What an absolutely gorgeous weekend! We had weather in the 70′s on Saturday and 80′s on Sunday. We got lots of yard work done and enjoyed some time outside. My 8 year old had a scrimmage flag football game on Sunday afternoon. His team of 1st & 2nd graders played a team of 3rd & 4th graders, and won! They were pretty excited, hopefully they can keep it up for their real game tonight!
This post is up late today! That is what you get when you have visitors and lots of fun over the weekend. We went up into the mountains both days, enjoyed the gorgeous scenery, and beautiful weather. After dropping my family off at the airport last night, we made our way back to Fort Collins, and I was just too tired to do much of anything. I was supposed to have a fun post for you today, but it hasn’t been officially approved yet, hopefully later this week!
I do have a Giveaway going on, you don’t want to miss!
Tomorrow is the first day of school for my 2nd grader. Today we need to go grocery shopping (need stuff for school lunches again), label his school supplies, meet the teacher, and try to do something fun for this last day of summer break! A lot to cram into one little day, good thing we all slept in today
This salsa is one we have been making for years! When we first got married almost 11 years ago, we started planting a garden. Salsa was the one thing we wanted to get out of our garden, so lots of tomatoes and peppers were planted. This is one of the first recipes we tried, and have been making it since. It is always a hit with friends and at get-togethers. I made this before my parents got here, and when we had it with dinner even my mom remembered having this salsa many times before.
Unfortunately, I do not know the source of this recipe. I have it handwritten on a recipe card, with no reference to where we found it.
Have you ever seen one of those robotic vacuums in person? I have seen the commercials, but that is the extent of it. I never thought they would work well, so I kind of wrote them off. But apparently my techy husband has been eying them. He found a good deal on one, and ordered it. It came the other night, so we immediately set it up to try it out. This thing is impressive! Not only does it do a good job, but you can set up a schedule so it automatically goes certain days of the week at a set time. I don’t think we have ever had so much fun with cleaning, as we did watching it go.
Enough about vacuums. On to snacks. Salsa has to be one of my favorite snacks/appetizers in the summer. No matter what the occasion, I think that chips and salsa is fitting. We always grow tomatoes in our garden, so we can make lots of fresh salsa at the end of the summer. But canned tomatoes work really well the rest of the year. This time I used a can of the fire roasted tomatoes, and they added so much flavor.
If you had the time you could roast your other veggies too, but I just threw them in as is. It was slightly spicy and delicious. I brought this to the end of the season picnic for my son’s flag football. Everyone raved about it. I should have brought little bowls so people could take some home. Even the kids loved it! The coach said he wished he could take it home to have on his eggs the next morning. It works great with chips, or even as a topping for burgers.
I made this salsa the other day, and it got my husband and I talking. He said this was the first salsa he learned how to make during his summer in Colorado, 12 years ago. I remember that summer after he came back from Colorado us running all over Madison looking for a Smart Chopper so we could make this salsa. We got boxes of fresh tomatoes from the farmers market and made a ton of this stuff. Might not seem all that strange now, but when you look back to where we were at that time. I was 20, and going to college 2 hours away from where future husband was going to college. I can’t remember what we did with all the salsa, I just remember making it!
Well if we are still making it today, that has to mean it is good, right? It is similar to what you would get at a good Mexican Restaurant. It is fresh, and delicious! Until we moved to Iowa we used to grow everything we needed to make this salsa in our garden.
Garden Fresh Salsa
2 or 3 medium size tomatoes (I like Roma’s)
1/4 med size onion
4 sprigs cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp garlic salt
2 Tbls lemon juice
Use a food processor to mix everything but the tomatoes. Get it to a nice fine consistency. Add in tomatoes, and pulse a couple times. Leave slightly chunky.