What an amazing week its been. So many great projects in the works, a few that I can cross off my to-do list and happiness that daylight savings time is coming on Sunday so I’ll now be able to bug the family while taking photos of dinner recipes actually at dinner time.

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GDawg is heading to Vegas for a little NASCAR this weekend so me and Smudge are bacheloretting it. Mani/pedis, pie making, dinner with friends (including her boy-crush) plus a picinic at the park are all on the weekend horizon.

Plus it looks like a little guac making will be in order.

Last week it was hamburgers and root beer that Smudge decided to add to her diet, and now this week  its avocados. Whoa, leaps and bounds around here! So we’re going to be dipping our chips into this Chunky Citrus Guacamole. But more on that in a minute.

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the next issue of Foodie Crush magazine and I’m thrilled you actually want to see another one! I’ve been busy planning the next issue and its set to debut in July. Woot!

So, a couple of questions to you, my favorite readers:

  • How would you like to view/see the magazine? Do you like reading it online in the flippable page format like the first issue?
  • Would you view it on an iPad or Nook format?
  • Do you want a printed, hot in your honey little hands version and how much would you pay for that  it wouldn’t be cheap due to on-demand printing costs.)

Hey, leave me a comment below with an answer to any of the questions above and I’ll send someone over to clean your house. Or maybe I’ll just give you a heart felt thanks and a virtual bear hug for sharing, I know your time is valuable so I want to make your reading experience the best that it can be.

And now to the fun stuff.

What a fun interview and video chat I had this week with Kristen from Dine and Dish. Funny thing is, we ended up talking for twice as long after we cut off the taped chat. It may have been due to our coffee buzz, but I think its more about her generosity to share herself with others. Love her. Get over and check it out.  Oh, and her cute apron is available at the Hip Hostess.

As of last week, I’m off sugar and carbs, plus I cut down on my general hoovering thanks to Dara of Cookin’ Canuck’s inspiring story of losing 35 pounds and reaching her healthy lifestyle goals. It’s been an inspiring transformation and I was seriously honored when she asked me to take her after pics. Not only is Dara looking fantastic, but she’s genuinely gorgeous on the inside and such a great mom and wife. Seriously, what a lovely, authentic person. Thanks for being in my life Dara. XO.

On that note of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I’m excited to be following the plant-based recipes with a healthy bent, on the newly created blog The Food Matters Project. Dedicated to recipes created by Mark Bittman’s cookbook The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, the blog follows Bittman-based recipes recreated and posted by a bevy of over 50 passionate food bloggers for all to enjoy and participate in. Seriously, eat more green and benefit yourself and the environment.

Woo hoo! A bunch of new techie items have been released! Lightroom 4.0—yes, I’m totally updating this weekend—the new, tricked out Canon 5D Mark iii. Oh and a little thing called an iPad 4  (Twitter integration means even more Instagram pics of what we eat for lunch) will be the hot ticket items for bloggers this spring.

Thank you Courtney for featuring me and some of my favorites on your new site Simply Lovely. You’re pretty lovely yourself.

And even though spring is just two weeks away, I’m still craving comfort. So lately I’ve been heading over to Kalyn’s Cooking’s new crock-pot based blog Slow Cooker from Scratch to find recipes to cozy up with on the weekend. Its a great site to check out, featuring lots of  food bloggers recipes too.

And next week Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and I will be announcing more details and offers for our e-Cookbook, Cookie Cravings. We are beyond excited to share it with you.

Sign up for the newsletter for first-on-the-scene info and a free cookie recipe download. Oh and next week we’re sending out another NEW and free download to all of our Cookie Cravings newsletter subscribers to say thanks for signing up.

And you are not going to miss our AMAZING GIVEAWAY to celebrate the launch. Hint: It makes cookie batch making a cinch. Yeah, just ‘cause we like you.

Foodie Crush Chunky Citrus Guacamole

And now for that Guac recipe I promised. Chunky with a citrus-ey accent, a hit of spice, and just enough girth to make any chip happy, it’s the perfect combo to welcome some spring weather with a few salty corn chips and a nice cold beverage.

Chunky Citrus Guacamole
 
Serves: makes about 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 5 avocados, chopped
  • ⅓ cup white onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced (1/8 cup)
  • 1 small orange, juiced (1/4 cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
Instructions
  1. Place avocado, onion, tomato, garlic and jalapeno in a medium size bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine orange and lime juices with chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Mix well.
  3. Pour ¾ of the juice mixture over the avocado mixture and gently combine, keeping the avocado chunky. Add more of the juice mixture to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, sliced fresh vegetables or as a topping for a tasty sandwich.

Try these other Foodie Crush recipes on to cure your comfort cravings or keep your health goals intact:
Caesar Salad with Hashbrown Croutons 
Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili with White Beans and Sage
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Nacho Taco Salad
Butternut Squash Lasagna 

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