Monday, March 24, 2014

Dress Rehearsal and Salsa

    It was a Madeline weekend for me, and Dress Rehearsal for her. I sat on my hands all the way through rehearsal glad I hadn't brought my camera along, because with all the cuteness abounding resisting taking pictures was very hard. I left my phone in my purse and just enjoyed it all. Madeline was you just know the cutest of them all and the brightest shining star up there on the stage, well to me anyway and I am by no means prejudice. That is not to say I didn't get a few pictures after dress rehearsal while we were playing. She had to have a nap first, not by my orders but by her bodies. She didn't wait to get home of even to finish her lunch. It was so quiet in the car I had to pull over and check the back seat to see what was going on. This is what I saw.

  Sunday morning dawned cranky and whinny with a few I want to go home thrown in for good measure. Madeline had been sick earlier in the week and it was still taking its toll making my normally happy Granddaughter less then happy. Her Mom and Dad had been out the night before and needed to sleep in so we did what we could to distract and amuse but by 1 pm I was ready for Madeline to reunite with her parents. We decided to meet at a mall instead of our normal spot, only Mom came because Daddy seems to have caught a bug and was very sick. While he stayed home and rested we had a girls day at the mall. You would never know Madeline was having a cranky morning. She is all girl when it comes to shopping and as she told our friend Rich the night before when he teased her about her Hello Kitty jammies, She is ALL ABOUT Hello Kitty. The play area caught her attention and with Mom and Grandmama needing to sit for a minute we were happy to accommodate her.

 Look at that sweet face not a bit of cranky going on there. It was a nice weekend and ended on a note of fun and when it comes to Madeline that is what I am all about.
       " What Was Dinner "?  It was colorful and full of flavor. Ham steak with a Vernors  glaze, roasted red beets, white rice, and to brighten every thing up a little bit a Pineapple Salsa. Sad to say I didn't take pictures of my colorful table but everyone wanted to eat and well I wanted to live, so with camera safely tucked in its bag I sat down and enjoyed. I took a picture of the Ham, nope not going to show it. I share bad pictures often with you but the dinner was so tasty I don't want to ruin it with tasteless looking photos,I want you to walk away hungry. The salsa was an inspired idea. Inspired by a pineapple and 2 bell peppers dancing in my refrigerator when I opened the fridge door. Really I could almost see their little dancing legs and hear them singing  "chop us up and put us together you won't be sorry" over and over again to a salsa beat. I chopped them up put them together in a bowl with a few more ingredients and once again I am my husband's hero. Lunch the next day was almost too pretty to eat but he ate it and then texted me  "Pineapple Salsa"  I sent back " ??? " and he sent " I WANT MORE "  This salsa will pair well with chicken I think and this week I am going to find out.

        Pineapple Salsa
4 slices of fresh pineapple
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
2 green onions
2 cap full lemon juice
pineapple juice

Fine chop the pineapple, bell peppers, and onion and put them in a bowl add the lemon juice, for the honey I get a spoon from the drawer and just dip it in my honey jar, I let it drip in the jar for a second then drizzled the rest on the spoon over the fruit mixture, the pineapple juice was less then a 1/4 cup it was what ever was at the bottom of the container the pineapple was in. I didn't want a real sweet salsa and I think I succeeded. One nice thing about salsa is you can adjust it to your taste and needs. Like if I could have heat in our food I think a tiny pinch of red pepper flakes would make an interesting addition to this little dish.

  A Cheery Monday everyone! Thank you for stopping by. 


  1. Glad you had a good time with your Madeline. Salsa looks fresh and delish!

  2. That little girl is just too cute! You would never know how sick she was earlier last week. That salsa looks like an inspired idea.

  3. Lora, it is very hard not to have a good time with that little happy face. Thank you on the salsa. Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read my blog. I am always happy to know people read and maybe even enjoy it.

  4. BSM you know your right it is cuteness over load sometimes. The nap in the car with food in her lap is the one sure sign she had been sick and was still a little worn out from it. She does not nap easily. Thanks for always reading my blogs, a fact that makes me smile. You know Spring in Philia is just so so pretty and only a train ride away.