' March 2012 - Sisters, What!

5 second 5 ingredients Restaurant Style Salsa

*this post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% mine

Because the weather has been so amazingly warm lately, we've been making a lot homemade salsa.
5 seconds 5 ingredient restaurant style salsa

I swear that this tastes just like the best of the best Mexican Restaurant salsa's (it probably helps eating out of these fun salsa bowls). seriously, it rocks. I know what you're thinking, "that's what everyone says about their recipes" but let me put your mind at ease.

1. I've already mentioned on here that if I was born into a different life or culture I'd be Mexican. How do I know that? I just do. If that doesn't do it for you...
2. I grew up on the West coast ergo good, really good Mexican food (yes I'm biased, really biased)
3. I eat burritos Every Day. I kid you not. Every day, and I never get tired of them (I make a lot of this bean mix in the crockpot and it will last me about a week)
4. I didn't really cook much Mexican food until we moved to Erie Pennsylvania, where we found a ghastly lack of Mexican food. There was one restaurant that was ok (but not worth spending precious student loans on). Thus, if I wanted to eat Mexican, I had to cook it myself. 
6. Did I mention that this is my Mom's recipe, ergo again, it's bound to be amazing. (not sure what happened to reason number 5, but I'm sure it was good)

Was that enough proof for you? I might have exaggerated a little, for by no means do I consider myself a good cook; I make dinner because we need dinner. But, Mexican food is something I refuse to take lightly when eating or cooking, especially salsa. I'm telling you, this is good stuff.

 And did I mention that it only takes like 5 seconds to make.

5 Second 5 Ingredient Restaurant Style Salsa
You just need 5 ingredients for this version:
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 small onion (or half of a large onion)
a small can of diced jalapenos (or 1 fresh jalapeno)
1/2 of a small bunch of cilantro (you may want do a little at a time just to make sure it's not too much)
half a lime (squeezed)
1 tbsp of salt (i guess this would technically be a 6th ingredient)
salsa bowl

put into a blender or food processor.
Add more salt if needed.
5 seconds 5 ingredient restaurant style salsa
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Pizza Pizza..

So last night I had to go for a long run to try out my new running shoes and it ended up being a painful run (obviously I'm not in great shape) but the great thing that came out of it was that I was super hungry afterwords (nothing new there) and wanted to make tons of food. So off to the store I went with this wonderful dream of Alfredo Pizza with tomatoes and basil, but then that dream changed when I decided to add Italian sausage and bacon. Anyway it turned out amazing and it was really easy to make, I would definitely recommend it next time you want to make some pizza. I don't have measurements because I just eye balled it which is how pizza should be made. But don't leave out the basil because in my opinion it is the cherry on top!
Italian Sausage
Alfredo Sauce
Colby Jack Cheese (for under toppings)
Mozzarella (on top)

Enjoy...and keep being awesome! 

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The Shine Project

So this summer I have the great opportunity to be a project leader for an event here in Salt Lake City for the non-profit called "The Shine Project". The Shine Project's purpose is to "inspire you to live the highest quality of life obtainable, and to motivate you to join our efforts in making this world a better place".The event that I am helping with is to help raise money to go into the scholarship fund which helps at-risk teens go to college. It is a small non-profit with a big heart and great idea. Anyway if you are in the Salt Lake area we would love to see you guys there. To learn more about this non-profit and the event go here

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let them eat cake...lemon cake, with tea please

A few weeks ago, I hosted a book club for the discussion of Major Pettigrew Last Stand by Helen Simonson. It only seemed proper that we had tea and cake, and so we did. And yes, that is a British Flag on the cake. 
[So funny story.: the frosting has cool whip in it, so it needed to stay in the fridge until ready to eat....basically it stayed in there all night because I sort of forgot about it. Oops! I think my hubby was pretty happy, because it was a really good cake.] 
Actually, it's probably the first cake that I've ever been proud of (and yes it was still from a box). No seriously, I don't bake. Cookies are the only sweet thing I claim to be comfortable with, but baking anything else is NOT my forte. Thus was I shocked how it turned out (actually, that it even turned out), and I actually ate more then one piece.
  The secret: yogurt!! 
 I've heard sour cream was good in cakes, so I thought that yogurt might be good too (yep, I'm a risk taker, probably why I shouldn't bake). Anyway, I found a recipe online and decided to go it. 

Unfortunately, I can't find that exact recipe since that I made it, but it's pretty simple. 
Without further ado....

Yogurt Box Cake:
1 Box cake (any flavor, I used a lemon cake)
1 small container of yogurt 
3/4 cups water
normal oil amounts per box instructions
2-3 eggs (as box instructs)

mix altogether and cook according to instruction. 
*Yogurt will make cake super moist but a little dense like pound cake. 

Now the frosting was from a random old recipe book I was just happening to look through. SO GOOD!
Frozen Juice Deliciousness Frosting
1 6 oz can of sweet and condensed milk
1/2 of concentrated juice of choice (I did orange juice because that's what I had on had, but recipe calls for frozen lemonade)
1 8oz container of frozen whipped cream (I'm sure you can use fresh whipped cream)

- mix milk and orange juice well, then fold in whipped cream. 
- Put on cake and chill. 
Seriously, I usually stay away from cakes and deserts, because they always go wrong (even if I follow recipe to the tee), but this cake and frosting was the best thing in the world!
 So good and easy, I just had to share it. 

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Scrap Flower Spring Garland

While visiting sister Joy, I came across her vast fabric scrap bucket full of wonderful colors (she picks out the best fabrics for her quilts). For fun, I started making scrap flowers. After a few random flowers, I came up with this idea of putting it on a garland. 
So after making her a plethora of flowers, I came home and immediately went through my own fabric scraps. It was the perfect little project for the 3 hr drive to and from Columbus (don't worry, I wasn't the one driving).

Kony 2012

So just yesterday I heard about this new campaign called Kony 2012. Apparently it is a campaign to make Joseph Kony, one of the world's worst war criminals, famous so that he can be arrested and the children that he has kidnapped can be returned to their homes. He is the leader of the LRA that started in Africa and he has been running the rebel group for over 20 years. Now I know this is a little bit out of the ordinary for this blog but I am kind of curious to know what everyone's thoughts are about it. 

As for me I think it is a great campaign but then again I am an aspiring philanthropist who wants to change the world one lease document at a time (hopefully that will change soon), so I might be semi-biased. But the idea that just regular everyday people from all over the world are getting together to try and stop this man from destroying children's lives and from killing many people sparks something in me. So watch this video and tell me what your thoughts are on this campaign. I am just curious to see if it will be effective and actually make a change. 
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"luck be a lady tonight"....painted Luck blocks

“Love Song” by W.B. Yeats
My love, we will go, we will go, I and you,
And away in the woods we will scatter the dew;
And the salmon behold, and the ousel too,
My love, we will hear, I and you, we will hear,
The calling afar of the doe and the deer.
And the bird in the branches will cry for us clear,
And the cuckoo unseen in his festival mood;
And death, oh my fair one, will never come near
In the bosom afar of the fragrant wood.

I have a love-hate relationship with poetry, particularly with poems by Yeats. But this peom is pure and so beautiful. 

So, I love St. Patricks day; I love the silly phrases like “Kiss me I’m Irish” or "Pinch me".
 I love wearing of green.
 I love pretending I’m Irish for the day.
I love pinching those not wearing green (however, I usually just pinch the hubby  these days)
I love Rainbows and gold at the end of it
I love Leprechauns (maybe because I feel we would get along if I ever caught one)….I love it all.
My husband didn’t believe me this year when I exclaimed my love for St. Patricks day. He laughed at me and said “you've never cared for the holiday since we’ve been married.” He is right; I’ve never decorated or wanted to celebrate it until this year. I guess the true story is, it was my favorite holiday in high school; especially since my school colors were green and gold and I was extra silly back then (don’t worry I’m still silly) 
Anyhow,  for my first St. Patricks day decoration since being married, I made these Luck blocks. Inspired by a pin on pinterest, I painted letters on to the back of some winter block decorations (I know, pure genius-two decorations in one!!)
However, the tutorial suggested using a ball point pen to trace the letters, but I used an exacto knife instead and I think it worked REALLY well. I still had to be careful with staying in the lines, but it seem to keep the paint in the lines better.
*I used the font Tinteretto (but in Caps) download free here
It took me like a half an hour to do these blocks. Easiest paint project ever! And I really liked how they turned out. 


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The Pineapple Pillow

Sierra has a thing for pineapples. I think it has something to do with the show "Psych"...not really sure. Anyway for Christmas a little bird (Hava) gave me the idea to sew her something with a pineapple on it. Because she likes to take her pineapples with her everywhere I thought of a pillow. Good news...she loved it and I had a lot of fun putting it together for her. Pillows are such a great way to do just a little bit of quilting at a time. Plus a pillow is small enough that I can do the quilting myself. LOVE that.

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Savvy Style: Shabby Apple Skirt

So I have always loved Shabby Apple but ever sense they started sponsoring us I find myself wandering to their website more frequently and I have to tell you I have fallen in love with one of their skirts. Now I know that may seem a little intense but you must understand that I work in a legal department and I do not  really like business dress, so naturally when I see skirts like this one I may or may not fall in love. If only true love was really that easy... Anyway enjoy and keep being awesome!

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