What Every Kitchen Needs

beer drinking cat

No, not a microplane, or an immersion blender… Okay, maybe if your kitchen’s lame, you need those things.  But what my kitchen really needed was this awesome piece of art featuring an overweight, beer drinking, viking helmet wearing cat.

This was a Christmas gift from our friends Tom and Heather and I only recently got around to hanging it up.  I cannot possibly express to you how much I love this – it definitely ranks among the best gifts I have ever gotten.   It absolutely screams Kate!   I just love it.

If you feel  the need to purchse your own drunken cat art, the artist has a website – Whiskers and Wine – and it is a whole bunch of awesome.  I’ve actually been tempted to purchase a few more pieces, but I truthfully don’t know how many pictures of drunk cats my house really needs.  One is fun and whimsical, but I think six might be bordering on crazy.  I think you need one!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Happy 4th of July, Folks!  Picnic season is in full swing and if you’re anything like me, you feel like you may die if you have to look at another potato salad.  This Southwestern Quinoa Salad is a nice change of pace from the standard cold summer salad.  And it’s super healthy too, so you don’t have to feel bad about drinking that 6th beer!

Southwest Quinoa Salad



1 Cup Quinoa cooked per instructions

1 Cup Canned Black Beans drained and rinsed

1 Cup Corn

1 Cup Frozen Edamame (optional, but I like it)

1/2 Container Grape Tomatoes halved

1/2 Cup diced Red Onion

1 Jalapeno seeded and diced

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Lime Juice

1 tsp Adobo Seasoning


*** Please note:  all measurements are approximate – becuase I really hate measuring things, so use your discretion***

Cook Quinoa per instructions on package,  chop up your veggies, and combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  I recommend letting this one sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before eaiting to really let the flavors combine.


Simple Guacamole

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Everyone!  I hope everyone is celebrating with a giant margarita!  But Kate, it’s only 10 AM…  Exactly!  

This, oddly enough, may actually be one of my favorite holidays.  A day of sitting around, eating Mexican and drinking Tequila… what could possibly be better?  These are a few of my favorite things (queue Julie Andrews… boy that would be a different song if I wrote it: Red Wine, and Tacos and Cats that might hate me…)

Anyway, I thought this would be a great day to share my basic guacamole recipe.  It’s delicious and comes together in just a few minutes, which is good, because you don’t want to waste any precious time that could otherwise be spent drinking!




2 Ripe Avocados

1/3 Cup Red Onion Diced

1 Jalapeno Seeded and Diced

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1 Lime



Place peeled Avocados in bowl and mash up with a fork. Add diced Red Onion, Jalapeno and Garlic.  Squeeze in juice of one Lime.  Mix together until smooth.  Add Salt to taste.