Homemade Salsa

homemade salsa

Homemade Salsa

Who loves chips and salsa??

Well, this girl sure does!! I adore Mexican food…it’s pretty much my favorite.

We just got home from spring break in Houston, Texas and ate at this amazing Mexican restaurant with the best salsa!! Read about our fun trip HERE.

So…Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away! I guess that means I better get busy, right?? Homemade salsa is actually quite simple. Throw a bunch of fresh ingredients in your food processor or blender and voila! I’m going to stop you here though. If you are accustomed to jarred salsa, this has a very different flavor and you may not like it! My recommendation might be to start with half canned tomatoes and half fresh if you don’t love the taste of fresh tomatoes.  But if you love fresh homemade salsa…try this recipe!Homemade salsa

Salsa is super fun because you can definitely mix it up if you want more heat, then add more jalapeno. If you want more spice, add more cumin or some chili powder. Taylor it to your taste and what you like…that’s the beauty of homemade salsa! I like a little bit of cilantro, but my mother would add an entire bunch if I let her!

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7 Family Friendly Things to Do in San Antonio, Texas

family friendly san antonio

Family Friendly San Antonio

There’s so much more to San Antonio than just the River Walk.  That being said, you still have to go, see, and experience the River Walk. We jam-packed our four days in San Antonio with some really cool family friendly things to do! I loved the city and I think my kids did too. It was a great mix of nature, history, and good old fashioned fun!

So…Here’s my list of 7 family friendly things to do in San Antonio:

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The Meaning Behind the Name & Gratitude

The Meaning Behind the Name

The Meaning Behind the Name: More than Main Street

I’m still rather new to blogging although I’ve been thinking about it for quite awhile now. A few years ago I even signed up, but was scared off by the technical side of blogging, so I scrapped it. When I decided to give it a go again, I put a lot of thought into it and a name true to myself. And More than Main Street seemed to be the best fit. Almost every town has a Main Street. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most common street names in America. It represents the norm or the status quo in my eyes.

And I want more than the norm out of life. I want to teach my kids to aspire to want more too. And I completely understand that “the more” is different for everyone. For me, “the more” is fulfilled through travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, going on adventures with my family, spreading kindness, and recognizing how fortunate we are. The more is a feeling of success in a way, from a proud mommy moment to a meal everyone actually ate to facing a fear.

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My Husband Approved Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Salad Recipe

My Husband Approved Chicken Salad Recipe

My husband was raised in the South. I was not. So when we got married, I learned of his love of chicken salad, which in turn, created mine. I also learned that there are many, many versions of chicken salad. So, my mother-in-law graciously gave me her recipe…which of course, I tweaked just a teeny bit. Here in the South, we eat a lot of chicken salad…as a meal, as a snack, tailgating, parties…you name it, someone will bring it!!

Chicken Salad Recipe

Aren’t these little chicken salad cracker appetizers the cutest? Anyway…

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San Antonio: Good Food Finds in Texas!

San Antonio Good Food Finds

San Antonio Good Food Finds

We just returned from Spring Break in Texas where we spent half our week in San Antonio and the other half in Houston (Read about it HERE). I’m not ashamed to say it…one of my favorite things to do when we travel is EAT! I know it’s silly but I get an immense amount of joy from discovering a good food find! I read a lot of blogs, articles, use my trusty Yelp app, and talk to locals about the best spots to eat. Occasionally we just stumble upon a gem of a food find, but overall it takes a little legwork.

For me, when I think San Antonio, I think tex-mex…which y’all know I am all about some tex-mex. But, San Antonio is a big city with a lot more to offer! I love to see what regional cuisines have to offer and what local chef’s are up to. So without further ado…here’s where we ate:

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Girls Weekend NYC: Mixing the Touristy Side with a Local Vibe

Girls Weekend NYC

New York City

Planning Perspectives

You could go to NYC ten different times and literally have ten totally different experiences. I remember the first time I visited NYC, I hit most of the big tourist areas and I went home feeling a little disappointed. But honestly, NYC isn’t just a city…it’s a little world inside itself. I knew my return trips needed to be planned from a more local perspective. For me, I like to try to find a good mix of one or two major tourist attractions and the rest of the time shoot for a more local vibe.

Girls Weekend NYC!

This past Fall, I went to NYC with four of my college girlfriends to celebrate one of our upcoming 40th birthdays. We had all been before, so we were looking for a more local experience which is why we decided to go with an AirBnb (This is my personal referral link for $40 travel credit off your first stay…if you’ve never stayed at an AirBnb before- you should try it)! It was a great experience overall…but I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for a clean and safe place for us to stay. We were looking to stay in the SoHo, Tribeca, or West Village neighborhoods, but accommodations in these areas can be astronomical! We found a great little two-bedroom apartment in SoHo, nothing fancy, but it was perfect for what we were looking for. (Side Note: everything in NYC is small spaces…small restaurants, bars, stores, bathrooms, apartments. Space in general is at a premium.)

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Have you ever checked into a hotel and had these little bites of yumminess waiting for you? It’s one of the best little welcome surprises I’ve ever received at a recent mini vacay for my birthday.

It’s also something I often make at home. This is truly one of the most simple, most decadent treats you can make. Trust me…you can do this!!!

If you’re looking for a dessert to take to your family holiday gathering, a neighborhood party, or even a gift for a friend…look no further! Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of those things people spend a lot of money on, but truly you can make these all by yourself! And they are super versatile…today I was going for more of an Easter/ Spring theme, but I’ve done Valentines, Christmas, and just plain old everyday strawberries. They are my mother-in-law’s favorite treat, so I often make them for her. You can use white, milk, dark, bittersweet chocolate, OR colored chocolate melts (look at your craft store if your grocery store doesn’t carry these). It may take some practice getting them to look pretty…but regardless of what they look like, they always taste YUMMMM.

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