Happy Birthday, Jeanne!

Today is Miss Jeanne’s 50th birthday! Fancy that.

I don’t even know what to say except for the fact that over the past few years, she has been a constant source of encouragement to me and she gives me a reason to be homesick for Texas.

Since we can’t all appear on her doorstep today with champagne and pinatas, we’re celebrating around the country, potluck-style. Which is exactly the way that we would be doing it if we were all together.

For this party, I felt that it would only be fitting to bring guacamole. It’s our go-to dip of choice and pretty much everyone is always excited to see you walk in the door with it.

I’ve really had a yen for guacamole sans-tomatoes lately, so I decided that we would post it up that way, instead. If you want our usual recipe, check it out here.

Your grocery store haul:


  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt and pepper

What to do:

  • Hack open the avocados. Remove the skins and the pits, and dump them into a bowl. Bonus points if you pick an aesthetically pleasing bowl.
  • Mash those.
  • Finely chop an onion and mince the cilantro to a pulp. Incorporate.
  • Juice the lime (or rock the bottle of lime juice like we usually do), salt and pepper to taste.

In the bowl

  • Stir again and serve! And this is where you run with it.


In our most civilized moments, this has been served with tacos or enchiladas. In the more desperate moments it has appeared on toast, at breakfast with eggs or on a spoon.

You’ll know what to do.

I pinky promise swear that you will be the hit of your party or that it will be the star of your dinner table!

Want to see what the other ladies have cooked up?  Get ready for Kirsten’s Orange Creamsicle Pie, Megan’s Nutella Cream Cheese Turn-Overs, Allison’s Coca Cola Sheet Cake, Anne’s Mexican Ice Cream, Madelyn’s Cheesy Chorizo Dip, Carrie’s Coconut Banana Brownie Pie, Madeline’s Fig, Fontina and Pecan Flatbread, Monica’s Tropical Ice Cream, Katie’s Dr. Pepper Cake, Lauren’s Key Lime Pies in Animal Cracker Crusts, and Beka’s Aged Manhattan!


10 responses to “Happy Birthday, Jeanne!

  1. I love guac sans tomatoes, too! This looks fabulous! You know, just so there’s no double dipping…you just better give me the whole bowl! I’m so excited for Jeanne today and glad to be a part of her birthday celebration!

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  3. Nice! I have some avocados at home that need to be used up! I’ll be trying this recipe soon!

  4. You just made the most perfect guacamole! Tomatoes have no business swimming around in my guac. No matter your preference, it’s the guacamole that is the first to vanish at every party.

  5. Oh, Kat…. if you only knew. I’ve been on a total avocado bender lately. I cannot seem to get enough of them. I’m eating them plain, on sandwiches, in wraps, on salads. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of guacamole, and still I can’t seem to get enough. I swear, it’s like you crawled into my head with this pick. And now that I’ve seen your photos, I’m going to make a run to the grocery store to pick up more.

    Thank you so much for the perfect snack recipe, for knowing me so very well, and for making my 50th the best birthday ever. I am so lucky to have such fabulous friends. You guys have blown me away, and I can’t say thanks enough. I love you all so much. Big Texas-sized hugs – jeanne

  6. You are a great friend Kat!! This makes me love you even more. Have a lovely day and Happy Birthday to Miss Jeanne. 🙂 Take care,

    Shauna xoxo

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  8. I adore guacamole and especially love it with tomatoes. But I love tomatoes and have them in my house at all times. Well, when I can find half-way decent ones this time of year. But when I can’t, guac-sans-tomato is perfectly acceptable. 😉

  9. I can honestly say that the first time I was presented with guacamole with tomatoes, I blanched, and I’m still not a fan. My dad would make it with sour cream, which was – meh, just not avocado-y enough (I came to discover the man did not like avocados – what?). I’m never fancy enough to hit the tacos; chips are usually the means of transportation to my mouth. This makes one serving, right?

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