Monthly Archives: March 2012

Five Question Friday

Just a quick 5QF. As always, feel free to answer the questions for yourself in the comments section or in your own blog.

1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?

I would take a drive up the California coastline…I have been told it is just beautiful and I love the ocean.  I would drive all the way to Napa and then do some wine tasting before driving back.


2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?

I haven’t read a book in forever.  I think the last books I read were by Harlen Coban and it was a murder mystery/sports themed series.

3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?

Driving from NY to South Carolina with friends to go to the beach!


4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?

My parents never really went all out.  I think we got a few chocolates, some jelly beans and always a toothbrush and probably some socks and other hair stuff.

5. Do you get a summer haircut?

I try to get my hair done every 3 months, so at some point during the summer, it usually gets done.  Especially because I have crazy thick hair which has gotten really long, and I live in southern CA where it is super hot….its a NEED to get my hair done during summer!

Superfood Salad and Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Here are two different recipes that actually go extremely well together. I took pics with my cell phone, so the quality is not the best but hopefully you get the idea of what it looks like.

SUPERFOOD SALAD with Lemon Vinairgrette


½ cup dry quinoa

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 orange, peeled and chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup pomegranate arils

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Salt & pepper

For the vinaigrette:

2 lemons, juiced (need ¼ cup)

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Dash of sweetener (agave, stevia or white sugar)

Salt and pepper

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1.       Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

2.       For the vinaigrette:  combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine

3.       Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, corn, cilantro and salt and pepper.  Pour vinaigrette over the salad and stir.  Serve at room temperature.



2 tsp olive oil

2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined

6 gloves garlic, minced

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 lime

Salt & pepper


Heat large frying pan on med-high.  Add oil, and when hot, add shrimp.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper.

When shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add garlic.

Saute another 1-2 minutes until shrimp is cooked.

Remove from heat.

Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro.

Top the Superfood Salad with the Cilantro Lime Shrimp and you have an amazing and very healthy meal.


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Pinterest.  I just started using it a couple of weeks ago, and I am HOOKED.  I am having so much fun pinning things that I would love to have one day, planning a future wedding, finding new crafts to try, getting ideas for photography, etc. but my favorite part is all of the yummy recipes I am finding.  I have tried a few in the last couple of weeks, and am looking forward to many more.  I will post some tomorrow of what I made tonight.  If you are on Pinterest, let me know so I can check out your boards 😉  Also I would love any good recommendations of pins.  And if you want to join Pinterest and need an invite, let me know so I can hook you up.

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