The Holzmanns are based in the midwest folks. Wisconsin. Born & raised (except for a handful of years of living in CA). Bring on your preconceived stereotypes, we can handle them!
Cheese? Yeah, we love it just as much as you imagine we do. We basically add cheese to anything and everything we make. Summer sausage? Yep. Cows everywhere? Yep. In fact, just last week there was a cow blocking a downtown intersection. Midwest accents? Most of us unfortunately have them. I only recently discovered how bad mine was. Oh yaaaa.
Football? Let’s just say that we take our Packer games pretty darn serious. The day after a Packer loss people are grumpier and the night after a Packer victory, people are the jolliest. And even though we are out our beloved Aaron Rodgers for a few games and we are on our 3rd quarterback, we are still just as pumped up to cheer on our Green Bay Packers every weekend. I have to say that most of the steryotypes you hear about Wisconsin are true and we are proud of them. We love our midwest life. It very much suits our lifestyle and family.
Oh yes, football!
Sunday is all about appetizers in our house. We need game food and mom needs a break from making meals throughout the week. This Texas caviar is game-time snack approved, even by the kids! And believe it or not, it’s one delicious snack that is really good for you. Those beans are packed with protein and all those yummy veggies are so tasty you won’t believe your eating a relatively healthy snack. The dressing is my favorite part. Red wine vinegar totally makes this dip work. You just have to trust me and try this one. Last time I made a big batch I took it to a housewarming party and it was a huge hit!
- 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can chick peas, drained & rinsed
- 1 can mexi-corn
- 2 cloves garlic, minced OR 1-2 tablespoons Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 4 roma tomatoes, diced
- 2 avocados, diced
- 1-2 handfuls fresh cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil OR ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- In a large mixing bowl combine beans, chick peas, mexi-corn, garlic, onions, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro.
- Mix to combine.
- Next make the dressing.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, and italian seasoning.
- Pour dressing over dip and stir to coat.
- Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
- (remember to keep an avocado pit in the bowl to keep the avocados from browning before you serve it)
Thanks for your visit. I promise I will post a pregnancy update soon! I had so many ideas for pregnancy posts this time around but time is always slipping away from me. I promised myself that I would take time to really enjoy the Christmas season this year. I mean really enjoy it and take it all in. Most years we are so busy that it’s here and gone so fast and it really makes me sad because it’s the best time of the year. I vowed this year would be different, and it already is. High five self! That is why I won’t be blogging much this Christmas season, or at least not getting stressed about it.
We are slowly starting to decorate the house together as a family, our elf Wyatt has returned from the North Pole and is up to his usual shenanigans every morning, and we are focusing more on what we can do for those less fortunate than us than on the presents the kids want for Christmas. Words can’t describe the happiness it brings me to see my kids wanting to be involved in helping other children, or picking our something special for someone who would otherwise never get a Christmas present. My wish is that every year we continue to slow down, and take every special part of Christmas in together and that we are more excited about the real reason for celebration. Jesus Christ.