Green Olive Dip

Is anyone else obsessed with 24 Live Another Day like I am? When I found out the Jack Bauer was coming out of retirement and returning to television this summer, I couldn't have been more thrilled. My family and I followed the show religiously and we were very sad to see the show go off the air in 2010. Ingredients

Last night we all sat in front of the TV, watched Jack Bauer save the day, drank a little red wine and chowed down on some snacks.

Green Olives

This recipe has been a favorite in the Engstrom household for quite a while. If you're a green olive enthusiast like I am, this recipe is a perfect snack or appetizer. With no cooking involved, it is a quick and easy to whip up right before a party. You can use this dip with just about anything, but I prefer using Triscuits. The crunch of the cracker with the delicious flavors in the dip make an amazing combination.

Green Olive Dip

Green Olive Dip

Ingredients: 8 ounces lowfat cream cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons liquid from green olives dash of black pepper 1 cup chopped green olives


  1. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise, mix well.
  2. Add olive juice and ground pepper, mix well.
  3. Add chopped olives and mix.
  4. Serve on French bread of crackers.

A Few of My Favorites...October 2013!

well, well, well...looks like tommy completely forgot about this little portion of SMAK! whoops.

October 2013

1. Nike Shield Flash Jacket i fell across this billion dollar jacket when i was at the expo for the chicago marathon. there i was, innocently looking for a marathon jacket when out of the corner of my eye, i saw a glimmer. i looked across the space and there it was. the most beautiful jacket that i had ever laid my eyes upon. silver. black. volt. the holy trinity of nike colors. the craziest thing about this jacket? it is the most reflective piece of clothing out on the market. take a look at what it looks let when direct light hits it...Nike Shield Flash Jacket

2. Lagunitas IPA i've not always been a beer fan. i used to hate it, to be quite honest. then again, that was when i went to the university of illinois and all we drank was keystone. i had every right to hate beer. as i got older, i started liking beer more and more. first was guinness, which i learned to love while living abroad. one of my favorite breweries right now is lagunitas based out of petaluma, ca - there ipa is ridiculous.

3. MBS MFG CO this is a line of hats made by one of my friends that i worked with while i lived in new york city. sean's work is awesome. go check out his work! and buy a hat or two while you're at it. his winter collection is coming out soon!

4. Black Bear my friend introduced me to singer/songwriter andrew belle a few years back and i've been hooked ever since. his music is unbelievable. his most recent album is perhaps his best - taking inspiration from m83, radiohead, washed out and beach house.

5. The Walking Dead how did i just discover this tv show? precursor: i despise anything and everything that deals with horror. i don't do them. no scary movies. no scary books. nothing. no thank you. i'll watch how i met your mother. enter walking dead. how can i love a television show about zombies this much? i literally sit in front of a television watching zombies bite into living humans, blood gushing everywhere. why? because it is flipping amazing! i caught up on all 3 seasons within 2 weeks.

A Few of My Favorites...Fall 2012

Well, this is embarrassing...

Looks like I have not been sharing a few of my favorites with you for quite some time! So, here are a few of my favorites from Fall 2012! Enjoy!

  1. New Girl: I fell in love with the TV show last year when it premiered its first season. This year is no different. I am in love with Zooey Deschanel and the characters. The writers are genius. Some of the lines that Schmidt says... "Damn it! I can't find my driving moccasins anywhere!" "Guess whose personalized condoms just arrived!" "Incidentally, I'm wearing my lap dance pants." I don't think I need to say anymore...
  2. Fingerless Gloves: Fall is officially upon us. The temperature is getting colder, but it's not quite winter cold. So as I walk out the door to run errands, I grab these guys to help keep to warm against the crisp fall winds.
  3. Gap denim-washed cargo pants (slim fit): I never thought I would say this again...but I am digging these cargo pants! I know, I know, cargo pants remind me of my middle school days, of the early 2000s. BUT - they are different. Those cargos were big and baggy, these are slim fitting. Just give them a try...I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
  4. Triumph Scrambler: I took a motorcycle class this past summer and was immediately hooked. I do not yet have my motorcycle license, but as soon as I do...I will be buying this guy!
  5. Running: This has quickly become my favorite way to sweat. I started running at the end of January and just finished my first marathon on September 23rd! I have been slacking slightly lately, but I am running the Chicago Urbanathlon this weekend with my brother, so I need to get my rear in gear!
  6. Matthew Mayfield: I first discovered this singer last year - I didn't instantly become obsessed. However, his most recent album came out this past May...I think I may be obsessed. My favorite track is I Don't Know You At All - check it out!
  7. Pitch Perfect: "I sometimes have the feeling I should do crystal meth, but then I think, hmmm... better not." Rebel Wilson - You. Are. Genius. I had a feeling that this movie would be good, but I have no idea HOW good. I am not sure how people have never heard of this movie...if this includes you - 1. YouTube the trailer. 2. GO TO THE NEAREST MOVIE THEATER AND WATCH IT!