Mango and avocado salsa

This salsa post made me so very happy this morning.



Salsa is one of my favourite things to make in the summer months. Salsa is a fantastic condiment, especially when it’s homemade, it’s fresh and bursting with flavors.Salsa is the perfect accompaniment to any summer dish. Salsa is also versatile and can be used for much more than just tortilla chips. This colourful  mango and avocado salsa is easy and fun to make! Mango and avocado pairs so well. The combination of mango, avocado, lime, onion, chilli and cilantro, is sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious.Serve this colourful salsa with grilled fish or chicken.This salsa not only works as a topping for tortilla chips,  but also as an incredible filling for wraps and tacos, as a substitute for the traditional tomato- based salsa. This salsa can also be served in a salad. My personal favourite is this mango and avocado salsa, served with grilled salmon and quinoa.

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Apple Pie in the apple

I am posting this recipe by quick post and will come back and finish it later, after I have pictures and feedback.  Stay tuned, or grab some apples of your own 🙂

Pie a la Apple

Serves 4

  • 5-6 Granny Smith apples that can stand on their own
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pie Crust (homemade or pre-made)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Continue reading “Apple Pie in the apple”



This is an uncategorized, untagged unadulterated bellyache.

Why, oh why, oh why do people not value experience, wisdom and intellect when it doesn’t come packaged in an under 35 year old package?

You silly, silly people.  So what do you do?  Something fantastic to make people sit up and say, “Wow, we could have had him/her, but we blew it!”

Forward and onward to something fabulous.


Repost from Michelle Malkin

Michelle, originally from Seattle and now a nationally syndicated columnist, pleads for your help in finding her cousin who has been missing since March 5th in the University District of Seattle.

Please see her post for information


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Seeing is believing

On February 11, 2010, NASA launched SDO, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the mission of which was to monitor the sun in ways we have not been able previously.

Since it began sending unbelievably awe inspiring photos, we have had a barrage of “Oh my gosh, this could interrupt the power grid.”  “It could be worse than Katrina.” “The lives of our astronauts are in peril.” “Oh great Woe and Agony and Desolation.”  While we have been alerted to grab our cameras and head for Aurora Borialis displays, the nature of the comminiques always had an undertone of, “Be afraid, be very afraid.” Continue reading “Seeing is believing”


After Christmas baking

In the frenzy which preceeds Christmas, there are the plethora of recipes which MUST be made; they’re tradition. And then, much as when presents are opened, there is a void in baking activity after Christmas Day. I was just contemplating today when and what I should make, when I found this “Freshly Pressed” on WordPress. I think it fills the bill perfectly. We may enjoy it while watching the Holiday Bowl. Go Huskies!

A New Classic:  Egg Nog Cake with Vintage Bourbon Cream Frosting Firstie was wanting an Egg Nog cake for his special December day.  Not finding a recipe for "egg nog cake" anywhere on the web, I did the only thing that a girl can do in that situation:  I panicked. Then my creative brain kicked in and reminded me that cake making was pretty straight forward in its formula; just give it the appropriate seasonal flair and … Read More

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Money Saving Tips

I think most of these my father, the master of frugality instilled in us long ago, but they bear repeating.

I would add to the list – save your bread wrappers to store leftovers, wash out your ziploc bags for reuse and interestingly, the spaghetti sauce jars will re-seal wonderfully, saving you lots of money when you do your own canning.

Top 15 Tips For Saving Thousands On Your Bills Saving money is the hot word at the moment as the world economy gulps for air. Here I give tips on how you could save thousands by making a few changes to your home and lifestyle. The items are listed in no particular order, and the amounts I personally saved by trying these tips is listed at the end of each segment. Enjoy! 15Take Holidays Closer to Home Holidays are often seen as a necessity, but luxury holidays can work out more expensive than … Read More

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I live in a Stepford neighborhood.

Tonight we will all put out our waste toters, 3 in number. They will be lined up, 2 feet away from the curb, 2 feet between each can. I like driving the street on garbage day. There is a sense of, “We care about our neighborhood,” in the tidyness.

I feel a tad bit ashamed because… I put out extra yard waste bins.  Their presence screams, “I do my own yardwork.”


Coffee and a cake

Matt needed another recipe.  Without actually making it, here’s my coffee cake tried and true, something to wake up to and go, ‘Yum.’

Streusel Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg

For the streusel

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 T firm butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 350º.  Prepare streusel by mixing ingredients together until crumbly.  Set aside.  Beat remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl on low speed, 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 2 minutes.  Spread half of the batter in greased oblong pan, 13x9x2 inches, or square pan, 9x9x2 inches.  Sprinkle with half of the streusel.  Top with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining streusel.  Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes

Makes 9 to 12 servings.