Nothin’ like some friend action on a Friday night!
When I got home from the conference today, I really wanted to take a nap and a walk. Instead I unpacked, logged my continuing ed credits, paid a bill, washed my Toms, changed the bedding, prepped the picnic and ate a snack!
Yogurt + clusters (disclosure on the Siggi’s!)
But somehow, I found the time for a a 30 minute walk 🙂 I needed to get outside after being in all day!
Then we headed downtown for Fridays. Seamane came with us and we met up with Sara + Juan and a handful of other fun friends.
These guys moved into the bungalow that we rented for a year, and I am SAD TO SAY they are moving to Ventura, California next month for a job change 🙁 Sad sad. However, if you have any desire to rent a cute Craftsman in Cville, the house we lived in is up for rent! OR if you want to be friends with these guys in California, let me know too : )
For dinner we packed up a picnic. I made the bean salad yesterday and kale on Wed so there was nothing to cook at all tonight!
Seamane brought this awesome guacamole + edamame “Guacamame?” dip with pita chips
The bean salad is a tried-and-true favorite.
Start with a chopped cucumber + orange (cara cara orange)
1 can each of drained + rinsed black + pinto beans
1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp mustard, salt and pepper
Frothed!! (Brilliant whoever told me to do this!)
Fresh basil, all mixed up!
Perfect for chip dippin’!
Served with kale salad
I was so very sad that Carpe Donut and their awesome lemonade was not there this week for me to have for cocktail hour 🙁 I had plans for a popsicle later on, but it got too cold. Brrrrr! And wet.
But cheers to another fun Friday!
Catalina @ Cake with Love says
OMG those clusters again, how I would love to be able to order online some, Kath you are torturing me!!!!!!
Stephanie @ Legally Blinde says
Yay, picnics are so much fun! I am definitely bookmarking this for your bean salad recipe – sounds delicious and fairly simple to put together. I really like your action frothing shot, too!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
Haha I have the same tupperware from IKEA!!! And good for you getting all that stuff done rather than a nap! It’s so hard not to give in to the napping urge!
How do you pronounce Seamane’s name? It it pronounced like “see Maine”?
It’s “sha-mane”… Irish!
That’s pretty! I like it.
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
Busy bee! Sometimes it feels good to just push through and get some stuff done. Enjoy your evening!
How did you wash your TOMs? Mine are desperately in need of some refreshing, but I am not sure of the best way to clean them.
In the washing machine! Dry outside
Do you have a preferred cycle on the washing machine? I’m nervous to wash mine, but need to!!
Our washer isn’t fancy… it was just on regular
That bean salad looks and sounds really yummy! Do you not mind the pithe on citrus fruit?
I was going to comment on the bean salad also. Just to say that it looks yummy and like an easy one to try. Just wondered about the citrus. It goes well with everything else? Never would have thought of that. Definitely interested, though
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Awww how sad to see friends move. 🙁 But they’re moving to a pretty nice area of California. I’d take it over LA anyway 😉
Frothing the olive oil and other ingredients is a pretty cool idea!
Laura @ She Eats Well says
That salad/dip looks so fresh and tasty with the fresh basil. I love it!
Well they are moving to a gorgeous area you will have to visit! I am in Santa Barbara about 25 min from there. fast drive up the gorgeous 101!
We live In Ventura!!!!!! Tell them to email us!!!!
Fun! I will
The bean salad with the orange in it sounds fantastic! So refreshing on a picnic.
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Frothing the dressing is a great idea. I usually just whisk my dressings by hand in about 3 secs (don’t typically dirty the Vita for a single-serve portion of dressing); I should try the frother!
Do you think that Seamane would be willing to share his guacamame recipe? It looks really good.
I can ask. I think it was simply avocados and edamame blended with salt, pepper, lime and tomatoes stirred in
I made a double batch since I didn’t know how many people would be joining us, and I think in the end, five or six of us took almost the whole bowl down. I kind of mixed two recipes I saw online based on what I had at home and omitting certain ingredients that I know some people don’t like. So this is what the final recipe looked like:
2 cups frozen, shelled edamame – thawed
2 T olive oil
Pulse in Cuisinart until nicely diced, then add…
2 avocados, cubed
3 T lemon juice
1 T Sriracha sauce (or other hot sauce, if you prefer — or omit, if you want, of course)
Pulse until smooth. You can add salt and pepper to taste, of course, but I tend to leave out salt and don’t like pepper, so I added neither. I then cut up some cherry tomatoes after removing the seeds, and then stirred that in. Be sure the let the dip sit in the fridge for a least a half hour. It tasted much better after it had rested than it did coming right out of the Cuisinart.
And btw, I’m a “she,” though I know my name can be confusing on that point. 🙂
Thanks for posting the recipe!!
Thank you very much!
Laura Ann says
Call me a nerd, but I’d love to see how you keep track of your CE credits. I’ve been wanting to put together a spreadsheet for mine, but I am clueless when it comes to spreadsheets!
I actually log into the CCR site and record them officially
Laura Ann says
Oh okay, for my license we have to keep track on our own and we don’t submit unless audited.
always healthful, mindful eating, I strive for this.
jassy @ Healthy Egg says
it’s really a fun friday right? 🙂
enjoy the popsicle
Cait's Plate says
Looks like so much fun!! That bean salad really does look amazing – as does the edamame guacamole!
Glad you enjoyed yourself!
Yum! That bean salad looks amazing. My husband loves his black beans, I’ll be making that for sure 🙂
Laura N. says
Hi Kath, my boyfriend and I are looking to rent a house in Cville this summer, and this Craftsman looks awesome! I would appreciate your help in getting connected to the landlord and learning more specifics about the property.
Just emailed you!
Jennifer (The Gourmetour) says
I have a serious love for Bungalow style homes! I think that they are so cute, quaint, homey, etc… love ’em!
Cheers to productive days when all you want to do is decompress on the couch or take a nap. You always end up feeing so much better when you continue on, sometimes even getting a second wind!
Looks like your Friday was a blast!
[email protected] Broken Cookies Don't Count says
Your kale almost disappeared in the grass!
Your picnic food is so fresh, I love it!! Sorry your former renters are moving, they look like really nice people. I’m sure you will find more great renters for your home.
I made your kale salad for dinner last night, and it was the first time I’ve felt like I actually got kale “right” at home. Love it! Thanks.
How adorable is that couple!? They have a very California vibe.
You look quite pregnant in your top pic, Kath! 😉
Lara @ TresLaLa says
Seeing this a few days late, but I live about 20 min from Ventura. Would be happy to give them any tips, etc. It’s a beautiful area, hope you come visit!