Friday, May 28, 2010

Weight Watchers Salsa aka Bills Game Bean Salsa aka Super Tasty Salsa

1 can garbanzo beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can black eyed peas
(drain and rinse the above 3 beans)
2 cans shoepeg (white) corn - do NOT drain
1 small can diced jalepenos (optional)
1 small jar pimentos
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 TBSP water

-Combine above ingredients in and boil 5 minutes.  Let cool completely.
-Once all cooled, add 1 cup finely chopped red onion and 1 finely chopped green pepper
-Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  Tastes best if refrigerated overnight before serving.

We always make a double batch of this.  We only use 1/2 the amount of jalepenos.  Trust me, it is spicy enough (without being TOO spicy) with half the amount!  It is a great hit at potlucks and family gatherings.  Get a couple bags of Baked Tostitos to serve with it. 
Make sure to keep a bowl of it at home for yourself, because there won't be anything left from the potluck!!

Have leftovers?  Make up some rice and stir the salsa into it!  Now you have an awesome main dish for dinner!! :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pretty white beret

This was an interesting make for me.  I'm not really used to using charts to crochet.  I took this on, with no certain person in mind for it.  I just wanted to challenge myself to doing something new.  It turned out nice.  Not quite as I had thought a beret should be, but still cute, nonetheless.  I used cotton for this.  I ended up gifting it to my friend, Megan's daughter! :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Camping Swap

I participated in a camping swap on  My partner for the swap camps Renaissance style!  So I made her some things for her Ren tent!  She requested rugs and stuff to hide her more modern things (like her cell phone) in.
I made her an oval rug, a long runner rug, and a bowl with a lid!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Prayer Shawl for a special family

We were at my mother-in-law's house and she was telling us about some really sad medical news for her friend's family.  Her friend's son (in his early 40's), had ended up in the hospital with heart failure.  They had tried different things for him, but ended up settling on a portable heart pump for him.  He's had many issues with it.  Prayers for him would be greatly appreciated.  His entire life really changed in the blink of an eye ... or a beat of his heart. 
I really felt for this family and wanted to do something.  Nick and I ran to the store and I bought some super soft yarn and I whipped up a pretty basic, but comforting prayer shawl for him or his mom to use while he was in the hospital.  I'd never made one before, so I went with a basic pattern.  The pictures aren't great of it (ugh... blackberries take awful pics), but you get the idea.
I'm told that they loved it and use it often. I'm so glad!