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Wordless Wednesday – August 8, 2012

Homemade Salsa

Last year was the first year my girls and I made salsa.  My friend Angie has an awesome recipe that she shared with me and we tweaked it for our own tastes.  We made several different batches and added a different level of “hotness” to each one.  I’ve noted at the bottom what you can add/subtract to get the spiciness you want.

Today we finally had enough good tomatoes to make one batch of salsa. (My tomatoes and a few peppers got hit by End Bottom Rot and I hope I have it under control now.)  I will say this – if you want to make salsa – have enough ingredients and pans to make up 2 – 4 batches or more to cut down on your time in the kitchen.  By the end of next week we should have enough tomatoes to make the 2 – 4 batches at once but we were anxious to make our first batch today and patience is not our middle name.

This is going to be lengthy so sit back, relax and enjoy watching my daughters at work!  Hey – they eat it, they help make it.

Quick Summer Meals Contest – Pasta Pomodoro


Oh boy!  We’ve had a crazy busy summer and I have to tell you that these Quick Summer Meals have come in handy.

This week’s winner is Linda with her Pasta Pomodoro and you know what – EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE ate it without complaint.  What a relief not to hear at the dinner table “Mom, what is this?  What’s that red stuff?  Does it taste good?”

Nope.  Not one complaint so it is one I will make again.

Wordless Wednesday – August 1, 2012

Quick Summer Meals Contest – Versatile Chicken Wraps

Wraps are one of my favorite sandwiches.  So when Terry of Cottage Grove, MN submitted this Versatile Chicken Wrap recipe to the Quick Summer Meals Contest  I was doing the happy dance.  Luckily for me (and you) this is a written blog and not a video blog.  I do my happy dance to embarrass my kids.  Does that tell you anything about what it looks like? 

The thing I love about wraps is the variety of meats, cheeses and vegetables you can put inside.  Everyone can have pretty much a wrap that they will love and eat.  Plus, tortilla wraps themselves come in a variety of flavors.  I mostly like the plain ole’ white or whole wheat ones best so that the flavor of the tortillia doesn’t overpower the yumminess inside.