Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Ceviche

In the summertime we eat pretty light. I even prefer not to turn on the oven so things like chicken salad, tuna salad, lettuce wraps and ceviche are staples.

So here's the Ceviche so easy and really good! 

First put your apron on.

Cast of characters ...I use tilapia but any fish you like will do. Roma tomatoes, cilantro, onion, pepper, Lawry's salt, Italian seasoning and I use a Hawaiian spice my sister in law gave us. Really any seasoning you like will work.

Season up your fish to your liking tilapia is pretty bland so I season it up real nice. I also only use 3 filets and save the fourth for the hubs lunch.

Put the fish in the oven for about 10 min on 350.

While the fish cooks chop your veggies...


I use four Roma tomatoes and I squeeze the juicy party out because I don't want it too mushy.


Chop all the tomatoes, one whole white onion, cilantro (about 1/4 cup) or more if you love it, like us and one jalapeño. Mix them all together. Them chill it until the fish is ready.

 Pull the fish out and let it cool.

Once cool chop it up

Mix into your veggie mix

Squeeze a whole lime

Let it chill for at least 30 min

Serve with chips of your choice, extra lime and you favorite summertime beverage. These chips are Benos, they are black bean chips very few ingredients and low carb. I also like mine with plain keep it real crackers ...that's right Lorena! But anything, tortillas, tortilla chips it's alllll good!

One more shot...

That's the good stuff!!

Happy middle of the week! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Land of the lakes

I just had a lovely short trip to Minnesota. I never knew how pretty it is, how cute the houses are and how beautiful the hydrangeas grow.

It so green, cool and crisp.

These were right outside my hotel I could not have been more in love when I came out to catch my ride in the morning.

All of their plants are on steroids 

My sweet coworkers took me down for dinner by the lake because they new how much I love water and it was such a cool summer night.

I snapped a view pictures

Then we headed to find some cocktails and settle in for dinner.

Turns out it was ladies night so we had the ladies cocktail on special, Cosmo of course ;) 

They are known for their walleye fish that I have never had so naturally I had to try it.

Served with a huge side of garlic mashed taters yumm! There were a few too many bones for my liking but I would give it a try again for sure.

I decided to walk my food off a little and snap a few more pics as the sun went down.

What a lovely place to have in your back yard. These are the same lakes that you ice fish on ...I will probably not visit during that time of year since I get cold in 80 degree weather. It was a great night with a dazzling sunset.

I headed back to the table just in time to see this madness...

We talked and talked and truly enjoyed each others company late into the evening. I am thankful for coworkers that are so fun. Then they drove me around to see the little downtown and it all got blurry as I headed off to bed.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Color Me Happy Nails

So I pretty much stopped wearing fake nails about 4 and a half years ago. I love manicured nails in fact I am almost obsessed. I don't feel complete with out my toes and nails done. I get a manicure and pedicure every two weeks. But my manicure is more like a polish change because I prefer to push my cuticles back as opposed to cutting them...I do love the arm massage though I mean who doesn't?? In between visits I paint them myself. Here are some colors I am loving right now (I have to search out colors because I am almost always at a loss and don't like anything when I go to the salon)

This is "Son of a Peach" the perfect neon pastel (is that an oxymoron?) peach!

This is Essie Fifth Avenue a perfect bright summer red like a good old 50's red.

Also one of my favorite summer neutrals is Essie Marshmellow 

Sorry I don't have a shot of it on my nails but its a good white not too stark bright white but soft and vibrant. Classy and fresh and goes with everything!

So here is my summer trio. What are the summer colors you are loving?

Have a great Monday!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Floral Friday

Happy Friday!! I am traveling today but I took these before I left they are some of my favorite Tyler roses around my house. They were going strong so hopefully they are still there when I get home.

By my kitchen sink

In the living room

On the entry way table

In my bath room...the color is so vibrant!

And last but not least on the dinning table. 

And here is one from where I am staying...I almost passed out!

Happy weekend! I have my annual girls weekend starting today so looking forward to some Mexican food and pool time...adios.