Edamame and Bacon Succotash

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This simple succotash is a great summer side dish… easy to make, fresh tasting, and satisfying. The ingredients can easily be adjusted to your liking and it’s one of those dishes that is really quite difficult to mess up. I will definitely be making this again!

Edamame and Bacon Succotash
(adapted from Women’s Day magazine)

6 slices of turkey bacon
3 bags of frozen corn
2 bags of frozen shelled edamame
3 roasted red peppers (I used fire roasted red peppers from a can), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3 scallions, very thinly chopped
4 generous tablespoons of olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped

1. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. When cool, roughly chop into 1/4 inch pieces.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add corn and edamame to boiling water and boil for two minutes. Drain in a colander and run cool water over the mixture to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine the corn, edamame, roasted red peppers, scallions, olive oil, 1 and 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp of black pepper. Add additional salt and black pepper if desired to taste. Fold in basil and bacon right before serving. Enjoy!

My favorite pieces of career advice

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Hello! My blogging friend Jenny recently tagged me to share some advice that I would give to my younger self. Here are some of my favorite pieces of career advice that have been passed on to me over the years that I’ve found helpful:

– Enjoy the process. Life is a series of stages and goals and if you are always looking ahead to the next phase you will miss out on enjoying the present!

– There is a good chance you will ultimately regret decisions that place career before family. You will probably never regret career decisions made for the sake of your family.

– Get a job doing something you enjoy so you can pay others to do the things you do not enjoy. (Or things you are not good at, like landscaping! #Ihaveablackthumb)

– As a working mom, juggling the balls of life will be a constant challenge. Some of the balls will inevitably drop and that’s okay… if they are important, you will pick them back up right away. The other ones can be picked back up if and when the time is right.

The photo at the beginning of this post is from a tulip farm that my girls and I visited last month. We went on a weekday when there weren’t many people there and it was stunning! I hope you are enjoying the spring as much as we are!

First photos with my Lensbaby Sweet 35

Lensbaby recently had a great sale on their tilt shift lenses, so I picked up a Sweet 35 Optic. The lens does not communicate electronically with the camera body, so you have to adjust the settings and focus manually. Needless to say, there is a bit of a learning curve and it’s quite challenging to get the focus just right, but I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with it!

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