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I got to spend last week at a Youth Camp with a bunch of friends from our days (years) in Texas.  It was wonderful to be with them again, and I was reminded how much I missed them.

Every night after all our work was done, one of the ladies would cook and make some “real food” (as opposed to camp food)…

Everything was great, but the homemade salsa was the best!  I realized it had been a long time since I had made any, and decided I better make some as soon as I got back home.

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Today I went to the local Farmers Market and bought a bunch of fresh ingredients to make several kinds of salsa.  The first one I made was Salsa Verde.

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To make salsa verde, (literally means “green sauce”), you need tomatillos, which come wrapped in a soft almost fabric-like covering.

Remove these husks from the tomatillos…

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After removing the husks, wash the tomatillos thoroughly (I actually use a sponge with soap & water).  Some have dirt and other residue, and you want to be sure and get all that off.

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Rinse well and drain.

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I like to dry mine with a clean kitchen towel before I roast them.

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There’s several ways to make salsa verde.  You can either roast the ingredients or boil them.  I like to roast them because I think it adds more flavor.

Place about 2 lbs of tomatillos on a roasting pan.  I use a 12 inch pizza pan and put it in my toaster oven.  I find that it does the job quickly and easily.

Add about half a medium onion, two cloves of garlic with skin on, and 1-3 Serrano peppers.  How many peppers you add depend on how hot you like the salsa.  I added two but found they were too hot, so next time I only added one and it was perfect.

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Put under the broiler for about 10-12 minutes, until everything looks charred and a bit mushy.

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Place all the roasted veggies in the blender, along with about 1/4 cup of cilantro (more if you really love cilantro, less if you don’t care too much for it).  Add 1/2 tsp of salt, and a pinch of sugar.

Blend until desired consistency.  Some like it more chunky, but I like it well-mixed for a smooth consistency.

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It makes a great topping for grilled fish, tacos, fish tacos,
enchiladas, breakfast tacos, just about any dish.

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Give it a try,

I know you’ll love it!

Happy Cooking!

Daisy

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Recipe for Salsa Verde

1-2 lbs tomatillos, husks removed,
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic (skin on)
1-2 serrano peppers
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of sugar

Place first four ingredients in a roasting pan and broil for 10-12 minutes, until tomatillos are charred.

Place roasted veggies in blender.  Add cilantro, salt, and sugar.  Blend until desired consistency.

Serve along your favorite tacos or main dish.

Enjoy!

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Thank you all so much for the way you responded to my last post.  It’s funny (not in a humorous way, but a thought-provoking way) how through this “blog world” I have made some unexpected friendships that have been a real blessing to me.

I really didn’t expect a lot of response after not posting anything for six months!  But you guys have just made me feel as if I got a hug from each of you!  You didn’t have to do that, so it means all the more.

I’m so looking forward to reading through your blogs and catching up on all you’ve been doing, and what’s been going on in your lives.

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Now, about edible gifts…

We have several Christmas get-together with Pastors & their wives (with whom we work) in different regions so it gives me a chance to bake some special little things that are really only around at Christmas time.  (Not sure why!  They are good enough to eat all year round! 😊)

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s year I made three different things to go in the gift bags.  Mini Oreos, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candies.. Mini Swirl Cinnamon Bread loaves… and Fudge Brownies.

The mini Oreos are so easy. You just dip them in melted white chocolate then roll them in crushed peppermint candies. Place on a wax papered-covered baking sheet, and place in refrigerator (This will keep them crunchy). I was surprised how long they stayed fresh! They are a delicious treat!

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n came these mini Cinnamon Swirl loaves. Just use your favorite recipe, and you can add raisins, dates, or dried apricots – whatever you prefer.

The key is to bake them in paper loaves so you can just wrap them up in cellophane after they've baked and cool.

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last but certainly not least, are the fudge-y brownies, made with dark chocolate chips, if you like that extra chocolatey goodness. These are my favorite!!

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s always fun to bake something a little extra special for people that you know could use an encouraging word, letting them them know that they are appreciated, their work is not in vain, and that they're loved.

What are you baking today? Are you baking something sweet for someone special?

Have a wonderful Christmas season!

Hugs,

Daisy

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Hi friends,

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I’m not sure if there’s still anybody out there who will even stop to read this, but in case there is…

Earlier this year, my husband gave me a brand new MacBook.  It was to replace my almost 9-year old laptop, which I had worn out.  I was thrilled with it and looked forward to all the fun I was going to have using it not only for work and ministry, but for a creative outlet as well.

On the third day of using this beautiful new laptop, I sat down to have my devotions (as I usually do in the morning), with my cup of Herbal tea, and as I reached for something on the table, I tipped over the mug of hot tea and it spilled all over the keyboard.  It literally looked like fireworks were going off on my laptop.  I tried everything but nothing worked.  Took it to the Apple Store but they told me that my $300 Apple Care plan would not cover any of it because it was considered water damage, and that is the one thing they don’t cover.  If I had dropped it on my driveway and run over it with my car (by accident, of course!), they would gladly replace it.  But not water damage.  The best picture I can find of how I felt at the moment:  😩

And that is the reason I have not been in the blogging world since June.  I’ve used the app many times before, but again, back in June, the WordPress app was glitching and several of my older posts were removed.  I knew it was a mistake because it was about quilting, nothing of international concern. LOL  I finally got it fixed this morning as I played around with the new settings on the updated app.

If there’s anyone who is still reading, …I humbly thank you!!  My plan/hope is to start catching up on all the blog posts I would’ve posted since June.  I still don’t have a laptop, but I’m getting used to using my husband’s iPad.  It’s not the same, but it’ll do for now.

Just to say thank you for reading through all this, I’d like to do a little giveaway.  I had a hard time choosing a charm pack from my stash because I like them all so much, but I finally chose one that I thought would appeal to most quilters and those of you who sew.

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The charm pack is Hop, Skip and a Jump! By American Jane, Sandy Klop, for Moda.  It contains 42 squares of 5” fabrics, some patterns are duplicated.  I took just a few pics of several patterns but there’s many more in there.  It’s so cute!!

To enter the giveaway:  Leave a comment below about what your plans are for Christmas or New Years.   The giveaway is open until December 31st and I will be mailing the fabric to the winner first week of January.  For more entries, visit my Instagram by clicking on the icon on the right side of the screen or go to @adaisygarden  on Instagram.

Happy Friday, and have a blessed weekend everyone!

Daisy

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I love making things for my grand kids!  The tiny pieces and fabrics are so much fun to work with!

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My daughter gave me this magazine about two years ago.  I’ve looked through it countless times, dreaming planning which projects I was going to make, with what fabric, and for whom.


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You see the project pictured on the top right?  That’s the one I had picked out for one of my grand kids birthday.  I just thought it looked so cute!

If you’d like to get the pattern, you can find it by clicking here.  I love the website for this magazine!  It has so many ideas, patterns, and helpful tips!  The designer of this project is Jo Carter, and her website is http://www.twoowls.typepad.co.uk.  

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The instructions are easy to understand and follow.  I must confess that as I pieced the bed, I wondered how this “rectangle” would become a bed, but as I went along, following the pattern, it all made sense and worked perfectly.

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I love patchwork quilts, don’t you?

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For the mice, I decided to use print instead of solid fabric.  


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It was fun sewing on the tails and working on their faces.  As you can tell, I decided to use a fine-tip permanent marker (instead of embroidery) on the faces.  I was short on time… I had to get this in the mail in time for a birthday surprise!


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If you’ve got any projects or magazine clippings filed under “someday”. . .  Choose one and get started!

It’ll be fun!

Happy sewing and a great weekend to you!

Daisy

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This dish reminds me so much of my childhood.

Sweet memories of my Mom, my aunt, and grandmother… this was something they loved to serve because it feeds a crowd.

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It’s kind of like a chicken casserole . . . But so much more!

It’s really Cuban comfort food.   I know you’ll love it!

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Here’s how I make it:

ARROZ CON POLLO

Marinade chicken overnight (if possible).  For the marinade I use:  the juice of 2 lemons (or limes), 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, 2 Tb olive oil.  Mix in a glass jar, then pour over chicken.  Refrigerate overnight.  I use a large casserole dish to marinate the chicken, or a gallon-size zip-lock bag.  Just before cooking, remove chicken from the marinade and dispose of marinade – do not use the marinade in the arroz con pollo.  

To make the Arroz Con Pollo:   Rinse rice in strainer and drain well.  Heat a 3 quart pan over med-high heat.  Put 2 Tb of olive oil in the pan. Place rice in heated pan and stir frequently until it turns to a bright white color (about 5-10 mins).  It’s important you don’t step away from the stove at this point – the rice can burn easily & quickly.  Add 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of cooking wine.  Add 1/2 tsp salt.  Stir and heat over med. high heat.

In a large skillet with a lid, or a big pot, heat 2 Tb of oil.  Add one finely chopped onion, 3 cloves of garlic, yellow & orange sweet peppers (diced).  Cook, stirring often, for about 3-5 min., then add 2 bay leaves, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, pinch of sugar, and cook for another 3 min.  Add chicken and cook until nicely browned and crusty.  I usually turn up the heat a little bit so that the chicken gets a nice color.  If necessary, add a Tb or two of olive oil so the chicken won’t stick or burn.  Cook for about 10 min., turning chicken to ensure even cooking.  

Add rice mixture to the large skillet (or large pot) with the chicken.  Stir gently until well-mixed.  Place chicken pieces over the rice.  Add green olives and the sweet red pepper strips.  Cover and cook until rice is done and chicken is cooked (About 30 min.).  Do not open or stir!  This will cause the rice to clump and not cook evenly.  

After 30 min, sprinkle green peas over rice (do not stir).  Cover, and cook an additional 5 mins.  Turn heat off and let it sit for about 5 min.

Serve with plantains or tostones.  A nice fresh salad also goes well here.

Note:  If you’re using chicken breasts, either increase the cooking time or cut into smaller pieces to ensure chicken is cooked all the way through.  

INGREDIENTS

     FOR MARINADE:

  • 2 lemons 
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (I also added turmeric for color)
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up, OR a pack of drumsticks and thighs (I buy skinless)

     FOR RICE:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 Tb oil
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (you can add more if you like)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of cooking wine

     FOR CHICKEN:

  • (The chicken you hopefully remembered to marinade)
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-5 mini sweet peppers, yellow and orange, seeds and stems removed (you can also use regular size or just use green peppers)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small can tomato paste (or 1 small can of tomato sauce)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 of 7 oz.jar of green olives, stuffed with pimento
  • 1 sweet red pepper, sliced into strips (or pimento strips)
  • 1/2 cup green peas

I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Happy cooking,

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Daisy

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“Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made…

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee, How great thou art!”

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A blessed Sunday to you!

Daisy

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Yes, I was skeptical, but it’s true!!

And only three ingredients!!  Can you believe it??!!

Lately, I’ve seen all kinds of recipes on Pinterest for different things that call for 3-4 ingredients… pancakes, muffins, truffles, cookies, …  After reading several dozen different takes on the cookies, I decided to add a few other things I need to have every day (according to my Dr.).

Here are the basics:

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Yep!  All you need is 2 ripe bananas, one cup of quick oats, and your choice of 1/3 cup of raisins, dates, nuts, or chocolate chips.  You can also mix it up and have a little of each.

Today I used dark chocolate chips because that’s one of the things (believe it or not!) that I need to be eating!  I know, I know, it’s tough but. . .

To make these cookies fill the bill for my dietary needs, I also add flax seeds (either whole or ground, but I actually like the “toasty” flavor the whole seeds give).

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I realize I don’t need to show you how to mash ripe bananas, but I shared this photo because I just love the color of the blue with the pale yellow… (always looking at things as if through the lens of a camera, sigh).

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Mix in the quick oats a little at a time, and very lightly.  Don’t mush it together.  Be gentle.  🙂

At this point I add the flax seeds, ground cinnamon, and either vanilla or almond extract.  (I love almond extract!)

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Shape into a small ball.  I got 10 out of one batch, but you can make them bigger or smaller, whichever you prefer.

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Flatten out gently and shape into a patty.  (These cookies do not spread out).  You can also place each small ball on the cookie sheet and use a glass to flatten out a bit.

Now is when I prefer to add the “goodies”.  On this batch, I placed the dark chocolate chips and small pieces of walnuts on each cookie as I shaped them in my hand.

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I used a greased, 12 inch pizza round because it fits perfectly into my small counter-top oven.

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Bake at 350 for 12-18 minutes.  I actually left mine for 20 mins and they were perfect.

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Have them with tea, coffee, or cold milk.

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You can also add a spoonful of whipped cream, or drizzle left-over cream cheese frosting over the top.  The possibilities are endless!

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It’s okay to have 2 or 3.  After all, they’re really good for you!! 🙂

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Have fun baking these!  Let me know if you try them and how you liked them.

Happy snacking,

Daisy

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