summer veggie gazpacho

"Things happen, and you either roll with it or collapse under it. I choose to roll with it.”
-Gregg Allman

I love this quote, Gregg says this in “The Big Interview” with Dan Rather that I admittedly watched three, maybe four times. If you haven’t seen it, you should. 

I realized recently that I haven’t talked about anything that personal in my blog posts since England. I also realized that in my last few posts if I do talk about anything personal it all seems pretty hunky dory. House is great, job is great, blah blah blah. And they are great! But things aren’t always super duper fantastico because that just isn’t the way life works. And if it were, it would be a pretty boring life.

Because sometimes, your house IS great, but your bathroom sink breaks or a cockroach crawls across your arm. Sometimes your job is going well but you’re worried you aren’t learning everything quick enough. Sometimes you make real connections with people that don’t always pan out in the way you had hoped. Sometimes you spill a pint of paint in your car. Sometimes your loved ones have to go through surgery (thoughts and prayers appreciated). Sometimes a bird shits on your car in such a large amount that it ACTUALLY looks like the shape of an even larger bird. Sometimes you’re running late for a yoga class and park anywhere you can find, just to come out to find a boot on your car. This pretty much sums up my week. 

The good news is that even after that kind of week, your life is still beautiful. It's just keepin' you on your toes. So if any of you are going through these fun and natural motions of life, just know I’m rollin’ along right there with ya. But also remember that sometimes, you need to crack open a watermelon beer and make this AMAZING GAZPACHO.

The ingredients to this are so insanely simple it will blow your mind hole. 

Seriously it's so easy that if you don't make it I'm judging you.

Honestly, that's pretty much it. 


-half of one green bell pepper, diced
-half of one red bell pepper, diced
-half of one yellow bell pepper, diced
-one cucumber, diced
-3 large tomatoes, cut as you please
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-3 tblsp olive oil
-2 tblsp white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
-1 tsp salt
-sliced avocado (optional)

Set aside 1/4 cup of each bell pepper and the cucumber and set aside. You'll add this back in later.

Put everything into blender or nutribullet and blend until smooth! Transfer to a bowl and add back in your set aside veggies. 

Serve cold and top with sliced avocado, if you like. I suggest pairing this with Hell or High Watermelon beer. I'm not a big beer drinker honestly, but it is so so yummy. 

Now put your favorite song on full blast in your car (for me that is anything sung by Susan Tedeschi but what else is new), sing at the top of your lungs with your windows down and don't give an F who sees you, and just roll with it.