Chorizo Salad and Homemade Honey Mustard

I posted a salad on my favorites post on Friday and it was the inspiration for this salad. The original recipe can be found here, but as with everything I do I modified it a lot. I don’t really like avocado that much and I wasn’t in the mood for poaching or making a hard boiled egg. Since I changed that I wanted to do a Honey Mustard dressing in place of the Chili lime dressing so this salad came together.

I tend to go hard core with feta cheese so the Mozzarella was a really nice change for me and I really liked it. I ended up going back for seconds because Chorizo, duh! It makes my Portuguese side happy! This can easily be doubled or tripled based on the number of people you are serving. I had leftovers.


Chorizo Salad and Homemade Honey Mustard

Ingredients: Head of Romaine lettuce ~ 1/2 package Chorizo, sliced on an angle ~ 2-3 Roma Tomatoes, sliced ~ 1 TBSP Olive Oil ~ 1-2 ounces Fresh Mozzarella ~ 1/2 Cucumber ~ OPTIONAL: Texas Toast or Ciabata bread

Salad Dressing: 1/2 cup Greek Dressing ~ 1/4 cup Honey ~ 2 TBSP Honey Dijon Mustard ~ pinch of pepper


Chorizo Salad and Homemade Honey Mustard
Directions: Mix up the dressing ingredients and place in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance but no less than 30 minutes before serving. 

 Place the olive oil in a saute pan and place tomatoes in, cooking approximately 2-4 minutes per side or until browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the Chorizo to the pan and cook until brown.

Chop up the top of the head (or is it called stalk?) of the romaine and add to your serving bowl. Place the crisper bottom portion of the lettuce on top. Toss in the tomato, sliced cucumber, and Chorizo.  Using your hands rip and tear the mozzarella tossing on top. No need to be dainty here.

Optional: Place some Texas toast, or Sourdough bread under the broiler for 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly golden. Keep an eye on it you don’t want it to burn. Cut into slices. You can even butter and add some garlic salt if you like. 

Chorizo Salad and Homemade Honey Mustard
Serve, eat, then go for seconds. Or not, whatever. Don’t judge! :)



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Weekend of Lazy

I know I have said before that I had lazy weekends but this one took the cake. I didn’t get any runs in, and I mostly just laid on the couch and read. I took a bunch of naps and cleaned my house. It was the first time in awhile where I finally got all my cleaning done before the weekend was over. Score!!


I did get a few things done though…..


Saturday: I took Seamus to the vet and he lost 6 ounces. Woohoo. He still needs to lose like 2 pounds be he is well on his way.


After dropping Seamus off at home I headed out to Wal-Mart for some odds and ends, and then to Ikea for new curtains. I still need to hem them so no pictures just yet.


I love to go different ways home every so often, to get “lost” and find new places. This time was no different. I happened on this cute little park that had a water fall and walking path so I pulled over to sit for a bit.



I also drove by a sheep farm and a horseback riding camp. I took down the names so I could look into going later.

Did you seem my Summer reading List post last week? Well the author for Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans tweeted me. How cool.



Sunday: I had hoped to go to the beach but it decided to rain instead. So I read for most of the day. I did a little online shopping, like this dress that was just under $28. 

Women’s Cute Flounces Solid Color Sleeveless Dress  - Dresses
 I also got this really cute bag from Groopdealz , it was $12.99 but the deal ends tomorrow so I snagged it quick.


I did make a delicious dinner that I will be sharing the recipe for tomorrow. It had Romaine lettuce, roasted tomato, Chorizo, cucumber and fresh mozzarella with a homemade Honey Mustard dressing. I went back for seconds. ;)


At least I got through some of my reading, though I still have a lot to go.


How was your weekend?

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip , Biana from B Loved Boston, and Rachel from The Rachel Way.

Ameliorer la Vie

Friday Favorites | Salad Heaven

Happy Friday! I can’t say I have really anything planned for this weekend other than Seamus getting his yearly physical. Hopefully chunky monkey has lost some weight from the long winter.

Other than that it should be a mild weekend. I will be getting started on my Summer Reading List, hitting the beach, and cleaning my house. I might make a trip to Ikea for some new curtains but it is a bit of a hike so not sure about that one. I will be getting some good runs in too, I am going into week 4 of the 10k training. It’s getting serious.  Well let’s get to it shall we, it’s Friday so of course I am sharing some of my favorites.



Favorite Song: Back when I was training for triathlons Papa Roach filled my playlist for my 2 hour training sessions. They are so hard energy and the beats kept me pushing hard. Still a big favorite of mine now that I am running so much. 



Favorite Show I’m Looking Forward To Watching: I got an email reminder from Netflix regarding The Killing come back on August 1st. I can’t thank Netflix enough for keeping this show going. So looking forward to binge watching this one.  A female detective who doesn’t give up, and a male detective who pushes her buttons, yup my kinda show.


Favorite Blog Post: We all know that I love to be positive and upbeat but I am human and some days kick me in the pants. It is all in how you recover, how long it takes you turn it around, and not staying in the negative that matters. Love Steph’s perspective on this post.


Favorite Recipe: This salad just looks heavenly. Salad with chorizo, chilli roasted tomatoes, avocado and poached eggs with a chilli lime dressing. It had me at Chorizo. :) 


Favorite Funnies: My running has been going well, so far no pain but I don’t think I’ll ever be a “runner”. Linking to the pin since it is linked to the main page.


This is sooooo me, but that's okay!! A friend said it's not how fast you run or how pretty you look, as long as you "do it"!!

It’s how I learned to swim! ;)

Don’t lie you didn’t read it either.

That is all from me, my goose is cooked! What are your plans for the weekend?

Linking up with Amanda

Meet At The Barre

Summertime and the Reading is Easy

With the heat of the summer, I like to spend as much time outdoors as I can even if it is just pulling up a chair and reading in my yard.  I always bring a book with me to the beach so it is no surprise that when Heather mentioned a summer reads linkup I was in. I love finding new books to read so getting to peruse other people’s bookshelf is my kinda linkup! 

These books are currently in my Kindle waiting to be read, so many books so little time. The hardest part is deciding which one to read first!



From GoodReads: Devil’s Food…Angel Cake…Red Velvet…Praline Crunch…Lemon Chiffon…
How’s a woman to choose?
Luckily, the members of the Cupcake Club are about to taste it all…

When baker extraordinaire Leilani Trusdale left the bustle of New York City for Georgia’s sleepy Sugarberry Island, she didn’t expect her past to follow. Yet suddenly, her former boss, Baxter Dunne, aka Chef Hot Cakes, the man who taught her everything pastry, wants to film his hit cooking show in her tiny cupcakery. The same Chef Hot Cakes whose molten chocolate brown eyes and sexy British accent made Lani’s mouth water and her cheeks blush the color of raspberry filling – stirring all kinds of kitchen gossip, much of which Lani wished was true…

Lani’s friends are convinced that this time around, Baxter is the missing ingredient in her recipe for happiness. But convincing Lani will be a job for Baxter himself. And he’ll need more than black velvet frosting to sweeten the deal…

Recipes included!



From GoodReads: Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.

After years of pursuing a denim design career, Maris Carrington never imagined trading her Chicago studio for a New England shingled cottage. But a forgotten home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer … One of uncovering family secrets while settling her father’s estate, one of inheriting a forlorn German shepherd, one of reconnecting with old friends on a weathered boardwalk, beneath starlit skies on a beach nestled in a crook of the Connecticut coast.

Her design career had become a shell, curving around her like the intricate whorls of a conch, shielding her until now. Until fried clam dinners and carousel rides beckon a lost love. But can Maris ever really go back? Can these beach friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of her circle is dead; another unemployed and struggling in a tenuous marriage; another regretting a fateful decision; while one is missing a mother, ever seeking a connection she longs for.

To the backdrop of seaside cottages and a boarded up beach hangout, to the soundtrack of whispering lagoon grasses and a vintage jukebox, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans asks if we can really design our own lives, or if our fate lies somewhere in the stars.


From GoodReads: Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his own kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission… for reasons he will not–or cannot–reveal.

But saying no is not an option. Especially not to Phoebe Kruger, Ian’s bespectacled, beautiful, and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, she not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible-style operation, whether he likes it or not.

Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there’s no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive mob boss who’s got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty.

Or die trying.


From GoodReads: The first victim is a horse: its headless body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff.
On the same day as the gruesome discovery, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a secure asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away.
Commandant Servaz, a Toulouse city cop, can’t believe he has been called out over the death of an animal. But there is something disturbing about this crime that he cannot ignore.
Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of the asylum is found on the corpse… and a few days later the first murder takes place.
In this snowbound valley, deep in the Pyrenees, a dark story of madness and revenge is unfolding. It will take all of Servaz’s skill to solve it.




Maya Jackson doesn’t sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she’s ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face to face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number-one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.

Risking his life on a daily basis is what gets Logan up in the morning. As leader of the elite Tahoe Pines Hotshot Crew, he won’t back down from a blaze-or from beautiful, lethal Maya Jackson. She may have seduced him with her tears and her passion, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before Logan lets down his guard again. Until Maya’s life is threatened. With his natural-born hero instincts kicking in, Logan vows to protect the woman sworn to bring him down. And as desire reignites, nothing-not the killer fire or the killer hot on their trail-can douse the flames…


 Linking up with Heather and Rachel for Summer Reads.


What is on you list of Summer Reads?

What is your favorite genre of books?


Also in honor of it being Thursday here is how I tried to Be The Change this week.





Fuzzy Navel Protein Shake

To be honest this recipe came out of nowhere. I knew I wanted to make a recipe using peaches. They just looked so good at the store so I had to pick them up. I was originally going to make a peach tart, or a peach pie but I after the overcast reading weekend I just wasn’t feeling like baking anything.

Then when I was on the treadmill I was dreaming of what I was going to have post-workout, because duh that is really why we workout. For the post-workout food. I figured a protein shake would be the fastest way to get some nutrition, and it would not require me to turn on the oven. Win – win!


This was so light and refreshing, and I used sugar free versions of the orange juice and lemonade to save on the sugar content. Great way to get some protein in, while disguising it with a bit of fruity goodness.


fuzzy navel protein shake

Ingredients: 1/2 cup 0% Greek Yogurt ~ 1 Cup of Orange Juice ~ 1 Cup of Lemonade ~ 1 medium/large Peach

fuzzy navel protein shake-1

Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend, blend, blend. Pour and enjoy! So simple you have no excuse not to make this one.


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