Friday, June 24, 2011

Easy, Fresh Salsa

Hey it's Foodie Friday!
I love Cilantro, Tomatoes, and's a quick tasty recipe when expected company calls......Cilanto or Coriander is considered an aid to the digestive system. It is an appetite stimulant and aids in the secretion of gastric juices. A poultice of Coriander seed can be applied externally to relieve painful joints and rheumatism. According to Herbs & Herb Gardening by Jessica Houdret, the seeds can be mixed with violets for a remedy for a hangover.
The essential oils of the cilantro leaves contain antibacterial properties and can be used as a fungicide. Coriander seeds is considered to have cholesterol lowering properties
Quick, easy fresh Salsa. Summer is a great time to share this yummy, super easy treat.

1  28 oz can of chopped Tomatoes( I like San Marzano)
4-5 pieces chopped garlic
1 can Ro'Tel   Tomatoes and Green Chilies
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 bunch Cilantro Chopped
In a food processor blend tomatoes, add Ro'Tel. Stir in garlic, garlic powder and 1/2 Cilantro bunch.
Chilling overnight really marinates the flavors, but can be eaten immediately.
Before serving chop remaining Cilantro and toss on top, give a light stir. serve with tortilla chips.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blogging my way thru Buffalo...Day 2

     A beautiful summer day off is such a gift. Running out of time to visit antique shops Tuesday, we set out today to see some more. Port of Entry, a shop we would visit when we were kids.. had penny candy, old stuff, new stuff. It was built as a grain mill during the Civil War era. Currently many of the property's buildings have shops in them. I found something old (a weather vane) and something new(a lamp), and several mini cookie cutters. Linking to OutdoorWednesdays.

The final spot we discovered was in the quaint town of Swormsville. She had many delightful gifts and the name was a perfect description of the place. The Nook and Cranny was a gem, packed with candles, collectables, primitives, fabrics, etc..

Blogging my way thru Buffalo this week...con't

Visiting friends in Buffalo this week, we girls love to look at every nook and cranny. Antique shopping is in full season. The first shop , Hen House Antiques was a real find, as it had a small building stuffed full of treasures. Clarence Hollow, NY, is a historic hamlet that is home to several antique and gift shops. The Hen House, nestled inside of a larger farm property on Salt Rd, will remind you of the antique shops in France. It had a mix of old and new collectables.  The property has a curious cat , named Izzy who walks around as you shop. The owner was so friendly and unobtrusive to our "looking". Its a new favorite spot for me! Linking to Outdoor Wednesdays.

The outdoors had as many unique treasures as the inside.

Love this clock!!

Warning! Izzy baits and bites!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hail Storm

 Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
Hail shredded the Hostas
Last week out of nowhere clouds began to form and the television warned a severe thunderstorm was approaching.

Within 3 minutes it was upon us, a wind brew through the street turning Fir trees and Junipers on their sides. We lost one in the front yard. Hail pounded the house and plants were torn to shreds. I worried about the Duck nest in our yard, but she and her 11 eggs are fine.
Hail stones pelted the deck, and the house, Scooby and I ran to the basement..:)
Leaves from every tree in the neighborhood seemed to cover the street, houses, etc. This was a small sampling of the disasters happening this year and we are humbly grateful to be spared.  Only a few days later, the bunnies came back out and the plants began to heal.