Saturday, June 20, 2009

Vacation Time...Yipee!

We're packing up and getting out of town. My husband is determined that at the end of this vacation, we will all be pro surfers. Good luck. But, we are picking up the new surf board on the way and we are ready to hit the tasty waves! See you all soon.

FYI.....The cookbook is all typed, the cover is being finished and recipes edited thanks to my super talented SIL' recipe books are in it for them. What a great deal! I will have a pre order post when I get back and maybe a sneak preview. Check back in a week.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Preparing Wisely June Deals....

oops, totally forgot to post these great deals from Preparing Wisely for June. You have a couple weeks left. Take advantage, especially the soft white wheat. You will love it!
50 lb Bag Soft White Wheat
Soft White Wheat is great to use in pancakes, cookies, muffins and biscuits.
Sale Price: $25.00
(Regularly $35.00)
SAF Yeast 16 oz.
In our opinion SAF yeast is the best on the market.
Sale Price: $3.00 (Regularly $4.00)
Liquid Lecithin 16 oz.
Liquid Lecithin can be used in place of oil when making bread.
It will store longer and has nutritional benefits.
Sale Price: $3.50 (Regularly $4.50)

Click their link to the right for more info.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden Salsa

I am by no means a food photographer and I can't figure out how to get this smaller but I do know how to make some salsa. I have been experimenting with a fresh salsa recipe and this latest batch turned out pretty tasty. Salsa is so healthy and just so pretty. I had it on my eggs this morning with a little Jack. Scrumptious. Try it out, make it as hot as you like. (Thanks SIL Sarah for the El Pato was the missing ingredient.)

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 1/2 pounds fresh diced tomatoes
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 bunch chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
juice of one lime
1/2 T. kosher salt
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 to 1 can El Pato depending on your spice factor

Mix all ingredients and let chill for flavors to blend.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


It's Saturday, 8am....Do you have your run in and the chores done ready for your
weekend adventure? Remember the time issue....only so many hours in a day, so many days in lifetime?

Our family decided at the commencement of summer that we would not spend a Saturday at home. We would have yard work done prior to the weekend and would make sure that each and every Saturday was spent somewhere else, outdoors, preferably in a beautiful location like the photo above at our family cabin. So far, this idea has worked. It has been wonderful. It has been unifying. We get away from life, from responsibilities, from mundane work.

We have gone to the beautiful Fossil Springs outside of Strawberry and stopped at the top of the mountain to get goat fudge from the creamery. The kids swam in the very chilly waters , swung on rope swings and tried to catch fish with homemade fishing lines. We spent weekends at the cabin riding the dirt bike and golf cart, making forts in the pines and eating lots of food. We have enjoyed lazy afternoons in Grandma Cindy's paradise backyard lounging in the pool. The point is to make use of our time. It is becoming very apparent to me that I only have three more summers left with my oldest son before he leaves for his own adventures. I can't believe that time can possibly go by that fast, it was only yesterday that I was teaching him how to walk. Now he is almost ready to drive. Yikes. I want to hold on to these years. I want him to leave with a bag full of memories that he has to look back on, a childhood of adventures and time spent building family relationships that carry on through time. Of course, when all said and done, that is one of the only things we can take with us. Family.

So, today is Saturday. The outdoors are calling.....what adventure we have in store? Something with a desert, water , rocks and tennis shoes. We will end the day with a Father Son outing to the Dbacks game (thanks, Bonds) and I get a little down time to finally make some garden fresh salsa. I just can't wait.

Hope you make the best of your day. Don't waste it. Life is fabulous.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Many of you may have no idea what a tomatillo is or have never personally purchased one but most of you have eaten it. That fabulous green salsa that you smother your fish tacos with at Rubio's or dip chips in like it is your last meal -- thank the tomatillo. It is delicious when mixed just right with other key ingredients.

This was my first year growing them. I really had no idea what to expect or if they would even grow well. Well, they do. I have six plants that are about 3 feet tall, at least, that are full and lush and dripping with fruit. They are so cute in design. First, the paper lantern forms; a green papery, airy balloon that hosts the growing fruit. It is hallow until the fruit is ready and the little lantern starts to split. It is then time to harvest.

You can certainly get these at most stores and you will usually see them with papery brown husks and the fruit a bright green. What I have learned is that the truly fresh tomatillos are the ones with greener husks and the fruit is a bit on the yellow side.In fact, when harvesting them you may often find them on the ground. If they are still firm, they are great.These make some of the best tasting salsa's. When the husks start to turn brown, they are loosing their freshness. When selecting tomatillos, you want them to be firm and not bruised. These tomato cousins are tart and a bit lemony, perfect for salsa's and sauces. You can also add them to salads and stir fry them a bit to release flavor. They have good fiber and Vitamin C and K. You don't need to seed them, just cut them up whole. Be sure when preparing them to peel the husks off and wash them, they are sticky at first.
Salsa verde is one of the easiest salsa's to make. I received this recipe from my SIL , Kelli a few years ago and have been using it since.

Tomatillo Salsa

1 jalapeno
1 1/2 bunches of cilantro, no stems
12-15 fresh tomatillos, about 1 1/2 to 2 inch size, use less if larger
juice of 1 lime
1-3 teaspoons of sugar, or other sweetener
salt to taste

Boil the jalapeno in water; just place in water in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Cut off stem and throw the whole thing in blender with all other ingredients. Make sure you have husked and cleaned the tomatillos first. Blend until almost smooth. Chill.

Once you have this delightful salsa made, here is a quick little dinner you can then throw together. So easy and so tasty.

Use a fresh flour tortilla and sprinkle with pepper jack cheese. Put in a hot oven until it is bubbly and a little crispy on the edges. Shred chicken, either home cooked or a rotisserie type. Toss with Tomatillo salsa. Put the chicken on top of the tortilla after cheese has been melted. Put it back in the oven just a bit to heat the chicken.

When done, add tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, avacados, etc. Roll up a bit and munch. Lots of flavor! Yum Yum. Now that was quicker than driving to Rubios.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


One thing that I look forward to in the next life is that I will not have to sleep. Sleep is something that I wish I could skip. It is just such a waste of time. I know we need it, I know I need more, but there is just so much to do in the little time that we are given here. To me, sleeping in is a waste of a perfectly good morning. I want my children to learn that. I want them to enjoy being early risers and learning the true value of time.

We had a great talk at our church conference this past Sunday. It was directed specifically toward the young men, teaching them the preparations for serving a mission. One thing specifically caught my attention with his verbiage. He talked of "mind over mattress." He advised the youth to not sleep in. To learn to get up early and work. He advised them to not "sleep away their summer."

I really liked this. He told us to hang a sign over their bed with the phrase "Mind over Mattress." That is a great slogan. It definitely is a mind thing. It is so tempting to stay in bed . It is so tempting to pull up the covers and turn on the snooze button. However, what is the reward? A loss of time.

Time is one of the few things that is limited in this life. Almost anything else we can get more of to some degree. We don't know how much time we have. There is only a certain amount of hours in everyday for everyone. No one gets more, no one gets less. It is up to us how we use it.

I love this quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

As mothers, wives, employees, etc., we may not have the time to paint a masterpiece or invent something new and amazing, however, there is always ways we can use our time more wisely. Do we find ourselves sleeping in a little longer than we need to? Do we use our precious time given on this earth as we should? I remember one talk that I heard years ago that stuck with me. The speaker asked us to ask ourselves when doing an activity, "how is this benefiting my life or those around me?"

We need to ask ourselves this question on a day to day basis as we sit for hours on facebook, watch prolonged periods of TV, blog hop and other unwise use of media. Do we spend too much time worrying? Do we use our time too selfishly instead of thinking of others or using our time to develop talents?

I remember being a senior in high school and writing in my yearbook many of the things I wanted to accomplish in my life before I died. At that time in my life, It seemed I had nothing but time ahead of me. It was a blank slate. What I have learned is that time goes so quickly and that we have to grab it up. We have to be extremely organized and value each minute.

I am so not perfect with this. I do not use every minute like I should and I recognize that sometimes time is spent perfectly well sitting at a pool relaxing or reading a good book. We all need down time. But, I want my children to learn to seize the moments. To get up, get exercise to get their bodies and minds going. I want them to make plans, to plan their time, to use it up and enjoy life. I want them to develop all of their wonderful talents that they have been given in this life. This is one of the main reasons I detest video games so much. Such a waste of time. How many children, and adults for that matter will never know how much talents they have been given because they choose to waste time on electronics instead of developing their talents?

Another quote I love by Alice Bloch:

"We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves."

Let us not waste ourselves. Life is beautiful. I want to make a list with my family this week individually and as a whole what we want to accomplish. I want us to make a list of how to accomplish this and how to use our time wisely. My children are getting this. My 15 year old set his alarm for 6 am to go running this morning on his own. No prompting. He is learning the value of time. Now, if I can just get him to get his work done in a timely manner I will be greatly satisfied!

Seize the day. Do something great with it. Don't spend your time looking up past relationships on facebook or checking out old friends blogs; enjoy and develop the relationships you have today. Develop yourselves. Learn something new. I was just telling my husband the other day that I wished I had developed my musical talents more and he told me that I wasn't dead yet. So true. I have today. I will start there. I think I will go and learn a new piano song.

What are you going to do with your today? Make it a good one!