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Frontera Fresh Guacamole Mix

Cookout season is upon us! Chances are, you’ll be called upon to bring a dish to countless occasions in the coming months, so I thought I’d tell you about a new favorite of mine!

Frontera Guacamole Mix, straight from the kitchen of Chef Extraordinaire Rick Bayliss! (He is toooo cute!)

Quick and easy is the name of my game lately, and this mix fits the bill. But in all honesty, the key selling point for me is the all-natural list of ingredients – fresh tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, green chiles, fresh onions, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, citric acid, salt, and pure cane sugar. No funny stuff! (A BIG plus since my toddler would eat it by the handful if I let him.)

This mix adds lots of the flavor you want, with little to none of the calories, added fat and sodium you don’t want, allowing your lovely ‘cados to shine through!

 All you have to do is cut the avocados in half and scoop them out! I add 3 and give it a quick spin in the food processor.

If you like it a little chunkier, just mash by hand. You’ll have fresh, zesty guacamole in a matter of minutes. It’s perfection on a sandwich, in a taco or dropped into a bowl of white chicken chili. Grab a bag of chips and you’re good to go for a “bring a dish” party (you don’t have to tell ‘em how easy it is! ;) )

Since this guac warrants a quality chip – might I suggest Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips? I tried them recently, courtesy of Foodbuzz, and they earned a solid 2 thumbs up from my crowd. I don’t buy chips often, but I dig that Tostitos chips are all-natural. Who needs a fake chip? :?

Plain chip pictured in photo - not a Tostitos chip.

When I have them, I like to add a few chopped tomatoes, straight from the farmer’s market, for eye appeal.

…and don’t forget to put the pits in so your guac doesn’t turn brown! ;) (Thanks for the tip, Alysha!)

I’ve served this at a few gatherings now, and I’ve learned one thing: there are guac people, and there are non-guac people. Verdict? The true guac people love Frontera Guacamole Mix – Look for the affordable 4.5 oz. pouch in your local produce department!

*Note to Mr. Bayliss: Now, how about an organic version? Just a thought… ;)


Are you a guac person or a non-guac person? What’s your favorite way to eat guacamole?


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Local, seasonal food hits the spot!

It’s been a rough week. The best medicine? Local, seasonal, freshly prepared food from Emma’s Food for Life in Selinsgrove!

You know the conversation…

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know…what do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t care. Whatever you want.”

and so on, and so on…

We were fully engaged in that back and forth last night when we drove by Emma’s and I remembered that I had seen Lemon Quinoa on their specials board outside. I figured it would feature peas and asparagus, because that is what’s in season here right now, and it did.

I just may turn into a pea with the way I’ve been eating lately, but I guess that’s what eating local, seasonal produce is all about, right? If peas are in season, you eat a lot of peas.

So Emma’s it was, and it did not disappoint.

She: Lemon Quinoa (a thick, warm, creamy quinoa in a lemony sauce that reminded me of risotto! Comfort food at its finest. It had lots of greens, peas and asparagus. Sadly, it promised to come with a side of cabbage and beet salad, which was nowhere to be found :( ) It did, however, come with a little green side salad. I chose the lemon tahini dressing (not my favorite, by far )  The husbo chose the cilantro lime dressing, so I stole that :twisted:

Accompanying my dinner is some organic Mother’s Milk tea from Traditional Medicinals…it tastes like strong anise, which I despise, but it came highly recommended and I need the help right now in strengthening my supply. It tasted just a little better in my new W mug (a gift from my thoughtful husband!)

I poached us each a piece of salmon for a little extra sumthin’, and it was pretty tasteless until we realized we could dip it in the dressing. Cilantro Lime Salmon, coming right up!

He: The hus chose the whole wheat fettucine with bacon, peas and asparagus. It was really good…I had a bite with bacon in it, and I wanted to eat the whole thing! I guess there’s just no denying the seductive qualities of bacon. The one bite was enough, though…I don’t plan on becoming a bacontarian.

BIG portion!


These dishes didn’t really lend themselves well to pretty pictures, but they were delicious! I inhaled mine. Just what we needed on a night when I was exhausted, still a little concerned about my health, and not wanting to settle for any kind of fast food. (Sadly, we were left with a mountain of styrofoam containers. I was surprised to see that from a restaurant like Emma’s. Surely they could find recycled cardboard…)

Our boy joined in the feast with his new favorite…avocado! I’ve given this to him a couple of times now, and he just devours it! I always seem to have just a little left over whenever I use one, so this will work out perfectly! This was the most perfect avocado I’ve ever cut into (like BUTTAH!) and he said, “Mmmmmm….” with each bite.

Mortared and pestled…

Next time, we combine the ‘cado with a nanner. 

Newsflash: I’ve decided to cave a little on my dairy weirdness and eat some yogurt. I need calories, protein and calcium right now more than ever, and you just can’t beat the nutritients in Greek yogurt, so I looked up my old friend Fage….

This sucker comes with a lot of honey! I amped it up with a little Granbiotics granola and some walnuts…

I had forgotten how good this stuff is…

I’d go so far as to call this the perfect bite!

I guess a little yogurt now and then won’t hurt anything. But no fruity-bottomed ones, and you won’t catch me with a glass of milk in this lifetime, either…

Now, off to get groceries and skedaddle home to my boys. Last time I was in the store, I heard Jive Talkin’! I hope there’s a fun playlist today…I love grocery shopping!

Have a great Sunday, all!


What’s in season now where you live? Have you had your fill of it yet?


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Race Against Racism 5K

Yesterday, Little Man and I participated in the Race Against Racism 5K in Harrisburg! We walked with some friends from work, met some new friends, and had a great time.

I’ve run in 5k races before, so finishing this one at a brisk walking pace feels a little like a step backwards, but I feel like the day was a major accomplishment anyway.

Having a baby at home gives me lots of excuses to be sedentary. It’s pretty easy to stay home and sit on the couch now that we have to lug around 3/4 of our belongings whenever we leave the house. When I got pregnant, the Husbo and I made a pact that we would still do the things we love (even though they might be more difficult and logistically challenging), and that we would try to expose our child to lots and lots of learning opportunities whenever we had the chance.

So far, mission accomplished!

Where we live, there is not a lot of diversity. I want my boy to grow up knowing and appreciating that the world is made up of all different kinds of people, so I thought the Race Against Racism  would be perfect for his first 5K. We didn’t run, because he’s not quite used to the forward-facing stroller yet, and I’m not quite in running shape yet (I think I could’ve done it, but I would have paid for it later), but the walk went quite well even though he insisted on being held. He’s super alert right now and wants to be right in the thick of the action most of the time. Mommy got quite a workout carrying a 17-lb. baby for over a mile! Luckily, some really helpful new friends offered to push the stroller part of the way. I’ll make sure to pay the favor forward!

Here are a few pics:

Me and my boy before the race.


The first mile. What a beautiful view of the river!


One of the gardens on Front Street in Harrisburg.


The garden again, and our newest buddy and walking partner.


Heading down closer to the river on the way back to City Island.


We had beautiful weather and although he was a little heavy, the little one was a pleasure. I’m really digging having a little sidekick to accompany me on my adventures. It really does make every part of my life better to have his curious little face and fresh perspective along. 

After the race, food and drinks were available on City Island for all participants. There was fun music playing, so we danced for a few minutes, but we hightailed it out of there when I realized there was free soda, fried something and chocolate something else. No thanks! No way was I blowing that healthy feeling I spent the whole morning wrapping myself up in.

I must admit, however, that we did end up splurging on small Italian ices at Rita’s in the afternoon. Oh well. We were on the way to Grammie and Pop Pop’s house and stopped to look at some land for sale. What better time to stop at Rita’s? :)

I ended my day on a bright note with this happy Sunshine burger, topped with the first-of-the-season baby spinach leaves from our garden! 

One sunshine burger, with a little horseradish mayo and Dijon mustard, topped with sauteed garlic mushrooms, avocado slices and baby spinach leaves, served up on an EarthGrains whole wheat thin bun.


These burgers rock!


I like Morningstar, but I can really get behind this list of ingredients!


That pic is a little small, so here it is: Organic cooked brown rice, ground raw sunflower seeds, carrots, herbs and sea salt. (Note the absence of soy.) Don’t you just love that? :D

Have you ever checked out the ingredients list on most veggie burgers? It can be disturbing.  The best thing about these burgers is that they don’t try to be meat. They just try to be natural and tasty–and they are!  

Know what else I love? Feeling like I got a chance to, as Gandhi said, be the change I’d like to see in the world. I am so excited to teach Finny to be his own kind of change.

Happy day, everyone!

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