Monday, October 24, 2011

Long Lost Blogger

Sorry if you've missed me. 
It's been crazy around here. And it still is. 

As I am typing this there is a basket of laundry that needs to be folded and more in the dryer, everything from my shopping trip to Costco is still sitting on our kitchen table, our bathroom needs to be cleaned, Landon ate leftovers for dinner, and that's just the start of it. 

But after work today all I wanted was to do absolutely nothing. 
We just launched Crewcuts at our store today so there was a lot to do. 
Work has definitely kept me busy. 
For the first time ever, I am scheduled for a Saturday off this week and I'm so excited to be able to hang out with Landon for the day. 
Usually we just see each other in the morning and, depending on my work schedule, a couple hours at night. I think a trip to Omaha is in store, but I think this time we'll stick to I-80 and skip good ol' Beebeetown, Iowa. ;)

 I have so much to catch up on! I have some yummy recipes to share, pictures of the place with it's new coat of paint, pictures from Nauvoo, and some other randoms. I guess tonight I'll start with a recipe and some pictures our humble abode...

This recipe is from my sis in law Emily and it's so amazing! The best peeling tomatoes and no cooking the salsa before you put it in the jars! It makes a huge batch (22-24 pints) so I made some with my friend Sara a few weeks ago and we each got 12 pints out of it. Of course ours are almost gone already. :)

8 quarts chopped and drained tomatoes (about 20-22 lbs of tomatoes are needed)
3-4 quarts chopped onions (about 10 med onions)
3 large bell peppers
2-3 jalapenos
1 bunch cilantro (I would add 2 bunches, I LOVE cilantro!)
1 tblsp. cumin
1/2 cup sugar
2 tblsp. chili powder
1 tblsp. garlic salt
1/3-1/4 cup salt (to taste)
1 cup white vinegar
(2) 12 oz. tomato paste
28 oz. tomato puree
Water bath jars for 20 min.
SO yummy!

Here's a peek at our Halloween decor...

Sorry the pictures aren't the best. This is the bunting banner my mom and I made while she was here. You can't see in the picture very well, but I found a glittery black crow on sale at Michael's (there Halloween decor goes on sale pretty early, pretty much once October starts) that I put in my boxwood wreath. And just in case you need some ideas for places to get fun Halloween decor, here's a list of where the other things are from..

Metallic pumpkin and hourglass: TJMaxx, last year
Black wire spiderweb: Secret Haven in Fruit Heights
Black pedestals: Hobby Lobby
Mercury glass votives and black spiders: Pottery barn
Other pumpkins: produce section of the grocery store
Skull, eyeballs, orange spiders, cobwebs: Michael's
Fresh sunflowers: $6 at Trader Joe's! Love that place. 


  1. If I just had a little patience I could have gotten the recipe from your blog. We can't wait to try it! I loved the banner up at your moms too. Next time you two make something great just make me one too as if I were there :-) your house looks spooky (that's Maddies word of the season) and wonderful, as always.

  2. lexi, i am jealous of your steeze! you have serious style girlfriend! i'm in portfolio right now and he showed us your book today-- you have set the bar HIGH! your stuff is amazing!! it stresses me out even thinking about doing something like that!! i love that you are posting more, keep them coming!! i miss you at school SO MUCH!!! hope Iowa is treating you well!


  3. Lexie!
    You're alive!!! I never have time at all for anything either let alone blogging and blog stocking, but I always try to check yours to make sure I haven't missed anything.
    I miss you lexie, we need to chat sometime and get caught up on life, you got my number in your non-magic phone!