I've made salsa from scratch before, chopping onions and peppers, then cooking them with tomatoes. But this year, I decided to try a mix. Our generous neighbor had given us two 3-gallon buckets of tomatoes from her garden. The packet made the process easy peasy (as my four-year old nephew would say) and the salsa was delicious! The packet contained dried jalapeno peppers. Medium was just the right amount of heat for me. Here are photos of the process.
Our daughter, Emily, and twin grandsons stayed with us on and off for 8 weeks during their transition, moving from California to Iowa. Now they are only a 2 ½-hour drive away instead of a 3-day drive! We are thrilled! It was so wonderfully busy here. (That’s why I haven't written a blog post since March 3rd.) While she was here, Emily and I created a book for each boy. Toby and Jake were 7-months old when they arrived (on my birthday!).
Jake’s book was all about Jake. Toby’s book was all about Toby. We started by looking through the many photos Emily had taken of the boys, finding ones when they were alone (mostly) and performing a specific action such as, playing, sitting, standing, eating, etc. We printed them out in color on regular paper as I thought photo paper would be too heavy.
Emily wrote a sentence or two on each page, for example, “Toby is crawling.” Then we put the pictures in a logical order ending with each boy sleeping. We placed the pictures in plastic sleeves and then in 3-ring binders, one for each boy. Emily made a special cover with another photo and a title that included the name of each boy. The books were so much fun to create! You can make books for your babies. (I’m sure toddlers and preschoolers would love them, too.) It’s like a mini-scrapbook. Our grandsons are still learning how to turn the pages without destroying them, but I believe these homemade treasures will be looked at and read again and again.