Thursday, July 24, 2014

Witches Stitches - Summer Salsa

This time of year I seem to be flooded with zucchini and yellow squash. I don’t grow it in my garden, but people give it to me. I m a vegetarian and people give me all kinds of goodies from their garden. I am not complaining…produce is expensive and free is always good. The thing is, what to do with it all. Here is a great way to use it all up, make something that is high in fiber, protein and just down right good. Did I mention low in calories? Yes that too. I make super chunky summer salsa. You can make as much of this as you want and freeze it in smaller portions for whenever you want it.

There are no measurements, you use as much of whatever you want. Here is what I do, you can change it to fit your likes.

Chop 1 onion and 2 peppers into small pieces and cube the zucchini and squash into 1” cubes.

 In batches in a large frying pan sauté, (in a touch of olive oil) 1 large white onion 2 large red, green or yellow peppers, (I use whatever someone has given me). To that I add as much squash and zucchini as will fit in the pan. When it is fully cooked, I put it into a large soup pot. Then I do another batch of the same.

When the second batch is done and in the soup pot I add the following:

2 small cans of tomato paste

2 cans of white kidney beans

3 cups water

1 packet of taco seasoning

Stir it all together set your stove to the simmer setting and cover your pot. Let it simmer for about an hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.

This makes a very chunky salsa that is like a meal. It can be eaten with crackers or corn chips. It can be put over rice or noodles. It is so good.

You can add any other veggies you may want to add. My MIL gave me small bag filled with green beans so I cooked them and added them to the pot.

**Hint** - It is always better the next day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Needles-n-Pins Stitcheries: Picnic Recipes

Last week we got all our supplies for our picnic so now we need to get the food ready so this week I thought I would share picnic recipe with you and when I thought about a good place to get recipes for this I thought of.......yep, your right.......Pinterest!

So here are a few recipes for your picnic.....

First, what is one of the most eaten foods at a picnic....chicken! And this Crispy Picnic Chicken from Taste Of Home looks pretty simple to make and I am all about easy and simple. :)

From Taste Of Home

Next of course you need to have potato salad and Mother Thyme has this great recipe. I have a good potato salad recipe also and I will be sharing that with you in the next few weeks so stay tuned. In the meantime you can check this recipe out. 

And of course we need to have something to wash down all this food so how about strawberry lemonade from The Frugal Girls. This will hit the spot. :)

Now we need to top the picnic off with dessert and the number one dessert at a picnic is of course.............watermelon! Look at this great idea of how to serve watermelon. The kids would get a kick out of doing this! 

Now if you want to do a little something special with your picnic for the kids how about this idea I found at Hotel F&B. What a neat idea! Now if I had a beach to go to and the grandkids around maybe we could do this, but up north here picnicking on the beach is not an option as it is wayyyyyyyyyyy to cold even in the summer. :)

So since July is only half over there is still plenty of time to do picnics so get those picnic baskets out and filled with food and head out to wherever you want to go to have a picnic.

Happy Eating!

Colleen :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Carnival Love

Summer entertainment isn't complete without the annual circus or small town carnival.  From the billowing tents to the side show curiosities, all eyes are wide open in wonder and amazement.   These Etsy up-cycle artists have circus-inspired work perfect for preserving the summer side show vibe year round!

Lights are on under the Big Top every night with a light box night light from
The Rekindled Page! Check out this Etsy artist's vast selection of vintage dictionary prints to compliment the circus theme.
Party cupcakes take center stage in a tiered circus tent stand!  Once the festivities are over, let the kiddos use the stand in their own small scale circus play.  Pick up this cutie and all the coordinating party papers at  iFavor123.
Carnival themed necklaces keep the curiosity magic alive! Take a walk on the wild side at Wicked Crafts where hand-crafted jewelry mingles with intriguing vintage gems. 
Bring the Side Show home with vintage images from Dark Shadows 13.  Mingle modern memorabilia with the true flavor of old time oddities for carnival fans of all ages!
Liven up the décor with this whimsical circus-themed table from Amy Industries. All tables dream of being up-cycled into such a family-fun phenom!

For more circus style fun search recycled circus on Etsy.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Blog Party - Christmas in July!

Welcome to our Sunday Blog Party. We would love to have you show us your handmade items for Christmas in July.

You are allowed to add 3 links to your shops or your blog.

The rules are simple:
1. Follow our blog
2. Handmade items only.
3. You may list up to 3 items each week.
4. Family friendly items only.

The success of this link party depends on the participants so spread the word to your friends, visit the shops,  post about it on your  blog, in a forum or on your favorite social networking site, grab the button and put it on your blog or website.
Just click on the Add Your Link button below and add your items.
And if you would like to add a link to the party you can grab this button below.