Homemade Salsa

This summer I had an abundance of tomatoes.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ve grown tomatoes pretty close to every year for the past 10 years and we NEVER get a good crop.  When people say “oh it’s a good year for tomatoes”, I think that’s the reason.  But then when it is a “good” season, I tend to think that I am just not fit to have tomatoes.  Every year we have tomato plants, we STILL end up buying tomatoes.  Is anyone else with me here?!?!

With that being said, this year we FINALLY got a decent amount so I tried my hand at salsa making.  Let me say, I am NOT a canner.  This salsa recipe is not for canning although I’m sure you could tweak it for that.  I’m not even sure how to do that.  It may just be the canning process in general and has nothing to do with the recipe.  Either way, this was just made to last in the refrigerator and it didn’t even last a week.  That’s how good it was.  My boys devoured it!

Homemade Salsa

2 large tomatoes

2 onions (yes it seems like a lot – but it’s good)

1 jalapeno – you can adjust this to the heat you like

1 tablespoon sugar

1 bunch cilantro

3 tablespoons fresh garlic

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

lime juice to taste

salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer in a saucepan.  Simmer for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from heat.  You can leave it chunky or blend with an immersion blender.  Put it in a mason jar and refrigerate until you are ready to enjoy.  Let’s be honest – mine barely made it to the refrigerator.

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe?

Pumpkin Banana Bread


Pumpkin season is in full force!  This bread is going to satisfy ANY pumpkin craving you have.  And the icing…maple glaze…is DIVINE!!

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (about a heaping 1½ cups of mashed banana)*
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease (or spray) your (8×4 or 9×5) loaf pan.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin, mashed bananas and vanilla extract and mix well at medium speed. In a separate medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and apple pie spice. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients over low speed until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture evenly into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for abut 60 to 70 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan and slicing.

What are you making with pumpkin this season?  I’d love for you to share with me🙂

Honey Garlic Chicken

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You came to the right spot to find the PERFECT Honey Garlic Chicken!  The sauce is amazing and you’re going to want to make some extra – and that’s only because you’ll probably eat so much of it by itself that you won’t have any left for the chicken.  It’s that good!!  Personally, all we use is chicken thighs because we prefer the flavor and tenderness compared to other cuts of chicken, but you can use any cut that you like.

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs (you can use any chicken you like really, not only thighs)
  • 4 – 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, grated or minced into fine pieces
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (I used the reduced sodium kind)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp honey
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chardonney
  • 1½ tbsps brown sugar
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a glass 9″x10″ baking dish whisk together all ingredients except for the chicken. Combine well.
  3. Place the chicken into the dish and spoon some of the mixture over top of each piece.
  4. Optional: You can marinade the chicken in this mixture ahead of time if you like.
  5. Place the baking dish in the oven uncovered and bake for 45 – 60 minutes.  For best flavor, brush sauce on top of chicken sporadically as it’s cooking.
  6. Once the chicken is finished cooking, remove from the baking dish and place on a serving plate.
  7. Serve with rice, veggies or anything else you might enjoy it with!


SIMPLE Pillow Re-vamp!

Decorating for the holidays, does not have to break the bank!  It’s so easy to get caught up in keeping up with the newest, prettiest thing when is actuality, simpler is often times better!  And sometimes, better is prettier in my opinion.

Take these throw pillows!  If you’re like me, you have throw pillows all over your front room and they are mostly used for “jumping over lava” like we ALL did as kids🙂

I do like to save at least ONE, to keep pretty that I can use when I know company is coming over.  It’s a quick dress-me-up that will make any room look complete.

You can use any pillow covers but I used THESE and they are super cheap.  I love the simplicity of them and they come in multiple colors.  I tend to stay with the natural look just because it works in my decor.  I will probably switch them out with some red covers come Christmas though🙂

Get some fancy holiday themed ribbon.  And guess what?  All you do it take a couple strands and make some fancy bows?  And let me tell you – they’re not hard to do!  These really are just regular bows like when you tie your shoes.  On the first pic, I just used two strands of ribbon.  And on the Halloween one, I just hot-glued a black glitter spider.  DONE!!  How simple and cheap is that!!

What is a SIMPLE and CHEAP way that you are choosing to decorate for the holidays?

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You Are Enough!

This is a phrase we simply don’t hear enough of.  “YOU ARE ENOUGH!”  And what’s worse is that we hear it more than we believe it.  That means that most people believe that they truly aren’t enough!  BE DONE with that!!  You are enough, RIGHT where you are, RIGHT now!

I wore this shirt the other day with the intention of doing a blog about it and then became inspired again that night when I was cooking dinner.

You see, I collect aprons.  I own several…but…there are only about three that I wear on a daily basis.  Why?  Because I don’t want to get them dirty or make them to where they are someday un-useable.  I bought them because they were so cute but they’re not serving their purpose.  They’re sitting collecting dust.

Just like our spirits!!  Your spirit is collecting dust if you are not on fire believing that YOU ARE ENOUGH!!  If you don’t believe those three simple words you won’t go out into the world on fire believing that you have something to offer anyone that you meet!  YOU DO!!!  Let that sink in.  We all have something to offer no matter where we are on our path, because we are enough.  God created you just as you are right now.

So how to you believe that you are enough in the times of struggle?  Being in my business of creating for people I come across a lot of people that open their heart to me.  I used to take heed to what they were telling me, but now I know that I am meeting these people not only to create for them, but to pray for them and encourage them and support them in their struggles.  Two people that I have talked to this past week have received some pretty devastating news health-wise.  News that would shake me to my core.  News that would send me into a downward spiral of depression again.  And I hope that if that were to ever happen, SOMEONE else would believe they are enough to encourage me when I feel like I’m not.  It’s easy to be beaten down and feel like you truly aren’t enough.

You are placed where you are RIGHT now for a RIGHT reason!  Maybe you’re fighting depression or an addiction.  Maybe you have learned that you need to fight the battle and beat cancer’s ass!  Maybe you have lost the one person in your life that you didn’t think you could live without.  Maybe you lost your job and don’t know how you are going to afford feeding your family of 5 let alone keeping the kids in sports that they love.  Those are all hard times!!  But even in those times, YOU ARE ENOUGH!  There may be a child looking up to you in your time of struggle to see how you are dealing and accepting the blows that have been given to you.  What are you teaching them?  Are you teaching them to bow down to the devil and let him have control of the situation or are you going to believe you are enough and fight with the little fire that you have in you?  I will say it again….You are enough…right where you are…right now!

And on those days when you can only say the words and don’t quite believe them, find someone who will tell you that you are enough!!  And when you are on top of the world, be that person to someone else!!  There is someone in your life right now that is needing to hear from YOU that “THEY ARE ENOUGH”!

How does this relate to my apron collection?  Well that night at dinner when I went to get an apron to cook, I realized the shirt I was wearing and I realized the beautiful aprons sitting in front of me.  I took the best one that had never been worn, even though it was bought a year ago, and proudly wore it while I cooked dinner for my family.  Aprons protect clothing from messes and so it’s no secret that this apron was going to get messy and greasy.  But that’s ok!!!

It’s ok for aprons to become dirty and worn and un-useable in time.  But it’s not ok for you to become those things!  Don’t let the dirty sins and tragedies of the world make you worn and un-useable.  YOU ARE ENOUGH!!  So go out today and use your best china and wear your apron today!!!  Spread the message that we are all ENOUGH!!

Barn wood Autumn Porch Sign


Dressing up your home for the different holidays and seasons can sometimes seem like a daunting task AND it can be downright expensive to buy everything from other sources.  Here is a super easy project that you can do on your own.  All you need is some barn wood (or any new wood), paint and time!  And seriously, won’t you feel proud of yourself every time you see it knowing that YOU did it!  There’s something about that accomplishment that makes us all feeling amazing🙂

First gather your supplies – don’t do what I do.  I NEVER have everything I need within reach.  Trust me when I say it saves time when you prepare with everything you need beforehand.  Projects always take me longer because of my lack of preparation – and the fact that I can’t stay focused on any one task for any length of time.  Hence this project – it’d been done for a month BUT you’re just now seeing this post.  Just keeping it real folks!


barn wood, gloves, paper towels, paintbrushes, paint, sandpaper

That’s it!  Super easy so far, huh!

So, after you have your supplies, you’re all ready to go.

Stain the board and let dry for a couple hours unless you are using  water-based stain that dries faster.  I personally like this Minwax stain. The color is absolutely beautiful when you apply it to barn wood.  When he stain is dry, you can dry-brush a paint color on.  Dry-brushing is super simple.  Don’t let it scare ya!  Simply put a small amount of paint on your brush and then rub it all back off onto a paper towel.  This will leave a small amount of paint on the dry brush without the bulk of the wet paint.  Gently brush color onto the barnwood where you want accent colors.  You can use one color or numerous colors.  It’s all up to you.  That’s what so awesome about DIY!!

Next up – letters!  You can free-hand the letters or use these stencils.  They’re heavy-duty and will last for several projects.  Line up the letters according to your style.  I left a little bit of room at the top so that I could add a ribbon when I was done.  And I only had one “U” in the stencil set so I had to use another letter for placement reasons.  Just make sure you lay it out correctly so you don’t have to go back and repeat steps.  Again…learn from my mistakes.  I always make mistakes.  Trace the letters and then paint them!  Easy peasy so far isn’t it.  I’m telling you – this project is just time!  And if you don’t have that, then I can make one for ya😉


Next up, I accented my piece with pumpkins and flowers and leaves.  Don’t let this freak you out!  They’re super simple.  For the pumpkin, you’re just going to paint and overlap ovals!  No joke!  Try it – you’ll be so pleased with how it turns out.  For the stem you’re doing to add a curbed triangle and then some curly-q’s.  I did my stem green with a little bit of brown but you could definitely do brown.

For the flowers all you’re going to do is paint a messy circle!  Don’t get it perfect because let’s face it, we’re not perfect.  Once you have the base for your flower, you can dry-brush some other colors onto the top.  Same concept that we talked about earlier.  Again, add some leaves and curly-q’s adding extra color as you want to.  For the middle “stamen” of the flowers you simply use the opposite side of the paintbrush – the handle🙂  Dip it in some paint and viola!!  You have perfect dots!!

After it was all painted to my liking and dry, take a rough sandpaper and rough it up some. You could definitely keep the lines “crisp” and skip this step but since it was barn wood, I wanted the rustic look.  I have a covered porch so I did not seal it but if it’s going to be in the weather and you want it to last for several seasons then I definitely recommend using an outdoor sealer.

Add a burlap or regular ribbon to the top and stand back and enjoy the labors of your love!

Here are a few other ideas of wording you can use for this project:








What have you made new for the season?  I’d love to know if you plan on making one of these or if you have and have created your own spin on it!!

Happy creating!!!!

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Terra Cotta Window Planter

Your truth, not someone else's

I created this project at the beginning of summer but you can easily work on it now to take you through the holidays!  It takes a minimal amount of supplies and just time.


You need an old window without the glass (if you are breaking out the glass yourself, be careful and make sure that you remove the glazing pins).  I already had one that was missing glass.  SCORE!!

Here’s where you can get really creative – paint it whatever color you want.  This one already had some color on it so I just dry brushed some of the best color EVER….TEAL!!

Next, you’ll grab some chicken wire and use a heavy duty stapler to attach it to the back of the frame.  I would recommend using leather gloves to attach the chicken wire as it can be very sharp.  Use caution.

Once that’s attached, you’re going to need some little terra cotta planters.  You can use whatever size you would like based on your personal preference.  I used THESE.  You can also click the pic and it will take you right to the amazon link to purchase them.  You’re gonna get 6 of them for $12.  You may only need 6 depending on the size of your window frame. 

As you can see from the above pic, the pots have a small hole in the bottom.  I ran a thin piece of wire through that hole and onto a link in the chicken wire and then just twisted it to attach it.  Super easy!!

Add some flowers that can withstand the heat in your area (I used Rose Moss) and VIOLA!!!  Hang and enjoy!!!

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