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Entertaining Ourselves

by Meghann on March 29, 2009

***In case any of you were unaware its my Cousin Andrea’s Birthday today so head over to her blog at Bella Eats and give her a Happy Birthday shout out!! :) ****

Despite the ugly morning we had today I am happy to say I am currently blogging poolside in my parent’s backyard under a cloud free sky with a gorgeous late afternoon sun peaking through the trees. Why the sun was hiding this morning, I will never know, but I glad it made a reappearance back into my life before the end of the weekend was official.

Before the sun came out I was bored stiff, stuck inside today. When I am bored I like to be creative so my Dad handed me the food processor and a couple of beans and told me to go nuts. Oh how my Dad knows how to entertain me so.

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In to the food processor I added

  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 can Chickpeas
  • 1/2 sweet Red Pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Drizzle Vinegar
  • Drizzle Olive Oil
  • Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Paprika
  • S & P

I then locked the lid and pressed high until I got a creamy looking dip. Perfection.

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My Black Bean & Chickpea Bean Dip made a great companion with the Tostitos my parents had in the pantry.

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For lunch we had a house full of boys. My Little Bro, our German Exchange Student, My Little Bro’s Friend and his friend’s German Exchange Student were all running around playing with the dogs. I can’t remember the last time I was in the presence of soo many teenage boys. I passed the bean dip along to the boys and my Dad and I prepared the group lunch.

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He grilled the Burgers and made the Bean & Corn Salad while I prepared the Veggies and Bean Dip. My plated consisted of 1/2 a hoagie roll, burger, gilled veggies, sprouts, Bean & Corn Salad, Bean Dip and Tortilla Chips. It was actually a really good lunch.

After lunch the boys were their way and my parents and I were back to the same predicament as before. After a few minutes of debating we hopped in the car and headed to Lowes for some plotting mixture.

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Some how in the process my parents decided I needed a garden on my porch. I just went with the flow. :)

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As we got in the car on the way home my Mom casually reminded my Dad that Brusters was near by. Before I knew it, my Dad was turning into the opposite direction of home and we ended up at Brusters for a mid afternoon treat.

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I got a small Mint Chip Yogurt with Nuts on top.

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My Mom is a very bad influence on me!

Luckily after our outting the sun had returned!

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Oh how I missed you sun!

Abbie missed it too. She could not resist rolling around in the green green grass.

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With the perfect weather breaking through, we got to work planting my garden to bring home.

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We planted Basil & Cilantro in one pot and Eggplant in the other.

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I hope I don’t kill them!

We also experimented with this Topsy Turvy Tomato planter my Aunt got us for out birthdays.

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This should be another interesting thing to take care of.

With the return of the sun we spent the rest of the afternoon lodging poolside and enjoyed a refreshing dinner on the back patio.

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I had a grilled Chicken Breast, Spanish Rice, 1/2 of a mini Onion Bagel, Carrots, & Steamed Broccoli. An all american meal. :)

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Now I must return home and finish my grocery shopping. I will actually be publishing this after I return home as I am too lazy to upload my pictures at the moment. I hope everyone else has had an enjoyable Sunday and a ready for another fun filled Monday.

Baker’s Spotlight…

First of all I need to give my next baker, Eva, a huge GOOD LUCK on her first Sprint Tri coming up and she’s doing an Olympic tri in May! Way to go Eva!!

Eve does not have a blog, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t special, in fact I think it makes her more important to this bake sale. That means she is taking time out her normal life to make something wonderful in support of the Leukemia and Lymphona Society. I say you go girl and thanks for helping a sista out!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 NAOmni March 29, 2009 at 8:23 pm

That dip looks awesome and it looks like you had an amazing day!

NAOmni

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2 marafaye March 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Great looking dip, and can I just say again: IM SO JEALOUS OF YOUR WEATHER!!

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3 VeggieGirl March 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

LOOOVE that dip you created, as well as the ice cream!!

Aww, Abbie!! :-D

Another wonderful baker spotlight!!

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4 Erin March 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I love the looks of that dip! My experiments with those tend to turn out sort of bland. I’ll have to look at your spice combo.
So jealous of your poolside blogging!

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5 Sarah March 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm

awww, you always have such a great time with your family. how sweet that they set you up with a garden to take home!

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6 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 29, 2009 at 8:37 pm

What a cute little herb garden! I loved reading about your family and fun filled day. Enjoy your night!

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7 Kelly (sister) March 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

That is an adorable picture of Abbie. Taken with your camera or Moms? Looks like you had a fun weekend. I am counting down the days until I am there to spend lots of time with you, Mom, Dad, Ben, Scooby, and Anthony!

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8 Melissa March 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I’ve been holding it in, but I am so jealous that you are wearing shorts!!!!! Thanks for noting that you are seeing a difference with shred, I was wondering if the challengers were noticing any changes. Based on pic, your body is smoking hot!

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9 Andrea [bella eats] March 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Awe, thanks for the b-day shout out Meghann! I was trying to figure out how everybody knew it was my birthday… :)

I got 30-Day Shred from NetFlix on Friday and am starting it tomorrow!!! I’m excited!!!

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10 Emily March 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I probably stared at that picture of Abbie for a full minute, so cute!

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11 shelby March 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Fabulous dip!

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12 Bec March 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm

sounds like a great way to spend a sunday!

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13 Meg March 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

What a great family day! Love the dip.

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14 Eva March 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Aww thanks Meghann!! My sprint is next Saturday which I cannot believe! Then only a month until my olympic– time is FLYING!!

The other day during a long run I kept repeating “I am a machine” to myself to motivate so thank you for that!!!

<3

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15 Wiggs March 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

That dip looks incred. I can’t wait until I get a food processor so I can go crazy like that.

Isn’t it lovely to spend a day with the fam? I can’t think of any better way to relax!

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16 Jenn (eating bender) March 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

“Oh how my Dad knows how to entertain me so.” LOL :) The dip looks awesome!

I also love that you are now going to have a garden on your porch! My mom is a bad influence on me, too – we always end up getting some sort of dessert when we’re together. I’m not complaining, though!

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17 Danielle March 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I can’t wait to plant my garden!
That ice cream looks so good!

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18 Jessica (jesslikesithot) March 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yumm bean dip + chips is the best thing ever….well, chips w/ salsa is too!! Glad you are having fun with your family! :)

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19 Sharon March 29, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Oh wow, what an awesome time.
And that ice cream with ample amounts of nuts is yum!

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20 biz319 March 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Good luck with your planter box herbs! I am going to try again this year – turns out I overcrowded my planter boxes last year and the cilantro kinda took over!

Yeah to Eva for contributing!!

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21 Danica March 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Your bean dip looks amazing! I was actually drooling by the ingredients before I even got to the pictures. It sounds like you had the perfect weekend of great eats, family and fun. Yeah for you porch garden – I can’t wait to hear how it your garden grows :D LOL.

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22 Caroline March 29, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Abbie is too cute–she looks like such a “jungle pup.”

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23 Hallie March 29, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Good luck with your garden! I want to grow herbs/tomatoes so bad, but we just have a balcony that doesn’t get a lot of sun.

When the basil comes in you have to put it in EVERYTHING…salads, tomato sauce, pesto…nothing beats fresh basil! :-)

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24 Leah March 30, 2009 at 1:25 am

omg that dessert looks great!

I have fresh herbs as well. I love keeping them!!!

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25 ksgoodeats March 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

Yum to the black bean dip!!

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26 Hangry Pants March 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I like your impromptu bean dip and that you entertain yourself with food. Me too.

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27 Kelly March 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Is there a particular recipe for your dads Bean & Corn Salad, it looks yummy! :)

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