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Salsa Recipe and Misc.

Hey hey!  How’s it going today?  Things here are good, another cool morning and I’m sitting here in pants and long sleeves again!  Ahhh, it feels so good!  I love wearing a pair of jeans in the middle of the summer, it makes me excited for Fall and it feels so cozy.

This week Aiden (7) has been going to Vacation Bible School.  It’s every evening from 5:30-8:30.  The boy has LOVED it.  He has learned some awesome values, like being God’s worker.  They have fun activities, relay races and learn songs every night.  Tonight is their last night and they are having a short program at the end to sing their songs.  I’m glad he is learning so many good things and enjoying doing it. Bren on the other hand gets to spend those few hours with just me and Andy and he’s loving all that one on one attention!

I told you yesterday I’d share a super easy salsa/pico recipe with you so here it is.

Super Easy Salsa

1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilis)

3-4 Roma tomatoes (or 2-3 regular tomatoes), diced

1/2 medium Red onion, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded (unless you like the heat, then keep the seeds) and diced

a small handful of cilantro, chopped up

Drain the can of Rotel, then throw all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir it up.  Throw in some salt and about a teaspoon of lime juice, stir that in.  Let it sit for about a half hour to let all the flavors marry together.  Enjoy with tortilla chips, over enchiladas and tacos, inside quesadillas…even put it over the top of a hot dog!  So good! And so easy!



When I was a kid we spent a week at each of my grandma’s houses every summer.  At my Grandma Marie’s (Marie is a last name here) it seemed like we hit the week of her club’s annual picnic a few years.  There we met 2 other little girls around our ages.  We became summer friends.  Every summer for a few years Grandma would make plans for us to get together with Alyssa and Megan, we either go to their house down the gravel road or they’d come to Grandma’s.  I have wonderful memories of those summer friends and the things we did together.  Yesterday in the afternoon the boys were playing out in the driveway when the neighbor’s granddaughter from Texas rode her bike down past our house (we are at the end of a dead end street, perfect for little riders).  After the boys and this girl,Carly, rode around each other a few times staring at each other Carly went to her grandparent’s house and came back with her little brother, Corbin.  They were standing at the end of the driveway watching the boys kick their ball around.  Carly, age 6, bravely asked if they could play ball too.  For the next hour those 4 kids played together and had a ball. They kicked the balls around, rode bikes, played in the sand box and on the swing set.  My boys made summer friends!  I was so happy and excited.  The memories they’ll have!  And the memories Carly and Corbin (age 2?) will have of those Iowa boys!  I hope it means as much to them as my summer friends meant to me!  We told Carly and Corbin to come back today to play, I can’t wait!

Do any of you know my good friend Becky at Fitzpatrick's Follies?  Her post yesterday was really moving and I’m sure really hard for her to write.  If you don’t mind, please go over and read that post and leave her some words of encouragement.  Help me cheer her on and keep her motivated!  Thanks!

Ok, you’re going to think I’m weird (what’s new) but I love the smell of corn pollen.  This time of year the pollen is flying!  And I can smell it coming through my windows right now! Reminds me of when I was working in the fields as a teenager, we were mainly there to rogue but for about 2 weeks we were pollinators, my favorite time in the field!  It was so fun and smelled SO good!

Have a great Thursday!  I love the feeling of Thursday afternoons, it’s exciting knowing Friday is almost here!



  1. Your posts always make me smile - never fails.
    The salsa looks good, and easy. My kind of recipe!!
    I love when summer memories are made from the simplest and sweetest things (making friends, the smell of corn, the feeling of jeans when you should be wearing shorts).
    Happy Thursday!!

  2. I already think you are weird because you think dinosaurs never existed. :) Good thing I'm pretty weird too. And I loved Becky's post yesterday!

  3. And now I am crying!!! SOrry I didn't respond to your text last night! I am not ignoring you! I want to email you, but I need to find some free time when I can collect my thoughts!

    Thank you so much for being an awesome friend!!!

    And I can't wait to hear about the VBS program!

  4. Yum!!! But I hate pollen. I had to go straight to bed after work because of pollen.

  5. I don't think I've ever smelled corn pollen! I cannot wait for K to go to vacation bible school. I have the best memories from those days!

  6. On my way to read her post now!
    Thanks for the recipe! It sounds yummy! This weekend while in the states I'll grab some rotel, we don't have those up here!?
    Growing up we wold a
    Ways go to the lake, and we had summer friends there too! So fun! I wish I knew these girls last names now, I'd try to connect with them!

  7. Haha!! I smell it too and don't mind it! KILLS my allergies. I am dying over here in corn I can't wait to try this salsa! Looks so fresh and yummy!