Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Delicious Salsa Verde

I love Salsa Verde.  It is my salsa of choice at any restaraunt with a salsa bar.  I have to admit, before I came to live in Arizona, I didn't know that salsa was anything other than red.  Boy, was I ever a poor, salsa -deprived girl.  Salsa comes in so many flavors and colors from corn salsas to fruit-based salsas, I love finding and trying new ones.  I'll never forget the first time I tried salsa verde.  My life was changed forever. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

No-Effort Toddler Toy Shelving

My Handsome Hubby decided that his home office was too hot to work in.  It is a small room with western-facing windows, which in the desert, equates to a homemade sauna.  We recently sold the table in chairs in our game room, so, being empty, he moved his home office there.  And as with anytime he moves the contents of his computer room, he re-arranges stuff.  When the dust settled, a lonely computer desk hutch was left.  Rather than let it toil away in the garage collecting dust and not adding to our lives, I decided to use it to solve a rather growing problem in my living room.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Roasted Butternut Squash Fries

Yep, I'm roasting vegetables again.  It's just my favorite way with veggies.  I found this great idea on Pinterest (go figure) and decided to give it a try.  It's a recipe by This Southern Mom Cooks and it came just in time since I had two butternut squash left from my previous two CSA baskets.  I adapted the recipe just a tad to use all natural ingredients (the original calls for cooking spray) and voila, roasted butternutty goodness in the form of fries. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cheap and Easy Fruit Wash

I love grapes.  But since grapes are on the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, I try to only buy organic grapes.  This is a struggle for me sometimes.  The frugal side of me has a really hard time paying $3 a pound at the store when I can get the conventional ones for $1-$2 a pound and my inner-hippie cringes at the thought of poisoning my family with pesticides.  This week, they were on sale for $0.85 a pound.  I just couldn't resist! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Roasted Nopales

Have I mentioned that I love my CSA?  I find it to be more necessary in the summer months where most farmer's markets are closed for the season because of the intense desert heat.  Things still grow out here in the summer, it's just not reasonable to hold an outdoor market when temperatures at 5am are in the 90's and get over 110 after 12pm.  Anyhow, I would like to highlight one of the new ingredients our farmers included this week in my CSA basket.  Nopales. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Homemade Foamy Soap

I can't believe that some things are so simple and easy.  My latest example is homemade foamy soap.  I'm a fan of the foamy soap because the kid in me really likes playing with bubbles and I kinda giggle inside when I pump bubbles into my hand from the soap dispenser instead of the typical liquid stuff.  It's the same part of me that just HAS to play with tape any time I see a tape dispenser.  I know, I'm a bit looney, but I like it that way.  Anyhow, here's how I discovered how amazingly simple homemade foamy soap is.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Adventures at Fenway Park...Orchard That Is...

No, I didn't visit Fenway Park the baseball stadium, I visited Fenway Park Orchards in Morristown, Arizona.  Allen and Carol Way, avid Red Sox fans, have owned the property for over 39 years and started an orchard here in the desert.  They greeted us when we arrived to pick fruit and showed us the best places to pick.  We missed the blackberries, but today the White Peaches and Anna Apples were ripe and ready for picking.  So, let the orchard adventures begin!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Simple Rosemary Chicken

When I made dinner the other night I realized that I tend to always fall back on the same recipe when I make chicken.  One, because its simple and quick; and two, because it's DELICIOUS!  For these two reasons, this is my absolute favorite way to prepare and enjoy chicken.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sometimes, You Just Have to Let Someone Else Drive

Don't I look exhilarated in this photo?  Wind in my hair, water splashing my face, speeding through the water on a boat piloted by a family member.  In control of nothing, and loving it.  I have a confession to make: I'm a control-freak.  Here's another confession: I often lose control.  What a predicament huh?  If you've been following my posts regarding my weight-loss journey and my "Wagon" posts, you know that I've decided to create my own "wagon" so-to-speak.  What I've learned in doing this is that I'm not a wagon designer and I don't know how to drive one yet.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Elegant Pink and Crystal Baby Shower

Have I ever mentioned that I have the best friends?  I really do.  At any given time in my life, I can look back and see one or more friends that are amazing and whom I feel so blessed to have in my life.  I'm so grateful for social media and how easy it makes it to stay in touch and involved in the lives of all my friends, past and present.  I mention them now because over the weekend I hosted a beautiful baby shower for one of my dearest friends and I couldn't have done it without a very special group of ladies. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fermented Ginger Carrots

I finally did it.  I finally attempted and succeeded at fermenting vegetables (on purpose anyways).  In reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and in my other research, I've decided that it would be in my family's best interest to include fermented vegetables into our diet.  I'm all about gradual change, so I'm taking the "it's a condiment/relish" approach for now.  My decision to make carrots was based on the remnants from last weeks CSA basket.  These were delicious! It has a sweet and tangy flavor and as an added bonus, it is chock-full of beneficial bacteria to aid in digestion. 
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