Domestic Days

I love being domestic. I love having a clean house with a fresh breeze coming in through the windows and cookies baking in the oven.

Today I cleaned. Thoroughly. You’d think more would be done, but hey its better than it was!

I also made some yummies.

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Tonight (actually, in like 20 minutes) I’m headed to the in-laws for dinner. We’ll be having BBQ, and I’m bringing my corny salad that I like to make. This is a loose recipe, so go crazy with your own interpretation:

Corn & Mango Salad

fresh corn kernels, from 4 ears of corn

1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed

3 stalks of celery, diced

2 mangoes, diced

1/2 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 scallion, sliced

2 avocados, cubed

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved

juice of 1 lime

salt & pepper to taste

Just throw all of that in a gigantic salad bowl and mix it up. I like to let it rest for an hour or so before serving so that the flavors have time to marinate. This is really good as a side dish, and you can also dip chips into it as an appetizer. 

Fun options: add chopped jalepenos, substitute pineapple or another tropical fruit for the mangoes, add jicama, or serve in lettuce cups for a super healthy taco.

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This corn was soooo pretty and fresh. And on sale, which is maybe why I was especially partial to it.

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Eatin’ the rainbow.

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Lime squeeze! Is it just me or do I have chubby baby looking arms/hands? When did that happen??

For the full effect, I recommend listening to the Jillian Edwards station on Pandora. So girly and awesome for a relaxing afternoon.

Campbell was on hand for cuteness, hanging out at the top of the stairs outside. I know you’ve only seen pictures of Cara so far, but let me introduce you to Campbell! He’s a nut. A special, special nut. And I love him.

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Did you think I was just having healthy stuff for dinner? Nope. I also made cookies.

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These cookies came from a box, so I can’t take credit for their deliciousness. But I highly recommend Cherrybrook Farms brand mixes. They’re gluten and dairy free, which means you can eat as many of them as you want and not get fat. Or so I’ve heard. I substituted coconut oil for the butter to keep them dairy free. It also adds a little sweetness and coconutty taste.

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I was very proud of myself for not forgetting to roll them in sugar. Because cookies need extra sugar on them. Yep.

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The finished product (and batter) are baby approved. I am feeling lots of mini-kicks after doing some quality control testing.

So hopefully my snacks go over well tonight. What are you having for dinner? Do you like to use cookie/cake mix from the box or from scratch?

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