Easy Homemade Salsa

This homemade salsa is so easy and delicious. It takes 5 minutes to dump it all in the food processor or blender and whip it up. Give it a try.

2 – 16 oz can (or 1 – 32 oz) diced tomatoes (crushes or whole tomatoes work as well)

1 tsp sea salt (1/2 tsp table salt)

1 lime, juiced

1 tbls chili powder

2 tbls garlic powder

1 tbls cumin

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

Dump it all in and blend it up. Your salsa is done! I have to give credit for this recipe to my mom. She taught me well. This is just too good. I refuse to eat store salsa. There’s no going back after you taste this!

Herbs and Oils Quick Reference Chart – Sale!

I developed this pocket reference chart for an Herbal First Aid class that I taught years ago. I’m happy to be able to offer it to you for sale.

It is color coded by safety. The front side is organized by herb, and the back side is organized by ailment. The chart is laminated, measures about 7 inches x 4 inches. It’s great to keep with your herbs or oils when you need to look something up quickly. But, it’s perfect to keep inside your natural first aid kit.

Herb and Oil Quick Reference Chart

Laminated, 7×4″ Herb and Oil pocket chart. Great for an herbal first aid kit.

6.00 $

Disclaimer: Nothing in this chart should be considered to be medical advice. Upon purchasing this chart, you agree to all terms and conditions in my full Disclaimer/Disclosure statement. You also agree to hold the author harmless for any outcomes of herb and oil use by yourself.

Maggie Lane is on Instagram!

Remembering Maggie Lane is on Instagram!

Follow me on Facebook if you want to keep track of new blog posts. But, I’ll be posting more frequently about what keeps me busy each day on Instagram.

Search for @rememberingmaggielane on IG.

Hope you can follow me there.

Mexican Skillet – Still a Family Favorite

Mexican Skillett

I first posted this recipe on the Family Favorites page 10 years ago and it stands the rest of time. I made it again last week. It’s still a family favorite. 😊

It’s still pretty basic. I fry potatoes, and add some cooked beans and meat to the mix and dinner is done!

I change the ingredients sometimes. Sometimes I do chicken, or ground beef, leftover roast….. I’ll replace the black beans with pinto if that’s what I have. It’s a very flexible recipe.

Sometimes I grate the potatoes and make hash brown patties, rather than the fried potatoes in the original recipe and top them with the bean and meat mixture.

And topped with chopped onions, cilantro and homemade cilantro, it’s especially delicious. ❤️

Conversations – ideas and recipes from the world around

The Front Parlor, by Walter Gay via Wikimedia Commons

If you want to see who and what I follow, other people’s recipes, and ideas that I like, what videos I watch, and what books I read, then step into the Parlor and join my running Conversations with my other friends on the web.

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Muffins – dairy, sugar, egg free!

On my quest to come up with yummy snacks and desserts that fit our current diet, I came up with these and they are yummy!

All my kids, blueberry loves and haters alike enjoyed them and asked for more.

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Muffins:

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat, spelt, flour of choice

1 tsp salt

2 tbls baking powder

1 tsp stevia or 1 tbls monk fruit (optional if you want it a tad sweeter)

Stir together. Then add…

1/2 cup mild flavored oil

3 very ripe bananas mashed

1 cup finely grated carrot

1 cup blueberries

1 3/4 cups liquid (mix of milk, water, or milk substitute)

Mix until dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Spoon into muffin cups and bake at 400 degrees for 20-24 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen muffins.

Cool completely and then store in the refrigerator. Best stored in the freezer if not eaten within 3 days.

Enjoy!

Allergy Friendly: Spiced Harvest Bread – egg, dairy, sugar free

This is a great healthy snack. It’s sugar free, egg free, and dairy free. Read on…

Two of our family are taking a break from sugar at the moment, and another can’t do dairy and eggs. This means it’s time to develop a new recipe, and Fall is a great time of year to try this one.

Carrot Spice Bread:

Makes 2 loaves.

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat, spelt, or your flour choice

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

2 cups finely shredded carrot

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 cups orange juice

1/3 cup oil

Mix all dry ingredients. Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the wet to the dry. Mix well. Pour into greased bread pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until the center tests clean.

Cool on wire racks.

* Note: You could also make this in cake form if desired. Just cook in two greased and floured cake pans instead. I also sometimes make it in a 9×12 casserole as well. And if you aren’t avoiding caloric sweeteners all together like we are, add 1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup to make it that much better.

This bread is just slightly sweet so it’s a great snack any time.

And stayed tuned for the sourdough version in a couple of weeks.

Tea Time Reminders

I’m drinking tea from my grandmother’s tea cup today and thinking of her. It’s a good reminder to slow down, take a deep breath, and be thankful for the little things. Hoping you all can take a break for tea time today.

Posted in Tea

Herb Harvest 2020

I’ve always enjoyed picking herbs from my garden. But I typically just pick what I need for mmmmm for culinary use. I’ve been harvesting more herbs this to dry and save for medicinal and beauty uses this year.

Scroll on to see what’s been in my herb basket this year.

Sage, Calendula, and one big Mullein leaf.
Basil!
Mint and Catmint
Spearmint
Cilantro
Roses!
I lay my rose petals between two paper towels to air dry.
Pretty little Calendula flowers. I air dry these the same way I do the rose petals.

Summer Bouquets 2020

I’ve always had a hard time cutting flowers from my garden. I just never seem to want to ruin their beauty by taking them from their natural state.

I’ve been experimenting this year though, and I’ve found which flowers last well as a cut flower and which ones don’t. Some, like Zinnias even put on more blooms when you cut them.

Here’s a summary of my summer bouquets.

Black-Eyed Susan, Echinacea, Red Phlox
Echinacea, Salmon Zinnia, Polar Bear Zinnia, Coreopsis Cherry Blast
Echinacea Hot Coral, Zinnia Polar Bear, Salmon Zinnia, Coreopsis Zagreb
Echinacea Baja Burgundy, Coreopsis Zagreb, Coreopsis Cherry Blast, Salvia
Rose Quietness
Hydrangeas

Long-Lasting Cut Flowers: Zinnia, Coreopsis, Salvia, Cosmos. Hydrangeas can be long lasting as well if you wait to cut them when they are beginning to feel papery on the stem.

Flowers that Fade Quickly: Echinacea, Black-Eyed Susan.

DIY Trader Joe’s Garlic Salt

We love Trader Joe’s spice grinders. We like the Lemon Pepper, Everyday Seasoning, and Garlic Salt. If you haven’t tried them, you really should.

What what do you do when you find yourself smack-dab in the middle of a pandemic, and you can’t run out and buy more? You get creative and make your own.

Garlic Salt is the seasoning I use the most. It’s basic and I find it to be the most versatile. I use it on the kids chicken strips that they eat every day for lunch, and I REALLY like it on our sourdough crackers. If you want to try to craft your own, save an empty grinder and mix the following together.

Homemade Garlic Salt:

3 tsp parsley flakes

3 tsp dried minced garlic

2 tsp onion flakes

2 tsp salt

Reusable Napkins, Wipes, Paper Towels

I’ve chosen to use lots of reusable cloth products over the years – cloth napkins, cloth diapers, and mama cloth. At the beginning of COVID, I had to come up with a cloth alternative for paper towels when all the regular paper towel were out of stock. I ended up using something I already had. I raided my cloth diaper bins and pulled out our cloth baby wipes. I’m so glad I did. We’ve probably cut our paper towel usage by more than half. I still keep paper towels on hand for extremely greasy or germ-filled cleanups. But for the messy faces and daily spills, these work great for us. Read on….

Many companies offer various different reusable paper towels these days to help people reduce their use of disposable paper products. I tried some of them. But, honestly, the flannel baby wipes we used when we did cloth diapers with our kids, are the best washable cloths that I’ve found.

They are small, soft, and absorbent. I keep a tissue box cover full of them on the kitchen counter with them all folded over tissue style so that the kids can pull them out easily. They are just the right size for what the kids need. I keep a bin in the Butler’s Pantry for dirty towels. The kids throw them in there and they get washed with all the kitchen laundry.

I keep this tissue box cover on my kitchen counter for the kids to grab flannel wipes from when they need to wipe a messy face or clean up a spill. This makes convenient so they reach for the cloth wipes rather than a paper towel.
How to fold tissue style. 1) Purple wipe goes down first. 2) Green wipe covers half of purple wipe. 3) Red wipe covers green wipe.
4) Fold purple wipe over red and green edges. 5) Repeat process by laying another wipe on top of the purple. 6) Fold the Red over. 7) Go again until all are folded. 8) Place in your tissue box.

I like this Tissue Box Cover best. It works great on the kitchen counter and looks nice. I like that I can set things on top.

My favorite wipes are these flannel baby wipes by OsoCozy.

Recycled Sewing:

You could also easily make reusable wipes for this purpose using an old flannel shirt or pajama pants. I have some saved for just this purpose. I’ll get around to it someday. In the meantime, these work well for me.

Jump in and make your own. It would be a great upcycle project. Break out the scissors and sewing machine, or give some purchased wipes a try.

It certainly has saved us lots of paper towels each week.

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