Tuesday, July 30, 2013

from the garden: cucumber salsa

I love this time of year. I love walking out to my garden and picking ingredients for a recipe. I'm proud to say that the cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper and jalapeno pepper for this recipe came from our garden. Yay! 

Salsa is the perfect summer food. It's so light and fresh. I could eat it every.single.day.  If you like salsa, you'll love this recipe. It is very crisp (thanks cucumbers). 

Cucumber Salsa

Make 4 cups
 2 medium cucumbers - peeled, seeded, and chopped
 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
 1 jalapeno pepper,  minced
 1 small red onion, chopped
 1 clove garlic, minced
 2 tablespoons lime juice
 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumbers, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, lime juice, parsley, cilantro and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

* If you like heat, add more jalapeno
* Not a fan of onions? Try a sweet onion.  
* Take the bite out of the onion by soaking it in water for 10 minutes after you've chopped it. 

Summer Salad Swap

Monday, July 29, 2013

Miscellany Monday

1. Two weeks ago we had a heat wave and last week it was cold!!  Our temps were in the mid 70's with lows in the 50's.  Crazy July weather.

 2. Our tomatoes are starting to ripen.  Finally!!  I see some salsa, tomato pie and bruschetta in our future this week.

3. This little lady is going to be three in a little over two month.  Eeek!!!  This week we've gotten serious about potty training.  Oh my!  Potty training is no fun.  It is definitely a thankless job.  My mantra: It will get better each day, it will get better each day, it will get better each day.  Right?!?

4. "The intensity of spirited kids sizzles and snaps.  It can burn you to the core.  You breathe deeply trying your best to block the blow.  At fist, like drops on a rainproof jacket they roll off.  But the torrent grows heavier, the drops more penetrating, roaring in your ear, and piercing your composure until you may find yourself also screaming, threatening and slamming doors". Raising Your Spirited Child

Oh how I love this girl, but oh my she is a daily challenge.  Her intensity can be overwhelming.  I pray everyday that God gives me the grace and wisdom to raise her to be the woman she is destined to be.
4. This is a beautiful letter. A beautiful reminder to breathe in His grace everyday and to remember that you are not alone. 

5. On repeat: Band of Horse- The Funeral

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

from the garden: sweet pickled banana peppers

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Our garden is producing a lot of peppers this year, so I decided to make some sweet pickled peppers.  We love them on salads, sandwiches and pizza.

1/2 pound banana pepper, sliced into rings

Pickling Juice
2 cups white vinegar
2/3 cup white sugar*
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 garlic cloves, sliced

1. Sterilize 2- 1/2 pint jars.
2. Bring the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed to a rolling boil.
3. Place peppers in the 1/2 pint jars.
4. Pour on the hot pickling juice and bring liquid to within 1/2" of the top.  Be sure the edge of the jar has no juice on it.
5. Place lids and screw on bands finger-tip tight.
6. Seal jar and leave in fridge for one week.

*less sweet- 1/3 cup white sugar

After a week enjoy your sweet pickled peppers.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

miscellany monday

1. Emily enjoys eating vegetables straight from the garden.
2. Despite last week's heat wave, we still have a lot of green tomatoes. I think it might be time to ripen some in brown paper bags.

3. Why go down the slide when you can walk up it? This is Olivia's philosophy in life. She's determined to do things her way, regardless of how hard it may be. And that makes me love her even more.
4. Thanks to Netflix (and hubs) I'm obsessed with Sons of Anarchy. I still have one more season to watch before season six starts in the fall. Did you know it is loosely based on Hamlet?
 5. On Repeat- Birdy. I love her voice.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Kid Art: Pet Rocks

One of the activities on our summer bucket list was to make pet rocks. I'm not sure which the girls loved more, painting or drawing faces. In case you can't tell, the purple rock is crying.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bedtime Friends

Friday, July 12, 2013

Busy Bag Swap for Toddlers & Preschoolers

A friend of mine recently hosted a toddler/preschooler busy bag swap. It was some much fun and I loved the variety of the bags.  The busy bags were a hit with the girls while traveling to SC.
I made the craft stick puzzles. Instead of using photos or clip art, I used flash cards. Super easy and super cheap. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ten on Ten {July 2013}

Ten on Ten: take a photo an hour, for ten consecutive hours, capturing the ordinary beauty in your day to day life
I forgot to take my camera to book club. womp womp! So just imagine me drinking sangria and chatting with friends for the next two hours.
We finished another jar of strawberry jam.
The girls were gifted a few bags of dress up clothes.
Quiet time.
Today's harvest.
Making mud cupcakes.
Nature hunt.
Drawing thank you cards.
A new obsession.

Monday, July 8, 2013

catching fireflies

I call them fireflies and hubs calls them lightening bugs. What do you call them? 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pinwheel Painting {diy}

A few months ago I saw a pinwheel painting on Oh Joy and knew I needed to make one of my own.  So one evening while crafting at a friends house, I got down to business and created my very own. 
My edges aren't crisp, but oh well. I think it looks great and it's a perfect addition to our sunroom.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July goals

In July 2013 I will: 

~start couch to 5k
~program my coffee maker each night
~finish three unfinished projects

I can't believe July is already here.  June went by in a flash.  I plan to start a couch to 5k program this month and end the program running the Fallen Solider 5K.  

I've recently discovered the joy of waking up to a freshly made coffee.  No more waiting for the Keurig to warm up in the morning. It is such a simple thing to prep the night before.  I hope it is a habit that stays with me. 

I have at least 5-6 unfinished projects.  I don't know why I haven't finished them.  They aren't hard and they are super cute.  So this is the month of clear out those neglected projects. At the top of my list is a dress, a map and an embroidery hoop. 

What are your goals this month?

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday