Happy almost Independence Day, ya’ll! Here’s to family gatherings around a checker board table cloth, fireworks, flags flying, and turtle races. Yes, turtle races– and this is not a slow paced race, it is a race of actual turtles. You should try it this year- you won’t be sorry.

We have huge family gatherings in my family— sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, pets– we are always getting together for something. And it is our turn to host. Since my whole family is descending on our house this weekend, I have been in massive prep mode. Getting groceries, ice, cleaning, and finding a turtle for the race (which is no easy task in the middle of the city).

This year I’m going to mix up one of our family favorites– deviled eggs.


These are way to easy to make and your guests will love the change to pace from the traditional recipe.

IMG_2009First to boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pot of water over high heat. Bring water to a boil, then remove the pot from heat. Cover and let eggs continue to cook for 10 minutes in hot water. After 10 minutes rinse eggs in cold water and peel immediately. **Tip: eggs peel much better when warm.

IMG_2011Slice eggs in half lengthwise….

IMG_2012Remove yolks and place in a bowl. Set egg whites aside for later use.

IMG_2013Add mashed avocado, lime juice, black pepper, and paprika to the egg yolks. Mix these ingredients well until the texture is smooth.

IMG_2014Use a small spoon or fork to heap egg yolk mixture into the egg whites.

IMG_2017Top will paprika and black pepper if desired. Enjoy this fresh spin on deviled eggs this 4th of July!

Have a happy and safe holiday! Lauren

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