How do you like your salsa? I like it HOT! {Recipe}

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How do you like your salsa? I like mine HOT. I mean really, really hot. And I like it to taste fresh. Now this is going to sound strange since I live in Texas, but they just don’t make spicy salsa around here. I’m more a fan of Tex-Mex food than I am traditional Mexican foods. Again with the irony, we got better Tex-Mex in Georgia than we’ve ever had here in Texas. The food served in these parts is more “authentic” and it’s just not as spicy. So what’s a girl to do? Make her own salsa of course!

I’ve finally figured out the perfect combination of fresh ingredients. This deliciously hot salsa takes mere minutes to make with the help of my Ninja Ultimate Pro Blender.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup green onions (just the white part)
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sliced jalapenos
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

What you’ll do:

  • Cut the tomatoes in quarters
  • Place all ingredients in your blender or food processor
  • Blend to consistency desired

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That’s it! Serve this along side your favorite tortilla chips (corn chips have a lot less sodium by the way), pour it on a delicious taco salad, slather your burritos in it. It’s really that good. Oh but wait, I should point out that you might want to have some water (or beer) standing by. It’s nice and spicy, but oh-so-good! Honestly, we’d rather eat our Mexican fiestas at home. Way better than restaurant meals, a lot more affordable, way less sodium, and completely spicy and delicious!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Inspiration from the Palm Trees

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Earlier today, I was on a video conference with some co-workers and friends. The weather came up, as it often does when people aren’t in the same geographic region. I started complaining about the cold again. I explained that those of us in Southeast Texas have the right to complain about the cold, especially in March, because it should be in the 70s (at least) this time of year. And it’s in the 30s and 40s. We chose this climate for a reason, this was not the reason!

Somehow it came up again that the palm trees actually froze over on the island this year. One of my co-workers, my friend, kind of glazed over. I thought she was in shock about the deep freeze. Nope. She exclaimed, “You have PALM TREES in Texas?”. Of course we do, and even though they are trimmed back in the winter, they’re still beautiful to me. They inspire me. They just seem so strong and ever changing. To me, that’s a good thing.

Even though it wasn’t a beautiful sunny day today, I decided to share this with you. This STRONG palm stands outside of my back door. I watch it flow and change with the wind and with the seasons. It calms me when I’m frustrated, angry, or just feel a little burdened. I needed that conversation about weather today.

My initial whining about the weather turned into my admiration for my surroundings again. I love this place. I love my life. I’m thankful for the daily reminders.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Galveston!

They say home is where the heart is. Well I’m happy to report that on this Valentine’s Day 2013, my heart and my home are one again. It’s the “day of love” and I’m loving everything about my life right now. I’m exactly where I want to be in both physical location and life in general. It’s a good feeling.
Is my life perfect? Not at all. Am I back on track to my perfect life? You bet your sweet pink puffy heart I am. Bringing me back to the island was the best Valentine’s gift B could have given me. We belong here. We are happy here. We are whole here.
I hope your Valentine’s Day has been filled with love, laughter, family, and peace. The flowers, cards, candy, and gifts are nice but without the true emotions and a sense of belonging, they seem a little hollow. 
Happy Valentine’s Day from my little slice of heaven to yours. Peace, love, and sparkle on!