Green Nosh: Jayson’s Organic Garden Salsa

This is the time of year when the garden is full of tons of yummy veggies. It is the perfect time to make salsa since most, if not all of the ingredients that you will need are in your own garden. Salsa is also fab to take to a back to school BBQ or just to nosh on while lounging by the pool. Try my husband, Jayson’s, Organic Garden Salsa. This recipe is great to make in bulk because by cooking it, it can be stored by freezing, canning, or bottling, whereas fresh salsa can not be stored for long periods of time. You can freeze for up to 3 months in your kitchen freezer or up to 1 year in a deep freezer. {This is the perfect recipe if you have tons of goodies in the garden but aren’t sure what to do with them.}

  • 6 cups organic yellow onions (diced)
  • 6 cups organic fresh raw tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 bunch organic cilantro (chopped, stems and all)
  • 1o cloves organic garlic (chopped)
  • 3 organic Serrano peppers (for medium to spicy, do not seed.For mild,
  • remove seeds)
  • 4 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 organic white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic dried oregano
  • 15 ounces organic tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic salt
  • Saute onions and peppers in olive oil until softened. Add all other ingredients and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Let cool and puree in a blender until you reach the desired consistency.

    Yield: 5 large bowls.

If you try this, let me know what you think.

How to Make Organic Instant Oatmeal for Cool Fall Mornings

I love oatmeal on cool, crisp fall mornings! Am I the only one? You can make your own organic instant oatmeal packed with flavor in a few simple steps taking your regular oatmeal from ho-hum to yum-yum. Read on to learn how you can make organic instant oatmeal and wake up to a better tomorrow.
Step 1: Bake It!
Preheat the oven to 350°, spread 4 cups of organic old-fashioned rolled oats on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
Step 2: Pulse It!
Pulse in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
Step 3: Mix It!
Mix in a cup of your favorite oatmeal add-ins such as; almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, and coconut.
Step 4: Store It!
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Step 5: Boil It!
Stir boiling water into a cup of your organic instant oatmeal until you reach your desired consistency.
Step 6: Enjoy It!
Oatmeal is my favorite on a cool, crisp fall morning – top with honey too!


Madsen Cycle: Love For A Bucket Bike

I am really enjoying riding my bike everywhere this fall. So far we have ridden our bikes to the library to pick up some great summer reads, the grocery store to pick up groceries, the beach, and to enjoy lovely brunches and dinners on the patios of our favorite local restaurants. I really love my bike, but think it would be fabulous to have a bike that could hold everything that I need all at the same time.

This is why I would really love to have a Madsen Bike. Not to mention the fact that their bikes are fabulous. I think it would be the perfect bike for my lifestyle. I would put my Madsen Bike to work transporting library books, groceries, beach essentials, and Olive, our Frenchie would look quite dashing riding in the back. Not to mention they are a Utah company and I am from Salt Lake City!

Now how would I choose between turquoise and orange? 

What do you think of Madsen Bike?

How To Make Your Own Organic Bug Spray

It’s that time of year, the mosquitoes are out and in full force. How can you protect yourself, your family, and your pets from these pesky creatures without spraying a toxic cocktail all over your body? Make your own bug spray, it is easy and will keep the mosquitoes away.
  • 20 drops of organic citronella or organic eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 cup of organic grape seed oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Add all ingredients to a squirt bottle, mix well, and enjoy a night free of mosquitoes.

Green Tip: Remove Your Shoes

Taking your shoes off before walking into your home is a healthy habit for your family. This is a healthy habit because you won’t track in any guck, but most importantly because the bottom of your shoes is exposed to so many chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and toxins. You could have possibly walked through gasoline, soot, or any number of other toxins and when you crossed the grass, chances are you walked through pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.

So next time you come home, remove your shoes for the safety of your family.
Do you take your shoes off before entering your home? The homes of others?