Happy New Year! Today for my Five Faves with Annie and Cindy I’d like to share my new comfortable washable loafers, my cousin’s gazpacho recipe, and other things I’m loving!
But first, how are you feeling about 2022? Let’s go in with the glass half full and a smile in our hearts. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. And a reader reminded me of this post from last January about “Five Ways To A Healthier You.”
I’m starting today!
1. What To Eat: Walter’s Famous Healthy Gazpacho
Besides being a brilliant neurologist, my cousin Walter Lemann is a perfectionist when it comes to cooking! Take it away, Walter…
“I am so excited and flattered that Mary Ann invited me to join Classic Casual Home as your occasional culinary contributor. Our first offering is a super healthy treat. Besides being 100% gluten-free (leave off the bread), it is vegan and Kosher. What food boasts all of that and tastes so good. Served ice cold from the frig, I enjoy a small bowl or glass every day.”
- Diced or Chef’s cut canned tomatoes, One 28 oz. and one 15 oz can (juice and all)
- Lemon or lime juice 2-3 Tbs
- Long cucumber, use half of it cut in chunks
- Onion half large or 1 whole medium cut in chunks
- Large green bell pepper half cut in chunks
- Garlic cloves 3 to 4 or 5 to 6
- Cilantro, half a large bunch, stems and all
- Salt 2 tsp or more
- ground black pepper to taste.
- Tabasco or Sriracha to taste, if you like it spicy.
Sriracha is pretty thick so I would add it toward the bottom so it gets thoroughly distributed
- Stale white bread 1-2 pieces to thicken (optional)
Directions: Place 1/3 of tomatoes in a blender. (I have a Kitchen Aid 2 quart capacity with all the bells and whistles). Then add all other ingredients. Put the remainder of the tomatoes on top. Then add cilantro and bread (if using it). Now add all the rest of the big tomato can. Pulse on chop, then on the mix. Push chunks down with a spatula. Now add the 15 oz tomato can and chop and mix. Refrigerate in the coldest area of the frig.
2. What To Watch “Being The Ricardos” Movie on Prime Video
This was an interesting recreation of Lucy and Desi Arnaz’s complicated relationship. I won’t say too much more, but Howard and I enjoyed it.
“In 1952, Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz face personal and professional obstacles that threaten their careers, their relationship, and their hit television show.”
3. What To Wear: Birdies Super Comfortable, Washable Loafers
My husband, Howard knows I like Birdies shoes (especially their flats). The Birdies SF store is right next to his favorite sports bar (convenient). For Christmas, he gave me the Blackbird shoe in camouflage. I already had them in black. I normally wear a size 7 and in the pointed styles like this 7.5 (he bought the correct size). HAPPY FEET!
Other Birdies That I Love:
4. What To Listen To: “Glory Over Everything” Book By Kathleen Grissom
Once I started, I didn’t want to stop listening to this audiotape version. I highly recommend it. It’s about slavery in the South and personal trials. Once again, I got it for free from the public library on the “Libby” app.
5. Home Refresh With Anthropologie
Around this time of year, people feel like refreshing their interiors. I got some ideas while in Los Angeles last week at Anthropologie in Century City.
Also, if organizing is on your mind, Anthro has some pretty baskets such as:
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my top five favorite things along with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: