Happy Independence Day! When you read this we'll be heading home, but as I write we're gearing up to spend a nice long weekend at the cottage with our friends, Joe & Meg (her parents are so sweet to let them share it with us), and it's right on Lake Michigan! I'm getting my posts ready for next week so I can go without a computer, yay! Check out this beautiful sunset shot from a couple years ago:
- Read about my 2nd 5K run a while back (I'm a very sporadic runner these days), and the time at the lake when Megan and her sister, Mary, tricked me into running six miles. Also, see the links there for beginning runners and a story to help you feel better if you are as slow as I am. 🙂
- Check out the pictures at this Black bean mango salsa post – a recipe I got from a friend of theirs at the lake. It is proof that ONCE in a while, I actually CAN take a great picture for the blog!
- A reader, Jennifer, sent the funny video below via my Facebook wall (be sure to ‘like' my page so you get those updates!) and she had these comments, which were dead-on: “The only problems with this commercial are the kind of butter shown, and the fact that they're making it look like a bad thing! I can name 45 people I know, off the top of my head, who NEED to do exactly this! Anyway – thought you might enjoy, even if it is sending the wrong message.”
- If you're attempting to lower your carbs like I am, you'll want to not look over this mouth-watering recipe from Stan Fishman: Hungarian potatoes. Although it does have plenty of super-nutritious animal fats, so even if you are watching carbs, it's a great compromise dish. As a matter of fact, when I make this, I might use even more bacon than the recipe calls for – I often add extra butter or cream to recipes, how can that turn out bad?! 🙂 (Did you know that healthy fats slow down the insulin response that causes weight gain, similar to how fiber does?)