They Grow Up So Fast (Black Bean Salsa)

Over the weekend, this precious child graduated with her bachelors degree, putting her one step closer to becoming a pharmacist. WHAT? My little sister is almost a pharmacist? Whoa. This is Chickey as a little chick - not sure how old she was but I know that those overalls are amazing. And that hair-do has second day pink sponge rollers written all over it.
I am 5 1/2 years older than Chickey and thankful that we have always been close. (Except for the few years that she did not drink anything with ice in it because I told her she would die if she did. And the time that I locked her in her bedroom closet during a storm, trashed her room, and told her that a tornado had just been through it. Or the time that she and her friend destroyed the LAST tube of Jane by Sassiby's "Smashing Pumpkin" lipstick. It was orange, and I was mad.) I am very proud of the woman that she has become. This Chick is driven - yet kind and compassionate. Loves her family and her friends, loves Starkville, and is smart as a whip.

Here she is, enjoying her new graduation Alex and Leo bag (tutorial to make it here). The night was great and a good opportunity to get to hang out with family. Mom was smart enough to bring a quilt to the graduation - the ceremony was in the Ole Miss practice complex so the entire building was covered in AstroTurf. After Chickey turned her tassel, Alex and I retired to the back of the room and practiced pulling up and crawling. Cutest darn thing I ever saw.

Yes, a large time was had by all.

Also - a big 'ole happy Mother's Day shout out to all the mom's out there. I know I'm the luckiest daughter in the world to have a mom like Pegs. And how cute is this new mom...enjoying her first mother's day this year.

All of this family time involved some serious eating. It only made sense to come home this afternoon and try to make something that did not involve a cream sauce. How about black bean salsa? Recipe tweaked from one by Chickey - she's pretty much owning this post.

Black Bean Salsa

16 oz black beans (rinsed and drained)

16 oz corn

one handful fresh cilantro

1/2 cup lime juice, chopped

4 green onions, diced

1 tbl olive oil

1 tbl cumin

1 tomato, chopped

salt and pepper , to taste

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate before serving.

Serving size 1/2 cup

WW points 1

Like any salsa, this would be great with a baked tortilla chip. However...i have full intentions of eating 1 cup of this with a spoon for a mid afternoon snack tomorrow.

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