Rained Out

by HEAB on September 6, 2011

My Chucks and I haven’t ventured out much because it has been raining non-stop for 48 hours. Ask CD, I am not a happy girl without sunshine in my life. I thrive on vitamin D. Anyway, we did brave the nasty weather for a Hood To Coast team reunion (Long live Chasing D.B. Cooper – our team name back in 2005). Thankfully, there was a screened-in porch.

There were also appetizers…

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I love blue tortilla chips so much, and this was the BEST tomatillo salsa I’ve ever had. It’s made here in Nashville and sold at Whole Foods…cue the cringe from CD. I can’t seem to find a website – probably because I can’t recall the name – Toni’s or something? Anyway, I know what the jar looks like, and it will be mine.

There was a random salad contributed by me…


Spinach, almonds, chopped prunes, goat cheese, drizzle of tahini miso dressing (3 TBSP tahini, 1 tsp miso, 2 tsp maple syrup, water to thin).

There were burgers…


There was a stare down contest mediated by a fairy…


Good food. Good friends. Good times.

Happy Chuck Taylor Tuesday! 🙂


Samantha September 11, 2011 at 12:35 am

Inquiring minds want to know who won the contest?!

Hope the sun is shining now!

HEAB September 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

Yes, it’s been beautiful here in Nashville all week, and Summer of course won the stare down. She’s got CD’s competitive spirit. 😉

michelle September 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Miso is one of those ingredients that always stumps me. I can’t wait to try this salad dressing.

Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

That salsa looks delicious! Chips and salsa are something I never tire of!

Vegetarian in the City September 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

Your salad dressing sounds yummy!

What a cute picture of the kids too!

MC September 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

Its Toneys Naturals salsa! He also sells it at the East Nashville farmers markets on Wednesdays fyi 🙂 and makes cheese spreads, chocolates, and tons more….all equally delish as the tomatilla salsa!
website is http://www.toneysnaturals.com/ – enjoy!

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

THANK YOU. That’s why I couldn’t find the website – I was spelling Toney’s name wrong. He makes chocolates too? Oh my, I must get myself to the farmer’s market and soon!

Emmy (Wine and Butter) September 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

Oh my goodness – you want rain – come here! (oh no wait – you don’t want rain – nobody does!)
Also WF prices here are INSANE. My friend bought a tiny tub of salad for £11 – thats about $25 to you I believe.
On a more positive note I just remembered about you asking for the fro yo recipe aaaaaaaaaages ago and I totally forgot. Basically – this is going to be an anticlimaz – there is no recipe. Louis bought me an ice cream maker last xmas (yay!!) and i just put some greek fro yo and honey to taste n there…. its SO GOOD. worth the ice cream maker cost for the fro yo savings alone.

Emmy (Wine and Butter) September 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

I mean I put Greek Yogurt in there – not greek fro yo. That would be only be necessary for people who require their desserts be really EXCESSIVELY frozen… xx

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That’s it? Oh my gosh, how easy, and I happen to have an ice-cream maker. So making this one of these days. Thank you! 🙂

Erika - The Teenage Taste September 7, 2011 at 6:16 am

Ugh, I definitely know how you feel! The weather forcast for NJ has rain all week! 😛

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 7, 2011 at 3:22 am

All of the food looks so yummy. It’s been raining here for days, too, but I sort of like it. It’s great sleepy weather. Bad for being outside and driving, but better than hot humid days in the office. 🙂

Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land September 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I just wrote down that salad dressing recipe like my life depended on it! I love anything miso, but miso + maple syrup sounds like perfection. I will be trying it tomorrow!

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I finished off what was left atop some oat bran. Sounds weird, but I LOVED it!

Alyssa September 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Cutest. Staring. Contest. EVER!!!!!!

Mama Pea September 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Is Summer sporting ponytails? Adorable!

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Mama Pea, Yes. Her hair is out of control, and if we don’t put it up everyday, it just hangs in her eyes. I have so much fun styling it, but no more hair accessories – she’s learned to pull them right out.

Kathleen September 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Haha I too adore that staredown pic. Such an intent gaze, cute. Hope you get some sunshine your way soon!

Katie September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I’m scared for this winter. I haven’t been in the midwest for winter for a decade. Four months of sunless weather….I’m going to die.

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Honestly, I’m scared for you. 🙁

Holly @ The Runny Egg September 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Summer is so cute in the last pic — I just love her pigtails!

I haven’t been to WF in over a year. My bank account (and Jason) is happy about that!

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

CD is happy about my lack of trip to Whole Foods as well. It’s amazing how much our grocery bill dropped when I stopped going there.

Emily September 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Love the stare-down picture, too cute and too funny 🙂 I have to avoid WF right now because my budget is really suffereing. Hope the rain stops for all of us soon!! Looks like it will be here until Friday for us.

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I feel you completely, Heather! I feel like I’m a vehicle that thrives on vitamin D 😀

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Team Chasing D.B. Cooper? That is AWESOME! 🙂

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Amber, have you read that book that just came out D.B. Cooper? Skyjack by Geoffrey Gray? I just finished it – fascinating!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

No, I haven’t! I’m going to have to check that out. I’m a big D.B. Cooper fan. Well, I mean, a fan of his LEGEND, more so than HIM. 😛

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

My chucks haven’t gone out much either! I’m a flower, I need sunshine to grow! Sounds like you had a great gathering with friends! Enjoy the last of your Tuesday my friend!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

The tomatillo salsa looks amazing and yes, I know you have a thing for blue chips. Really though, party food, chips + dips/salsas of any kind are just…mandatory.

Many times WF’s has regionally distributed foods and you can’t get them other places or at other WF’s even. A friend of ours gets the BEST hummus at her WF’s in San Fran and even though I have to watch my bean intake, I will go hog wild on that hummus b/c it’s that good…and we can’t get it in San Diego.

Cute fairy and kiddos 🙂

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It’s been raining cats and dogs here in WNC. Our rivers are about to rise out of their banks. I’m hoping it stops so I can take the kids on a run tomorrow. Being in the house for 3 days will do things to your mind. 😉

HEAB September 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Oh my gosh, yes! I think that’s why it’s been so hard. There was not a day in Michigan when we did not get out for a walk, if not two. So, being inside all day with a 10 month old crawling all over the place can be challenging. We both need our fresh air!

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad September 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I usually need sun but today I really enjoyed the rain! I am so happy it’s getting to be fall-like.

Mmmm salsa. “Brooklyn Salsa” is my favorite brand. It is super expensive but I stock up when there’s a sale.

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