want to run faster, peddle faster, or lift more weight. 
Well, for me…This is some of that playlist…
Of course, this is a random mixture. So, a few of my cool down songs are mixed in as well–
  • Feel Again :  OneRepublic

  • Scream & Shout : will.i.am ft. Britney Spears

  • I Cry : Flo Rida

  • Let’s Go : Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo

  • I Can Only Imagine : David Guetta ft. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne

  • Without You : David Guetta ft. Usher

  • Hata Que Salga El Sol : Don Omar

  • Feel So Close : Calvin Harris

  • Otta Your Mind : Lil John/LMAFO

  • Sweet Nothing : Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welsh

  • Let Me Love You {Until You Learn to Love Yourself} : Ne-Yo

  • Don’t Wake Me Up : Chris Brown

  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye : Train

  • Wide Awake : Katy Perry

  • Blow Me {One Last Kiss} : Pink

  • Domino : Jessie J

  • Everybody Talks : Neon Trees

  • Scream : Usher

  • Don’t You Worry Child : Swedish House Mafia

  • One More Night : Maroon 5

  • Repeat : David Guetta ft. Jessie J

  • Turn Me On : David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj

  • Good Feeling : Flo Rida

  • Feel So Close : Calvin Harris

  • Where Have You Been : Rihanna

  • We Found Love : Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

  • Locked Out of Heaven : Bruno Mars

  • Don’t Wake Me Up : Chris Brown

  • We Run the Night : Havana Brown ft. Pitbull

  • Touch Me : Smash Cast ft. Katherine McPhee

  • Part of Me : Katy Perry

  • Wild Ones : Flo Rida ft. Sia

  • Good Time : Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Titanium : David Guetta ft. Sia

What do you listen to? I’d love to add new songs to my list!

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Birchbox : April

After my March Birchbox, I felt so spoiled. I loved all of my samples and was very pleased with the results.
So, my hopes were set extremely high for my April box. 

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  1.  Beauty Protector : Protect & Detangle  {Great for all hair types, this nourishing elixir perform seven hair-healing functions. Among them : locking in color, adding shine, and instantly detangling. Full-size $21.95} This product is GREAT! My mom received this in a previous box, so I got to try it beforehand, and I completely fell in love with it. After a few squirts, my hair is ready to be brushed out and styled! I would recommend this product–
  2.  Supergoop! : Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream {This next-generation CC cream provides corrective coverage and triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays. Full-size $32.} First off, I was slightly disappointed with the sample size. I tried this product for the first time this morning and it seems like it is a good product, I just don’t know if I will be able to get a good enough ‘review’ based off of the sample size. I hope that it does work, as I do need corrective coverage, but after only 2 uses, will you really be able to tell? Maybe I can get a few more uses to determine!
  3.  LAFACE Laboratories : BEAUX YEUX Beautiful Eyes Concentrate Intensive {A hefty dose of hyaluronic acid amps up moisture levels, while an advanced peptide complex halts wrinkle formation. Full-size $160.} This must be a joke. No, I have not tried the product, but based off of the sample size I have already made my decision. If a product cost $160, I would personally think that you would give a ‘bigger sample’ so prospective buyers could fall in love with the product. Rather than only getting a 1 time use. Also, I wouldn’t spend $160 on this so…for me…this is a no-go.
  4.  Caudalie : Devine Oil {Made with a blend of grape, argan, hibiscus, and sesame oils, this multitasking wonder gives skin, hair, and nails a gorgeous glow. Full-size $9-$49.} I just opened my sample of this an it smells great! So, I am anxious to try this product. I have never been a fan of oils due to the ‘reside-sticky feeling’ it leaves on your skin, yet this doesn’t seem to be that way!
  5. Lifestyle Extra : Hail Merry : Chocolate Macaroons {It tastes too good to be true : These decadent treats are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients. Full-size $5.} I have not tried these, but I am sure they are delicious!

Another addition to the box is a year of Women’s Health subscription for free. This excites me, however I could see that others wouldn’t get excited about this. I’m wondering how this box relates to Fitness, but I suppose that’s my own personal opinion. Overall, this was a good box. Not my favorite, but good.

What did you receive in your box?

{If you got the nail polish, I want to hear your thoughts! I am jealous I didn’t receive it, as it looks very interesting!}

If you want to try Birchbox, you can sign up by clicking here. (FYI that is an affiliate link so if you click and sign up I’ll get 50 points. If you don’t like that idea, just visit the website at www.birchbox.com)

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Thankful Thursday

thankful

  • The beautiful weather.
  • Sweet neighbors that check up on me.
  • Blooms peeping out on all things that bloom in the Spring!
  • Having a DVR, so I don’t miss out on my favorite shows.
  • Finalizing a big trip planned for J and I.

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