Avocado with Warm Bacon Cilantro Dressing

Avocado with Warm Bacon Cilantro Dressing

IMAG0336I made this delicious recipe for lunch today based on a recipe by Living Eventfully that I of course found through Pinterest. I followed it pretty closely with a few distinct differences. One of which being that I didn’t feel like measuring anything! ;D
(Btw, I know the photo doesn’t look appetizing, but trust me, it’s incredible.)

Here’s her recipe and below are the changes I made:

1/3 pound sliced bacon (about 4 slices)
2 firm-ripe avocados, each pitted, peeled, and cut into 4 to 6 wedges
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat until crisp.
Drain bacon on paper towels. Remove pan from heat and pour the bacon fat into a bowl. Add 2 tbsp. bacon fat back into your skillet. 
Divide the sliced avocado wedges among 4 plates.
Heat bacon fat over medium heat. Add garlic, 1/4 cup water, lime juice, and sugar and simmer for 1 minute, stirring.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro.
Crumble the bacon in to the skillet.
Stir until combined.
Spoon over avocado wedges and serve immediately.
Lick your plate.

Here are my changes:

First, like I said, I didn’t bother measuring anything. I just threw in whatever amount I felt like!
Second, I used bacon we had already cooked the day before and then refrigerated. I then used the skillet to warm up the bacon, therefore rendering out enough fat to cook the rest of the dressing. Side note, we used the Cold-Oven Method to cook the bacon, and it was great! You should definitely try it!
Third, instead of garlic cloves, I’ve been using the refrigerated minced garlic in a squeeze bottle lately. Much easier especially if you don’t keep fresh on hand all the time like us.
Fourth, I added in some Garlicky Greens we had left over from Wegman’s for  a party. We got it from the catering department but that link will show you a recipe on how to make them yourself. They’re a bit salty and very garlicky so they were a great addition!

Finally, I added about a tablespoon of dijion mustard. Mmmmm a good decision!

My only other thoughts on this recipe are don’t both sharing! I ate the whole myself and LOVED IT. I will definitely be making this again, and if I do want to share, I’ll increase the recipe by a LOT. 😀

Gold Accented Mirror

Before & After

 Finally I have my first post and it actually has nothing to do with anything I’ve seen on Pinterest, but it’s because of everything on Pinterest that my friend (the owner of the mirror) and I had the idea to do this. Here we have a very pretty mirror (the photo doesn’t do it justice) but the color and distressing is a bit dull so it’s hard to see all of the pretty detailing in the frame.

We both thought it would benefit from from some more (it actually already has some) gold touches. Luckily I already had Rub-N-Buff paint in two different gold colors. I decided to use the “Grecian Gold” because I thought it would a little more antiqued.

Be careful with this stuff. This was my first time using this product so obviously I read the instructions, which is good because I was about to start using it inside. No, bad Angela!

A few things I learned from this was:

• It smells A LOT. Use it in a well ventilated area, I was outside and was still accidentally smelling it.
• When you first open it will be very watery/oily; because I hadn’t used it before I thought that was its normal texture and was therefore caught off guard when suddenly the gold color was much stronger I’d finally gotten down past the oil. I’d squeeze out the first bit and throw it out if I use this again.
• It shows on the cover a woman just using her finger to apply it but on the directions is says to wash your hands basically as soon as possible so that worried me. I decided to use one paper towel to apply and one paper towel to wipe off and that worked fine.

IMAG0087I think I was done in about 10 minutes and it looked really nice. Sadly the photo of the whole mirror did not really show the gold so here is a close-up shot of the final product.