Sunday, February 27, 2011

I was a giveaway winner!

I entered a giveaway from dreamfctry a bit ago and while I was sick last week it came in, and just in time to cheer me up! This is what I won...

The pretty packaging

 This is when I first opened it, i laid it on the couch...

 And this is it hung above my window in my office! I just hung this tonight - love it!

You should check out her blog dreamfctry she is also on dreamfctry Facebook so go add her!

Now that I am feeling better I should have a few blogs coming up and will be having a giveaway of my own. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Until next time...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Teresa's Salsa Recipe

There are variations to this recipe. I will give you the one I made the other night but as with any recipe you can add or subtract what you like.

You will need:
2 bunches of green onions
1 jalapeno
3 can petite diced tomatoes (I use Del Monte) 14.5 oz
3 cans tomato sauce (8 oz)
1 tsp cilantro
1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp garlic minced (jar)
Squeeze lime juice
Some shakes of tobasco sauce (optional)

Chop the white of the green onions and de-seed and chop the jalapeno.

 I then put it in the chopper to have it finer (don't like chunks of onions ick)

Grab a big bowl with a lid and then throw all the ingredients in, stir and refrigerate for a few hours.

This batch is a bit thick because I use more petite cut tomatoes than just sauce. If you'd like it less chunky just use more sauce. I suggest taste testing after a few hours and adjust as needed. I sometimes throw more red pepper flakes in cause I like it hot. If it tends to be too hot add more tomatoes. That's it! It was strange for me to measure everything because I just throw it all together. I've been making this for quite a few years now so I could probably do it in my sleep, so I'm not sure the measurements were good lol. If you make it let me know how it turns out!

Just a bonus picture - when I let Sophie out in the am the other morning these guys were huddled trying to stay warm. Sophie's friend she plays with is on the left, the middle is a sibling and the right one is momma.

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Teresa's Veggie Chili Recipe

IMAGE HEAVY! I took pictures of the whole process...
So this the base recipe I used for veggie chili - however it didn't work to well for me because for one there was no bell peppers? What? That seemed crazy to me, they use a yellow squash. So I eliminated the yellow squash and added red and green bell peppers. I also added a jalapeno this time, and my recipe is larger. Well I wanted to post this in case you'd rather try this one instead of mine, frankly I prefer mine ha.

 So let's begin - you will need:
3 red bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
2 yellow hot peppers (these really aren't hot, or the ones I've had haven't been)
1 jalapeno (optional)
1 small - medium white onion ( I chop the onion cause I don't like onions but if you prefer chunks do so)
2 can Bush's chili beans
3 cans Del Monte diced tomatoes (I used petite cut this time)
1 tsp diced garlic (from jar) - I might add a bit more for flavor
3 tsp chili powder
1/2 can tomato paste
olive oil
(picture below shows 3 cans chili beans. I just used 2.)

Cut and de-seed bell peppers into chunks.

Since I'm not using meat I like to make my peppers in big pieces. 

 Then de-seed and de-vein the yellow hot pepper and jalepeno.

And chop the peppers, also chop the onion.

Add bell peppers and olive oil to pan and saute (we like the peppers to be tender so I saute them for about 12 mins)

 While those cook combine diced tomatoes (I drained them this time so it's not so runny), garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper in pot and let simmer.

 After your peppers are cooked to your liking push them to the outside and add a little olive oil and the yellow hot pepper, jalapeno and onion - saute for 2-3 mins.

 Then add your 1/2 can tomato paste and stir it in for 1-2 mins.

 Add the 2 cans of chili beans, tomato mixture and simmer! I usually simmer at least 45 mins.

I hope it turns out for you if you make this. I'm more of a toss this and that in kinda girl so it's interesting for me to actually write it all down. My next recipe to write down will be my salsa and then I will take requests lol. If you make this please let me know how it turns out, or if you add or take away anything. Also if you have any questions please feel free to ask! 

P.S. I'll let you know how this recipe turns out later after dinner lol, since I changed a few things from last time. My taste tests were good though!

P.P.S. I don't know exactly how much this makes but I filled 3 Tupperware bowls of 2 cups and one of 4 cups so seems to be about 10 cups.

****Review of this chili: yummy! I would like to say though if kids or anyone with a low heat tolerance is to eat this you might want to skip the jalapeƱo and less chili powder. It was perfect for me but I like a kick.

Until next time...