RESTAURANT STYLE SALSA

by Rachel Schultz on April 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Man, I love a good batch of salsa. I’m a bit particular. I like it very smooth, like at restaurants. A little bit sweet, and not too spicy. This was my first experiment in making it at home and I toyed around with Ree Drummond‘s popular recipe. Now I’m hooked on making my own at home because I can get it fresh and just how I like it.

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RESTAURANT STYLE SALSA
Makes about 2 cups

14 ounces whole canned tomatoes with juice
5 ounces canned diced tomatoes & green chiles
1/2 onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 jalapeno (or whole if you like spicy!)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup cilantro
1 lime, juiced

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to your desired consistency. Serve with tortilla chips.

RESTAURANT STYLE SALSA from Rachel Schultz

RESTAURANT STYLE SALSA
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 14 ounces whole canned tomatoes with juice
  • 5 ounces canned diced tomatoes & green chiles
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ jalapeno (or whole if you like spicy!)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to your desired consistency.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

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LEMON & ROSEMARY STOVE TOP POTPOURRI

by Rachel Schultz on April 15, 2014 · 1 comment

This cranberry & cinnamon stove top potpourri got me through winter with our apartment smelling lovely. With spring cleaning, I also wanted to freshen up our scent around the house. This is also the famous scent you smell at Williams Sonoma stores!

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LEMON & ROSEMARY STOVE TOP POTPOURRI

2 lemons, sliced
2 sprigs rosemary
1 tablespoon vanilla

Place ingredients into pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer. Mine lasted about 3 days.

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LEMON & ROSEMARY STOVE TOP POTPOURRI
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into pot and fill with water to about 1 inch below brim and simmer. Mine lasted about 3 days.

 

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QUINOA FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY LIME DRESSING

by Rachel Schultz on April 14, 2014 · 0 comments

The temperature has been consistently 50+, which means I am ready to usher in summer food. Sorry soups and baked goods. I’ll be seeing less of you.

I’ve been trying to buy with the seasons more. In the US, we know no seasons because almost every fruit and vegetable is available almost the entire year. Available is different than desirable, however. I love sweet, ripe strawberries so much that sometimes in the snowy months I get desperate and buy some. Once I see their solid white centers, I regret trying to make it work.

But spring! Better produce! Fruit salad! PS: Here is my secret for a super yummy fruit salad.

QUINOA FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY LIME DRESSING from Rachel Schultz-3

QUINOA FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY LIME DRESSING
Serves 6

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons honey
1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
1 and 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
1 and 1/2 cups mango, cubed

Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside. Whisk together lime juice and honey. Stir together fruit and quinoa. Toss with dressing.

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QUINOA FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY LIME DRESSING
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 and ½ cups blueberries
  • 1 and ½ cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 and ½ cups mango, cubed
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together lime juice and honey.
  3. Stir together fruit and quinoa. Toss with dressing.

Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod.

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PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Q&A

by Rachel Schultz on April 11, 2014 · 8 comments

Since last week’s pregnancy announcement, it feels wonderful to have the baby news out in the open. I love being able to instagram little bits referring to it here and there. The internet (well, at least my instagram followers) is a very kind and supportive place. (Like last night when I went a movie theatre just to buy the popcorn. And left. Without seeing a movie. I had a craving! It was sort of both the best and worst $7.25 I’ve ever spent.)

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With Baby Schultz on the way, this raises some questions – 1) some good ol’ fashioned baby talk and 2) some more big picture about the direction of the blog. Time for a Q&A? I think yes!

How will your blog change as a mom? I think my blog will remain really true to the type of place it has become. Sometimes I share about myself, but always along with something that is actually useful to anyone (a recipe, a diy project, a book review, et cetera). I see myself mentioning parenting, but I do not plan for this to ever become a family website where all of the content is only basically scrapbooking about us.

And since I’m pregnant and I can dream big, emotional dreams, I’d love to one day work on the site with my daughter(s). Like, 20 years down the road they’re contributors. (Who knows if the internet will exist in 20 years). Even before then, I think much younger kids would have fun being a part of the process and learning about photography and helping me pose food and such.

As a non-baby side note, once we buy a house, I hope for there to be even more home decor and renovation posts. Ah! So fun, I can’t even contain it.

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Was it hard cooking during first trimester? How emphatically can I answer “yes“? I still have so many food aversions, I hate eating. Food is just a necessary evil for me, for now.

Will you find out gender? Nope! I probably could have been convinced either way, with a slight preference to not finding out. But David didn’t want to, so that’s what we are going with (at least for #1).

Have you picked names? Nothing settled. I have my choice for boy and girl. David is not 100% yet, so every moment we’re not together he’s probably doing thorough research & development to find the perfect one. (Not). Like most men, he’s laid back about it, yet also really opinionated.

Will you share your names before the baby’s birth? No, sorry. I know, we’re one of those people and it’s obnoxious. I was actually chatting with a pregnant friend at church and I asked if she was sharing their name for their boy coming in June. And it was so refreshing that she was just like, “yeah, we’re not sure, but we’re thinking probably Cyprus.” I was like wow! No pomp & circumstance. No fear of criticism of their choice. They were still workshopping the idea and she was free to share! It was awesome.

Sometimes I think normal people just want to create a faux-celebrity vibe for themselves, like everyone is just dying to know their name, but they need their privacy. (Eye roll). But anyway, yeah we are still keeping it surprise. Ha! (Although a 6 year old girl at church has almost convinced me to secretly tell her my girl name.)

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What’s your birth plan? Touchy subject. I have a lot of anxiety about this! I just really want it how I want it and I get nervous it won’t happen. But, yes, my goal is to go all natural. No c-section, no epidural, no episiotomy, no petosin. Nothing. I really wish I could have a midwife, but it’s pretty expensive (I think?). I have a doula, though!

Will you move out of your apartment? Eventually, but we do plan to live here with the baby for some time.

Are you feeling better? Yes, starting to! It’s definitely not as bad as it was. There was a solid two months where I did not get out of bed. Every day. Now I stand up and am pretty free to move about my city as I please. With naps and rests mixed in.

Have you been reading any pregnancy or parenting books? I’ve read Shepherding a Child’s Heart (10/10), When You Rise Up (9/10), and am currently reading Bringing up Bebe (6/10 so far, but still worth my time. I don’t agree with everything in it.) I have French Kids Eat Everything reserved at the library too.

I don’t like most baby name books because the ones that boast “20,000 names!” aren’t really helpful. I want a book with just the normal ones, please. I would love to find a copy of Beyond Ava & Aiden. I think this book just gets me. It doesn’t have them alphabetically, just lists of different styles of names. (No disrespect to parents of Ava’s and Aiden’s!)

What does David think about… everything! He’s delighted! Happy in every way. My kids hit the jackpot to have him for a father.

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