Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recipe(s) of the Week: 5 Things You Can Make With a Jar of Salsa (From the Vault)



Hey everyone! So I've been blogging for awhile now and while my pageviews are still meager compared to many others' blogs, I'm certainly enjoying more traffic now than I did in the beginning. The thing is, I feel I wrote some pretty fun stuff a few years ago but no one (other than my mom) actually read it. So every once in awhile, I revisit some of that old material to see if there's anything worth sharing again.

I came across this old post, and I thought you might like it. It's short and sweet and it's before the days when I knew how to take semi-decent pics of food; but, nevertheless, it's kinda fun.

Originally posted January 24, 2011:

5 Things You Can Make With a Jar of Salsa

1) An Appetizer--Mix 1 jar of salsa with 2 softened packages of cream cheese for an easy-peasy tortilla chip dip on Super Bowl Sunday

2) A Soup--Dump 1 jar of salsa with 4 cans black beans (rinsed and drained), plus 2 cans low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock into a crock pot. Cook on high for 4 hours, puree, then serve topped with shredded cheese (monterey jack is good) and a dollop of sour cream.

3) A Main Dish--Cut 2 lb. round steak into 5 or 6 portions; place in crock pot. Top with one sliced onion, 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper. Mix one can cream of mushroom soup with 1 c. salsa, 2 T. flour and 1 tsp. dry mustard; pour over top. Cook on low for 9 - 10 hours and voila...Swiss Steak! Serve with baked potatoes, and while you're scrubbing spuds, bake a few extra for tomorrow's dinner.

4) A Side Dish--Top leftover baked potatoes with leftover salsa, sour cream and cheddar. Serve with a salad.

5) A Condiment--Ever had salsa on grilled brats? Yum!

What do you make with salsa? Feel free to share in the comments!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kitchen Updates

Ahh, our kitchen. When last I spoke about it, I believe we had put in our floors. That was a year ago, peeps. You'd think in that much time, we'd be done by now. But that's just not the way we roll. Noooo, we take our time (can't make up our minds). We discuss plans (argue over which Pinterest picture we like best). We do a lot of cost-comparison (delay pulling the trigger because I'm cheap). And finally, we leverage our available time (I insist we can DIY something only to break down and pay someone).

Anyhoo, here's where we are with things...But first a look at where we've been:


Closed In


No View


Wide Open


New Floors and Lighting


And now...


Drywall back on ceiling


New counter (LG Solid Surface in White Granite)


Undermount sink (love)


Built-in bookcase in peninsula (I know you love the way I have this styled.)


K. That's where we are with the kitchen. I don't think I have to tell you that we have a long way to go before we're finished, but I'm not the type of gal who needs to put her makeup on before leaving the house. In my blogging life, this translates to you "getting" to see our house when it's not prettied up. In the interest of honesty (and humor), I hope you don't mind.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Craft of the Week: 9 Ways to Wrap a Cylinder Vase



Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. We had such gorgeous weather this year...it was the nicest Easter (weather-wise) we've had in Northeast Ohio in a loooong time.

So the weather made me realize that it's time to change out my cozy sweater vases in favor of something more seasonable. But I love those vases so much, I almost hate to put them away. Which got me thinking about other non-permanent ways to decorate cylinder vases...there are quite a few ideas out there! Here are some of my favorites:


Faux wood vase by Hello Darling


Vases wrapped in lacey tights by Boxwood Clippings


Personalized vase by Catch My Party


Vases wrapped in striped vellum by Martha Stewart Weddings


Wood grain vase by Better Homes & Gardens


Ribbon-wrapped vase by Create & Babble


Vases wrapped in colorful paper--Source Unknown


Washi-wrapped vases by Martha Stewart Weddings



I just love that you can buy several vases at the dollar store and find so many ways to use them. The great thing about all of these ideas is that they're not permanent. Well, they could be...but if you like to change your mind a lot, double-sided tape make it a snap to change your vases, too. Until next time...
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