The Gift Best Given To Yourself. Alone.

Before I start off today’s post. I need to put this out there into the ether hoping someone *cough*cop*cough* gets a whiff of what I want for Valentine’s Day. These are about the cutest Toms Shoes I’ve ever seen, I think they’d be perfect for V-day. In a size hobbit, por favor.

I had already planned on buying myself “Breaking Dawn” for Valentine’s Day, because really? That’s a gift you should get yourself. It seems wrong for your husband to buy you a dvd of a movie filled with the object of your affection; and it isn’t him. Oh Edward, you undead scamp, you!

If anyone emails me today and gives me crap about the fact that I talk openly about my celebrity crushes while I’m married, I’ll have you know the cop LOVES Jessica Alba. LOVES. He also knows I’m a totally insecure actor and tells me that he thinks I’m way better than her. I also make all his meals and he may be just a smidge fearful that I’ll go on strike or add exlax to his oatmeal. I prefer to believe he really does just love me way more.

I have to admit, I kinda have a girl crush on Jessica Alba. Did you see her at the Golden Globes? zomg. I need her trainer, her stylist, her makeup artist, and probably her gene pool because she is just ethereal. (why wasn’t I born Latina??!!?! Why do I have the flattest ass on the planet??? I DO A MILLION LUNGES AND DONKEY KICKS!!! YOU HEAR ME G-D?? A MILLION!!!) I shall go now and devise a strategy for stuffing my pants. It’s like stuffing your bra, only more squishy.

I once heard Jessica Alba pay partial credit of her beautiful skin on olive oil. That is one strategy I can get behind. It’s a friggen delicious strategy. There are some olive oils that I could drink out of the jar. I bought a particularly deliciously fruity olive oil last week and I wanted to use it in a way that would highlight its fruitiness while transforming it into something more. That’s when I decided that meatless monday would need to focus on beautiful skin as its goal, and olive oil as its star.

I give you, roasted red bell pepper and white bean sauce/dip/spread.

It can be served over pasta, as a spread on sandwiches, (omg on a pressed caprese???) as a dip for pita chips or healthified mozzarella sticks, or warmed up and eaten as a soup. Sooooo good.

Last night I had it over pasta with chopped parsley and parmesan cheese. It.was.divine.

roasted red bell pepper and white bean sauce

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Keywords: blender roast appetizer condiment entree soup/stew vegan gluten-free nut-free soy-free vegetarian red bell pepper garlic white bean Italian

Ingredients (4 servings on pasta, more if u)

  • one can of white beans, rinsed
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium size red bell peppers
  • 1-3 tsp red pepper flake
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


preheat oven to 350F

peel garlic and slice bell pepper.

put garlic and bell pepper in a pouch made of foil

roast for one hour

in the food processor

combine all ingredients


serve .

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19 thoughts on “The Gift Best Given To Yourself. Alone.

  1. Yum!! This looks sooo good, definitely something my whole family would love. Thanks for your comment on my guest post at Fitness Cheerleader, glad to have found your site!
  2. LOVE the shoes! It's hubby and I have celebrity crushes too and we are okay with the other watching them (he is OB-sessed with Natalie Portman) and I, Derek Jeter (what can I say? He's been my school girl crush since 1995 - I was 14!)... The spread looks yummy - I'm definitely bookmarking this one to use on macaroni one night soon!!! PS -> Love everything about this post =)

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