Tomato Cucumber Salad and Old Favorites

Does anyone else watch TV shows that they have seen a million times?  I do.  All the time.  While I love watching new shows and finding new things to love, a part of me loves the comfort of an old favorite.  If you know anything about me, you can probably guess which show I always turn to.


Friends | Life Healthfully Lived

I own all of the episodes on DVD (even though they are now on Netflix, I still watch the DVD version because there are scenes that are cut out on the Netflix versions) and I will routinely watch them over and over.  I can pretty much quote whole episodes, recognize obscure lines, and know what each scene looks like.  If Marta Kaufmann and David Crane called me up and told me they needed someone to recreate every single episode on their own, I would be perfect for the job.

Friends | Life Healthfully Lived

Why do I continue to watch Friends over and over and over again?  It’s a security blanket.  When I’m feeling blue, I know one of Chandler’s jokes can cheer me up.  When I’m under the weather, there is no better medicine than Phoebe’s ditzy yet surprisingly poignant logic.  I see myself in some of Monica’s obsessive tendencies, Joey gives me encouragement that even if I’m not great at something if I keep at it I can achieve some kind of greatness, and who doesn’t love the on again off again relationship between Rachel and Ross?

Friends | Life Healthfully Lived

It also connects me to the people I love.  My mom, sister, and my friend Ashley are all just as big a fans as I am when it comes to Friends.  I can randomly text them lines from the show and they know exactly what episode I’m watching.  I often relate my life to certain scenarios and they know exactly what I mean.  So to make a long story short, Friends is awesome and I’ll never stop watching.

Friends | Life Healthfully Lived

This simple salad is almost as awesome as Friends.  It’s the perfect summer side dish because it takes 2 minutes to put together, doesn’t require a stove or oven, and uses in season vegetables.  You probably already have most of the ingredients, so whip up a big batch to eat all weekend long because the longer this salad marinates, the better it gets!

Tomato Cucumber Salad- based on this recipe from Rachel Ray

Tomato and Cucumber Salad | Life Healthfully Lived  

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 3/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Tomato and Cucumber Salad | Life Healthfully Lived

  1. Wash, peel, and cut the cucumbers and place into a large bowl.  Wash and cut the tomatoes and add those in along with the red onion.  Mix everything so it’s well combined
  2. Pour in the vinegar and olive oil and stir once again.  Finally, add in all the seasonings.  Mix everything really well.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge and if possible allow it to marinate overnight.  Once it has marinated, taste and adjust any seasonings.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad | Life Healthfully Lived

Also, if you’re looking for a delicious and healthy treat to cool off during this hot weekend you should check out my post on Girl.ish this week.  I made a PB & J milkshake that tastes like it should be so bad for you but it’s not! Go try it and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday Funday

Ok, so Monday isn’t really all that fun but maybe if we say it enough it will be true.  Probably not, but let’s pretend.

Last weekend my husband, Adam, came down with a cold/cough/sore throat and was out of the game for a few days.  We took him to the doctor, got him some meds, and he is on the mend.  I thought I had escaped whatever bug he had but Friday morning I woke up with a tickle in my throat and by Saturday my nose was running like a faucet.  Yesterday my head was all congested and I just wanted to be able to breathe through my nose.  Luckily I didn’t get hit as hard as Adam, but still, it’s no fun to have a cold.

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My feeble attempt to try and breathe through my congestion. Also I look HOT


So I spent this past weekend trying to take it easy.  Keyword here: trying.  I know that I need to rest to get better faster, but I am really bad at just sitting around.  I like to be accomplishing something at all times, it’s something I’m working on.

In my “resting” state, I spent some time in the kitchen on Saturday coming up with a few new recipes for the blog.  I have a few that need some tweaking, but I did manage to come up with a new soup and it really hit the spot for someone with a cold.

When I did finally manage to sit on the couch, Adam and I binged on House of Cards.  If you have not watched this series, run to your TV/computer and watch all of them now.  The Underwoods are deliciously ruthless and evil and I love them.  It’s one of those situations where you know it’s wrong to cheer for them but you can’t help but hope for them to come out on top.  This season so far (we’re about 6 episodes in) has been pretty good and I can’t wait to see where it ends up.  Also, is it wrong for me to want to be as badass as Claire Underwood?  I mean in one episode the woman threatens a country with war on the toilet in the women’s bathroom at the UN.  That’s ballsy right there.


In between the awesomeness of House of Cards, I also watched a few episodes of Chopped.  Obviously I love watching cooking shows and Chopped is one of my favorites.  While I was watching I realized as much as I love to cook and create dishes I would never make it past the appetizer round.  I would get so stressed and would probably just throw up my hands and cry in the corner.  I like to take my time in the kitchen and there is no way I could come up with something edible and creative in 20 minutes.  Oh well, I’m sure someday Food Network would come up with a show where I would have unlimited time, unlimited ingredients, no judges, and I get to make whatever I want, right?

My feeble attempt to try and breathe through y congestion. Also I look HOT

Hopefully this cold goes away soon and I can get back to my normal routine.  But let’s end this post on a high note with a picture of my adorable cats, because who doesn’t love pictures of cats?  Crazy people, that’s who.  Have a happy Monday everyone!

Olaf chilling to the max and Dot allowing him to be near her.

Olaf chilling to the max and Dot allowing him to be near her.

How did you spend your weekend?  What’s your favorite show of the moment?