Saturday, June 11, 2011


They say you can't pick your family (love my fam) but, you can pick your friends.  If I could pick friends that feel like family it would be this family.  Carter truly believes C is his cousin.  We now just call him our friend cousin.  Campbell and J are already getting married in La Paz. That is not weird at all to know that about kids under two.  If I called D he would do anything for me.  He may grumble but, he is a little grumbly. Without a doubt he would pull through no questions asked.  C well I always tell Brad she is the best wedding gift he gave me.  I kinda took over their friendship once we got married.  So this super awesome family is who we spend almost every Friday night with.  We eat, play, make a mess, drink wine and enjoy life.  If C and I could pick our neighbor it would be Ina.  Ina would invite us over to her barn for appetizers and cocktails.  She would teach us how to arrange flowers and make a table look rustic yet, perfect.  We would spy out the window as Ina kissed Jeffrey goodbye in the morning.  Related to the N's and Ina as our neighbor ... jackpot!  Since that can't happen in real life we have faux family Friday night dinners and we have decided to channel Ina by bringing one Ina dish every week.  We kicked it off with Ina's guacamole.  We love Mexican food.  We grew up on Mexican food and although we liked Ina's guacamole and thought it was really fresh and clean tasting  it lacked a like authenticity.  It was like the preppy version of guacamole.  It was made with the four crazy kids circling our ankles and it still came out great.  I mean seriously the phrase "how easy is that" may have been thrown around a bit. 

source: barefoot contessa
    * 4 ripe Haas avocados
    * 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
    * 8 dashes hot pepper sauce
    * 1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
    * 1 large garlic clove, minced
    * 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    * 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    * 1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced

Cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl. (I use my hands.) Immediately add the lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced. Add the tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.


Leslie said...

It's awesome to have great friends and family!
love the guac!

Holly said...

I need to try making some homemade guac. This one sounds delish! : )

Anonymous said...

LOVE the Pences! I truly cherish our friendship, raising our families together and of course the good meals and wine : ) I thank brad all the time for marrying you so I could have such a wonderful friend for life! Can't wait for meal # 2 tomorrow! Ina would be proud!

That Girl said...

Fabulous family/friends!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

the kids are absolutely adorable and I swear that guac is amazing. I don't even have try it to know that. I can just see my the looks of it, chunky and delicious! I feel as long as you have a good dip and chips, all is right with the world! LOL!

Anonymous said...

oo I love guacamole :D Looks Yumm :D

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