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It’s Halloween! Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween! Happy Halloween!

Tonight all the little ones will be going trick or treating and many adults will be having their own get togethers.

After all…it is Halloween and it is Friday night… so no school or work tomorrow for most.

I have been scouting recipes for “quick” Halloween treats and I have found a couple that I would like to share with you.

Very simple and with things you already have on hand.

And you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them.

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I love the look of this guy…..;)

First up is a hot chocolate mix….the recipe is below or use your favorite recipe.

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Put a little oil on your scissors and cut the marshmallows in half

Most people love hot chocolate…I know the Captain and I both do….and this morning…it was very rainy and cool this Fall morning…and a perfect time to have a steaming cup of chocolate. 

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Place a chocolate chip at various angles for “weird eyes”

The dry mix recipe will make about 5-6 cups of mix…which should yield you about 24 cups of chocolate depending on the size of your cups and the amount of chocolate mix you use.

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Yummy and spooky! πŸ˜‰

We like a rich, dark chocolate…but you may prefer it to be a lighter milk chocolate. 

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Take any chocolate cookie and use a pre-bought frosting in a tube to adhere the top of the hat to the base of the hat

Another quick Halloween treat is to make Witch’s Hats….

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The pointy hat is actually a Hershey’s kiss.

So simple..

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Try not to eat too many of the kisses or you won’t have any for the hats. Just sayin’

Another quickie is to make Witch’s Brooms.

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Using the same frosting…dap it bit on a mini peanut butter cup for the base of the broom.

Really that simple

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The broom handle is a pretzel stick.

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Just a reminder to not eat too many of the “brooms” or you won’t have enough for the broom sticks! I don’t like repeating myself….NOT that I would ever do such a thing as eat all the mini cups!

Or why not buy your cupcakes at the supermarket (or make your own) and decorate the top with Halloween picks!

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When the Captain made Another candy run to the store….I asked him to pick up some frosted cupcakes….

Make it easy on yourself.

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Either buy already decorated cupcakes or… put some Halloween picks in your self….

Last year, there were no children dressed in costumes at our door.  

It seems that in some places, door-to-door trick or treating has been replaced by celebrations at churches or shopping malls in an effort to protect these wee ones.

Do you my dear readers…. have many trick or treat-ers?

Enjoy the evening, no matter how you celebrate!





Spooky Hot Chocolate
Whether it be milk or dark chocolate, Hot Chocolate is good anytime of the year...but when the Autumn days turn cool...there is nothing like cuddle-up, read a good book, sit by the fire and if you are lucky enough to have a special someone...hey! hot chocolate just tastes better! πŸ˜‰ This is a dry mix to store and have on hand when the need for hot chocolate rises....
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  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate powder
  3. 2 1/2 cup of milk chocolate powder
  4. 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  1. Mix the ingredients well and store in an air tight container.
  2. When ready to make hot chocolate, warm milk in a saucepan and add 3-4 tablespoons of dry mix to 2 cups of milk.
  1. You can add more or less of the hot chocolate mix...suit your own taste.
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No Meat Chili

Now before you turn away at the thought of No Meat Chili…please just hear me out!

We all know that we our diets could use a little refinement…

I am a meat and potatoes person and so is the Captain.

However, once a week I try to include a meatless meal on our menu. 

But just because it is meatless….it doesn’t mean it will have no flavor.

This chili uses Quinoa! You have noticed that I have a few recipes using this grain, which has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture.  

I believe it has a nutty flavor which only adds interest and I happen to really like it.:)

You can find Quinoa in the rice and beans sections of your supermarket.

This small, little grain…is high in protein, which includes nine amino acids, plus manganese and lysine.  The lysine assists with tissue repair and growth.

And you know what?

It tastes really good.

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Add your favorite ingredients to the basic recipe….mushrooms, corn, celery..etc

You can modify this recipe by adding frozen corn, mushrooms, celery…just about any veggie you choose.

The Captain and I prefer this recipe…but I am always experimenting with zucchini and other ingredients.

Do you like to experiment with your chili?

Now that the weather has turned cooler….Chili and Beans and Soups are taking center stage in my kitchen.

And the aroma and smells are wonderful, aren’t they?

Below is the printable recipe.

Have a great day…





No Meat Chili
This really is a good recipe for chili with no meat. The quinoa is healthier than adding the ground beef, but feel free to add what you prefer. Some people like meat in their chili. πŸ™‚
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  1. 1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed and drained)
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 medium onion, diced
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped finely
  7. 1 bell pepper, diced (any color, I used green)
  8. 1 medium size carrot, diced
  9. 1 can ranch style pinto beans, drained
  10. 1 can black beans, reduced sodium, drained
  11. 1 large box diced tomatoes
  12. 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  14. Sprinkle of cayenne pepper for extra heat (optional)
  15. Chopped Cilantro
  1. Bring the quinoa and the cup of water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes...cover and set aside.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper and carrots and saute until soft (about 3-4 minutes.)
  4. Add the canned beans, tomatoes, chipotle powder, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
  5. Add the quinoa.
  6. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Just before serving add a little chopped cilantro and serve with chips or crackers or add to a chili dog.
  8. Delish!
  1. Frozen corn can be added for more veggies if desired.
  2. If you prefer your chili not add the cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. The jalapeno should be enough heat.
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Crock Pot Chicken Salad

Crock Pot Chicken Salad!

Fall Weather conjures up images of soups simmering on the back of the stove or even better….crock pot recipes, which allow for the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen as the food cooks low and slow. 

This recipe comes from the Church Potluck Cook Book that I described in another post.

I have been to many church potlucks and I find this crock pot chicken salad disappears quickly from the buffet table.

How easy is it to plop everything into the crock pot and serve?

I like the fact that you can set it and forget it and the chicken salad is served warm.

You could serve it cold if that is the way you prefer your chicken salad….and most times I do make a cold chicken salad.

But the uniqueness of this recipe is that it is made and served from a crock pot or slow cooker.

I prefer to “mix-it-up” by using white meat and dark meat, preferably chicken thighs….but that is just a matter of choice.

And most likely, you have all the ingredients in your pantry.

Don’t you just love recipes that require very little prep?

Have a great and wonderful day…..





Crock Pot Chicken Salad
Easy crock Pot Chicken Salad....if you go to have had this simple, great tasting chicken salad.
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  1. 1 pkg boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  3. 1 cup Ranch Dressing
  4. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  5. 2 tsp. dried parsley
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 2 tbs. lemon juice
  8. 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  1. Into a crock pot, place chicken breasts and the chicken broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or until meat easily begins to pull apart.
  3. Cool the chicken slightly, enough to allow you to use two forks and shred
  4. Remove the chicken broth from the crock pot and set aside
  5. Return shredded chicken to the crock pot and add the ranch dressing, grated Parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, lemon juice and the chopped onions.
  6. If the chicken salad appears too dry...add a little of the chicken broth.
  7. Serve immediately or chill if you prefer a "cooler" taste...but the warm chicken salad is really delicious.
  8. Serve on bibb lettuce, buns or crackers
  1. Add other ingredients as you choose like celery, tomatoes, red onion, mustard...the sky is the limit.
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Italian Dippin’ Goodness with Toasted Italian Bread

Italian Dippin’ Goodness with Toasted Italian Bread….

This is so easy to make and it tastes so good, I could make a meal out of it.

In fact, there are many foods that I can make a meal out of and it is not necessarily a good thing. πŸ™‚

My Grandma, on my Dad’s side…used to make Open Face Onion-Bacon Grease sandwiches, which she liberally salted and peppered.

And I loved them!

I know,…I am weird, but I come from a lot of weird family members and that is ok in my book. ;0)

When you think about it…the Italian dippin’ goodness, is not much different than the Onion-Bacon Grease sandwiches that I love.

I will confess, that I have not had one of those sandwiches in a long, long  time…but the only thing holding me back is the “healthy” side of me.

I admit, the “healthy” side of me disappears from time to time! πŸ™‚

I will share the quick and easy recipe for the Onion-Bacon Grease sandwich… and then I will share the Italian dippin’ goodness with Toasted Bread.

Open Face Onion-Bacon Grease Sandwich

1. Heat the left over bacon grease from a bacon frying, to just warm it.

2. Gently place the slice of bread into the bacon grease (holding it by two hands as you don’t want to drench the bread…just coat it on one side.

3. Add 2-3 onion slices, thinly (or thickly) sliced…to cover the bread slice.

4. Add lots of coarsely ground black pepper and a smaller amount of salt.

Eat and enjoy! :):);)

So see?  The difference in these two recipes, is one uses bacon grease and the other uses extra virgin olive oil, which is healthier ….I have to admit.

I tasted something similar to the Italian Dippin’ Goodness,… long ago at a small, quaint Italian Restaurant in …of all places…Fort Worth, Texas.  

It was across the street from the famous Cross Keys restaurant…which both have since gone out of business. πŸ™

That happens with so many of the “good ones” doesn’t it?

As I said, I could make a meal of this…. and I did just that yesterday! πŸ˜‰

Although the idea is to eat a bit of it… before your main pasta meal…or add a little balsamic and add to your garden salad.

So tell me dear readers,….have you an unhealthy/odd food you love?

Have a great day…and Happy Dippin’!

Below is the printable recipe…





Italian Dippin' Goodness with Toasted Italian bread
This olive oil dip for toasted bread is so good, You really don't need anything else. Serve before your pasta or any other Italian meal. πŸ˜‰
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  1. 1/2 cup of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  2. 3-4 cloves of finely minced garlic
  3. 2 teaspoons of freshly and finely grated Parmesan cheese (more if you like)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (crushed finely)
  5. 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  6. 1/2 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano
  7. Freshly ground black pepper (as much as desired)
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and store for at least an hour (at room temperature) to allow the flavors to marry or blend.
  2. I like to use an old crock, and when ready to serve...I give a quick stir, and ladle into smaller dip bowls.
  3. I also butter the bread and grill to desired crispiness.
  4. Then dip away....
  5. Dip toasted bread (or un-toasted, your preference) ..add to pasta or salads, if desired.
  6. Simply yummy!
  1. I could eat this dippin' oil for a complete meal!...and I have! πŸ™‚
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TWA….Legacy Airline

TWA…Legacy Airline.

Those who know me…..know I love many things…sports and aviation are among my passions.

Of course, it goes without saying that the Captain is one of my aviation related passions! πŸ™‚

This is Me...beside one of the airlines that unfortunately did not survive the affects of 9-11. (Vanguard)

This is Me…beside Vanguard Airlines that unfortunately did not survive the affects of 9-11. (I got to choose the color of this airplane….I love green!)

I worked in Aviation for many years, and during that time…. the Boeing office supported many airlines.

TWA Airlines….and then American Airlines were the primary.

TWA flew the Skies for over 75 years….I was fortunate to have been there for their 75th year celebration.

Our Boeing office, particularly my desk, became the daily destination of many of the TWA engineers.  


Jim R., one of the young engineers.

I would take pictures and post them on my bulletin board as you can see behind Jim R. one of the engineers. 

We not only supported the Airline with the many issues of repairs, etc….I was also the sounding block for girl friend, baby, and life in general issues.

The engineers brought new wives and babies to meet me and I was invited to weddings and special occasions.

I will always cherish each and every one of them. 

Eventually, Boeing closed down our office and transferred me to Seattle….I still have many friends from that time period and certainly many memories.

So I explain all of that, to tell you about this wonderful museum of TWA history.

It is located in Kansas City near the Downtown Airport.

Below are a few of the pictures from the museum.


TWA information

If you live in and around the Kansas City area, I hope you have taken the time to visit the TWA Museum.


I have browsed for hours…..:)

I have been there many times and it has evolved into a wonderful piece of history….and you will want to go back again and again….as new exhibits are added.


This was way before my time…..but interesting none-the-less!

TWA’s history is amazing!


More Pics at the museum

OR, if you are traveling through Kansas City, please stop by the Downtown Airport and visit the museum for yourself.


Lots of Memorabilia at the museum

….and if you live close, volunteer to help with tours, etc.


Runways between the rivers at the Downtown Airport.

Of course, donations are always appreciated and welcomed, or if you have memorabilia from the TWA era, please contact the Director, Pamela R. Blaschum, at the address or telephone number listed.


This was before the move to KCI…the International airport…our offices were located in the TWA overhaul Base Hangers…later to become the American Airlines Overhaul Base.




First flight of a Super Constellation L-1049C was 9.January 1943 Vereinigte Staaten Lockheed Corporation. Mr.Ulrich has Long time build on this Lockheed Super Connie Trans World Atlantic Model.!! 25. Oldtimermeeting MG Frauenfeld/Switzerland 2014

Thank you for allowing me to go down memory lane today…and I want to say a special “hello” to all my TWA/AA friends!

You all “ROCK” !!!!!!!!!!!!

Please check out my “Featured Video” (upper right corner of my Blog) for a video tour of the museum. It is well worth your time. πŸ™‚





The Kansas City Royals won the 6th game of the World Series last night (10-0) !  One more game tonight and we will know who the World Series Champions are.

GO Royals!

World Series…Best of Seven!

World Series…Best of Seven!

I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the scoop on what is happening with my beloved Royals Baseball team in this World Series!

I am sure many of you are already aware of the World Series as game 6 starts tonight.

There are 7 games played and the team winning the most games of the 7 win the World Series.

The first two games were played in Kansas City and the Royals won 1 game and the Giants won one game.

So it was tied 1-1.


Then there was a day of flying as the teams went to San Francisco to play 3 more games. The Royals won one game and the Giants won 2 games.

Now, the standings are Royals, 2 games and Giants 3 games.

Again there was a flying day on Monday and tonite…Tuesday, game 6 will be played and IF the Royals win, they will also play game 7 on Wednesday.

However, if the Giants win tonight…the World Series is all over for 2014 as they will have won 4 games…no need to play the other game.

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But I have faith in this young baseball team and I am hoping history will repeat itself.

In 1985…the Royals were in the same situation with two games left to play and they were down by 1 game (3-2) with the same stats as this night. 

But the Royals did the unthinkable and won the last two games….winning the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Of course the question is…can the Kansas City Royals do it again?  
I hope they can!
I think they can!
I believe they can!
But win or lose…they are still my team.  
The same team I watched for years, while sitting in Kaufman stadium…munching on peanuts…. with perhaps a couple hundred fans in attendance…as the Royals lost yet another game.
(usually the 100th game of the 162 games played in a season)
But wait!  
Almost the same team ….these new, young players have determination and true grit.
Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals
They don’t take themselves seriously…no one is a star in their eyes…. as they joke and kid around with each other, both on and off the field.
They know how to play the game and they play it full on. 
They never give up!
And as true fans of this team of blue…..we must not give up on them either!
Yes, they HAVE to win tonight….and then they HAVE to win tomorrow night.
But you know what? They have already won in my eyes.
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They entered the play offs and then the World Series ….where no one…that is right NO ONE thought they could or would!
All the analysts focused on many other teams in their predictions.
So I say to the Manager, Ned Yost and to every one of the players on the Kansas City Royals Team.
Well done and well played.
It has been a party….and will continue to be for the 2014 Kansas City Royals! 
Jake Peavy, Giants...Yordano Ventura, Royals

Starting Pitchers tonight:  Jake Peavy, Giants…Yordano Ventura, Royals


Salvadore Perez, Royals catcher

Royals 2011 Spring Training. Workout

Salvy Perez, 24 year old catcher


The Players/Team, include the best catcher in MLB…Salvy Perez:
On the Bench: Nix, Willingham
Relief Catcher: Kratz
Speed Runners: Dyson and Gore….
The Pitchers:  
The starters are Ventura, Vargas, Shields, Guthrie, & Duffy  
The Relievers: Frasor, Collins  
The Closers: Finnegan, Herrera, Davis, & Holland (in my opinion, the best closers in the MLB
Good Luck tonight…go out there and enjoy yourselves!
You deserve it!





Fajitas in a Crock Pot

Fajitas in a Crock Pot….actually, fajitas are fairly easy and quick to make on top of the stove and I usually make my chicken or beef fajitas just that way.

But if you have a busy day or are at work….it is easy to throw everything in the crock pot to be ready for your return to the kitchen.

You will have to shred lettuce, cheese (or buy it already shredded) and slice the bell peppers and onions….but that doesn’t take long.


You then put the peppers and onions in a crock pot, place the chicken on top of the peppers and onions and set it and forget it.


Bell Peppers and Onions

It is that simple!

pica de gallo

pico de gallo

Make up a little Pico de Gallo and Guacamole! Ole! if desired, and you will have a feast! (If you missed these recipes, click on the links)



And if you really want to add flavor to your fajitas, add a little Home Made Crema (recipe found in the post New Mexico Chicken Enchiladas Verde…..sooooo good!


Home Made Mexican Crema

You can also substitute beef (flank steak would be a good cut) for the chicken.  

The rest of the directions are the same.

The printable recipe is below!

Enjoy all that extra time you will have….:)







Fajitas in a Crock Pot
Fajitas are good anytime and when you can save time by using a crock makes serving all the easier.
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  1. 4 chicken breasts (or you can use beef...a flank steak is a good choice)
  2. 3 medium sized bell peppers, sliced (I used red, orange and yellow)
  3. 1 large onion, sliced
  4. 1 package of Taco Seasoning (I used taco bell brand)
  5. Flour tortillas, heated
  6. 1 cup shredded Mexican blend of cheeses (or you can use cheddar)
  7. Finely chopped lettuce
  8. Guacamole
  9. Sour cream
  10. Salsa or pica de gallo
  1. Place the sliced peppers and onions in the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Add the chicken breasts (or dark meat, your choice) on the top
  3. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken
  4. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook for about 6 hours on low
  5. If you need it cooked sooner, put the crock pot on high for about 3 hours
  6. At the end of your chosen cooking time....pull apart (or shred) the chicken.
  7. Add the chicken and onions and peppers to a medium sized bowl and serve with the
  8. desired toppings
  1. I like to serve on hot metal steak or fajita plates, placed on small boards...but you can use whatever you have on hand for serving
  2. Keep the tortillas warm in tortilla bowl or wrap in paper towels.
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Guacamole! Ole!

Guacamole! Ole!

I have been making this recipe for guacamole for many many years. 

I have modified it a bit from time to time…but the basics remain the same.

Many times, I cut the recipe down as I make only enough for the Captain and Me! 


Mexican Molcajete

I use a molcajete…(Pronounced mole-ca-het-ti) that is made from lava rock, with a pestle of the same stone.  

I bought it in Mexico when I lived in New Mexico (almost 20 years ago) and where I learned a lot of Mexican recipes handed down from generation to generation.

However, you can use something as simple as a fork and a bowl….or a pestle and mortar…anything to mash the avocados and blend the spices.



I also top my guacamole with thin slices of scallions and seeded tomato….and serve with plenty of home made tortilla chips.

So simple to do….dip cut-up corn or flour (I prefer flour) tortillas in hot oil til crisp, then drain on paper towels.

Do you have a favorite guacamole recipe?

Please feel free to print the recipe below…just hit print.





Guacamole! Ole!
Who doesn't love guacamole? well, perhaps a few people, but not very many!
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  1. 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  2. 1 lime, juiced
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  6. 1/2 medium onion, diced
  7. 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  8. 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  9. 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  10. 1 clove garlic, minced
  1. To a large bowl, add the avocado along with the lime juice.
  2. Use a fork or pestle to mash the avocado.
  3. Add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash.
  4. Gently stir in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.
  5. Add a little more of the juice to keep the avocado from turning brown..
  6. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour and serve
  1. I use a molcajete....similar to a mortar and pestle...only it is a big piece of lava rock. You can use a bowl with a simple fork.
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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo….such a simple combination of flavors of items you most likely have in your pantry.

If I am having any kind of Mexican food….you can be sure there will be pico de gallo sitting on the side to add to any dish.

I love it sprinkled on the top of enchiladas, tamales, chimachangas, burritos, tacos, nachos…I could go on and on but you get the idea.

This little condiment consisting of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, garlic and fresh cilantro… amazing!

I am sure you have heard of the trinity in Cajun cooking, which consists of chopped onion, chopped celery and chopped bell peppers.

Well, Pico de Gallo is the equivalent in Mexican cooking.

pica de gallo

The Captain likes to use it as a salsa…and uses it as a chip dip.

And it is like a salsa except there are no tomato sauces or juices in Pico de Gallo.

In fact, I don’t want any extra juices so I seed my tomatoes, which is really very simple to do.

Just take a spoon or knife and “scoop” out the insides of a tomato, leaving nothing but the wonderful flavor of the tomato. 


I like to use Roma tomatoes, because they are a firmer tomato which makes for easier dicing.

I do scoop out the insides of a fresh jalapeno, leaving a few to add the hotness that the Captain and I really crave.

Always wash your hands really well after handling jalapenos…and most importantly, do not touch your face, eyes or other important parts of your body, or you will have the most unpleasant burning sensations, that take forever to go away. πŸ™‚ There is a reason I tell you this…and do I have a story to tell from many years ago…but that is another post! πŸ™‚

The next time you make Mexican food….be sure to mix up a little pico de gallo.

The printable recipe is below.

You will be glad you did!

Have a great day!





Pico de Gallo
A simple mixture of tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic and cilantro....the amount of each ingredient varies with personal taste. A must have for any Mexican dish. I also like to sprinkle on top of nacho chips. Yummy!
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  1. 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced very small (seeded, preferred)
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped (red or Spanish)
  3. 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (add the whole jalapeno if they are small)
  4. 2 stems of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  5. 1 green onion, finely chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  7. 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional, as it draws out the juices of the tomatoes and makes it runny)
  8. 1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, garlic and green onion.
  2. Salt and Pepper is optional, depending on your preference.
  3. Stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Place covered ... in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  1. If you don't have fresh garlic and would like to use garlic powder,use about 1/2 teaspoon
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One Of Those Days….

One of those days…we have all had them.

When “my dancing friend across the pond” visited me a few weeks ago….she mentioned that things just seem to be going great with my postings on my Blog….

But she hinted that she hadn’t seen any of my vulnerability.

I have tried to look at the glass as half full, but yes, there are times when everyone has a little of the glass half empty.

I always have camera in hand and I take way, way too many pictures of each and everything happening in and around me…..many times I don’t use that topic or subject, so the pics remain hidden in the recesses of my DropBox!

Plus, considering that I only use perhaps 5 or 6 photos out of 40 or more pics on any given subject, cataloging is very important to be able to have photos ready for my posts.

I remembered the day…back in the Spring that I was refreshing the hanging baskets on the Pergola in the Secret Garden…as well as adding four new hanging baskets. 

I would like to share these photos with you as I prepared and planted the baskets.

Call it “One of those days”….;)


I started with four empty baskets and I covered them with a matting of straw and moss. (You can buy the baskets at any of the big box stores and the matting is usually in the same area)


I then added a small amount of potting mix to the bottom in preparation for the new plants that I had purchased. 


I found pink geraniums, pathos, a little ivy and some beautiful blue daze (similar to a plumbago) and positioned them in my work area.


I took the little plants in their peat pots and placed them on top of the potting mix. (don’t you love my hot pink work gloves?)


The plants were in no particular order…I just plopped them in and added additional potting mix around each plant in the basket…and watered them well…adding a little more soil as needed.


I then positioned this very heavy basket on an existing pulley rope affixed to the pergola and it promptly fell to the ground spilling the plants and soil all over the pavers. 

Lots of potting soil…..and a few broken plants.


I looked at it for a few seconds and decided to take a rest from my planting, so I took off my gloves and sat in one of the garden chairs.

I then decided this was a perfect time to grab a cup of hot tea and rethink the hanging of the other 3 baskets.

With renewed energy….that hot tea does wonders doesn’t it?….I revised my baskets by placing the heavier ones I had just planted… to existing large plant hooks already on the pergola and I relegated the other baskets that I was refurbishing to the 4 pulley ropes.

It worked just fine and after I scooped up all the plants and soil on the pavers…I replanted the spilled basket that had once been so prettily planted, and hung it on a large plant hook too.

Not a major catastrophe…but a little glitch in the plans.

 And you know what?  I like the revised hanging arrangement much better!

I think there is a moral here…..:)

Have a great week!






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