Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cranberry Salsa

One of my cooking assignments for Thanksgiving this year was the cranberry relish.  Although I liked the way it turned out, that is not the recipe I'm sharing with you; I was way more impressed with this one! 

I ended up buying two bags of fresh cranberries when one bag was plenty for my relish...what to do with the extra bag of cranberries?  Well, one snow day last week I saw a cooking segment on some morning show I can't remember becuase I wasn't really paying attention.  All I remember is they made cranberry salsa and I said "What?! I have to make that!"  Well, since I was only half-way paying attention I had to search for recipes for which there are many variations.  I read through several and came up with this one. 

Cranberries are only available fresh from September to the end of the year, so make this salsa while you have the chance! Ok, I guess frozen cranberries would work too...but do you really eat cranberries any other time of the year?  Maybe we should, since they have so many health benefits.  Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, have anti-cancer properties, cholesterol benefits, and they can possibly even help prevent tooth decay! (First time I heard this one, so I'll have to look into it more).  Click HERE to read more about colorful, wonderful cranberries.

We had our friends Tim and Staci over for dinner the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I made Taco Soup as I wanted to make something opposite from the food we had all been eating for the last three days.  The Cranberry Salsa was a perfect compliment to the laid-back meal; south of the border meets healthy holiday fruit!

What you need:
  • 1 (12) ounce bag cranberries (I used fresh)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, rough chop (green part only)
  • 2 jalepeno peppers, seeded and minced (depending on size and how spicy you like your salsa.  I used 2 and it was very mild)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (I used 1/2 cup at first, and then added more until it tasted right.  The sugar takes the tart out of the cranberries, but let it sit in the fridge at least a couple hours if not overnight before adding too much sugar.  The flavors really blend to taste more "salsa-like" after a night haning out in the fridge together)
  • Salt to taste
What you do:
  • Add all ingredients into a food processor.
  • Mix until blended well, fine to medium consistency.
  • Refrigerate at least a couple hours.  It's edible right away, but pretty tart. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Giving Thanks

Last year, I created a list of things I'm thankful for, big and small, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Click HERE to read my list from last year.  I like to take time throughout the year to remind myself of all I have to be thankful for, but this time of year I like to put my thanks into super overdrive and come up with a list of "thankful for"s; I guess it's also sort of a favorites list.  It is actually pretty challenging to come up with 100, which is why this was not posted before Thanksgiving as I had hoped, and is also why I called it good at 20 this year.  As I type this, I'm sitting at my in-laws (Momma and Papa B) while the turkey is cooking away. 
I snagged a few quiet moments while the hubby, the puppy and Papa B nap (it's noon by the way)...ok, nevermind, they both just joined me in the living room.  Here is the continuation of my thankful list from last year, because I'm  obviously still thankful for 1-100 as well!

101 - My salvation.

102 - People who wash their hands (with soap!) after using the bathroom.  I am so surprised with how many people don't wash, or just rinse with water quickly.  This is one contributing factor to my slight "germaphobeness".

103 - Returned grocery carts.

104 - Udi's gluten-free bread (I was on a gluten-free diet for a few weeks and this was a life saver).

105 - Hand sanitizer at gas stations (how convenient!).

106 - Bluetooth (that acutually works), we recommend Jawbone.

107 - Flexible jobs that Matt and I have.

108 - Vision House (I've been volunteering Wednesday afternoons and it is such a wonderful organization that helps break the cycle of homelessness, abuse and addiction.  Check out the website for more information).

109 - Project Rescue (Recently spoke at our church and my heart was broken as I was moved to full-blown tears.  This organization helps rescue women and children from sex-slavery in India; a life so horrific it's difficult to believe it's real.  I've been praying about how God wants to use me within Project Rescue, as I can't stop thinking about it).

110 - Growth groups through out church.  Matt and I are a part of a married group on Sunday nights, and I am part of a women's group on Tuesday nights.  I'm excited about new friendships that are forming.

111 - Shelfari is a website I use to keep track of books I have read and when, as well as books I plan to read.  Sign up and let's be friends!

112 - No-slip hangers.  No more stretched-out sweater shoulders for me!  I am slowly switching out all of my hangers to these.

113 - Sonicare toothbrush.  For personal and professional reasons :)

114 - Covergirl Professionals mascara.  I keep trying different types and keep going back to this one.  It doesn't smudge or smear, and washes off easily.

115 - Nail polish remover.  Seriously, what would a girl do without?!

116 - Cricut.  I am in love with this thing! I use it mostly to make cards, but there are so many other crafty things I could use it for.

117 - A handyman husband.  I truly believe Matt can do anything, and if he can't I'm pretty sure he can learn.  Plumbing, welding, electrical, wood work, yard work, cars, etc...  Here's a sample for you:

Installed New Floors

Jackhammered the old patio.

Tranferred rocks into the backyard via man-toy (tractor).

118 - Crystal deodorant.  No aluminum, no white marks on dark clothes, no BO!! This is what Matt and I both use.

119 - My wedding ring.  I catch a glimpse of it and end up staring at it, smiling.  I've never owned something as beautiful and meaningful in my life.  I love it almost as much as I love Matt.

120 - Google.  It is my answer to just about anything..."Google it".