Monday, June 21, 2010

Fire Roasted Cilantro Lime Salsa

How can anything with a name like that NOT be good?!?! This is my version of fresh homemade salsa. It has been altered many time over the years but I can finally say that it is mastered... at least for now. ;)


10 Roma tomatoes
1 sm. yellow onion
1-2 jalapenos (depending on how large they are and how spicy you like it)
1 med. green pepper
2-3 tbs chopped cilantro (or 1/2 bundle)
juice of 2 limes
2 cloves garlic
Salt to taste

In a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil, char up the onion, tomatoes, and peppers. They don't have to be cooked but you want a good amount of color on the skins. Then transfer everything into a food processor or blender and let it do all the work. Chill before serving.

This is the first time I've ever actually written the recipe down. A few things to note: You can help control the heat by removing the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno. Jalapenos can vary in heat throughout the year, so start small and add till its right for you. This particular batch had one, whole, large jalapeno and I would say it came out on the hot side of medium. I almost always use two limes, but if your lime is particularly large and juicy, you might get away with one. Add one first, taste it, and add the second if needed. Salt to taste but be prepared to add a lot of salt. Even though it tastes great right away, its even better after a day or two.


Father's Day Coupon Book

Now I realize that Father's Day was yesterday, so this doesn't do anyone any good, but there is always next year right? Unfortunately I am a terrible procrastinator so I didn't actually make this till the afternoon of the big event, but our Daddy had to work all day (poor guy) so he didn't know any difference.

Father's Day Coupon Book

I made this little print out using my scrap booking software. (Thanks to Summertime Designs for the awesome FREE graphics!)

Then I printed it on yellow card stock, cut them out, wrote out what the coupons were for, and stapled the whole thing together.

Easy peasy, and with coupons for "dinner of your choice" "free back massage" "help washing the car" and "hugs and kisses" he was pleased as punch!

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Dry Erase/ Magnetic Memo Center

I've seen alot of memo boards lately and have been wanting to make one. I really liked the idea of having a glass front so you could use a dry erase marker on it, but I also really liked the idea of a metal memo board that you could stick notes on with magnets. So I combined the idea and made mine do both.

I found a frame with glass that I liked, used scrapbook paper for the backing, drew the grid for the calender right on the paper, and lined the back with a sheet of metal. I glued magnets on some marbles I had at home. I used a fairly large magnet so that it would be strong enough to go through the glass.

Now I have the perfect spot to leave messages, place reminders, and try to keep my life somewhat organized.

The best part is that since the back is made with paper, it'll only cost a couple dollars to change it out as my mood shifts, which it seems to do surprisingly often. I'm liking it for now but think I'll make the calender larger next time around.

What do ya think?

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