Pinterest Party & Link-up (Vol 26): Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Salad

Welcome to the RoL Pinterest Party. Join me every 2nd and 4th Tuesday as we link up and share how we made, cooked, baked, crafted, planned, organized, followed or created one of the pins on our Pinterest boards OR share something original that others can pin onto their boards.

Not on Pinterest? No problem. Link-up your own creation to inspire us so we can pin in to our own boards. It can be a recipe, sewing project, Catholic craft, homeschool project, organizing/ homemaking tip, themed birthday party, whatever you’d like.

Don’t have a post ready? The link-up will be open for 10 days so there’s still time. Plus, feel free to link up a new post or an older post that hasn’t had much traffic lately. :-)

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I tried this recipe at the beginning of summer and we liked it so much that we have had it countless times since. It is the  Southwestern Black Bean Salad from Skinny Taste.com. I changed it a little to suit our taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3-4 fresh corn cobs, cooked and kernels removed.
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, halved (or 1 regular tomato, diced)*
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro, stems removed and chopped
  • dash or two of garlic powder
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • (optional) 1 hass avocado, diced to top each serving**
  • (optional) For a spicy dish, add 1 diced jalapeno

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all your ingredients. Stir well. Let sit in the fridge for 20 – 30 minutes before serving.

* If you use cherry tomatoes, you can dice them or simply cut them in half. To remove the excess juice I use a trick I learned from Bobby Flay. After cutting the tomatoes, please them in a colander with a few dashes of salt. Give them a few shakes and let sit for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the rest of your ingredients.

** The original recipe has you mix the avocado in the bowl before serving, which is fine if there are no leftovers. Otherwise the avocado gets brown and mushy, even with the lime. When I use avocado I simply add some on top of each serving. The recipe is also tasty without it all together.

However you put it together, the results are the same. Delicious!

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. :-) (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

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Lastly, you can follow me on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/rol_bobbi/. :-)

The link up will be active for 10 days. Have fun!

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Embrace the Ordinary (vol 1)

Today I am linking up with Gina for Embrace the Ordinary at Someday Saints.com.

Happy Monday! How has your day been so far? Hopefully well. Today has been a really good day, but yesterday, well, not so much. It had already been a really rough week with an overloaded schedule and a chemo sick husband and a three year old going through a late terrible two’s and a house that was a mess and in-laws that were coming over for dinner and I was just overtaxed to the point where I needed to go to the bathroom, shut the door, and shed a few tears to relieve the stress. It was just one of those days. Thankfully, the day was finally over and prayers were said and I was able to go to bed and get a good night’s sleep. Today is much brighter, despite the grey skies.

I recently came across the blog of one of my fellow Blessed Is She writers. Gina from Someday Saints.com posted Embrace the Ordinary Vol 1.  In it she says:

I’m drawn to an idea, which I want to share and I hope you’ll join me. With all the things I have going on in my day to day life, I crave time to rest and recognize the beauty, the wonder, the gift of each day.

My first thought was, “What about those days that suck?” She responds:

Those days [when I felt nothing went right] are just as much a gift as the days which go right from the start, the kids are happy, the sun is shining, you get the idea. I want to delight more in every day. I want to embrace each day for what it is, for better or worse.

I like that. It is easy to be all sunshine and rainbows when everything is going well but it is much harder to praise God and thank Him for the goodness in our lives when we are in the midst of battle.

So taking Gina’s cue, here are two ordinary moments that I am especially thankful for today.

Bella and I have been corresponding to each other in a Mama and Me journal that we put together. Yesterday, I found it on my desk.

Although she didn’t have anything major to talk about she wanted to send me a little note and draw me a picture to brighten my day. :-)

It’s been grey and cloudy all day. It felt like there was a storm brewing but we only got a few drizzles. That did not stop the boys from grabbing rain boots, jackets and umbrellas to play in the “downpour.” It’s hard to believe that this little guy can drive me nuts and melt my heart at the same time. That face just says, “You can’t possibly stay mad at me, mom.” Sigh. He’s so right.

Thanks to Gina for the inspiration!

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Blessed Is She

“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.”
{Luke 1:45}

There is something to be said for the power of sisterhood. I have three sisters of my own and each of us have similarities and vast differences in our personalities. The one thing that I love the most is that through good times and bad times, we are always there for each other. Thankfully, that sisterhood does not only apply to blood sisters. In the body of Christ we are a vast group of different women who share a common foundation – a love of Christ and a desire to grow in that love. That is why I am am so excited to be involved in a new ministry and devotional website called Blessed Is She.

Blessed Is She is a sisterhood of women – married and single – who desire to grow in their faith through the Word of God. Starting in September there will be daily devotions based on the day’s scripture readings. Together we will learn to apply God’s Word to our daily lives whether we are in the classroom, in the boardroom or in the laundry room. Together we will love each other and support one another as we journey through life.

In the meantime, browse the Blessed Is She website and view the daily readings. Find out about the women writing the devotions and working behind the scenes here.  You will find many of your favorite Catholic writers and bloggers. :-)

You can find us over at…

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

Bloglovin

Won’t you join us and be a part of  Blessed Is She!

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Online Daybook (7/14/14) / Currently & Answer Me This: Tragedy, Trust & Tahoe

 

Moments of Gratitude…

Today I am especially thankful…

  • For a wonderful trip at Lake Tahoe with my family and my parents and a safe trip home.
  • That Brian only has one chemo round left to finish.
  • For my life and the life of my husband and children.
  • For the love and support of family and friends – during the good times and especially bad times.
  • For the warmth of the sun after days of chilly fog.
  • For the peace and solitude of the night after a hectic day.

 

Beauty in the Ordinary…

When I was younger I disliked the color purple. Now I love to see the color in nature.

 

In the Kitchen…

Monday – Chicken tacos with 5 minute salsa and veggies.

Tuesday – Turkey meatloaf, baked potato and broccoli.

WednesdayMoroccan-style chickpea chili with brown rice.

Thursday – Breakfast dinner

Friday – Veggie pizza and Greek salad.

Saturday – Leftovers.

Sunday – Dinner wit Oma & Opa.

 

Praying…

  • For my sister and her family as they prepare for the funeral of their baby.
  • For all those who have lost loved ones.
  • For Brian’s chemo and continued recovery from cancer.
  • For those who are suffering physically, mentally and spiritually.
  • For some special intentions.

 

On the homefront……

Those of you who have read my last post or have seen on Facebook already know that our extended family has suffered a great loss. My sister Elena  went into labor on Friday but Baby Joan did not make it. She was called back to God. We were all filled with shock and sorrow. However, there has been an outpouring of love and support for Elena and Vinnie and their family. People have offered prayers, words of encouragement and even money towards the Joan Iris Fund to help pay for funeral expenses. If you’d like to offer your prayers and such, check out the post Goodbye Baby Joan Iris for details.

In our own family, on Monday Brian started his last round of chemo. This has been the most difficult one so far and the side effects have been the hardest but as each day passes he gets a little better. Also on the positive side his bloodwork and levels look good and the doctor is pleased with his progress. We just pray he continues to get better and that the cancer stays away.

 

Pondering…

We all go through peaks and valleys in life and my family seems to be going through a deep valley right now. First we had Brian’s cancer returning, which resulted in another surgery and chemo. Then my sister who got married last year conceived her first child but lost the baby in miscarriage. Now my other sister lost Joan. It is times like these that I am extremely grateful for my Catholic faith because we know that life does not come without crosses. We each have our own passion and road to Calvary that we must climb. But with each passion, there also comes the joy of the resurrection. There are many moments of happiness and love when we receive a taste of heaven on earth. It is never easy to live that faith when you are in the midst of heartache and pain but God is always there as our stronghold. No matter how dark it seems, we know with certainly that the sun will rise once again and bring a new day.

 

Reading…

I finished Don’t You Forget about Me, which I’ll try to review later this week.

I am just starting Danielle Bean’s book Momnipotent.

I like to read on fiction book and one non-fiction book at a time so next I have to choose a novel but I’m not sure which to read next. I’m leaning towards If I Stay since I will see the movie next month and I like to read the book first OR…

 Wearing the Cape by Marion Harmon

 

Listening to…

Silence. Everyone is sleeping and nothing else can be heard besides the clicking of the keyboard and the owl hooting outside my window.

 

Watching…

Brian and I have been watching Masterpiece Mystery – Endeavor (one of our favorites even if it is bit dark at times) and The Last Ship (not bad for TV summer viewing). We recently rented Non-Stop (both really liked it) and The Source Code (both thought – meh.) On my own I have been enjoying Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. (I know, I know. Guilty pleasures. ;-) )

On my last Mama’s Movie Night Out I saw Begin Again. It was the only movie showing at the time I could attend. (Other than Tammy. No thanks. Every MC movie I see is the same thing.) I enjoyed Begin Again A LOT more than I was anticipating. The story line tugged at the heart and there were a number of (intentionally) comedic lines. I enjoyed watching the creative process and seeing the “vision” of a song before it was fully created. I assumed KK’s voice was dubbed but she actually sang. It was a sort of a quiet shoe gazer style but I downloaded the soundtrack. Half the songs I love; the other half, not so much. Lastly, I also really enjoyed the fact that although the main characters were attracted to each other, they didn’t automatically jump into bed together and I liked the ending. One note though, there are a lot of F-bombs so if you can’t stand that, skip it.

 

On the blog…

I’ve taken some time off so since my last Daybook and I’ve only posted three times:

The Top Ten Theme Songs of My Life

Pinterest Party & Link-up (Vol 25):  How I Use PicMonkey on My Blog (This link-up is open until Friday so add your links!)

Goodbye Baby Joan Iris

Today I am also linking up with Kendra for Answer Me This

1. How did you get your name?

My dad is named Robert, although he goes by Bob, and the first born child was going to be named after him, boy or girl. The name on my birth certificate actually says Bobbi. It’s not a nickname. However, the priest who was going to baptize me was not pleased by such a wordly name so my mom added Ann to it. Growing up I was called Bobbi Ann. Eventually I shortened it to Bobbi. Nowadays I only get called Bobbi Ann by my mom if she is upset with me. ;-)

2. Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

I start the day off with the morning offering and on a good day I do a short morning meditation after breakfast. However, during summer it has been hit and miss. I usually say my rosary (or at least a decade of it) in the car while I am shuffling kids around or running errands. I also have my phone alarm set to go off throughout the day to turn my mind to God.You’ll hear the church bells go off at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM and whatever kid happens to be closest to my phone (even if it’s in my pocket) will yell out, “It’s time for you to pray, mom!” So I do get a lot of reminders. I used to say a little longer prayer but these days it is a short invocation. On a good day, for my evening prayer I try to listen to the Divine Office prayers while I am making dinner. (You can hear the podcast at Divine Office.org.) I do need to work harder at saying my night prayers earlier. I tend to say them in bed before I fall asleep and so far sleep keeps winning out.

 3. Did your mom work or stay at home or both?

She was mostly at home although there were times when money was really tight and she had to work. She worked at a bank for awhile but I remember that the bank was held up. I think at that point she decided to stay at home and figure out a way to make ends meet.

4. Do you vote?

Not as often as I should. We vote for the big ones but we tend the skip the smaller elections unless there is a really important bill.

5. What’s your favorite drink?

Okay, this is where I admit what a nerd I am. I don’t like coffee and I don’t like tea. I used to drink alcohol when I was in my 20′s but after making some really stupid mistakes while drunk and then cleaning up my act, I swore off the stuff. I have since lost all taste for alcohol. So 75% of the time I drink ice water. The other 25% of the time I drink milk. (I love milk.) When I am feeling really wild and crazy I splurge and have a diet orange crush or diet root beer. Yeah, I know. Nerd.

6. How are your photography skills?

Hmmm, what would I call it? An amateur with a nice camera and a photo editing program. I love photography but don’t know anywhere as much as I wish I did.

 

In the blogosphere…

I am just now catching up on my reading so I am still behind but I did catch these worthwhile reads so far…

 

Pinned…

My pin of the week – I am going to be trying this recipe from Whitney at Framing Cali next week. :-)

Photo credit – Framing Cali Blog

 

Plans for the Week…

We have swimming lessons all week, dentist appointments, an ortho appointment to see about Bella’s new braces and we’re attending a family gathering at our local church where the dads take the kids to a summer matinee movie and the moms meet at the church hall to chit chat and make lunch. After the movie the dads and kids join us for lunch. When we first heard about it Brian and I were tempted to skip it but we also realized that we need to make a greater attempt to attend Catholic family functions like this. It’s good for us and good for the kids to spend time with Catholic peers. Plus, he should be feeling better by the weekend.

Also this week (Wednesday at 11 AM eastern time to be exact) is the funeral for my niece Baby Joan Iris. I’m conflicted inside because my heart aches for Elena and Vinnie and I feel guilty having fun with my family. But if Joan’s short life taught us anything, it is that life is precious and goes too fast. We need to cherish the moments we have together and spend our days in the company of our loved ones. I know Joan will be watching us and sending us kisses from heaven.

 

Captured…

Here are some shots from our trip to Lake Tahoe.

 

 Lake Tahoe at Pope Beach

Matthew playing in the sand. Although I love the ocean, the lake is so much better for my nerves. I’m not constantly worried about the kids being pulled into the sea. ;-)

Enjoying the walking path behind our hotel.

The view on our walk.

I love the smell of pine. :-)

I’ll post more photos of Lake Tahoe later this week when I do a post about our favorite spots to visit in Lake Tahoe with kids.

Linking-Up with…

A Mama Collective’s Currently

 

Kendra’s Answer Me This

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Goodbye Baby Joan Iris

photo credit

As many of you may know, my little sister Elena is also my blogging buddy over at Barefoot and Sometimes Pregnant.

Elena and her husband Vinnie were expecting baby #6, a little girl they named Joan Iris. Yesterday (7/11/14) Elena went into labor but the unimaginable happened. Little Joan died within the comfort of her mama’s womb. Words cannot express the shock and sorrow we all experienced knowing that Elena and Vinnie were asked to carry this cross.

However, I am heartened to know that Joan’s short life has touched the hearts of family, friends and even strangers on Facebook who have joined in prayer for Elena, Vinnie and their children Edith, Frank, Greta, Harriet and Ike.

My heart goes out to my sister and I desperately wish I could fly the 3,000 miles to be with Elena and Vinnie so I can give them a hug or watch their kids or make them a meal but I can’t. In the meantime, I was talking to my mom and she told me that she and my dad are trying to get enough money together to go see Elena and attend the funeral. However, last minute tickets from CA to VA are not cheap. Then it clicked, if I can’t do all those things for Elena, I can send my parents to help them instead. I know when I had my first miscarriage, I desperately longed to cry in my mother’s arms, even if only for a few moments.

I have had a number of Elena’s friends ask me what they can do for Elena and Vinnie. Here are two suggestions.

In Lieu of Flowers…

Knowing how practical my sister is, I can safely assume she’d give up a house filled with flowers for a simple bouquet delivered in person by our mom and dad. With that in mind, I have set up a donate button for family and friends to give to the Joan Iris fund. Money will be used to buy tickets and also to help cover the funeral cost.




NOTE: If the Paypal button is not working, you can also send the money to through Paypal from your account. Once you’ve logged in click “Sending Money.” Use the email address rol@revolutionoflove.com. Make sure to click “I’m paying for goods or services” so I will be charged the credit card fee and not you. Click continue. On this page there will be a section for messages. Please add whatever message (or prayers) you’d like to send to Elena and Vinnie. I will add it the card /memorial book that I am putting together. If you have any questions, just email me. Thanks!

Spiritual Bouquet/ Memorial Book

I would also like to put together a small memorial book/spiritual bouquet for Elena and Vinnie. The book will have a list of prayers being offered for the family. (ie. a Mass, rosary, holy hour, day of sacrifice, or a simple “I’m praying for you” etc.) Secondly, I will also have a section of the book with personal messages from family and friends. Just email your message to me and I will add it to the book. (If you are donating through the pay pal button, you can leave it in the message section.) It can be one sentence with your name or a personal letter. Whatever, you’d like. It will be a physical reminder that although we are far away, we love them and unite our thoughts and prayers with them.

Whether you’ve prayed for them or donated physically or spiritually, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know it means a lot to Elena and Vinnie to have so much love and support during this difficult time.

UPDATE: It hasn’t even been 24 hours and already an extremely generous group of friends have donated two plane tickets for my parents to fly out to VA to attend the funeral and spend a week with her and the family. All further donations will help to cover the cost of funeral expenses. Thank you so, so much!! :-)

UPDATE #2: Elena posted this message on Facebook. Thank you for your continued prayers and help.

When tragedy struck after being consoled by my husband there was nothing I wanted more than to receive a hug from my parents and to have them here for the funeral. After looking over ticket prices, I assumed that wouldn’t be the case. Then I was told through the generosity of friends, my parents would be here Tuesday. The tears flowed, however, this time it wasn’t due to sorrow, but at being overcome by the love of those around us. The words “Thank You” do not seem like enough. Know from the bottom of my heart what this means to me and our family and know that you will always be in our prayers. Also, those who have sent us words of encouragement, please know that we read everyone of them and are thankful for them even if we do not respond personally to them. I am blessed to know that our little Joan Iris touched the lives of so many people.

God bless you.

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