Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

My sister, Katrina, is due this Saturday with her 3rd baby girl :0)  Her first baby girl’s birthday is Friday…soooo, we all celebrated last weekend.  She’s gonna be the big 4!!  I brought the sides for the rain-soaked barbeque we had to go along with the Curious George birthday party.  This is one of the awesomely yummy things I made.  I LOVE making easy stuff that tastes so stinkin’ extravagant!  Serve it with some tortilla chips and you’re set to go!!

Cowpa’s Caviar

  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15oz can corn, drained
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • small handful cilantro, chopped
  • dash or two of hot sauce

Dump all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving (if you can wait that long!!)  The longer it sets the better it gets.

(just as a disclaimer….this is not my picture.  I found it on Google.  We ate what I made before I could get a snapshot of it!)

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Okay, friends…it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes.  And as I promised earlier this week, I’ve finally been home long enough to not only cook/bake, but to also take pictures and write about them 😀  Not only have I been home for a few days now, but I’ll be home for several days.  As it turns out…we think Cade has the chicken pox.  However, it’s the strangest chicken pox I’ve ever seen.  Monday was one heck of day with me finding out that I have Morton’s Neuroma in my foot due to limping from the sprained toe.  Can we say insult to injury?!  I have a date with the podiatrist in July to get a cortisone shot…no good.  And then I had our family doctor give Cade a once over because of a rash he had developed.  He was perplexed and sent us to a dermatologist.  The dermatologist was 90% sure it was chicken pox, but, like me, thought it was very strange version of it.  Because of being perplexed, he not only did a culture, but also a biopsy – which ended with Cade getting a shot and stitches.  It was all very stressful.  And now we have to wait until, at the very soonest, Thursday, to hear the results of what he has but they are treating him as if it is chicken pox.  Which means we are quarantined for 7-10 days.  And in the meantime….he’s rash is getting worse. And it’s all over his body.  All. over. his. body.   Thankfully, he’s not sick in any other way and it’s only minimally itchy.  I’ll spare you any pictures or details or descriptions.

Let’s move on to some happier thoughts.  Like something cold and fresh and tangy and just the right amount of heat.  Add some tortilla chips or a taco or a fajita, and you’re in summer heaven.

Shara’s Salsa

  • 2 15oz cans tomatoes (or 1 can & 2 large fresh tomatoes)
  • 1/8-1/4 of a red onion
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 dashes tobasco sauce or crushed red pepper flakes or jalapenos (something to add heat),  to your liking
  • 1 large handful of fresh cilantro

Blend all in blender or food processor.  Serve with tortilla chips.

And for something different, I added some corn to a small batch of the salsa.  I had some left over cooked corn on the cob, so I cut it off the cob and threw some in.  Oh boy, was this delish!!!!!

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The Garden

This is my entire summer garden:

Now don’t be overwhelmed with my huge green thumb and my vast knowledge of gardening


I’m just giving it a try this year…okay?!  I’m NOT really fond of getting my hands dirty…literally.  Never been too keen on dirt and mud.  But this….this I can handle.

And I’m proud of my lil’ plants 🙂

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This is one of my favorite salads.  This is also the salad that inspired the Ranch Vinaigrette that is always in my fridge :0)

Colorful Veggie Salad

  • 6 c fresh broccoli florets
  • 6 c fresh cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved (though I used romas this time)
  • 1 large red onion, sliced


  • 1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2/3 c oil
  • 1/2 c vinegar

Mix all veggies in a large bowl.  Prepare dressing and pour over veggies.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy

But this, my precious 1st born…thinks this salad is vile and gross (because it’s all things veggie), but what does he know?

Could you believe these eyes?

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