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September 10, 2011

Family Reunion + Easy Dinner

by Ashley

Hope you’re all having a fabulous Saturday so far!  We spent the afternoon at a park for a family reunion.  Cody’s aunt and uncle planned it, and it was a great time!  Not to mention, the weather was absolutely perfect.  It was a pretty small group, but nonetheless was a fun day.  Unfortunately, I didn’t capture any photos… I know, absolutely uncalled for! 😉  I think I was too preoccupied with all the cute kids, good food, and playing volleyball!  Regardless of whether I have photos or not, I still feel as though I need to share how it all went! 

We all were asked to bring either a dessert or side dish, and Cody’s aunt and uncle provided sub sandwiches.  I’ve never seen a bigger sub sandwich in my life!  I think it was something like 4.5 feet?!  She said it was from Subway, and it was quite delicious!  We had some cherry tomatoes, Doritos, and watermelon on the side.  I cannot get enough of tomatoes these days.  They’re SO good!  Everyone and their mother (except us) grows them around here too, so they’re all over the place.  I am surely not complaining about it though!  There was some sort of fruit and cream dessert, mini eclairs, donut holes, and my trail mix cookies for dessert.  I enjoyed a small spoonful of the fruit and cream dessert and a donut hole.  (I had plenty of the trail mix cookies yesterday as I was baking them…oops. 😉 ) 

Cody and I had a really enjoyable time getting to visit with family we don’t get to see very often.  Some of Cody’s cousins have kids, and they’re all so adorable.  We also started a round of volleyball which was definitely one of my favorite parts of the afternoon!  I played volleyball in high school and intramural volleyball in college, so I miss it a lot.  When I get a chance to play now, I’ll jump on it.  For the amount of time I haven’t played, I thought I did pretty decent.  I kind of surprised myself! 

We came home, and I was planning on an easy dinner for the evening.  BLTs and sweet potato fries it was!  Delicious + healthy + easy = perfect for tonight.  I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, and I used spinach leaves instead of regular lettuce on whole wheat bread.  It was quite yummy and still satisfied us like a good ol’ traditional BLT would. 

For the sweet potato fries, I chopped sweet potatoes into “fries”, placed them on a cookie sheet, sprayed some cooking spray and sprinkled some cinnamon on them, and baked them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.  (I didn’t realize cinnamon could burn, so beware!)   

Obviously I’m still not off of my sweet potato kick… I don’t know if I will ever actually get off of this kick, but that’s okay by me.  🙂 

Good night ya’ll!

September 6, 2011

Easy Homemade Salsa

by Ashley

Good morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful three day weekend!  Back to the grind today… 

Today I want to share with you an easy homemade salsa recipe!  My stepmom gave it to me back in the day, who I believe got it from my aunt.  I love it because it’s delicious, cheap, and so easy! 

I made it all the time in college for get togethers, study parties, and midnight snacking.  It was always a big hit!  (You can see it on the coffee table in the photo below. 🙂 )

I haven’t made it in quite some time, mostly because I forgot about it.  Then some friends of our’s invited us over for dinner last night and asked us to bring chips and salsa.  I immediately thought of this easy homemade salsa and got to work on it!

Easy Homemade Salsa

1 can stewed tomatoes

1/2 cup sliced green or red bell pepper

1/2 cup sliced onion (red or white)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon salt

1-5 teaspoons red pepper flakes to taste (depending on level of spicyness)


Put all ingredients in food processor.  Blend well. 

Do a taste test and determine whether you want to add more red pepper flakes.  (1-2 tsp.=mild; 2-3 tsp.=medium; 4-5 tsp.=hot)  Pour salsa into bowl and dig in!

Last night was a perfect evening to be sitting out on our friends’ patio enjoying drinks and chips and salsa.  We visited for awhile before heading inside to sit down for dinner.  We enjoyed grilled teriyaki salmon, smashed potatoes, garlic bread, and a pasta/veggie salad.  I didn’t capture any photos of my plate, but just trust me when I say that it was a wonderful meal.  The grilled teriyaki salmon was especially a big hit!  We had a great evening filled with lots of good conversations, laughs, and food.  Labor Day weekend definitely ended on a good note! 


  • Do you have a “staple food” you bring to dinner get-togethers?
  • Do you like mild, medium, or hot salsa best?
  • What did you do yesterday for Labor Day?
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