History will record that I'm not the MOST fit person in Colleywood. A bum foot with more titanium than a new set of Callaway golf clubs will do that to a person.
I do try and live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. And after extensive research I've learned that moderate exercise may not help me live longer, but it will help me die slower. So I've got that going for me.
My day typically begins with a four-mile walk inside the bubble that houses Colleywood and Baja Colleywood (known by some as Euless). It's an urban/residential mix and my only wildlife sightings are what I see on the sidewalks, streets and parking lots.
There's a pattern here. I see the same "types" of people every day. The seasons change...the outfits are constantly changing, but the people...well, I've identified 4 distinct groups.
A few weeks ago, eight of my closest girlfriends and I hosted one of our best-ever baby bashes. I adore giving showers with these women because no one gets overwhelmed with work. This time, Shelley handled invitations. Becky tallied RSVPs while Terri tracked down the group gift and Bev planned the menu. Linda and Debbie transformed my dining room into a gray-and-yellow, You-are-my-Sunshine-themed wonderland. Everyone filled the table with fabulous goodies. And all I had to do was clean house, send Bob to the ranch (it's dove season so he was more than happy to oblige) and make this delicious dip.
With the shower set for Sunday, I whipped up my contribution Saturday to save steps on party day. I adapted it from an idea in Fine Cooking Appetizers: 200 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavor (The Taunton Press; November 2010). Overflowing with creamy goodness, this crowd-pleaser features yogurt, light sour cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and low-fat buttermilk spiked with herbs, garlic, cider vinegar and Tabasco for that kick we Texans crave.
Talk about simple. You just stir the ingredients together in a large bowl and allow at least 15 minutes for the flavors to blend. If you're like me and want to make it ahead, just stash this winner in the fridge till serving time.
At our shower, it looked pretty and proved a major hit plated with baby carrots (love that crunch!), grape tomatoes, celery pieces and pepper strips. You could also try asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or just about any fresh veggie.