Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

As you can see from my last post I've had a pretty good tomato turnout this summer with my few plants.  Since tomatoes are one of my favorite foods, I mostly just pop the little ones into my mouth for a quick snack and eat the large ones like an apple.  While they make a good treat I knew that I wanted to save some of the extra tomatoes for salsa.  I've never made homemade salsa before but I don't know why not, it was so easy.  My father in law shared his recipe with me and I'm going to share with you.

SALSA - makes 4 cups
4 tomatoes
1/2 large onion - white
3 jalapenos - (I seeded 2 of them)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp Lowry's Season Salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

(I used them all and guesstimated amount):
chili powder

I rough chopped everything and then threw it all into my blender and pulsed it.  By pulsing it chops everything evenly, I always pulse my food before I blend for that reason.  After everything was all chopped up I simmered the salsa on the stove for 10 minutes.

This salsa turned out to be pretty hot.  If you don't want as much kick I would use fewer jalapenos and no seeds.  I also used a purple onion so I think that upped the heat. 

Love my Ninja blender.  It is worth every penny!

What is good salsa without good chips?
I use to not be picky about tortilla chips until I tried On The Border Cantina Thins.  Omg people these are the best chips ever.  You have to try them with your fresh salsa.
Buen provecho.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Color Of The Day

**Thank y'all so much for the kindness in regards to my last post.  I wanted to climb under my desk about 5 seconds after I hit publish, but I am glad I decided to write that blog.  I am still getting around to responding to emails and comments if you left your email address but thank you!! 

Today at lunch I was out in my little garden searching for some ripe tomatoes to eat with my eggsalad.  Nothing beats a hot tomato fresh from the garden, and the way your hands smell after you pick tomatoes, mmm.  Anyway I looked down and noticed that my digits were also painted tomato in color.  I am loving this color, Big Daddy by Sinful Colors.  Sinful Colors nail polish is under $2 and holds up just as well as the expensive brands.  Wednesday I had mint polish on and I painted over with one coat of Big Daddy and it was the most perfect Auburn orange.

I am loving tomato season.

When I was brushing my teeth I noticed I was wearing an orange bead necklace (thanks Elizabeth I love it)that looked like tiny tomatoes.  What a tomato kind of day. 

Oh and one more tomato for the day.  I know I have said in the past I wouldn't buy from Dillard's again but dang, Gianni Bini lures me in with his awesome swim suits and 30% off of clearance prices.  I caved and bought this tomatoish color swimsuit.  It doesn't look as juvenile in real life so I think I can pull it off for a couple more years.  According to the late Nora Ephron I still have 4 more years left to wear a bikini
What do you think about over 30 wearing bikinis?  I think as long if you can pull it off and feel comfortable, more power to ya.  With that note I am off to break in my new swimsuit and soak up some vitamin d.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Check In and PCOS Low Amylose Diet

Anyone still here?  I didn't really mean to abandon this little slice of the interwebs or all of the interwebs for that matter but summer happened.  Although it seems like we haven't been doing much of anything the days are passing fast and Eric and I are trying to max out on the day light and little bit of freedom that his schedule allows.  We have been on the go with several trips to the lake and last week we took a fun trip to Texas.  We may actually make it 2 weekends in a row at home.  I do have some house things to share but that would involve me taking pictures so I don't know if that will happen anytime soon. You may just get the bare bones, nothing prettied up.  How does that sound, real life.

I haven't really been running during July-it is too dang hot.  I did run a mile the other night and was so proud I could still easily and enjoyably run a mile. ha.  Running has been replaced with a club and a ball.  We had this thing going where Eric would drop me off at the pool and he would go to the driving range and then come swim with me.  Somehow I decided to go the driving range one day and I haven't been back to the pool yet.  I don't really have a desire to play golf, just use the wedge to try to get the ball into the basket net about 40 yards away.  I've gotten close a million times or hit the rim but the other night I actually got the ball to land in the net!!
I usually wear shoes but that day we stopped by after work and my 4" wedges didn't really work out too well!  We were the only ones there.

After this great victory I decided I needed my own wedge.  I was going to settle from a second hand club with a pretty gripper but we found this lavender and grey beauty on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods.  I named her Wedgina, Wedgie for short.  Wedgina has severed me good so far.  The other night my goal was to hit the moving tractor that picks up the golf balls and I hit his tire.  ping.

Sorry this part is long and hopefully boring to everyone.

In other news has anyone with PCOS tried the Low Amylose Diet?  I came across some people on youtube (this is the first video I watched) talking about it and it has helped them overcome(?) PCOS and get pregnant.  Some of them also combined it with Metformin so if you have any experience with that drug or the diet would you mind emailing me.  Here are the rules for the low amylose diet

Rules for the Low Amylose Diet:
1. Avoid all simple sugars such as candy, sodas, cakes, pies, ice cream, juice, canned fruits, yogurt, condiments, etc. These are almost pure forms of glucose.
2. Avoid vegetables that are grown underground (potatoes, onions, carrots), corn and bananas, as well as foods enriched with maltodextrins or corn syrup. 

3. Avoid wheat, rice, rye, barley, and oats; including cereal, oatmeal, breads, pastas, etc.
4. Eat a minimum of 3 servings each of above-ground vegetables and fruits daily.
5. Eat at least 6 ounces of protein every day.
*Avoid low fat foods.
*Don't count calories!

I didn't see cookies mentioned with sweets so does that mean they are fair game? We won't tell anyone I made chocolate chip cookies for supper the other night. ha. I am sad I can't eat carrots, I eat them almost daily with hummus.  And I'm not sure if you caught on but french fries are made from potatoes. I do love sweet tea but we don't make it at home because we drink the whole container in a matter of hours and I don't eat french fries very often.  I think the hardest will be the wheat, rice, rye, barley, oats thing.  Oh and bananas.  I thought well I will just go back to smoothies everyday for breakfast since I can't do cereal/oatmeal but then I can't have a banana in my smoothie.  What is a smoothie without a banana, I guess it is like an ovary without an egg?  I had my last banana smoothie today.  For all that I will miss I did start to feel better when I found this Pinterest board.  This youtube video explaining the diet also has a lot of suggestions for food.

We haven't been given much hope of getting pregnant without being in a dr office.  I tried Clomid and the only thing I got from it were cysts.  I had those and some endo removed in April.  We've been putting IUI treatments off because of timing issues but also because we aren't "there" yet.  Plus maybe I can loose some of the weight I put on while growing those lovely ovarian cysts.

I am going to do as much of the diet as I can right now but I am making a big batch of homemade salsa tonight so I have to eat that with chips, but really I could just drink salsa so I may try that.  I am also making some homemade pesto so I am having a farewell pasta dinner with it.  I am headed to the beach in a couple of weeks so I know I will cheat there because honestly part of the fun of the beach is the food.  

I also came across a blog talking about the book The Metabolism Miracle and it sounds like I have many of the symptoms of Metabolism B.  That diet has some of the same characteristic of the Low Amylose diet.  I may at least read that book to see what is up in the Met B world.  Ugh so confusing.  I felt sorry for myself for a couple of hours then realized it could be much worse. 

So anyway if you are still here I hope you found those few paragraphs extremly boring and all of those words foreign.  I try to keep this an upbeat place because no one wants to hear the whinings of me and believe it or not I am a pretty private person.  But if you are going through the same thing and want to reach out or for me to tell my story on the blog I don't mind, just let me know if there is interest in that.

If you need me I'll be eating a box of brown sugar snuggling with Wedgina.
I haven't talked to my dr about this yet so I'm not sure what his thoughts are.  I will at least try the diet on my own.  When I told Eric about it he was like RECORDSKREECHSAYWHAT?!  He thinks it is extreme torture to not be able to eat a few of these foods, but I think it is better than the alternative. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

June In Review

A little late on this one but I've got to post it.  I am so sad June is over.  It is my favorite month and now I just spend all of my time thinking it is almost fall, then Christmas

1. Last picture of my 20's  2. 30th birthday   3. peach park  4. fastest mile 8:19  5. cutest neighborhood sign ever  6. smoothie and a b'day gift from an old man  7. pretty sunset  8. eric's surprise party decor  9. keroke at my 30th bday party  10. leftover party flowers  11. little mermaid time  12. first tomato!  13. garden is growing  14. rain more rain  15. band downtown  16. my dream car

17. new shorts  18. i set our quilt outside to dry and claire used it as her cabana  19. best smoothie ever  20. fried green beans and a margarita 21. eric checking on his grass 
22. lunchtime bath, Claire had 2 baths that day  23. summer supper  24. makeshift float  23. happy 7th anniversary  24. peacock 
25. homeless bird  26. harvest time 
27. claire loves the sprinklers  28. fry time 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fry It Up

4th of July in the middle of the week.  Yea or Nae.  My boss was nice enough to give several days off so I rather enjoyed it. 
I found all of Season 2 of Downton Abbey at the library which was a 4th of July miracle, only second to my 4th of July engagement 8 years ago.
So between spending time with friends, Downton Abbey, and the lake we have had fun.
trying to be as cool as my nephews.  claire swimming with eric.  tubing with baron.  brooks pulling my sister with his trolling motor boat. ha.  claire exploring at the lake

Now to the tasty stuff...
I have probably fried food 3 times in my life.  I cannot stand for my house to smell like food and frying food does just that.  Anyway a few days ago I made it my 4th time to fry.  I was craving some fried green beans then I started to think about fried pickles and I had a green tomato that needed to be fried.  They were sure good and my house didn't stink too bad.

I got my recipe for the batter from Mommy's Kitchen.  I loved this batter because it wasn't too cornmealy.

Fried Green Bean, Pickles and Green Tomatoesvegetable oil for frying
1 - cup all purpose flour
1 - cup yellow cornmeal
1 - tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1/2 - teaspoon ground red pepper
1 - cup whole buttermilk (
didn't have this but made my own)

Fresh green beans, cleaned and ends snapped
Sliced pickle chips
Green tomatoes sliced

Pour 2" of oil into pan, I use a cast iron skillet.  Heat over medium/high until 375*.  Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Dip veggies into buttermilk then into dry mix, back into buttermilk and dry ingredients to coat.
Fry veggies in batches, until golden brown and crisp, approximately 3 to 5 minutes per batch. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with ranch or zesty dipping sauce.

If you fry food do you have any tips to take away the fry smell?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Wood American Flag

I am sure that you all have seen the Pottery Barn wood American flag.  I've had the catalog page in my inspiration binder for a few years now. 

Love it!  Anyway since it was so hot over the weekend I needed something to keep me busy inside.  I thought making a PB flag knockoff to hang outside for the 4th of July would be perfect. 

For the stripes I had intended to buy the strips of wood lattice is made of, then I saw that Lowe's had their wood yard sticks marked down to 67 cents. I was going to get 13 of those and be done.  Then I saw the furring strips for only 95 cents each and I could get 3 cuts out of each one and be able to use the last strip as the support.  I bought 5 of them.

Since this was suppose to be an inside project I had planned on using a hand saw to make my cuts but Eric was nice enough to do the cuts for me.  We cut 13 strips 30" long.

Since this was suppose to be an inside project I was just going to use craft paint to paint the stripes, but realized spray paint would be so much quicker and easier.

Now finally we are back inside after the paint dried.  Phew it was hot out there.
Eric was going to use tiny screws to hold the stripes into the support boards but soon realized they would crack the boards.  So good ol hammer and nails.

Level the boards against a wall before you nail in the back supports, that way you only have to cut one side even.

Now that the stripes were attached it was time to paint the navy and stars.  The width of the navy was easy because you could count the stripes, but the length took a little time to figure out.  At least it did for me.  I guesstimated 13" based on the scale of my small flag model.  Eric whipped out some real math and calculated 13.6".  So if you are making a flag with 30" long stripes make your navy 13.6" long.  Easy.

Now time for the stars.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the correct uniform stars or more of a random pattern.  I chalked off a grid for the tradtional stars but my star stencil from Hobby Lobby wouldn't work for that.  The smallest star was too small and the next to smallest was too big.  Random pattern it is.

After the paint dried Eric attached 2 eye hooks and chain.  I decided not to distress my flag so it isn't as cool as Pottery Barn's, but I didn't seal the paint so hopefully it will eventually distress itself. 
Now we are ready for the 4th of July!

Pottery Barn $129.  Vanessa Barn $11.
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