Friday, September 23, 2011

Making my own salsa

I ran out of salsa the other day, had no time to run to the store and figured I would make my own with the meager supplies I had onhand.

So I google salsa......Blender salsa....sounds easy I did that. 

  • 2 (14.4 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (Aldi rotel style is what I used)
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeds and ribs removed
  • 1/2 yellow onion, quartered
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • salt to taste
I didn't have the crossed out items AND I used a purple onion.  Then I added some celery salt instead of regular salt, some red pepper flakes and blended away.  I also have recently discovered Cumin lately and figured since it is used in Mexican recipes, why not add it to salsa?

After blending and tasting and eating it right away for lunch I thought it was pretty good. A little runny, but it cured my "fix" for salsa.

HOWEVER, once it sat in the refrigerator and the flavors intermixed....holy batman that's some spicy salsa!
I made a bigger jar, but I already ate the rest of it, so this is all that is left at this point. :)
 Not to shabby for my first attempt.   It's a little too spicy and less flavorish, so I tried again, this time after I bought some lime juice and cilantro.
This time it's browner....(I still added 1 tsp. cumin and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, 2 tbsp.lime juice and 1 can "fire-roasted" canned tomatoes)  It tastes good initially, so I'm anxious to see how it turns out after the flavors combine. 
The next time I decide to do salsa, I'm gonna try this recipe for Fresh Tomato Salsa, as I would prefer it not to be so runny and would love it to be more chunky.  (I think I'm still gonna add some cumin and lemon juice too!)

Have you made salsa?  Do you have any tried and true recipes?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thank you GIFT Ideas

If you have a moment....really.....take a moment.....go on over and check out Tip Junkie.  If you haven't checked her out yet, today is the day to renew your crafty self!

Who wants humdrum thank yous? 

Wouldn't a "thank you" dressed up like this make you feel like you really were appreciated? 
Tip Junkie
And still there are more......
Tip Junkie Thank You
 Why not make someone's day a little bit better and create a Thank You.  Just for being them...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hanging spoons and cups Part II

So I previously posted and linked to the sites for how to make your own hanging measuring spoon and cup holders for inside your cabinet doors.  I FINALLY was able to get this completed (it took a while as THE HUSBAND took our drills to church for our remodel, so I wasn't able to predrill holes or attach to the doors)

I wasn't as cool as the other tutorial I saw about labeling each hook, but at least it gets them out of my drawer!  (AND provides a bit of amusement when THE HUSBAND or THE GIRL opens the cupboard door and these swing out a little at them, scaring them a bit....hee hee---even I have been a victim of this cheap scare, now I am trying to think of a way to get them to be held against door.)
Here are a few "in the making pictures of THE BOY and I preparing these for installation.
Can't wait for the next project!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Look alike Canvas prints

Need a cheap alternative to tie your room together?
Styrofoam covered with fabric......what more is there to say?


Beautiful.   <Sigh>

Monday, September 19, 2011

Towel Rack Pot Lid Holder

Not my original Idea...but hey...which one of these ideas was, right?  I didn't know about it, and am glad to think about try this in the future!
Martha Stewart
Now I can add this to the MANY items I actually need to make that I have posted about!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A little late night humor....

I got sucked into curious about any new Pinterest postings and headed over there to waste the rest of my night check it out.

Funny.....this is how I feel most times I am headed somewhere. 
Thanks Pinterest!  I needed a laugh. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ReUsing Old CDs for FUN hovercraft

As an idea for a post, I have decided to see what I can ReMake from items around the house.....(that post to come at a later date....)

How about a COOL and FUN idea for reUsing those CDs lying around the house?

Check out this Instructables on how to make a hovercraft with a balloon, bottle lid, cd, glue and sharp pointed cutting tool.  Easy Breezy.....I can't wait to make one!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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