Family

  • Avocado Day Recipes!

    Happy Avocado Day!

     

    In honor of Avocado Day, we made our own guacamole! Here’s a quick recipe so you make some for your family. As a special treat have the kids help with tasks that don’t require the use of sharp objects. 

    We found this guac to be surprisingly quick and easy to make, and we hope you enjoy!

    Guacamole

    Ingredients: 

    • 2 avocados
    • Cilantro
    • 1 lime
    • 2 medium-sized tomatoes
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 3 pinches of garlic salt

    Instructions:

    1. Cut both avocados in half, make sure to remove the pit with a knife. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado from the skin and put it in the bowl. Now discard the avocado skin and pit. Gently mash them around with a fork until a chunky texture has been achieved. Make sure the avocado is still chunky, and not creamy. 
    2. Cut and dice the tomatoes and add it to the avocado mixture.
    3. Chop up the garlic cloves (we love garlic over at KCC) and the cilantro into small pieces and toss it in with the avocado and tomato.
    4. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and the garlic salt (we really love garlic here).
    5. Gently mix all of the ingredients together until everything is evenly blended.

     

    Now you can enjoy this perfect little appetizer!

     

     

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  • Summer Barbecue Ideas for Non-Meat Eaters

    One of the best things about summer is the backyard barbecues. It’s so great to get together with friends and family and enjoy each other’s company and – of course – the food. Barbecuing is common because the food preparation and cook time are usually pretty simple. All you have to do is throw a couples burgers and hot dogs on the grill and you’re done. However, burgers and dogs aren’t the crowd pleasers that they used to be. I am a pescetarian, I eat fish but no other meats. Sometimes I feel left out at barbecues and other social gatherings because there usually aren’t any options that I can eat and enjoy. According to a study done by Credit Donkey in 2015, about 16 million Americans are vegetarian. Rise of the Vegan says that now 6% of the American population is now vegan. The pescetarian diet has also become very popular and keeps growing as well. Having non-meat meal options are now essential to the perfect barbecue.

     

    Here are my recommendations for great non-meat barbecue food, from one pescetarian to all the other non-meat eaters:

     

    Seafood:

    It’s really easy to grill fish and other kinds of seafood. Shrimp skewers are always popular and are easy to prepare. Bobby Flay has a recipe made with soy sauce and ginger – for a more Asian style flavor. All you have to do is marinate the shrimp and then grill and serve. Here is the recipe.

     

    Pasta Salad

    Whenever I go to my family’s barbecue, I always look forward to my mom’s pasta salad. It’s made with rotini pasta, roasted red peppers, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallots, and shredded mozzarella cheese. It’s usually served cold and is completely vegetarian. To make it a vegan option, put the cheese on the side and let guests sprinkle it into the pasta. I love this dish because it’s refreshing, light, and easy to prepare and serve.

     

    Dips

    With any good barbecue, you can’t forget about appetizers. Guacamole and mango salsa served with tortilla chips are fun options, and are completely vegan. Inspiredtaste.net has a guac recipe that I really enjoy. They suggest to add tomatoes to the dip for an extra flavor and to leave the overall product chunky instead of creamy. I personally like guacamole that is left chunky because it keeps the flavor alive, and you can really taste all the ingredients. Here is the recipe. Food blogger Kate has a recipe for mango salsa that includes red peppers, a jalapeno, and cilantro for added flavor. It’s a fresh and ripe recipe with an extra kick that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Here is the recipe.

     

    Desserts

    No barbecue is complete without dessert. The blog A Virtual Vegan has a list of vegan-friendly summer desserts. My personal favorite is the chocolate and raspberry brownies. Here is the website with all the ideas.

     

    What I love about barbecues is that it’s a great way to bring people together for a summer afternoon. And you want everyone that goes to the barbecue to feel included by having food options that everyone will enjoy. I hope these recipes serve you well and are liked by your crowd.

     

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  • Sun Safety Tips

    Summer is all about spending as much time soaking up as many rays as you can before the cold winter arrives. The best way to do that safely is by slathering yourself in the best sunscreen you can find. But there are so many options, it’s hard to know which kind is the best for you and your family.

     

     

    The Facts:

    Let’s start with UV Rays: what exactly are they? UV stands for Ultraviolet radiation, and it’s a part of the “electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye” (Skin Cancer Foundation). There are two types of UV rays: A and B. UVA rays are slightly more harmful and can cause skin damage, aging, and cancer. UVB is the shorter wave of the two that also causes skin damage and some skin cancers. Most importantly, UVB is the reason why you get sunburnt. The best way to protect yourself against these rays is by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.

     

    It’s important to choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF and broad-spectrum levels. SPF stands for sun protection factor. The higher the SPF on the bottle sunscreen, the longer the sunscreen blocks the UVB rays and protects your skin from the sun. Broad-spectrum protects from UVA and UVB rays, which helps prevent against sun damage.

     

     

    My Recommendations:

    When choosing a sunscreen, it’s best to check in with yourself first. What is your skin type? What kind of protection do you need? I have sensitive skin and like to use Neutrogena brand sunscreens. Their body sprays have a sheer formula that leaves my skin feeling fresh and not at all greasy. Some of their sunscreens are also waterproof, which makes it perfect for beach days. For the face, I usually stick with them, or I use Aveeno. I like both brands because they are primarily skin care companies, and make sure that their formulas are breathable and healthy.

     

    If you are more athletic (which I am not), I recommend Coppertone sunscreens.  Their SPORT brand is water resistant and stays on through sweat, making it perfect for any heavy-duty athletic activities. It also, like Neutrogena, has a breathable formula that won’t cause breakouts or clog pores.

     

    For kids, I recommend Kiss My Face brands. I used it as a kid and found no issues with it. Their formula is organic, vegan, and cruelty-free, and is safe for all skin types.

     

    Hope these tips suit you well and let you have lots of safe fun in the sun!

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  • Couples Compromise

     

    Some people may think that marriage is a joy ride that you just skate through on the foundation of love. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s more like skating on a natural pond with slushy spots rather than a freshly zambonied rink.

    With that said – here are 5 light-hearted and silly compromises my husband and I have come to terms with in order to limit our “slushy spots”.

    1. TV shows

    My husband and I have a lot in common and we love a lot of the same shows. However, we’re not always gonna love the same exact show. Now, while we do have two TVs, we still prefer to be in the same room. So one of us watches on the TV while the other watches on the iPad with headphones. This works best because we still get to snuggle together!

    1. Football

    This one is a work in progress. We are both very passionate about football and thank goodness we love the same team. But like I said… we are both very passionate about football. The rule of the game is to try to yell as little as possible because we tend to work each other up. I swear –  it’s the refs fault, not ours.

    1. Cleaning

    We each have our own preference when tidying up around the house. I like to pick up after him (strange, I know) and he likes to do the dirty work. And by ‘dirty work’ I mean toilets and by ‘likes’ I mean he does it because I literally dry heave while scrubbing even the cleanest of bathrooms.

    1. Food

    I love spicy food, however, my husband is pretty sensitive to spice. He will actually sweat and breathe like a dragon the minute it enters his mouth. Because of this, we meet in the middle with some type of mild choice, which is usually still too spicy for him and not spicy enough for me. But hey, we all have to make sacrifices.

    1. Shopping

    My husband, like most hubbys, does not like to go shopping for clothes. He doesn’t mind me looking at them, but would much rather have me just take them home instead of trying them on at the store because “I take forever”. So instead of waiting for me to see what fits and what doesn’t, he’d much rather go back to the store later to return the unwanted clothing. This makes zero sense to me, but he prefers it so there ya go.

     

    These are just some little compromises we have made that works best for us and our “pond”!

    What kind of compromises have you made in your relationships? Let me know in the comments!

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