Happy Love Day

While Alex and I may not celebrate February 14th the way the rest of the country does, I just wanted to stop by real quick. The doggies are dyyying to tell you…


Surprisingly, we were a little more traditional this year. Last week we were discussing how we love that we’re on the same page as far as Valentine’s Day goes. No gross chalk hearts, no gamble chocolates, and no over priced cards… Mainly, we felt that giving each other some random gifts throughout the year was a little more thoughtful than buying something just because it was a certain day of the year (don’t worry, we still celebrate other holidays!)

Apparently that discussion fueled a little gift-giver in each of us. I decided to buy him a truck part that he’s been eyeing and he independently decided to buy me a backpack camera carrying case (the off the shoulder bag makes me feel like I’m carrying around a diaper bag and I often hit it on everything!). Last week we had our little exchange and instead of saying “Happy Valentine’s Day,” we awkwardly barked out… “uhhh, Happy Thursday!” It was kind of silly. But cute.

So, in an effort to boycott the holiday totally, we.. well, sort of celebrated in our own way. And tonight, we’ll finish off the day with a cold class of wine and a yummy beef stir-fry. (oh man, is it time to go home yet??) I guess that’s kind of a Boycott-Valentine’s Day-Fail.

And because I think these “hey girl photos” that are floating all over the internet can be hilarious — here’s my rendition for all dog owners.


Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Have you ever tried reaaaally hard not to celebrate something, but you did it anyway? Did you set up any awesome surprises for your loved one today?

Ringing in 2013

Happy New Year friends! I hope you had a wonderful New Years Eve and got to ring in the new year with your loved ones. We wish you all the best in 2013 and are eager to share our adventures over this coming year with each of you!

Can you believe it’s a new year already? Weren’t we just welcoming 2012?

We spent the New Year at my mom’s house with lots of great friends and family. As promised, I brought my camera – and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that almost all my pictures are of people instead of dogs 🙂 Startin’ the year off right, folks!

I think the pictures speak for themselves, so let’s get to it!

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WAH! We had such a great time! It was a perfect way to bring in the new year. We couldn’t have asked for more! Great company, yummy food, plenty of drinks, a warm house, and lots of laughs.

I’m off to spend the rest of the day with Alex and the pups! Yay for days off and family time 🙂

Again Happy New Year to you and your families! I hope you had a magical night as well!

How you you ring in the new year? Any awesome stories that you want to share! Do tell!


NYE + Salsa Recipe

Wow, I’m getting pretty original with the old titles, aren’t I? Yes, my friends – I put a lot of thought into that one.

Happy New Years Eve! Tonight we’re planning to hang out with good friends and family at my mom’s house. I’ll bring my camera — you know that though. I’ll even try to take pictures of people too, not just dogs! Oh yeah, it’s happening. Let’s take bets though. Five to one chances that I take twice as many pictures of dogs than people. What do you think?

DSC_0857I kinda like these mutts.

DSC_0848Before the holiday season is officially over and it becomes taboo to write about it anymore, I wanted to share my little village. I remember as a child my grandma (who we all call Mom (yes, even Alex) but I think that would be confusing for all you non-family members).. anyway! I remember my grandma had a village set up every Christmas. I could sit for hours and look into all of the different houses (they’re very, very fragile so certainly not a toy) and imagine about the little people’s lives. I would make up little stories about their Christmases and their families.

I kinda forgot about them though. It wasn’t until Alex and I got really serious and started our own Christmas traditions when he told me that his mom had a collection of them as well. So it was an easy decision, I wanted a Christmas village too. We started collecting the Department 56, Dickens Village a couple years ago and oh, how it’s grown!

This year we set up a little table just for the houses!


DSC_0866I just love them. They make me feel like a little kid!

Anyway, let’s get to this recipe. I’ve mentioned it a few times that the man of the house REALLY enjoys salsa. Like… a lot, a lot. He judges salsa based on whether it can make the back of his neck sweat. When I ask Alex to put into words how much he likes salsa, his exact words were (in a very serious voice, mind you), “I can’t. I drink salsa. I love it.”

So, in an attempt to have his favorite snack around the house – I dove head first into the salsa making world. I’ve tried all different kinds. Fresh tomatoes, pureed, chopped, roasted, ALL KINDS.

The problem was that every time I made a different kind of salsa, I never wrote the recipe down. I just kinda winged it, ya know? I would throw in this and that, we would taste it, then I’d add a little more of a couple things. It really wasn’t a science. BUT every time we would find the best salsa ever, I could never recreate it exactly. Thus this recipe was born. I made salsa again a couple weeks ago and wrote down every ingredient and made changes every time I added a little more. It was a pain, but I’m happy it’s done and I can finally make it taste the same every time! Huzzah!

some notes before we get started: I use a food processor, but you could use a blender as well. I would recommend chopping the onions and jalapeños first if you use a blender. Also, this recipe is more of a pureed salsa without any big chunks. You could throw some chunks in at the end if you want more texture. Additionally, I’ve found that using fresh tomatoes versus canned tomatoes doesn’t make a big difference taste wise. Unless it’s summer time and I have an overflow of tomatoes like I did here, I always use cans now. I buy them in bulk and they’re way cheaper than fresh ones and MUCH less work than cutting them and scooping out the seeds, yadda yadda.

One last thing: keep in mind that the longer you keep the salsa in the fridge, the stronger the cilantro taste becomes. If you aren’t eating it right away, tone down the cilantro. And feel free to make a TON and freeze it (like I did here and here).



  • 2 -3 jalapeños (depending on how spicy you like it, I freeze my jalapeños in half so I use 2.5 (5 halves))
  • 1.5 medium onions or 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1.5 T garlic
  • 3 T of lime juice
  • 1 t cummin
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 3 cans of chopped tomatoes (do not drain)
  • small handful of cilantro, rinsed
  • salt to taste


1. In a food processor (or blender) pulse together onions, garlic and jalapeños until chopped.

DSC_06562. Add the remaining ingredients besides the tomatoes and pulse until well incorporated.

DSC_06573. Add tomatoes and pulse until desired consistency.

DSC_06594. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour for flavors to really combine. (we occasionally eat it right away, it’s still good. it just gets better if you can manage to wait!)


DSC_0662So yeah, it’s really easy. Just basically throw it all in the processor and pulse it together. Bing, Bang, Boom. Done.

one more quick note: I typically only use two cans of tomatoes, however, I added a little too much lime juice this time so I had to dull it down with more tomatoes. If you only want to make it with two cans, only use 2 T of lime juice rather than 3. Since I was trying to write down exactly what I used and we ended up loving this end result, I’m keeping the recipe as is.

Do you have any recipes that just wing every time you make it? Do you have specific Christmas/holiday decorations that remind you of childhood? Do you have any fun NYE plans? 

Happy New Year!!!!