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July 21, 2014

Summer Fiesta Bean Salad

I have been sharing so many sneak peeks of this dish over the past couple of days that it would be rude not to share the details with you today.

So, here I am here deliver my new favorite recipe of the summer!

Summer Fiesta Bean Salad Cover

So easy, so bright, and perfect to enjoy at home or take to a party!

Edamame Summer Salad

I originally got the idea for this salad from Kroger. They had samples of their edamame salad out with very similar ingredients on my last trip to the grocery store, and I was instantly drawn over as soon as I saw the colors.

It tasted delicious and refreshing, so I quickly gathered the ingredients into my cart and was on a mission to recreate it at home.

I wanted to use citrus and oils for dressing and followed this one from Tastefully Julie pretty closely. I chose to leave out the garlic, but feel free to add it to your dressing if you’re a fan!


1/4 cup lime juice

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1/2 tsp. agave nectar

1/2 cup yellow peppers, diced

1/2 cup red peppers, diced

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained

1 (8 oz.) bag edamame

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


1. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, oils, and agave nectar or sugar. Whisk together and set aside.

2. Cook edamame according to instructions on the bag, then cool. Drain the beans and prep the veggies.

3. In a medium or large bowl, combine edamame, beans, peppers, onion, and cilantro.

4. Pour dressing over the salad and gently toss. Refrigerate for at least an hour for best flavor.

Ingredients for fiesta bean salad

The entire recipe only took about twenty minutes to whip up, and the hardest part was squeezing as much as I could out of the limes for the dressing.

Dressing for summer salad

It could easily be thrown together at the last minute if you’re in need of something fresh and flavorful!

Beans with cilantro

With all of the colors, it’s almost like there’s a fiesta going on over here…

Summer salad for entertaining

… a summer party of bean salad in a bowl, if you will.

Edamame bean summer salad

I couldn’t get enough of this one and might have eaten a serving or two of it at every meal until it was gone. Man, was that a sad day.

There will be a few more recipes up on the blog as the week goes on, but I would definitely consider this one to be the superstar of them all.

Summer Bean Salad


July 21, 2014

Scenes From the Weekend

Good Morning! Today I’m coming to you in a bit of a rush…

Scott and I are heading to the airport at 6:30 a.m. to catch a 9 o’clock flight out of Detroit. He has a work conference in Houston, and since it is our anniversary tomorrow and he was gone for it at the same conference last year, I decided to tag along this time!

I plan to get some work and studying done in the hotel while he’s at the conference during the days and hang with him and his friends (and lucky for me, some wives!) at night. On Thursday we are joining a group of friends at Galveston, so I’m really looking forward to this entire week!

I don’t have much time to chat, so I’m going to share a weekend in photos type of post today. I’ll include the main details, but for the most part, here are strictly scenes from the weekend!


Friday started early with breakfast at Toast in Birmingham with my dad and Scott. I loved having him in town, even if it was for under 24 hours!

love this place, by the way, and I finally got where the name originated. This time, I ordered the Parisian Omelet and it came with a side of jalapeño pepper toast and the best crispy cheese grits. I also adore the fact that none of their coffee mugs match each other.

After an appearance with HOOPER just after lunch, I met Scott at his office which is also where the 2014 Warped Tour happened to be going on. We actually arranged tickets to see a couple of bands, thanks to Travis from We the Kings! He’s engaged to one of our good friends we met back in our Orlando Magic days and were thrilled to get to finally see him perform!

There was plenty of entertainment through music and people watching to last hours, but since we were kind of pooped we hung to see WTK and left soon after.

We got home around dinner time and at the last minute decided to meet some friends at a new-to-us restaurant called MEX. It was such a neat place, and I wrote all about it over the weekend!

TOAST Birmingham jpg

Toast Birmingham inside jpg

Toast coffee mugs jpg

Parisian Omelet toast jpg

2014 warpped tour jpg

We the kings at warpped tour jpg

2014 warpped tour detroit jpg

Watching we the kings jpg

Thanks for the tickets, Travis!





The weekend started off early with a parade in Farmington. Another day, another HOOPER appearance.

I discovered a new Starbucks drink I’m going to be addicted to called the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade on the way home and roasted some almonds when I got there.

Scott and I both had hair appointments in Royal Oak, which was very cloudy. We both loved how our looks turned out, and the fact that my hair is actually starting to grow again!

We kept our night very low-key with a few new recipes (coming soon!) and some down time with the fur babies.



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parade in farmington.JPG

starbucks blackberry mojito tea lemonade

Royal Oak cloudy day


Cooking vegetables

New recipes coming up jpg


We planned to go to our early church service at 8:45 a.m. yesterday, but ended waking up at 8:30. I guess we were both pretty tired!

We streamed the service online instead, and laughed at how comfortable Roadie always seems to get no matter where he goes or what he does.

Later on in the afternoon, I got a call from Scott that his tire valve broke again while he was out just to quickly grab a slurpee. Do you remember when that happened over Memorial Day Weekend? Crazy it happened again.

Scott took Roadie with him in the car without a leash, since he was going to stay in the car and ended up having to take him to attempt to get it repaired with him at a service center.

To make a long story short, I ended up running (yup… still sharing a car these days) to the service center with a leash in hand. Lucky for me, it was less than three miles away, and by the time I got there Scott was well on his way into fixing it himself. Apparently, they closed at 6 and wanted nothing to do with us at 5:35 p.m. Thank goodness for spare tires!

His spare was pretty flat, so I ran in to get fix a flat and that held us over until we could get more air. We found a machine that took credit cards and beeped when the tires became full! (Genius.)

We finally all returned home two hours after I left for the run and I knocked out my latest circuit workout before hitting the showers. I spent the rest of the night straightening up and getting ready for our trip!

Roadie on pillows jpg

Running with a leash jpg

New trail path jpg

Trail swamp jpg

Flowers on trail jpg

Jeep spare tire jpg

Changing a tire jpg

Roadie at tire place jpg

Air machine that takes cards jpg

Working out at home jpg

Packing suitcases jpg

(Linking up this MIMM with Katie!)

By the time you’re reading this, we are most likely in the air and on our way to Texas! I’ll be checking in later this afternoon with a healthy summer bean salad recipe. See you then!

Questions of the Morning

• When was the last time you experienced car troubles? Were you stranded for a long period of time?

• What was one highlight from your weekend?

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