ALICIA MATHEWS
ALICIA MATHEWS
 

FOURTH OF JULY 2017 + THE ONLY GUAC RECIPE YOU'LL EVER NEED

I spent the Fourth of July in Nashville this year with some great friends, and A LOT of great food! We grilled out and shot off some fireworks, like the rest of you, I'm sure. But it was a great night, and I tried out this guac recipe for the first time. I've had the Nutrition Stripped cookbook for a while and have been dying to try it out, so I FINALLY did, and YA'LL - this guac is BOMB.

 
 

I made a few modifications to the recipe partially because I really like my guac a little chunky with lots of vegetables, so here is the recipe from Nutrition Stripped. The ingredients with astericks beside them are the ones I added, so feel free to leave those out. Or anything, for that matter, if it's something you don't like! Also, when I made this batch, I may have accidentally mixed up the amounts on the cumin and the cayenne pepper. Oops! I don't recommend you do that, unless you want to set your mouth on fire. Luckily, I caught it before I mixed it in and was able to remove some of it. So, pay attention, unless you want to become a fire breathing dragon.

 

2 medium avocados

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

*1/2 red bell pepper

2 large cloves garlic, diced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes

1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt to taste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

Dash of cayenne pepper or to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 lemon, sliced

 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. I like to mash the avocado with a potato smasher. You can use a fork as well, but a potato smasher works a lot quicker in my opinion! . 

Arrange the lemon slices so that they cover the entire top surface of the guacamole. This keeps it fresh, and slows down oxidation. You can store it in an airtight container for up to five days. I served the guac with Garden of Eatin blue corn tortilla chips. They're gluten free, ya'll!

We didn't have a whole lot leftover though! Because it was larger party, I doubled the recipe and used 4 avocados.

PRO TIP: Pile a spoon full on your burger with some pepper jack cheese!  

 
 

This is my sweet friend Brittany, who had us over to celebrate the Fourth Of July! She and her husband Robert are two of the most fun people. We had an awesome night with them and we even made some new friends! They live a little ways out of the city, and have an incredible view. We could see fireworks for miles! 

 
 

Now for the outfit details - my favorite part of every post! So I've had this cute little Draper James top in my closet for a while. Like, probably over a year. As we all do, I perplexed over the perfect 4th of July outfit, pulled out every red, white, and blue item in my closet, tried them all on and put them all back. This top was hiding in a sea of polka dots (if you have seen my closet, you'd understand), and unworn treasures with the tags still attached. (Once again, if you've seen my closet...)

I knew that I REALLY wanted to wear my white J.Crew shorts, because they are just SO great. I've had them forever, and they're simply a wardrobe staple and a trusty go-to for me. This top was a perfect fit! The length, the style, everything. Cute, current, but still classic. 

For accessories, I pulled out one of the newest additions to my wardrobe. Tassels are so in right now, and I had recently purchased a tassel necklace from Stella & Dot. Since I don't own much red (it's just not my best color) it was a great way to be festive without having to wear a lot of a color that just doesn't do me any favors. On my wrist, I opted for white and gold (because once again, I don't own much red). On one hand, I'm wearing a studded pearl cuff from Stella & Dot, and on the other, a braided Alex and Ani and a beaded bracelet by Erimish.

The sandals I'm wearing are Sam Edleman. I bought them in black and brown a couple years ago, and they have held up SO well! It's been about 3 summers now and I still haven't had to replace them! 

 
 

If you've been following along for a while (and if you have, THANK YOU!! And if you're new, THANK YOU!! and WELCOME!!) you know that these are my two favorite boys - Max and Stephen! I couldn't make this post without mentioning the two things that make every day worth celebrating. 

 
 

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Let me know if you decide to make the guacamole, or if you have any questions about the recipe, or my outfit! I'd love to hear from you! E-mail me at alicianmathews@gmail.com