What to Do, Leftover Fruit??!

My eggwhites and oats are just not complete without toppings.

I love toppings.

Yes, it’s like a thing for me. Toppings. Maybe it’s growing up in the age of self-serve frozen yogurt shops, but it just makes eating egg whites and oatmeal something fun, like making an ice cream sundae.

So what happens when our fruit gets old? Well, a quick compote of course!

And I mean quick.

My cooking took a distinct turn when I became a mom. I use the microwave all the time.

Munchie never wanted me to put him down so cooking was a challenge to say the least. I tried nursing and stirring- not great results…

So I embraced that enemy of the slow cooking foodist and microwave almost everything. 🙂

Today I had pluots and apples that were a breath away from a sour moldy death. That’s too many pennies wasted for this stay at home mom, thank you.

So I chopped them fruits up, tossed them in a bowl, and ‘sweetened’ ’em up with some raisins and dried mango.

Microwaved that baby for like 6 minutes, stirring every couple.

And here I have a lovely compote, pie like topping for my oats. And no food waste.

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I know ZERO about canning, so I can’t say how safely or longly or howeverly to preserve something like this. I know between my yogurt today and my oats tomorrow this stuff will be gone by the time you read this. 😉

Enjoy!!

XOXO

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Salsa!

I crave salsa like some folks crave candy. It’s true!!

After all, I was born in Tiquisia (aka, Cost Rica, aka Paradise). As a result, I’m super picky.

I’m most usually disappointed by the mediocre stuff I find at the store. It just doesn’t cut it. Bland, flavorless, blahness great for making chips soggy, and that’s about it.

There’s nothing like fresh made pico de gallo to get the flavors bright fresh and right. My salsa has to taste of sunshine, beaches and cilantro.

Friends, take the 20 minutes to make a fresh pico de gallo.

For mine I did:

equivalent of 10 Roma tomatoes (basically I used a bunch of different kinds of tomatoes found in our fridge)

3/4 red onion

1 cup cilantro

3 cloves garlic

1 jalapeño

juice of 2 limes

2 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp cumin

salt ! lots, to taste

Dice the tomatoes and onion.
Finely dice the jalapeño, keeping the seeds, and the garlic.
Chop the cilantro.
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Then combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, garlic salt, cumin, and lime juice.

If you’re lucky enough to have Lizano salsa at hand, you can add a dash of it to the mix for true Tico flavor.

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Tastes good right away or after sitting an hour!

Use within a day or two 😉

This is a big batch because I like to just spoon the stuff right into my mouth! Or I dip celery and cucumbers. Or throw it on top of eggs, salads, steamed veggies, or anything else. Or just eat it by the heaping spoonful.

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Of course, it goes great with tortilla chips too :).

¡Buen provecho!

XOXO

Butterflies by the Lake

This past Saturday I was in sorry need of some butterfly therapy, and thankfully Munchie was game.

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rockin out in the car, or, at least I was

So we headed out to the local butterfly pavilion. I sincerely hope your town, city, province, region has one or will get one soon. Cheesy, maybe, but oh so right.

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There’s just something so soothing about all those beautiful flowers and these whisp-like lovelies feathering around your head and ankles. My tot was smitten.

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He kept running around after them…

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…upsetting their nectar dinners as he tried to touch them…

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We read about the little life-cycles of these magical creatures:

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Then we checked for stow-aways and said good bye to the butterflies.

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Just past the red barns and around the bend we stumbled upon this little scene:

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In his usual fashion, Munch dove right in:

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And then we did a bit of climbing:

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I love places like this that give little urbanites a chance to get closer to nature, to see what it’s all about.

After messing about on these for a bit,

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he was ready for the real stuff: ‘let’s go see nature’ he said.

And so we did.

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He was thrilled to discover this little lake, all set up for a visit from a mama and son on Saturday afternoon jaunt.

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It was hot, and approaching dinner time, so we took off.

But couldn’t help pulling off at the farmers stand on the way home. The late-summer bounty, rounded out nicely by the first fruits of Fall were a feast of senses.

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If you read my post about our typical breakfasts, you can imagine how pleased I was to find this ‘no-sugar’ added beauty:

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perfect on those eggy-oats, protein pancakes, greek yogurt or whatever an aspiring bodybuilder may need to spruce-up!

In the end we got the preserves, two Tango Apples for the road, and a beautiful box of juicy heirloom tomatoes.

Those tomatoes were lucky to make it home, they were as sweet and flavorful as candy. We weren’t even done paying and Munch and I were helping ourselves!

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And you know what, everything just seemed clearer after our little trip.

Sometimes you have to let go of things from yesterday to make room for something beautiful today.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and if you’re in need of lightening up, needing to let go of something, find your way to a butterfly pavilion. Those little creatures are surprisingly good at helping you out with heavy loads 🙂

XOXO

Meal #5

Quick post!

Tonites dinner:

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Crock pot mesquite chicken; local heirloom tomatoes; a little salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and good ole EVOO.

High protein, fresh and just right as we wrap up summer.

The heirlooms we bought at a local farm on our way home from the butterfly pavilion, more on that later in the week.

Cheers!

XOXO