Good Ol’ Fashioned Guacamole Dip

No big bash is complete without a good guacamole dip! We all want to indulge but don’t necessarily want to pay the prince the next day after we have eaten EVERYTHING on the tables because all the sides and snacks just looked too good to pass up… this is great with healthy-style “chips: Serve with lettuce chips, carrots sticks, or celery instead of chips!

Use these healthy chips instead of salty tortillas to cut on calories, to save for more wine or craft beer!

Ingredients for Guacamole Dip( Photo by Jess Vallery)


  • 6 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 2 ripe but firm tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of Cayenne Pepper


Soak the onions in the lime juice and set aside. Mix avocado up and mash with a fork, add in tomatoes, cilantro, and onions and lime juice and mix well so flavors blend. Add season, stir and serve.


Refreshing Summer Water

Want some refreshing water that looks good on the table and tastes delicious? This water is simple, quick to make, and is a beautiful addition to any centerpiece.

In a large pitcher with about 10 cups of water add 4 limes that have been thinly sliced, fill with a couple of hand fulls of ice. Then add 8-10 medium to large strawberries that have been frozen completely to the water. The strawberries will extract a great flavor and pair really nicely with the lime citrus and they will also act as an ice cube! {The berries will turn translucent after about three hours so if the party is going to be longer, I like to just put a few in for color and looks and make a separate batch of strawberry flavored water and pour it into the the lime water.}

In the summertime, this water is the perfect accompaniment to any gathering. There are over 20 farmers markets in Sonoma County and fresh fruits and citrus can be purchased from local vendors there.

Refreshing Summer water


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