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3 Commercial Break Snacks with Avocado


A small Italian market near my house always sells avocados (not really Italian, right?) for a dollar each, so I can never resist buying at least two a week.  Avocados are really filling and are loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K, and they add a delicious creaminess to almost anything (soups, smoothies, spreads, pasta, and more!).  Plus, they just look cute, kind of like the Weebles of fruit.

All three of these yummy snacks can be thrown together in under 5 minutes.  I actually made the guacamole and soft serve during commercial breaks!  Can’t beat those quick, healthy, and delicious  snacks when you’re a college student.

Easy Guacamole

1. Cut one avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop flesh into a bowl.

2. Add spices and a few drops of lime juice. I used onion and garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand! My mom uses Old Bay seasoning, which is always delicious in guac.

3. Add a couple of spoonfuls of salsa (yes, from a jar)! If you want to make homemade salsa and add that, that’s awesome, but I didn’t have time. Jar salsa works great in a pinch to add more flavor and texture to your guacamole.

Avocado-Banana Soft Serve

Inspired by Averie’s Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream

Throw a chopped banana, the flesh of an avocado, half a can of full fat coconut milk (this is what made the soft serve, in my opinion), a few drops of vanilla, some almond milk, a pinch of salt, and sugar (to taste) into your food processor or blender.  Blend, transfer into a tupperware container, and freeze overnight.

You Don’t Need a Recipe to Make Toast…

…but this toast made an amazing study snack.  I toasted some whole grain bread, and then layered three tasty, savory spreads.  First, homemade paprika hummus, then half of a mashed avocado, and finally some hot pepper jelly (from local company The Berry Patch, find them at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip if you’re in the area!).  So delicious and filling.

Those are just a few of the easy avocado snacks I’ve been eating in the last couple of weeks…what’s your favorite way to use avocado?

-Dominique

Scotland Recap: Campbeltown Eats


Campbeltown (and Scotland on a whole) did not really serve many foods to suit my palate, however, there were a couple of places that I was quite happy to go to for breakfast or dinner!

We stopped by Auntie Mo’s, a sort of deli in the heart of Campbeltown, for some fresh sandwiches, pastries, and pies. Everything was cooked fresh that morning on site. I got a Cornish Pasty, which was like a meat pie with carrots and turnips! It was piping hot and delicious, a great comfort food, and quite portable. The pastry was light, buttery, and flaky, but the fillings made it so hearty. I loved it!

Cornish Pasty

Another Scottish staple is fish and chips (what Americans would call French Fries). Although I am not usually one for a completely fried meal, I couldn’t resist ordering the Beer-Battered Haddock at our favorite Campbeltown restaraunt, The White Hart Tavern. I swear my dad and I both agree that these were the best fish and chips in all of Scotland! The fish was great (probably so fresh, as Campbeltown is a fishing village by the sea), and the batter was so light and just greasy enough. SOO GOOD!

Beer Battered Fish and Chips!

Another of our favorite Campbeltown treats is the homemade vanilla ice cream from The Chocolate Box (a candy store). We literally stopped here at LEAST once a day for this creamy, sweet goodness. My dad is an addict! The ice cream is homemade on site using milk from AWARD WINNING DAIRY COWS! So Scottish 😉

Doesn't get any better than that!

Yummy Ice Cream!

Now you know about where we stayed and what we ate! Stay tuned to find out what we actually DID in Scotland!

-Dominique

Myrtle Beach Day 6: Cannon’s First Mini-Golf!


Last night, the Benzio clan headed out to Hawaiian Village Golf (the first golf place we could find after we left Seawatch) to get our mini-golf on!  I love mini-golf, it’s so much fun and very low pressure.  I’m not very good, but it’s always interesting to see how I improve throughout the game (the first few holes are always embarrassingly awful for me).

Our mini-golf destination...sketchy much?

They gave all the girls fun leis to wear in fitting with the theme…how cute is that?

The best part about this mini-golfing trip was that it was Cannon’s (my 2.5 year old cousin’s) first time golfing! He had so much fun once he figured it out.

Cannon golfing for the first time!

The Family (gotta love that artificially blue waterfall)

Uncle Kyle helping Nicole rescue her ball from the "lagoon"

After mini-golf we celebrated Benzio style…with ice cream!! We stopped by Painter’s ice cream because it was “voted best in the US” (source uncited).

There was quite a crowd!

It looked yummy!

One scoop strawberry cheesecake and one scoop fudge ripple (in a waffle cone, of course!)

But…it wasn’t that great. Extremely mediocre actually. My dad joked that they must have been voted best by their parents. LOL!

Cannon didn’t seem to mind!

-Dominique

Let’s Chat!

  1. Are you a good mini-golfer?
  2. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Puppy Love!


Last night I ditched my to-do list and made some spontaneous plans with one of my friends, Judd!  Both of our siblings were playing volleyball at a local park, and so we thought it would be nice to go and watch, and then go out for ice cream later!

My Sister (with the braid)

Judd's Brother Serving

Both of their teams won!

Unfortunately, the place we wanted to go for ice cream was closed by 8pm (nowhere in Doylestown is on college hours!!), so we made some treats at home instead!  At least we didn’t have to spend any money!  We heated up some shoo-fly pie, and topped it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.  It tasted even better because we ate it outside on Judd’s front porch.  Summer is yummy!

Afterwards, we decided to go on a nice long walk through town with Judd’s Border Collie (and one of my favorite dogs) Finnigan!

Judd and Finnigan

An altogether wonderful evening. I’m glad I tossed my to-do list and decided to have fun instead 🙂

This morning, I decided to take a “rest” day from running. I ran Tuesday morning, so I was okay letting myself sleep in a little bit. When I got home, I was feeling a little guilty about it, so I decided to take Duke, our yellow lab, for a nice long walk. I threw in a load of laundry before I left so that I could still get ahead on my to-do list (always with the to-do lists, I know).

On the walk I listened to this:

It’s Bright Eyes’ new (well new to me) album, The People’s Key! I love it. It’s very mellow. I need to listen to it a couple more times before June 10, because one of my best friends Jamie and I are going to see Bright Eyes (and M. Ward) in concert then, at the Mann Center! We have lawn seats. I’m so excited!


Duke loved his walk, and so did I!!

When I got home, I made and ate dinner (rice and veggies with chicken sausage), printed some things I needed to print, attempted to make a hair appointment but left a message, cleaned my room, finished my load of laundry, and caught up on my newest addiction, The Bachelorette. Sounds like a productive day to me!

-Dominique

Let’s Chat!

  1. Do you have a dog?  Tell me about him/her!
  2. What was the last “new” music you listened to?  Did you like it?