Posts Tagged ‘hummus’

Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂


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Tonight’s book club was not so much about our past book, The American Wife, and more about celebrating Jody’s baby (who will be here in May!!). We had of the party essentials, including favors, cupcakes and a healthy dinner.

The table.



Cookies made by Jen and I!!


Trying to tie the book club into the shower.


Napkins and hidden underneath the cute pink baby…


Happy Easter! 🙂 hehe




Lots of sweets for Baby Addison


Back to the healthy part of this…

My black bean/kidney bean dip with fresh veggies!


Sarah’s warm wheat flatbread with parm and feta – AMAZING!


Kate’s Strawberry Salad


Natalie’s Apple Almond Butter with whole wheat tortillas – Great Idea!


And somehow I missed the grilled chicken we made. Brady did a great job with the grilling and the simple/sweet marinate was perfect on it.

Balsamic Marinade

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • salt
  • pepper


I have a LOT of baby showers coming up so if anyone has any good ideas for hosting, let me know!!


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This weekend was full of painting and paninis! Yesterday, we woke up and got started on the painting we had planned to do.

  1. The first job was the hallway going up our stairs and into the upstairs that we had patched and just needed to repaint the whole thing – same color as before.
  2. The second job was our guest bedroom. It was two colored blue and cream room – not horrible, but not my style. This took a lot work and a lot of KILZ! That blue was deep!!





When we needed a break yesterday, paninis were the first thing we thought of!


  • apple slices
  • spinach
  • feta
  • hummus
  • avadodo



  • chicken
  • colby jack cheese
  • apple
  • spinach
  • hummus
  • avocado


YUM! They gave us just the energy we needed to finish the jobs (and run 6 miles!).

Then it was off to dinner with good friends and the best food! My dinner was a hummus sandwich with tons of veggies!


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This is wonderful!! I ate it on salad, pretzels, carrots, and a sandwich! So easy to make. Perfect for a party, a snack or a meal!

Tomato Basil Hummus

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • fresh pesto (oil-free and made with almonds and the end of my basil


Mix all together in the little mini Cuisineart food processor! For the brides, this is the best kitchen gadget! Make sure you register for it – Crate and Barrel: $29.95 (or something) Way worth it! Thanks Katie!!

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I felt a little better today.  No more getting sick and but the coughing has not stopped.  I am planning on going to school tomorrow, so we will see how it goes.

Tonight, after much rest and medicine all day, I decided to make some things to take to Chicago with us tomorrow.  I went with the tailgate theme, since we are going to the Ohio State game on Sat. and will be hanging out with friends and fam all day.

BBQ Chicken (pulled pork style)


  • boneless skinless chicken breast – I used 4 large
  • 10 oz. diet coke
  • 1 bottle bbq sauce of choice

Make sure ALL of the fat is is cleaned off the chicken and place it in the crock pot with the pop and bbq sauce.  Let cook for 6-8 hours on high.

That’s it!  Simple, low fat and perfect for a gameday.

Sesame Hummus

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds

Mix all together in a food processor!  Again, simple, low fat, full of fiber and protein!


Black Bean Hummus (something different)

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • juice from one lime

Mix all together in a food processor.  Note: this is not a pretty dip, I don’t recommend taking to a party where you don’t know the people 🙂  Save it for your friends!


To go with these treats, I packed some fresh veggies- peppers, celery and carrots, plus crackers and rolls for the chicken!

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Book Club: Water for Elephants

Last night was our monthly book club meeting at my house.  We  just finished reading Water for Elephants, which we all agreed was good, better than we expected from reading the back cover.  If you are looking for a good book to take on vacation or when you have some extra time, we recommend this!  It is interesting and keeps you entertained while giving you insight into something your probably don’t know much about – the circus!  Our next book: Time Traveler’s Wife.  Any thoughts on this?

For our delicious snacks:

Made by Jen:  Apricot/Orange Goat Cheese Bruschetta from Cooking Light

My contribution: Apples with caramel dip

Rachel’s hummus with veggies and pitas

Michelle’s amazing pumpkin cookies!  I will try to get the recipe!

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Super Summer Saturday

Sorry for the missing posts over the past few days.  My life is back to a routine now, so I will be back – starting now!  We have had our best friends from college in town, so we have been running around like crazy!  It has been great and I don’t want them to leave. Tonight we have a big party to go to so I will post a few pics, tomorrow!

Onto lunch!  After running and going to the farmers market, Hallie and I went to Costco for produce and then the mall.  We did some damage, both finding new outfits for the party tonight! We were starving when we got home because our TJ Fiber Twigs with blueberries were no longer holding us over.

I thought we had hummus and had planned on making veggies sandwiches, but we didn’t so….I had to whip some up!

In the food processor I mixed:

  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 can chick peas
  • 3 jarred roasted red peppers
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • salt/pepper

Blend until smooth!

Half-way mixed

Spread on my veggie sandwich.


We also had a spinach-berry-goat cheese and almond salad.  So delicious!

Now we off to get ready for our party!  Tomorrow we are having a cookout so get excited for a fun menu with new recipes!  Have a great weekend! 🙂

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