Category Archives: sauces salsas and dips

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Berry Syrup

This berry syrup was inspired by Aimee’s stuffed French toast post when she mentioned the Kodiak Cakes syrup she enjoyed from Costco.  Craig and I had our oldest with his family here visiting, and decided it was the perfect time to make the stuffed French toast but we, alas, did not have the Kodiak Cakes […]

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Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

This southwest chicken salad with avocado dressing was prepared using leftover roasted chicken and rice, it was quick, easy, and very tasty. One week ago I had surgery, it was an experience that was uplifting, scary, and unknown.  If you want to know more you can read at my personal blog “musings of my mind”.   […]

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Have you always thought like I did, you have to use basil and pine nuts to make pesto?  Did you know you may use almost any mild to lightly flavorful herb? and a variety of nuts?  Spinach, parsley, mint, basil are all possible herbs and walnuts, pecans, almonds, pine nuts make great nut choices.


Corn Salsa

You might call this a 2 step recipe because that is all the steps I give you in the directions, but I can’t ignore all the directions in the ingredients preparation with dicing and tearing. I was very pleased with this corn salsa and felt like it was simple enough I will definitely be preparing […]


Fried Green Tomatoes

Oh my goodness, I have fallen in love with these delicious little things.  Fried Green Tomatoes. They are so yummy. I found this recipe in my Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites cookbook.  Just a little cook book, that is great to have.  Sara and Kate are excellent cooks and bloggers; their tips and […]


Jalapeno Jelly

One of my favorite snacks in the whole world is jalapeno jelly over cream cheese with crackers. At work every November we have a boutique (last year I sold cake pops) and I bought some jalapeno jelly from a lady there. I think it was Nate’s first time eating jalapeno jelly over cream cheese with […]


Grilled Peach Salsa

My husband, Craig, completes surveys regularly online.  They are for all sorts of interest and take a little bit of time.  For his opinion and time, he earns points that he can trade in for different things.  Recently, he redeemed his points for gift cards, restaurant certificates, and a Marta Stewart Living subscription for me.  […]

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Mango Avocado Salsa

One of my good friends moved the beginning of July.  Becky is an amazing woman; she is married to a Marine, raising 5 children plus an foreign exchange daughter (she is the one who put Marta into my life), runs miles, and runs everywhere to accomplish much.  She and her family are moving to Austin, […]


Cranberry, Almond and Spinach Salad w/ Poppy Seed Dressing

One of the best things about living in Utah is living near so much family. Of course there are family member that still live very far away from us But we love that there are some family members that are just about an hour drive from our home. Nate’s brother and his fiance both live […]


Spinach Dip

One of our favorite places to “shop” is Costco. How is it that when you go to Costco with the plan to buy 1 thing, you end up buying way more than that and spending way too much money? Okay, in all honesty, since we started watching our budget and trying to save more we […]


Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam

In California right now you are seeing strawberries everywhere; in the stores, fruit stands, and fields.  It is the perfect time to buy strawberries. 

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One of the best things about fall is apples getting ripe on the trees. Surprisingly I don’t love very many apple desserts, but fresh apple juice, and fresh cider are one of my favorite things. If you follow me on instagram (username: aspensmama) you know that a couple weeks ago we made homemade apple cider. […]


Cilantro Mayonnaise

I promised you this recipe.  Two weeks ago I went to my Relief Society “Super Saturday”, it was a lot of fun.  One of my favorite things I took home from the event was this recipe for cilantro mayonnaise, it was delicious.  It was fresh and different.  I enjoyed it on fresh-baked bread and on […]


Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa

I’ve seen cinnamon chips and fruit salsa all over the blogosphere and pinterest world. What’s not to love about that combination, tiny little pieces of fruit on top of a cinnamony sugar chip. Yum! One of my favorite dessert-snacks is the cinnamon twists from Taco Bell. And although these chips don’t have the same texture […]


Canning – Tomato Sauce

One of the reasons we planted so many tomatoes was in the hopes that we would be able to can lots of fresh tomato sauce to last us throughout the year. Last Saturday I was able to get about 20 cups of chopped tomatoes and sauce directly from our garden to come together and make […]


Southwest Salsa

Did I tell you about how we have dozens of tomatoes from our garden? Well, we do. From just ONE of our roma tomato plants we’ve gotten about 60 tomatoes (of course a couple of the other plants have only provided about 10 tomatoes so far). But that one plant? Amazing. And it’s got AT […]