Recipes

Black Bean and Corn Mexican Lettuce Salad (V, GF)

Last week, my friend Molly came to visit me. Instead of eating out all the time, we ate salads for 3 of our lunches.

I came up with this salad. Molly could not stop raving about this salad, so I decided to put it on my blog.

I had bought meal prep bowls. In each bowl, I put some of the lettuce, black beans, and corn. I used small containers for the dressing and cheese. We assembled the salads when it was time to eat. We topped the salads with tortilla strips.

What is needed for this salad:

  • Lettuce – I used the Aldi’s artisan lettuce and mixed green mix for the salads.
  • Black Beans – drained and rinsed
  • Corn – I used roasted frozen corn from Trader Joe’s.
  • Queso Fresco Cheese, crumbled, or Cotija Cheese
  • Ranch or Avocado Cilantro Greek Yogurt Dressing (from Lifehouse)
  • Pico de Gallo or Salsa
  • Tortilla Strips – I got mine at Aldi’s.
  • Optional: Avocado Slices
  • Optional: Sour Cream

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Black Bean and Corn Mexican Lettuce Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. lettuce blend
  • ¼ to ½ c. black beans
  • ¼ to ½ c. frozen corn, defrosted
  • ½ c. queso fresco cheese or cotija cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. ranch or avocado cilantro Greek yogurt dressing
  • ¼ to ½ c. pico de gallo or salsa
  • ¼ c. tortilla strips
  • Optional: sliced avocado or sour cream


Directions

  1. Place ½ of the lettuce blend in each bowl. Top with black beans and corn.
  2. In small containers, place the cheese, dressing, and Pico de gallo. (6 total containers)
  3. When it’s time to eat, assemble the salads and top with the tortilla strips, sliced avocado, or sour cream (if using those toppings)
  4. Enjoy!



We ate these salads overlooking a river, in the car during a thunderstorm, and in the picnic area of the Ohio Caverns.

Happy eating,
Traci

photograph, Writing Workshop

Eat My Bubbles

When Hubby and I went on the Disney Cruise in 2015, we bought a Nikon Coolpix camera.  The battery on that camera has a short life so we were unable to get a lot of photos while on the trip.  We still have the camera though.  We pull it out when we want to have fun in the pool.

Monday was one of those days.  Hubby charged up the camera.  The Wee One, Imaginative One, my niece, and my nephew played in the pool.  I did get into the pool for a little while.  Most of the time I was in the pool, I was taking photos.

I got out when they decided to have a rousing game of Marco Polo.  I did not want to become a victim of their playing.

So without further ado, enjoy the photos of us playing around. 

Note:  I’m not going to include the photos of my niece or nephew since they are not my children.

 

Oh, the teens decided they needed to wear random buckets on their heads.  Silly teens.  (They were still able to breath otherwise I would have made them take them off their head.) 

This was the last time I wore a bathing suit.

Have a magical day!
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

Hubby, photograph

Toledo Zoo Part 3 – Post #3

Today we are going to explore the aquarium at the Toledo Zoo.  We really enjoyed the aquarium.

One of the coolest parts of the aquarium was the x ray fish.  I don’t have a photograph of them because it was difficult to take a photo.  Hubby talked about that fish for a long while after we saw it.

I also loved the mermaid/ fish scale hallway.  So cool with the reflections of the light.

Enjoy the video.

Next week we will explore more of the zoo.

This blog series is a 9 part series – 4 posts from the Toledo Zoo, 3 from the Newport Aquarium, and 2 from the Boy Scout Camp.

Have a magical day,
Traci

local sights, photograph

Day Trip to Austin Landing, Miamisburg, and West Carrollton

It seems as though my photo blogging posts get the most likes.  So I decided to make a video of my day trip adventure that I took on Friday.

After getting up for the day, I went to a few of the suburbs south of Dayton, Ohio.  One of the places I had not been to before which is Austin Landing.  I had been to the historic part of Miamisburg last year but didn’t really take photos.  Cox Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit especially during July because of the butterfly house.

Here is a video of me in the evening talking about my day. In the background, you’ll hear my oldest asking me what I was doing and then he decides I’m vlogging so that is why I called this video Vlogging Attempt.

Here is the actual video from the photos I took on Friday morning. I am working through trying to figure out how to put music in these videos. For some reason, both YouTube and my video creation program only allow one song which is so frustrating.

Enjoy the video.

Have a magical day!
Traci

menu plan monday, Menu planning, Recipes

Mom, What’s For Dinner – Weeks of June 17 and 24th, 2018

This morning I was up early before the family.  I watched 2 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before heading outside with a cup of coffee.  While I was outside, I sat down and menu planned for the next two weeks.

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After menu planning, I headed to the grocery store so that I could be ready for the week.

Here are some things I had to take into consideration when creating the menus:

  1. The boys will be at day camp all this week during the day.  I’m going to either be going on some day trips or at work for professional development.
  2. Molly will be visiting next week so some of the meals are mere ideas of what we are going to eat.  They are not set in stone.
  3. The Wee One will be at overnight camp next week so there is one less person to feed.
  4. The Wee One turns 13 on Friday so I’m leaving the meal up to him.  We are going to go out to eat and then watch the Incredibles 2 for his birthday.

So without much further ado, here is the menus for the next two weeks:

Menu Plan Monday - June 17

Menu Plan Monday - June 24

Happy eating,
Traci

Charleston, Family, photograph, travel

Saying Good-bye to the Beach and Beach House Tour – Day 10 Part 1

Today I’m sharing multiple videos.  

One of the videos is us saying goodbye to the beach and 2 are tours of the house.  One is multiple videos that I combined together to create one video while the other is a video of the photographs I took of the house.  We were in the middle of getting ready to leave so there is going to be piles of linens laying around and the beds are going to be unmade.  When we got to the beach, they were finishing cleaning up so I did not get a video of the beach house while it was neat.  

Join me next week for the video of us saying goodbye to Folly Beach and then our final breakfast in Charleston.  We ate at Hominy Grill once again.

Have a magical day!
Traci

Recipes, Writing Workshop

Molly and My EPIC Adventure #4 Plans

This summer, I’m not taking a vacation.  Last summer, I took 1 vacation, 1 EPIC adventure, and 1 road trip.

This summer I’m going to have an EPIC adventure.  Plans have been put into place.  Both Molly and  I are excited for the 4.5 days she will be here because they are jam packed.

She arrives on the 24th at 2ish in the afternoon.  Day 1 is only going to be driving around to where I grew up, work, and where my sister is buried.  Mom is going to be going along on this drive because she can give more detail about the history of some of the places.

We’ll eat dinner at my place that night and either swim or get into the hot tub.

On Monday morning, we are going to get up early and hit the road.  She had never been to Kentucky before so we are traveling down to Louisville.

While in Louisville, we are going to the Ali Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and taking a boat cruise in the evening.

(Tuesday)  Since she had never been to Indiana either, we are traveling back to Ohio via Indiana.  We found a roadside attraction in Versailles, Indiana that we are going to try to find called Paulhedge.  I have only been to the part of Indiana that is along I-70 and Indianapolis and northern Indiana.  I’ve never been to south east Indiana.

We are going to go to Jungle Jim‘s on our way back and depending on how tired we feel we may also head over to Lebanon to see the Golden Lamb.  The rest of the evening will be spent relaxing.

On Wednesday, we are going to eat breakfast at one of my favorite brunch spots.  Then we are heading to Carillon Park and Hawthorn Hill.  Afterwards we are going to hit up a donut shop, a coffee shop, a quick service restaurant featuring gourmet hot dogs, and a store that specializes in chocolate.

After going home for a rest, we are going to a baseball game in downtown Dayton.

On Thursday of that trip, we are heading north east to see the Ohio Caverns and maybe a castle.

On our way home, we are going to eat ice cream at Young’s Dairy and once again explore Yellow Springs.

She is leaving Friday morning.  (Insert sad face)

After I drop her off at the airport, the Imaginative One and I are heading down to King’s Island for a day of fun.

All this fun during the week is the reason we call it EPIC adventures.

There is so much more I would love to do with her but there is not enough time.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

breakfast, My Top 10

My Top Ten Breakfast Foods

Today I’m back with my Top Ten List. I know it’s been about a year since I posted one.

Today I’m going to share my Top Ten Breakfast Foods

Hopefully this list will help you when you are trying to decide what to eat for breakfast.

1. Yogurt Parfait – Greek Yogurt, sometimes honey, granola, fruit

yogurt parfait
Yogurt Parfait ready to be eaten

2. Green Smoothie – Juice (oj), spinach, and frozen fruit – That is all that is needed to make a green smoothie.

Power Up Green Smoothie

3. Granola

4. Chocolate Croissant – Especially when I’m at Disney.  For some reason, I love them there.

5. Eggs – Scrambled or Fried – If I have fried eggs, I like to eat butter toast with it.

6. Cottage Cheese with canned peaches – Yum!

7. Granola bar with string cheese and fruit – Usually a quick breakfast on the go!  Kashi bars or some of the granola bars from Aldi are usually my go to for the granola bars.

8. Lara bar with string cheese and fruit – A variation of #7.

9. Hard boiled eggs with string cheese and fruit – I like Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning on my hard-boiled eggs.

10. Waffles especially at hotels – Yum!

 

Some other contenders for the top 10 list are:

Overnight Oatmeal

Pancakes

Oatmeal
What are your top breakfast foods?

Have a magical day!
Traci

Family, Pictures, ramblings

An Ode to My Grandpa

I’ve been de-cluttering my house.  While I was cleaning up, I found many photos of family and friends.

One of the photos I found was of my grandpa in his favorite chair.

1.  The mug probably had coffee in it.

2.  Near the coffee mug is a white dish.  That is his ashtray for his pipe.  The smell of pipe tobacco reminds me of him.

3.  He probably had a Reader’s Digest somewhere near his pile of books.  He loved the Word Power section of the Reader’s Digest.

4.  There was chocolate hidden near his chair. Grandpa enjoyed his chocolate and sweets.

5.  The photo looks like it was taken in the winter.  During the spring and summer, Grandpa would look out the window to watch the birds that flew to their bird feeder.

6.  The dog on his lap is Dusty.  We got her when I was 11 years old.  The other dog was Dallas.  Dallas died a few months after Grandpa’s death.

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I love and miss this man everyday.  Thanks for being a hero to me. 

Have a magical day,
Traci