I have an undying obsession with this seasonal cranberry salsa a local Mexican eatery has in their salsa bar. I love the stuff and usually bring home a little extra to use. I finally got around to making my version so I can enjoy it without my wallet feeling it.
This salsa is a tangy little bite, so I prefer it in something instead of on a chip. I like to use it in my green salads that I take to work. My current favorite salad combo is a mixture of spinach and lettuce, pomegranates, pepitas, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and black beans. I layer the salad with the wet ingredients on the bottom so the leafy parts don’t get soggy by the time lunch rolls around. I then bring a little container of homemade salad dressing (olive oil, apple cider vinegar and mustard) and mix it all together at lunch.
1 cup fresh Cranberries
2 tbsp fresh Lime juice
1/2 a chopped Jalapeño (without seed)
1/2 c of chopped Cilantro
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
Pulse the cranberries in a food processor until all chopped. Add jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt and sugar. Mix and taste. Add more salt, lime juice or sugar to your liking. The taste will develop over time as well, so I like to make it the night before and then taste it in the morning to get the flavoring just right.
It’s way too early to start in on Christmas decor, but it’s perfect time to get a few holiday projects started. Especially the ones that take time to cure, grow or whatever they have to do.
Today’s project is one of my favorite “early” projects. If you have been a long time reader you may recall that I’ve had an obsession with forced bulbs. I think its in my genes. My grandma Estelle always had an amaryllis every year for Christmas. (As a kid I remember charting the growth by how many string ties my grandmother added to it’s stalk.)
If you have never forced a bulb before — don’t worry. It’s really simple. Go to you local garden store and they should have a ton of spring bulbs in stock. Any bulb can be forced, but traditionally amaryllis and paperwhites are used for the holidays.
I picked up a brand new amaryllis bulb to my collection and two packs of paperwhites. One reason I bought so many is I’m going to stagger mine a little and plant half now, another few next week and the final few the week after.
The bulbs just needs light and water to grow so you can use a variety of planting compounds (gravel, marbles or glass). I like using soil the best because it secures the bulb a little better than the other alternatives.
I decide to use a variety of white and terra-cotta containers this year. Then I layered an inch or two with river rocks at the bottom then added potting soil. I made room for the bulbs and placed them in the soil with the roots facing down. Wet the pots to moisten the soil and put them out in a sunny location.
They take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to bloom so don’t wait. Plant them now!
Ever had a night out that turned into an impromptu perfect night? Well last Saturday Nate and I headed to Oakland on a double date to see Cut Copy at the Fox Theater. We didn’t have a game plan, but everything fell into place.
After we arrived, we went looking for food and drinks. My two favorite stops did an awesome job showcasing their fresh ingredients. First we had delicious fresh oysters at Hutch Bar & Kitchen and then had the most amazing greyhound cocktails at Cafe Van Kleef.
Van Kleef was packed and as soon as we got through the door my senses were bombarded with fresh citrus. Then we noticed the cases and cases of grapefruits stacked next to the bar. The bartenders were making greyhounds with freshly squeezed juice and I think everyone in the place had one. Best. Greyhound. Ever. These cocktails blew my socks off and they were so simple.
After drinks, we walked to the Fox Theater for the show. Cut Copy was so much fun. We danced and sang along with the sold out audience. If you have a chance to see a band there definitely go!
Overall I can’t say enough about our impromptu evening. It was such a pleasure to enjoy some unbelievable drinks, food and music with friends.
I wanted to recreate some of the magic of the night here so I first put together a Spotify playlist of my favorite Cut Copy songs if you want to take a listen. I hope you like their melodic synth-pop as much as I do.
And to go with the music, here’s my homemade version of the classic greyhound. The fresh grapefruit juice makes this drink. Look at all that foam!
Make a Greyhound
2 oz vodka
5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
lots of ice
Make your grapefruit juice with a juicer or by hand. Pour vodka and grapefruit juice on top of the ice in cocktail glass. Stir well.
1. I am in the middle of half marathon training. I’m running 20+ miles a week with three weeks to go. It’s hard, but I’m pushing through it as best I can.
2. My work life is getting a big shift as our superintendent leaves at the end of the 2013. Here’s my view at his resignation press conference.
3. The AeroPress has quickly become my favorite way to make coffee. It’s easier than a french press, but just as yummy. I’m drinking less coffee these days, but when I do this is the way I make it.
4. We had a government shutdown that affected many people across the USA. Even mypubliclands Instagram went down without the funds to support it.
5. Nate and I had a blast bowling and playing a girls vs. boys game of laser tag for Joe’s birthday.
6. Our sweet niece Keira turned one. Ali and Kevin hosted a chili dinner for the birthday girl.
7. I continue to try to stay organized. This month I focused by planning out my week which was semi-successful.
8. High school homecoming happened and Nate as sophomore advisor walked the parade with his crew.
9. Our house got an extra dose of Halloween decor when this giant spider spun a web under our porch light. Nate freaked out a few trick-or-treaters when he pointed out the “real” spider out to them.