Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This 'n That....

First, let me thank Tina from Garden Goose for this wonderful blog award. It means so much coming from her. I adore her blog. I was trying to convey to my non-blogging friends just how in touch we have become with each other. I rely on all of you to inspire, console, laugh, and ooh and aah with me on all the other blogs, as well as this one. It is just plain fun to know that all over the world people are keeping the faith and doing many of the right things. You sure get none of this news on CNN or FOXNEWS or local papers. Gloom and doom. I know my mood is better because of all of you. Okay, now for ten blogs to bestow this award? Well, uh... I look at so many that I just cannot possibly narrow it down to ten. I am sorry. If you are in my sidebar, you are one of my choices for sure, and many new ones every day I haven't added yet.

Here's a couple of shots of my mom's kitchen valance and cappuccino tiers I bought her as a surprise. She had the same lacy tiers for many moons, so I thought it would be fun to put these up while she was asleep. I loved them immediately because they were dark and primitive and yet flouncy.
And, ta-da! My version of the black bean salsa recipe I got from my dear friend this weekend at her scrap booking party.
You need a dishpan size bowl.... HUGE... You'll see why!

Salsa Recipe

Drain and rinse:

2 cans black beans

1 can black eyed peas


1 can yellow corn

1 can white shoe peg corn

1 can sliced black olives

1 can green chilies

Chop as finely as you wish:

1 red onion

1 green pepper

2 ribs celery

1 bunch scallions

3-5 firm red tomatoes. I used 5 Romas

1 tbsp. minced garlic

2 seedless jalapeno peppers . I left these out

1/2 to 1 bottle Italian salad dressing. I used light with no sugar added.

Mix all and chill. Gets better and better. I had some plain, some standing in open refrigerator, and some with cottage cheese... Uh.... just as with the awards, I cannot choose a winner! haha... It's delish, and I believe really healthy.?????


Becky K. said...

That looks Yummy!
Here is another award just for you!

Have a fun day at school!

Becky K.

belladella said...

I so feel the same way about blogging. It sure feels good to know so many wonderful and special and positive folks out there.

Love the curtains and the recipe looks yummy.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

That salsa is right up my alley..I will be trying your recipe this weekend. Seems to be a perfect side to barbque. By the way, I love the valance over the window. Susan

Tyler said...

Congratulations on your award.. Its such a wonderful blog to read and it inspires me to one day do a blog of my own.. Keep up the good work~

Lisa said...

Wow, how many ingredients is that? Hmmm, may have to come over and sample myself. You have to tell me where you got the star valances. you have toooooooo

GardenGoose said...

ooh yum on the salsa..and I just love those coffee colored valances! so cute.