Birds of Indiana

Only in Indiana can you go from frigid temps and snow, to breezy and sixty-degrees all in 24 hours. bird fighting the snow and cold in IndianaI took a pic of this lil’ guy hunkering down and later tomorrow, I’m sure he’ll be sunbathing and wearing sandals, ha!

Here’s another guy looking for food…

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cardinal eating seed in the winter snow

Salsa in Winter: Easy Salsa Recipe

Salsa?

In the winter? Whaaaaa?

Easy salsa recipe for Mexican dinner

But who doesn’t love SALSA?

Can I get a Sí Señora? 🙂

We eat it all year long.

Mexican Salsa Snowman

I became the “salsa queen” when my daughter began asking for it just about every week.

Yep, we LOVE our salsa and Mexican food.

I grew up in California where I only preferred authentic Mexican cuisine. It became harder to find once moving to Indiana in the 70s…now, there’s a Mexican restaurant on every corner!

Mexican instruments

My daughter and I both agreed we could live solely on salsa.

However, WE are VERY particular about our SALSA!!

We like a chunkier, thicker version so it doesn’t drip everywhere.


A game changer was when I finally broke down and bought a food processor one year. So, I started experimenting, at home, making my own.

Which is SOOO much better because you know the ingredients that go into making it and it’s FRESH!

And who doesn’t like fresh?!!

My daughter gave me her 5-star approval on the final recipe, and we began making it often…too often!!

So here’s the quickest, easiest recipe everrrr. (Remember, you can always adapt where needed. ) And the best part…you just throw it all into a food processor! SO EASY!

(I can prepare it in 10 minutes flat due to that fact.

I’ve actually timed myself so I could say that, ha.)

fresh peppers


Ingredients:

1/2 of a large onion (optional)

1 small, handful of cilantro (also optional-BUT we DO LOVE cilantro!)

1-8oz. can of tomato sauce

5 Roma tomatoes sliced (or any tomatoes) You can even use a can of crushed tomatoes. Actually,  any type of canned tomatoes will do; we do this when tomatoes are not in season.

2 T white sugar (takes down the bitterness of the tomatoes)

2 garlic cloves (cause we like garlic)

3 T white vinegar (it’s a must)

1 Jalapeno seeded/ or a small amount of chopped green chilis (optional)

Salt and Pepper

*You can actually use any seasonings you’d like: salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder.

Just remember, the canned items have LOTS of salt in them, so use the salt sparingly.


Directions:

Add everything together in a food processor or blender. (If your food processor won’t hold everything, at once, just add to the processor in smaller batches.)

Or, you can hand chop the items and mix them all together.

In the end, if you want some more liquid in your salsa, add more tomato sauce or a little water.


I also love putting salsa on my omelet or scrambled eggs.

And just in case you’ve never had Home Ec 😉

T=Tablespoon   t=teaspoon

**Tell me in the comments below what ingredients you love to add to your salsa.**

adios

This Time, Two Years Ago, We Weren’t Supposed to Be Outside!

Facebook recently reminded me of our winter “adventure” back in 2014.

Around this date, we had lots of snow, extreme icing, and a deadly wind chill. The state was under an emergency winter alert where no one was allowed to go out as the wind chill had dropped so low you’d risk freezing your skin off. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only.

“A powerful storm system brought heavy snow and near blizzard conditions to much of central Indiana on January 5, with a mix of rain and snow across southeast sections of the area. After the snow diminished during the evening, arctic air plunged into the area on strong winds. Temperatures plummeted and significant blowing and drifting of snow occurred. Temperatures remained below zero for over 24 hours at many locations, with wind chills around 40 below zero at times. Temperatures reached levels that had not been seen in 20 years. The snow and cold created dangerous travel conditions across much of Indiana and surrounding areas. Sections of interstates were closed down, and travel was restricted to emergency personnel only. Schools were closed for a week across parts of central Indiana.”-weather.gov

However, this was all we got the other day; it is the most snow we’ve had to date, but not nearly as bad as 2014.

I was also reminded that week my son just happened to be stranded at a hotel up in Indianapolis, during a state youth conference. They were trying to get food to their room and everyone was huddled together risking running to their cars for items. He told us the minute they attempted a short run, they couldn’t feel their face.

And of course, my son brought not ONE winter clothing item with him.

Hat? Gloves? Scarf? NOPE.

Of course not…ugh…

He’s a guy in his 20s, am I right?! :/


I also had my daughter visiting from Georgia. She was quickly reminded why she moved south, to begin with.  She NEVER has liked Indiana weather.

It has always rained on her birthday. Overcast skies made her sad. Easter egg hunting was usually out.

Yeah, visiting her cousins (in the south) made me lose my youngest at an early age. She graduated from high school and off she went!

So, I was secretly happy that she couldn’t leave, perhaps for days! 🙂

The Scrabble games we had started ended up being a week-long tourney!

I never played so much Scrabble in ALL.MY.LIFE!!!

My husband played most of his life, so he’s an expert  Nazi about the rules.

Luckily, we still had power while others did not.

And food.

You always need food.

But, we had to go rescue the son and brave the slick roads, as we weren’t so sure his car would do well on the ice. And, we had to move the car as the daily parking was racking up fast!

That trip should’ve taken 2 hrs (roundtrip), but it was MUCH LONGER at a creep.

We all safely arrived back home for more Scrabble.

Then, Facebook pictures started leaking out as to how hard they all had it up there stranded in that horrible, awful, Indianapolis hotel.

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When I first moved from California, we experienced the blizzard of ’78. What a shock that was for us southern Cali kids! I remembered going out with my dad to rescue people trapped in their homes unable to leave their driveways. He had a big plow on the front of his truck, and he’d just lower his huge blade down the middle of the highway. We were the only ones on the road. It was kind of eery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFaVwg8K8xo&t=89s  

As of right now, the temps continue to be down right frigid but I don’t think we’ll see much more snow this week.

So, as much as I love the look of the new, fallen, snow, I’m also thinking it’s time we also looked south. These winters are just killing my skin and eyes, and it is not fun. (Yeah, I wasn’t made for dry winters, if you’ve read my health blog, I’m basically a lizard.)

I’m actually thinking I wasn’t really made for this EARTH…always something.

Even when it’s 13 degrees out, my house is still set at 62º because this forced heat is just a killin’ me!


Now my son is married and looking to move south as well.

I’m thinking my first grandkids might be in Georgia…the south is callin’ my name! 😉

Hubby cannot retire soon enough!

Countdown.

Please tell me it's time to fly south bird poster.