Home Is Where The Husband Is

January 23, 2009

We’re wrapping up a fun afternoon + evening. We went for a walk this afternoon to Harris Teeter for stamps. 30 minutes in warm weather was glorious! If only it would last

Diana left the rest of last night’s wine for us. I can’t let wine go bad in the fridge! So I had a tiny glass during cocktail hour while we watched the second-to-last Arrested Development.

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Then we broke for an early dinner: Black Bean Tostadas!

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I thawed out a few tortillas that have been in our freezer for ages (now that we’re overflowing with bread, tortillas have been all but eliminated from our grocery list). When I realized how non-pliable they were, I decided we’d have our taco night on top of the tortilla, tostada-style.

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Toppings included (I had 1/3, he had 2/3)

  • 1 can black beans, drained, and cooked with 1/2 ea. green and red bell pepper, and a tsp each of cumin, chili powder, and oregano and some salt.
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup romaine, shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 an avocado, mashed with lime juice
  • A dollop of greek yogurt
  • Lots of hot sauce

Instructions: pile all on and melt cheese in oven for a few minutes.

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I used some of this teeny, tiny, little Tabasco bottle! Plus Cholula.

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We split the third tortilla on the side as chips

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That’s water with lime in my old wine glass – not a vodka tonic!

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The husband will deny it, but he’s got quite a sweet tooth! He brought home this Oatmeal Scotchie cookie from Great Harvest to have for dessert. But of course I wouldn’t allow him to just eat my VERY FAVORITE kind of cookie (toffee!) in front of me, so I had about 1/4

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IT’S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arrested Development’s ending was great. I’m so sad!! But we’ve got seasons 1 & 2 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia that he got for Xmas to start on next. Hope I like it! Then we might open a Netflix account to watch The Office‘s first two seasons (which I haven’t seen) and rent some more movies. I have never been a huge TV/movie person. Mostly because I’ve never had much time to watch either, but I’ve really been enjoying my new shows and recent movies!

Returning to the couch in 5….4….3….2….

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1 Sharon January 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Oh what a tasty and awesome night you had! Wish I could experience the warm weather! It’s freezing in Canada!


2 VeggieGirl January 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Oh man, I want that Oatmeal Scotchie cookie!! Yum :-)


3 Biz319 January 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Love the tiny Tabasco!

My mom once did a trade show in New Orleans and they gave away those little bottles of Tabasco as favors with their company name on them.

A year later my mom discovered she had A WHOLE CASE of them (about 200) and she gave them to me for Christmas one year.

I loved putting a tiny bottle of Tabasco in my lunch box every day!

Yeah for spending time with your hubby!!


4 emmy January 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

looks like a fun night! I remember the day hubby and I finished Scrubs (before I found out there would be a final season), it was a big moment :)


5 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) January 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Yes, Yes – get The Office – it’s our favorite show!


6 allijag January 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

lol -OMG – always sunny is up there with my favorite shows too! totally off color but HYSTERICAL!


7 Marissa January 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm



8 Victoria January 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Dinner looks great!! I was in mexican type mood tonight too. Love The Office, although I actually prefer the British version a bit more.


9 Sara January 23, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Tasty looking tostadas! And that cookie sounds fabulous! :)


10 Jen January 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Great idea for dinner! :)


11 Evey January 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Taco Salad looks yummy.

Oh, Oatmeal Raisin is my FAVORITE.. so good!


12 linds January 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm

What a great way to use up the extra black beans in my fridge…mmm I love anything even remotely mexican-inspired :)


13 Katelyn January 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

your dinner looks too good! Enjoy your evening with the hubby!


14 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Mmm…dinner looks great, and the cookie too!!!!

I am such a TV on DVD girl…it doesn’t require as much of an attention span as movies, and no commercials!


15 Mon January 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I love tabasco.

If you sign up for Netflix now, you will get a few weeks for free! That’s an offer they have going on right now. I signed up and ended up getting 9 disks for free$$!!

Does anyone have a healthy (somewhat) and tasty frosting recipe + yellow cupcake recipe??


16 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I like the title of your post :) and your din looks delicious!


17 Lori January 23, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Is that a big cookie or is the husband little!?


18 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Dinner looks so good!! I am off to go catch up on the Office myself!!


19 Lauren January 23, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Those tostadas look scrumptious! And I totally hear ya on Arrested Development… we didn’t get into it until it came out on DVD, and I want moooore!


20 L January 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Hey Kath!

My brother just sent me this link to a list by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the risk of salmonella in peanut products. It lists even Larabars and Cliff bars as unsafe. Here is the link:

Take care! :)


21 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 23, 2009 at 9:14 pm

mmmmm, that cookie!! you’re doing a great job managing the nonstop influx of baked goods … it’s like you can never let your guard down!


22 Marisa (trim the fat) January 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm

What a great night! Tostadas look yummy! Let’s not even talk about the cookie 😉


23 Sheila | Live Well 360° January 23, 2009 at 9:24 pm

“Home is where the husband is.” It is so funny/ironic that you say this, Kath. Ryan (hubby) and I just had basically this exact same discussion today. We are at somewhat of a major transitional point in our life right now. We both left fairly “secure” corporate jobs to take a new path, which many might go as far as to say is a little nuts (ha!) from an outside perspective…to follow our passion and a vision that we hold for our future. You could say that we have taken a bit of a leap of faith, although a well researched and planned leap.

We used to have a lot of “things” and “stuff” and because of this transition, have had to eliminate and cut back quite a bit. But our long-term plan is what holds us steady…and our relationship. We are currently living with family and don’t exactly have our own space, but it is home, because we are together. So…your quote, “home is where the husband is” is very true for me right now. Home is wherever we are, together.

Anyway, your black bean tostada is making my tummy growl! I am done for the night though…gonna have to hold out for oatmeal pancakes in the morning. Mmm.



24 cari January 23, 2009 at 9:25 pm

hey I just wanted to say I love your blog! Just discovered it from someone mentioning it on self.com eat like me blog in the comments! glad I found it! Your so pretty and your hubby is cute too lol. If you like crude humor then you will like sunny philidelphia, I also have seasons 1 and 2 and have watched them both twice! its pretty funny! have a good evening in beautiful nc!

~so california girl~


25 Kath January 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Lori ,
It was a huge cookie!!

Sarah (Tales of Expansion),
Thanks! It’s HARD!!

cari ,
Thanks and welcome!



26 Jamie January 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Your glass of wine it like a shot of it! I’d be done in one swig


27 fitforfree January 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Oh man, i’m so jealous that you haven’t seen seasons 1 & 2 of The Office!! I wish I could go back in time and watch them again :-) season 2 especially…


28 Rebekah January 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Go for the Netflix account! My husband and I mostly order TV shows rather than movies, and it is SO much better than live TV. You never miss an episode, never have to watch a commercial, and it is so much fun to get that red envelope in the mail and open it to see what it is!

Those tostadas look delicious, by the way!


29 thepinkpeppercorn January 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

hehehe tostada’s are yummy! but I am also obsessed with black beans :) love all the little faces in your post!


30 Meg January 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm

That black bean tostada looks so yummy! My husband has quite the sweet tooth too! I miss GH bread and cookies so much. You are so lucky to have it in your house daily!


31 Melissa January 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Your Supper looks delish!!


32 Michelle January 23, 2009 at 11:22 pm

That dinner looks yummy, I am gonna have to try that! And we need to come visit Matt at Great Harvest and get some goodies, I drool every time I see them on here. Lets make plans soon!


33 Jen January 23, 2009 at 11:33 pm

It’s Always Sunny is my absolute favorite show … after the Simpsons, of course. I could be biased since I am from Philly and they used to shoot near my office and at the coffee shop i frequent (ps. the inside looks nothing like that! haha).

hope you enjoy it, dude! (yes, “dude”…you’ll see!)


34 Candice January 23, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Mmmm… looks delicious! I wish my dinners were that colorful 😀

About your previous post, do you ever get nauseous while working out? I find that if I try to work out while I’m hungry, I feel… well, nauseous. That’s why I don’t really like working out before breakfast — I’m always starving, even if I have a snack beforehand! Do I just need to eat more?…


35 Oh She Glows January 23, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Oh wow your dinner looks fabulous! Great idea :)

Love the cookie pics…I have a major sweet tooth


36 Kristin January 23, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Ah, sad! I was so sad when I finished watching the seasons of AD, but there is a movie in the works!


37 Sarah January 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I have enjoyed reading your blog – I just recently discovered it. These tostadas look delicious and I’ll have to hold myself back from going and getting a toffee cookie tomorrow! The Office is my husband and I’s favorite show – hope you enjoy it too!


38 kristen January 24, 2009 at 1:53 am

Netflix is really great! We just have the lowest account and it works out well. You have to check out the show called “Weeds” It’s very addicting and we are all finished with the seasons and have to wait for the new one to come out, bummer!



39 Kelly January 24, 2009 at 3:33 am

Kath, I love how creative your food combinations are! That black bean tostada looks delicious! I am a super-fan of “The Office” and I think that the second season is truly “The Office” at its peak! You’re got some truly hilarious episodes in store! I was also sad when “Arrested Development” was over – I’m looking forward to the movie, though!


40 MizFit January 24, 2009 at 6:26 am

ahhh Harris Teeter (and NC) I miss ye :)


41 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 24, 2009 at 6:41 am

hey kath–although tv/movie watching may not feel as productive, its a great way to unwind and spend time with the hubby, so feel good about it!!! i love your dinner and how you thought of putting so many things together last minute. did you toast the lettuce, too? i made a pizza once and toasted the spinach and it came out a lil crispy…!!!


42 Michelle January 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

What a great dinner and a fun night together!


43 Ally January 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

Kath – If you like Arrested D so much you guys will love “It’s Always Sunny”…so good. I also recently started a Netflix account to take advantage of renting seasons of shows rather than buying them. I’ve been loving it!


44 Ally January 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

Oh! One more thing! I’ve heard that an Arrested Development movie is in the works: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901469/


45 brandi January 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

DEFINITELY start on The Office – I laugh every time I watch an episode, even if I’ve seen it before. You catch things when you watch them a second time that you may have missed before.


46 Elina January 24, 2009 at 9:57 am

Haha, those pics of the husband are hilarious!! 😀
Great idea to freeze tortillas. I never think of stuff like that and always rush to finish the package before they go bad!


47 K January 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

I agree with the others – THE OFFICE!!!


48 Cyclist Kate January 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

Watching TV on DVD is one of my favorite, cozy ways to unwind with my boyfriend…Desperate Housewives, Weeds, The Office, Lost, and now Deadwood. We’re addicts! (I promise I don’t spend as much time watching as it would seem with all these shows!)

Those tostadas look so yummy! It’s been ages since I’ve made anything Mexican-style at home. It’s time!


49 Helen's Journey January 24, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Of course the UK version of The Office is the best (I could be biased)


50 Mara January 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Kath, I love wine, but isn’t that little amount more of a tease than anything?

Isn’t it healthy to have 1 glass per day for women? Just want your thoughts, if you have studied that in your nutrition classes.


51 Erin January 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Love the 1st 2 seasons. They are hilarious. Second season is way juicy too!


52 Ryane January 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Always Sunny is soooo weird and soooo funny. I just got the first 2 seasons on DVD as well.

I also recommend Pushing Daisies. They cancelled it so there’s only 1.5 seasons but it is SO adorable. It really pulls at the heart strings but not in a weepy, cheesy way. I “awwww” at the end of every episode!


53 runjess January 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The first season of The Office is much shorter than the others.

You guys shared one tortilla? Must have been the biggest tortilla ever.


54 Kath January 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Michelle ,
We’re planning to have a party soon – more details this afternoon!

Candice ,
No, I don’t normally get nauseous, but I have from extreme hunger before.

seelee live,
I did toast the lettuce too, but it held up OK since it wasn’t long.

Mara ,
Yes, one FOUR OUNCE glass is recommended, but if you don’t drink it’s not a reason to start drinking. I think the benefits are a bit overrated. All I wanted was a splash last night.

runjess ,
No we each had our own tortilla and shared a third.



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