Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

My Mother-in-Law made this amazing salsa a few weeks ago.  It is such a fresh taste (even from frozen berries) and the color is beautiful.  The tart berries are offset by the spicy jalapeno, ginger, and cilantro.  Whoever thought to make cranberries into a salsa was brilliant!  It's the whole sweet-and-salty thing for me.

Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa

12 oz. fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 or 3 chopped green onions
1 seeded fresh jalapeno
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Pulse the cranberries and sugar in a food processor 3 or 4 times until coarsely chopped.  Scrape down the sides and add onions, jalapeno, ginger, lemon juice, and salt.  Pulse another 3 or 4 times.  Stir in cilantro and chill for 2 to 24 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips. 

BONUS!  To freeze, make as directed but without the cilantro.  Freeze up to 1 month.  Thaw 12 hours and then add cilantro.

I think this would be great with cream cheese on crackers or even as a salad topping with spinach, feta, and walnuts. I haven't tried it either way yet.  Let me know if you do. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remember Atari?

It’s time to dust off your sweat bands, leg warmers and neon tees and head on over to your local Target® to moon walk down the cereal aisle, as Big G cereals have brought back their “Retro” themed packaging, 80’s style. Big G cereals will be channeling their Retro roots and to help celebrate, they have partnered with Atari®, bringing classic 80’s games like Asteroids, Missile Command and Centipede to your breakfast table.


Collect all 5 different packages that include totally radical Atari Activities on the back of each box; available exclusively at Target starting February through mid-March
  • Participating Big G cereals include: Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms® (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Cheerios® (18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz.)
  • Did we mention it was Atari’s 40th Anniversary this year? Be sure to check out and test your online Atari gaming skills at Asteroids while also entering in a sweepstakes for chance to win Target gift cards and Atari merchandise
I had an Atari game system (and PONG before that) that got worn out from playing PitFall, Centipede, PacMan, and Frogger.  Remember Frogger??  So fun!  These boxes are a little bit of nostalgia.  Go to Target and check them out!!

Disclosure:  Cereal, Target gift card, and information have been provided by General Mills, Atari and Target through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Did you do any fun heart foods?

We used to eat graham crackers and frosting (the tub kind) growing up.  Now with chocolate graham crackers and homemade buttercream, these are much better.  Adorn them with non-perils and hearts and they are even better :)

Cut apples in slices.  Core each slice with a small heart cutter.  Reassemble the apple, holding it together with a rubber band so it doesn't brown.   Perfect for a fun school lunch.

This weekend Lexi was reading the Fancy Nancy oo-la-la spa book so Emma decided to give everyone a spa makeover!  Fun stuff!

Oatmeal mask.  UV Ray therapy.

Foot soak with massaging beads.

A day at the spa is a great Valentine's treat!

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Newest Cake - 1966 Shelby Cobra Cake

I had no idea that there even was such a thing as a 1966 Shelby Cobra before taking on this project.  Nice car.  Fun cake to make.  This is my first cake of a three cake weekend.  Thankfully the others are just large layer cakes. 

My oldest turned 9 this week and we had a slumber party for 11 girls on Saturday.  Wow.  That is an undertaking that I can do once or twice a year max.  We played freeze tag outside with all the lights off and glow bracelets on.  I love this picture of all of them glowing.  We also played LOTS of Just Dance 3.  Can't beat that.

For Christmas we got the girls Jeremy Camp tickets...and the concert is tomorrow (I guess it's tonight, I'm up WAY past my bedtime.  Only time to do the cake.).  WooHoo.  I'm sure I am more excited than the girls.  I really don't like concerts (I really am getting old) but Jeremy Camp is my favorite and I can't wait to do a little worshipping!

I'm still watching the Mars Hill Luke Sermon series and loving it.  Check it out if you are in need of some Bible time.  I'm on part 14, Jesus Without Sin.  Awesome. 

Off to bed!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Got Swagbucks?

Swagbucks is releasing a new set of Collector's Bills just in time for Valentine's Day - 5 romantic reminders worth different amounts of reward points. Collect them all and get 14 Bonus Swag Bucks to use towards your free stuff! The bills come out at midnight PT on Monday and will be available only through Search until 11:59pm PT on Valentine's Day. Good luck!