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I’ve been coveting all things moon lately…

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Love, Erica

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From Magic Pony

Sunday Supper – Salsa!

I really love to make things, and food is no exception.  I also particularly enjoy making Sunday dinner.  Last night we had Mexican, the Mr.’s favorite, so I decided to make one of my favs, fresh salsa. This is a great way to use up fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions from your, or a friends, garden. Plus, it’s also super simple, quick and such a lovely reminder of the season just past.

I like my salsa a bit on the chunky side, also called pico de gallo or salsa fresca, and I could honestly eat it on anything from eggs to grits. If your preference is for a less chunky consistency, you can use an emulsion blender or a food processor to make it more blended. If you like both then you can even mix in the chunky with some puree to make it the way you like – this recipe is highly adaptable and just begging to be tinkered with.

First gather together your favorite salsa ingredients, whatever is fresh and available to you will work.  I use what I have on hand, but you can get really creative with this, there’s no reason for restraint.  However, this is so delectable because of fresh garden tomatoes and honestly I use all varieties – no discrimination here; I love, love, love all fresh tomatoes. You can make a little or a lot, depending on how much you need or want. If you like more onions, add more onions, or if have a bunch of carrots and it’s appealing to you, throw some in.

This recipe as detailed below will yield about two and half cups worth of scrumptious salsa for dipping, and devouring.

  • 2 cups of finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small to medium white sweet onion, finely chopped (I use Walla Walla sweets, but Vidalia, red or other onions are just as good)
  • 1 small pepper (hot or not), finely chopped or minced, *(Just a note here, I like me some spice, so I use jalapeno and even Habanero at times, but any pepper will work, it’s that “green” flavor we are going for here. Also, if you omit seeds from the spicy pepper it will tone down the spice a bit).
  • Juice of one lime
  • Two garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • Tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors can meld.

You can also make fresh tortilla chips to go with this salsa.  Just brush tortilas lightly with olive oil, cut into strips or triangles, spread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes and voila , a fresh snack that oozes summer spirit.  Enjoy!

I’m Back, From Outer Space

Ok, sorry, I fell off the face of the earth. I offer up my most humblest of apologies because I hadn’t intended on spending the whole summer away. It just, well, sort of happened. During summer in the NW time is liquid and really so much happened during my unintentional hiatus that I had to take the time to let it all sink in; Deaths, births, and engagements, not to be taken lightly and a bit of an overload if it all happens in one fell swoop. To be honest, after some time passed I asked myself if this blog really needed to continue. What’s the point? What’s the purpose? After much internal dialog I did realize that it is something I enjoy doing, I missed the feeling I had writing, sharing and talking about my ideas, even if only for myself. It really keeps me on my creative toes and the gears moving.  Plus, I realized I was thinking in “posts”, so I thought it would be a good idea start putting it back down on paper. I look forward to sharing again, possibly show you something new and at the very least to entertain you.

I also hope everyone had a glorious summer and that you are left with that satisfied feeling that only summer can give you.

Fire Drill

What would you take with you if your house were burning? I’m really enthralled with this idea, and the site called The Burning House. I’m finding it particularly poignant since I’m packing up all of our belongings in preparation for our move in a few weeks. As I pack I ask myself, what would I really want to save if I only had a few minutes?

Photos via The Burning House

Flower Power

I’m trying to be frugal because we are moving in a few weeks, and moving is always an expensive endeavor. However, I just couldn’t resist these impossibly pretty dishtowels from Lisa Rupp Design. They are sure to beautify any space in my new place.  I’m considering it a housewarming gift for myself, a reward for the all the packing, and unpacking, I’m about to endure!

It’s National Doughnut Day today!

Hope your Friday was super sweet and your weekend continues to be a treat!

Artwork, The Doughnut Room by Emily Winfield