Summer’s End. | How Sweet It Is

Summer’s End.

Summer is coming to a close here in good ‘ol Pittsburgh.  The weekend was rainy and the forecast for the week is in the 60’s.

My most favorite time of year!

I do not like heat and do not like to be hot unless there is water near by. I sweat like a man – for real. Ask my husband.

He knows better than to take me on a date where there is heat, sun and no sight of a swimming pool or ocean near by. Like a baseball game.

Ok, who am I kidding? Are people still even going to see the Pirates play anymore? Anyone?

I love to go to PNC Park, but usually just for the food. Shocking, I know.

I made one of my most favorite ‘summer’ foods today – guacamole. 

Yes, here in PA it has to be a ‘summer’ food, unless you are willing to pay $12 for an avocado at Whole Paycheck Foods. Which I may be. We will see.

I am sure my recipe is no different from many others. I love making guac – I just love chopping food up and throwing it all together.

These babes had seen better days.


They were VERY ripe. Almost non-usable ripe.

But I didn’t let that happen.

Here are my guacamole additions:


Look at that gorgeous avocado meat. Yum.


I was tempted to spoon out these chunks onto warm toast.


I chop about 1/4-1/2 of a red onion.


I was a little teary here. I rarely cry when chopping onions, but when it hits, it’s BAD. As in black mascara all down face. I’m glad that didn’t happen because I was craving some guacamole at 9am. So I made it before going to church. Who does that?


I squeeze most of the juice out of the tomato before I chop. I prefer not to have tomato juice and seeds in my guac. 


Tomato, onion, and avocado:


Ah – look at this beauty. This is a big jalapeno pepper. 


I scraped the seeds out and used 1/4 of this pepper.



It even looks delicious here.


I’m tempted to grab a blue corn chip and dip in.

If I had any left, that is. Someone ate it all. My husband doesn’t like avocado. Or at least he thinks he doesn’t.

I use the juice of one lime, freshly squeezed.


I think the addition of the lime adds such a kick.


And I juiced this one out.


Add some fresh chopped cilantro to the mix, and we’re ready to roll.


Do you like cilantro? I hear it’s about 50/50. Some people love it, others think it tastes like dish soap. I’ve never had dish soap, but if it tastes like cilantro, bring it on!

I give it a rough mash with a fork, but then choose to make this guac a bit more creamy.



Guac with a sweet potato chip.


My favorite dippers are blue corn chips. We have been going through them at an ungodly rate recently. I think I have a problem.

I loved this guac so much I decided to take him for a ride.


Yes, that would be the front seat of my car. I told you I have no patience.

Scoop out avocado meat. Add chopped vegetables to the mix. Squeeze in fresh lime juice. Serve with chips.