Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dig this!

Clearing away the brush...
Lots of excavators, tilers and other big machines have been rumbling in and out of our driveway lately...
It's not exactly a pond yet though. Right now it's more like a big muddy hole. It has been too dry to dig lately, but with last night's storms, we should have the green light!
Once it's done, grab your floaties and come over for a dip! (maybe in a year or so...)

It makes you want to jump right in! :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Garden Goodies

This summer we have been harvesting like madwomen!
We get large bowls full of snap peas every day! Little baby jalapeƱos for salsa every week! Onions are poppin' up like weeds!  We have an entire basil forest! Our garden is doing super well. But what are we doing with all of our goodies? Check out some of our favorite yummy recipes below:


One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with juice
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 jalapeƱo  
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro

1. Into a food processor or blender, add the ingredients in the order above.
2. Pulse until it is the chunkiness that you like then refrigerate and ENJOY! 

This is a variation of a recipe we got from the Pioneer Woman. She has a great blog that you can check out by clicking this link:


2 cups fresh basil, packed
1/3 cup olive oil, more if needed
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts (optional)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Using a food processor or blender, mix basil, oil, and garlic until finely ground.
2. Add pine nuts (optional) and parmesan until it is a consistency you like. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper to taste.