30 June 2016

salsa and a bit of Scotland

Bill is having an abundant year in his small salsa garden -- as the larger tomatoes ripen, he blanches, peels, and cuts them up to pop in the freezer. Then, when there is enough, he makes the most yummy salsa! This year our granddaughter Mikala donated limes from her baby lime tree to add. Much of the finished product is given away to family and friends --- Pastor Gary is notorious for downing half a jar at one sitting!

Three years ago, our daughter and her husband went to Scotland with two other couples, renting a private house along Loch Ness together. While there, she bought me this Celtic knot pin with a Heather gem in the center, to pin my tartan shawl. But it is usually a bit warm here in central Texas for the shawl, so I also wear it on a chain. Heather gems are compressed stems of heather dyed, cut and polished into gorgeous 'gems' for jewelry.

I recently wore it to church . . . then decided to sketch it on the page where I jotted down notes.


  1. Love this post, Vicki. The Celtic knot pin is lovely and the salsa sounds wonderful. Does your husband share his recipe? And thank you for sharing the encouraging words in your journal. This one was particularly helpful to me. Have a good day.

  2. LOL -- Sorry, Bill has no recipe! He puts it together by taste, adding more garlic or peppers as needed depending on how sweet the tomatoes are. Tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice and zest, chili powder, Mexican oregano, salt & pepper, a bit of finely-grated carrot . . . . He uses an emersion blender a wee bit to thicken it after cooking.
    I'm glad my journal notes encouraged you. Have a blessed day!


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