Sunday, January 6, 2013

My very own Mediterranean Salad

I was on Pinterest and found 2 recipes that sounded good but had some ingredients that I'm not a huge fan of so I took the 2 recipes, combined some of them together and added a few of my own touches to it.

I have had a request for the recipe so this is for you Samantha!

Mediterranean Salad

1 15oz can of garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) - drained and rinsed,
1/2 large Red Pepper - chopped,
1/4 large Red Onion - chopped,
large handful of Yellow Grape Tomatoes - halved,
handful of Kalamata Olives - sliced,
1 small/medium Cucumber - chopped,
handful of Traditional Feta Cheese,
handful of Almonds - chopped/lightly minced,
1 tablespoon of Mint - minced,
1 tablespoon of Basil - minced,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - medium drizzle all over,
Red Wine Vinegar - heavy shake all over,
Sea Salt and Ground Black Peppercorn to season.

Combine vegetables and almonds into a medium bowl and drizzle with oil and vinegar, sprinkle with sea salt and ground black peppercorns and feta cheese, toss together and serve at room temperature or chilled, by it's self or over spinach and arugula leaves.
If you serve it with spinach and arugula I would recommend drizzling a little more oil and vinegar to moisten the leaves.

This recipe would be perfect to make for a spring or summer picnic or take to any type of get together.
I truly love making "clean food" for my family.  It's not only healthy but it's delicious!
It makes me feel so good eating it and serving it to my family.
I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe.  I know my family and I did!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Today is my debut of turning 25!

Yep, today is my birthday and I am now 25.
My birthday finally falls on the weekend and I have NO idea how to celebrate it.
Honestly I kind of just want to stay home and chill but I do that every day so I feel like I should get my booty out of the house.  I would love to get a pedicure but not many salons are opened on the weekends here in my area which I find to be insane!  Who has the time during the week unless you work at night or not at all?  Just silly if you ask me.  I have contacted one salon and hopefully they'll get back to me with good news.  ::geee::  I'm not excited to be turning 25 but getting a pedi would put me into the celebration spirit.
And no, not excited to be 25.  I'm getting crows feet in the corners of my eyes and my over all skin isn't as youthful as it use to be and it's not only harder to lose weight but it takes longer to feel fit.
Oh goodness...  I know I'm 25 and not 50 but I just want to feel 21 again.  I suppose I have a long road ahead of me so let's think positive here.

My car insurance is going to go down now.  Saving money is always awesome!
I now have 25 years of wisdom and more to come.
I have been given the chance to be 25 which I know some that were not.
That one is a bit grim and gloomy but, it's true.
I have fine lines around my eyes but with the money I'll be saving on my car insurance I'll be able to get some fantastic Clinique products!  Oh, how I LOVE Clinique!  They were one of the best companies to work for because of all the free goodies!  I miss those goodies. :( haha
And...  I am...  ???...  I can...  ???...
Okay, I can't think of anything else at this time but I have a lot of be thankful for and I know I'm not truly as old as I feel.

Hmm...  Writing this posting has given me the idea of how to celebrate my birthday today.
Obviously I need some pampering so I'm going to see about getting a pedicure and having David go to the mall with me so he can buy me some Clinique products for my gift.  Yep, I think that's what my plan is going to be.  Okay, now I'm exciting!!!