Fresh Salsa, On Fire Awards, and Relief from the Heat

Yes, it’s a test. What do the three things listed in the title have in common?

Well, they’re all pretty hot topics, for one. Secondly, they all get a spot light in this post.

First of all I have to tell you, I am so excited that it is only 81 degrees outside today and it’s CLOUDY!!!! No rain yet, but clouds are promising. Please rain, please rain, please rain!

If you’re not blessed to be living in this section of the country they call the Dust Bowl , er…Oklahoma, you’ve probably heard about us in the news or on the weather channel. The last few weeks have been scorchingly, blisteringly hot. 113 degrees hot. Like, “who lives in that???” kind of hot.

I searched for an image in the internet of a thermometer just to show you what it looks like when the mercury reaches 113, but would you believe it? Not one thermometer went over 98 degrees! So, I had to Photoshop one for you… Look, it’s melting.

Don’t stare at the sun too long, it’s bad for your eyes.

So, this has made me wonder…if food is no longer considered raw after it’s heated above 105 degrees, does that mean our vegetables from the garden (the few we get anyway) are technically cooked?

If so, then forget the “fresh” part on salsa and let me share this sun-warmed recipe with you.

There is nothing like fresh (Gee, I can’t get away from that word!) ingredients melding together to make a lip-smacking zazzy salsa to dip a chip in…or two. My guys eat this stuff by the quart – not exaggerating here! Every year I think how smart it would be to can a bunch of salsa, but that’s before I see it disappearing at an alarming rate (Someone figured 3 inches in 10 minutes and that’s in a 8 cup measuring bowl.). Then I imagine working away over a pot of boiling water for hours on end to preserve oh, say, a dozen quarts of salsa only to have 1/6th of my work opened and devoured for dinner that night. Nope, not happening!

We like it better fresh anyway.

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 large tomatoes

1/4 onion

2 cloves garlic

handful cilantro

2 Anaheim peppers or one jalapeno

juice of half a lime

salt to taste

cumin to taste

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it reaches the desired consistency. Add salt and cumin to taste. Serve or refrigerate for up to 4 days.

I love cilantro!

Last, but not least, I’ve been nominated for the Blog On Fire Award by Tara over at Cookie Talk!

To be honest, I had no clue what the Blog on Fire Award even meant. At first I was wondering if perhaps the nominations are given to blogs who desperately need revamping – you know, like a refining fire cleanse – burn all the dross away. But after checking out other bloggers that have been awarded On Fire, I was almost convinced that was not the case.

Just to make sure, a quick search lead me to and the definition of this idiom…

On Fire – If you’re on fire, you’re doing really well at something.

Does anyone else feel as unfamiliar with the English language as I do? I think I’ll bookmark this site on using English and see if I can’t learn something.

Anyway, how cool is that?!! So, thanks to Cookie Talk for thinking I’m “doing really well at something”. :D

Another thing I learned today is that there are 2 rules to being nominated.
Number 1 -I have to tell you 8 things about myself. Lets see how many things I can think of that you may not know about…

  • I worked at a wild game processing company for 2 hunting seasons. Now all I have to do to round out my experience there is go hunting myself – and get something.
  • I used to be terribly scared of swimming – well, I was scared of what might be in the water. Still am actually, I just try not to think about it anymore.
  • I’ve hiked four 14,000 foot mountains in Colorado.
  • If I had to choose between living in the mountains or on the beach…I’d have a really hard time making up my mind.
  • I do not like doughnuts. Not even Krispy Kreme.
  • My dream job is to be a personal chef on a sailboat and travel the world.
  • I wish I could play guitar like Trace Bundy , or banjo like Bela Fleck. Dream big, right? Or practice hard. Dreaming is a lot easier. :D
  • Jesus Christ is my Savior, King, Hero, Role Model, Friend and Brother.

Number 2 – Share 8 blogs with you. These are a few of my favorites…

Hope everyone of you are having a fabulous summer with just the right amount of heat! Thanks for reading Stir it Up!

16 thoughts on “Fresh Salsa, On Fire Awards, and Relief from the Heat

  1. Don’t like doughnuts?!!? :-0
    Laughed over your description of your salsa vanishing! Know how it is. My older brothers didn’t eat that much but my younger brother practically eat us out of house and home! ;)
    Thank you so much for adding me to your list of blogs. Completely made my evening!! :)

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! I look forward to your posts as well.
      No, the only doughnut I will eat is a homemade one. :D
      Ah, those brothers! What would we do without them? I don’t even what to think about it. :P

  2. Yay!!! I made it to the list!!! Thank you!!!

    AND…you are TOTALLY on fire.

    AND….it cracked me up that you used “zazzy” and linked to the definition.

    AND….your link to Cookie Talk isn’t working.

    AND…my mouth started watering when I was reading about your salsa.

    AND…I’m super proud of you for being nominated, Sarah. TOO cool! ;)

    • You’re welcome, Sage,
      AND…Thank you very much. :D
      AND…I thought maybe I had made the word zazzy up, so I was jazzed that I found it in the Urban Dic. Did you know it was a real word???
      AND…Cookie Talk link is now working. Thanks for pointing that out.
      AND… …;)
      AND… Thanks again! Love you!

  3. I never knew we shared so much in common. :)
    • I’ve never worked at a processing plant, but I enjoy processing my own meat. I enjoy hunting too. I still need to get something as well.
    •I do not like to swim. I always think of the “stuff” in there…from big lurking things that might bite, to tiny little organisms (like brain sucking amoebas) that can swim up your nose! Yuck!
    •I would LIKE to hike mountains. I tend to get the “Rocky Mountain high” syndrome, so it probably wouldn’t work out so well…although, it would be comical for everyone else.
    •I don’t like swim suits, sand, or heat. We’ve already discussed the water thing. So, no problem choosing there! Give me the mountains…. just not TOO high.
    •I don’t like doughnuts either. There is one that I remember fondly from my childhood. I was able to go to work with my mom when she worked as a home health nurse. She worked overnight taking care of a very sick little baby girl. When we left in the morning, we passed a tiny donut shop just as they were taking fresh apple fritters out of the fryer. My mouth waters to think of them! I am glad I don’t remember where I was….but I do know that it was somewhere in Oklahoma! I’m quite sure that if I were to have them now, I probably wouldn’t feel the same about them.
    •My dream job is to cook yummy food for people who love to eat it. Hey! I’m living my dream! :D
    •I resemble the final remark. That one is spot on!

    Congrats on the nomination! You should win it! I enjoy your blog so much!

    • Wow! We do have a lot in common, in fact, probably even more than that!
      Anna and I canned some peaches in grape juice last week and I think I could fall in love with canning. :D I also did some refrigerated pickles and beets…makes me think of you. :D
      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. :D Hugs!

  4. Zazzy is a fantastic word. Congratulations on the blog award! I do have a beef with you though. I thought we would be pretty good friends in real life, but the fact that you don’t like doughnuts kind of poses a problem.

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