7.30.2015

Avocado, Bacon & Corn Salad

You guys.
This salad is amazing. 
I have been making it for a couple of years & can't believe I haven't blogged it yet.
Please forgive me for holding out on you ;)
It is the perfect summer salad.
Light, refreshing & super easy to make! 
It's Avocado, Bacon & Corn Salad....you can also call it ABC salad :)
Here is what you need:
 - 4 or 5 ears of corn
- 8 slices of bacon (I use Hormel Thick Cut Bacon)
- 1 1/2 cups of cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado
-1/2 cup of crumbled feta
- 3 limes (for the dressing)

Cook your bacon slices (I bake mine in a 450 oven for 10-12 minutes) You can cook in a frying pan if you wish!
(Reserve 2 Tablespoons of the Bacon grease so you can saute the corn in it) 

Shuck your ears of corn:
 With a knife, cut off the kernals of corn:
 In a pan, saute the corn in the 2 T of bacon grease for about 5 minutes:
 While your corn is being sauteed, chop up your cherry tomaotes (I used red & yellow ones from my garden), chop up your bacon & your avocado.
Then, add your corn to a bowl and add the tomatoes, bacon, avocado & feta to the corn:
 Squeeze limes over salad (This is the dressing! Fresh lime juice!)
This is one of our favorite salads. It is perfect to eat on a hot summer day.
 It pairs perfectly with steak, BBQ chicken, salmon & it's really yummy for lunch the next day.
 I hope you love this salad as much as we do!
 Enjoy! 
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7.29.2015

What's Up Wednesday :: July 2015

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!


Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!

What We’re Eating this week.....
Sunday- BBQ Chicken with Bacon, Corn, Avocado Salad ( I need to blog this recipe!!!! YUM!)
Monday- Chicken Apple Sausages & Tortellini Salad

Tuesday- Zoodles with Pesto & Tomatoes
Wednesday - Taco Salad
Thursday - Shrimp Orzo Salad
 Friday - Friday Night Pizza Night!
Saturday - My friend's Summer Party & Celebrating my sister's birthday!

I always like to bake each week. Here is what I have been baking this week:
Very Berry Cobbler:

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins:

 And, because it's summer & I'm not teaching, I am home in the mornings for breakfast & lunch.
Here is what I have been having for breakfast:
 Oatmeal & Fresh Berries:
 Ham & Egg Muffin Cups:

Lunch this week has been chicken salad sandwiches (with tomatoes from my garden)

Saw this & it's SO true!


What I'm Reminiscing about.....
I am  reminiscing about Luke. He turns 3 in just 10 days!!!! What?!?!
These photos turned up in my timehop a few days ago.
I can't believe these were taken 3 years ago, when I was 8 months pregnant with Luke!
See more of the photos {HERE}
It seems like just yesterday, but on the other hand, it feels like Luke has always been here.
Look at baby Luke!!!! Ahhh!!!

 What I'm loving.....
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What We've been up to.....
July has been a BUSY month for us!!!
We have gone to the Fair:
 Went on a Wine Stroll with our neighbors:
Going to Lake Tahoe: 
Celebrating my dad's birthday!
 Our house being under construction for a window & french door replacement:
 Going to Performing Arts Camp:
 Finished up our 2nd year of swim team for the girls:

I started training for the Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon after not running for almost 10 years.
I am almost 2 weeks into my training & the past few runs have felt good & I am adding more mileage each week.
I am loosely following Hal Higdon's Novice 2 training plan.

What I'm Dreading.....
That school starts in less than a month!!!!!
UGGGGHHHHH!!!!
This summer is going by WAY too quickly & Target has all the school supplies out.
 *SIGH*

What I'm Working On.....
Luke's 3rd Birthday Party!
I finished the invitations this afternoon.
 I LOVE how they came out! Luke is obsessed with Firetrucks and thinks he is a firefighter. I can't wait for his party!
Luke's 1st Birthday was a Nautical Theme:

Luke's 2nd Birthday was a Train Theme:
I love throwing parties :)

What I'm Excited About.....
Getting my new boots from the  Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
I have always wanted these ones & now they are on sale, so I got them!!! Eeek
 

 The name is Melissa, it's like they were meant for me ;)

And, getting my boots mean that it's FALL in a few months!!!
I love Fall/Winter clothes! Boots! Jeans! Scarves! Love!

What I'm Watching........
Not much! We don't watch much TV in the summer.
Of course I watched The Bachelorette....was not a fan this season.
Where you Team Nick or Team Shawn?
I was Team "I can't wait for this season to be over"
Can't wait for The Baehelor...I am voting Ben for the next Bachelor!

We are also watching House of Cards. We just started season 2. Season 1 was a little slow for us...it took us almost 2 months to watch (which is a long time for us, LOL!)
 We are really liking Season 2 so far!

What I'm Reading.....
I have read several books since our last What's up Wednesday link up!
Left Neglected:

This was a great book (same author of Still Alice)

Sharp Objects:

This book was okay...it was kind of disturbing. Same author of Gone Girl, but this book is even more crazy if you ask me!

Paper Towns:

Same author as Fault in Our Stars. I liked Paper Towns even more!

The Island:

This was a perfect Beach read!

Beautiful Day:

Another great beach read!

11/22/63:
 
Wow. This book. I LOVED it. It was 850 pages, but I read it the week we were in Tahoe....I stayed up way too late because I couldn't put it down. I was intimidated that it was 850 pages, but I am SO glad I read it. Best book I have read in years. I cried when it ended! Read this book!!!

I just started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a couple days ago.
It has been slow for me to get into, but I think that's because I'm still sad I finished reading 11/22/63

What I'm Listening to.....
  Since I have been running, I have been listening to Today's Hits on Pandora! It is good running music!
Speaking of which....does anyone have any running earbuds they recommend? The ones that came with my iPhone just aren't cutting it...they always fall out when I am running!

My neighbor (who I am running the 1/2 marathon with) has THESE ear buds & swears by them, but I just can't justify spending that much on earphones!!!!
 There must be a better option! I just want earbuds that won't fall out!
I would love to know what works for you!

What I'm Wearing.....
Let's be honest....It's summer. I am ultimate lazy when it comes to my wardrobe in the summer.
I wear my bathing suit or yoga pants & a tank top or I wear shorts & a tank top.
I look like a ragamuffin in the summer! Hair in a top knot or a braid with a hat. Flip Flops everyday.

I am all about comfort in the summer! And, being lazy with my clothes!

Now that I am training for the 1/2 marathon, I am also now wearing workout clothes!
I got some cute new running shorts & tank tops:

But, last week my Stitch Fix arrived and it was one of the best ones I have gotten! I loved every single item! So many cute things that I am saving when I go Back to School!

What I’m doing this weekend.....
This weekend I plan on swimming in our pool a lot, reading, Saturday night my friend has her annual summer party, we are also celebrating my sister's birthday. Sunday we have church & then Sunday night we have a meeting for Claire's new soccer team.
Swim team is over, but soccer starts next week! That also means that this weekend I need to take my girls shopping for new soccer cleats since they have grown out of their cleats from last year!

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
Next month I am looking forward to Luke's 3rd Birthday!!!
I am also looking forward to the present my mother in law is surprising him with. Eeek!
I am also looking forward to our 13th wedding Anniversary on August 24th!
I am hoping we can go away for a night to celebrate.
I am NOT looking forward to school starting next month, but I do look forward to getting into a routine since we are so lax during summer!

What else is new..... 
This past weekend Kate got baptized....but that deserves a post on it's own!
 Stay tuned for that tomorrow :)

Question of the month is:
What will you miss most about Summer?
I will miss so much about Summer.....slow mornings, living in pj's & bathing suits, swimming everyday, staying up late, all the fresh fruits & veggies that we eat, no homework, no grading, having all day to hang out with the kids. Sigh.....I love summer. Even though the days can be long & the kids get on each others nerves, I will still miss Summer.

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