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Black Bean And Corn Salad

I swear I could eat this everyday and be very happy… I even adapted it for a party salsa contest… I won 3rd place…


  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)



  1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small jar. Cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. Shake lime dressing, and pour it over the salad. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing, and serve.


So Tatsy!  I serve it with BBQ chicken on the patio for a fresh, light summer meal, and my kids will even eat it!


Tuna Salad

Fab new tuna salad recipe… it made me feel like we were having gourmet tuna melt panini’s for dinner, lessening the guilt of sandwiches for dinner… I know I have issues…
  • 1 (7 ounce) can white tuna, drained and flaked
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 pinch garlic powder

In a medium bowl, stir together the tuna, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and onion flakes. Season with curry powder, parsley, dill and garlic powder. Mix well and serve with crackers or on a sandwich.

99¢ Store Update

I went again today and they had some good stuff!  They had strawberries back in, go-gurt packs of 8 (1/person), pumpkins (1/person), Pillsbury cinnamon rolls (1/person), and 90 packs of baking cups 2/99¢.  I also got some Cars the movie pez dispensers for stocking stuffers as well as some 24″ bouncy balls for after school play today!

They were also fully stocked on those socks…. hit um’ up!

Fabric Organization

Yes… I have an obsession with fabric… And if you know me, I am happiest when sewing, quilting, crafting or most importantly in a fabric store… When I was in Design School, we went on a field trip to the Laguna Niguel Design Center.  Upon walking around one of fabric galleries, I actually started crying… everyone laughed at me… but there were tens of thousands of fabrics around this showroom, all you could see was fabric… and they even had 3 yard long samples of their new Ralph Lauren line hanging on display racks… ahhh… 

Anywho, I recently started making baby blankets that I hope to one day sell on  I have been buying a lot of little peices of fabric.  I was struggling to keep them organized… so I did this…

Now I can see all my inventory, and don’t have to get overly frustrated when trying to look through my choices.  Inspiration comes and goes quickly… and nothing kills it quite like frustration!  When I am more organized, I enjoy “working” more and am more efficient!

Other ideas for what, other than shoes, to use these handy dandy over the door hangers for?  Baby clothes, Women’s accessories like scarves (so “in” right now!), hats and hosiery, kids toys, in your pantry to organize table linens- especially if you use cloth napkins.  I have even thought of using it to organize my boys T-shirts.

Sale Alert!!

Listen up Mom’s!  The 99¢ store on Arlington has Hanes 3 packs of boys ankle socks for … yes … 99¢!  Mad crazy deal!  I stocked up because, really, what little boy can keep a pair of socks clean?  And you know you are going to need them!

So… this homemaker added something new to her resume this year.  I started home schooling my kids… not really for financial or political reasons (but trust me, those are gravy!).. but because I wanted to be more involved in their development, spend more time with them, and give them a more culturally enriched learning experience.  I want them to love literature, the arts.  I want them to see the world where the historical events we read about actually happened.  I want them to gaze upon a Van Gogh and know about him, his process and his life… not just see gobs of paint… 

How do I transition well to  Well.. here goes!  I learned of a great web site for younger kids.  You can go online and enter their spelling list.  The site generates games and practice worksheets as well as tests them and gives you reports on their progress.  I love it and so do my kids.  It makes learning fun and helps me multitask teaching two kids. … enjoy!


So my obsession with vinegar grows….  I have ditched all my other cleaning solutions.  I have one bottle of vinegar and water, a 50/50 mix and I use it for almost everything.  Counters, floors, tubs, windows, mirrors, sinks, door handles…. ect…  I bought some extra bleach to use in the toilet bowls.  Let me tell you ladies… it is liberating to be able to walk around the house with ONE bottle of green, inexpensive cleaner!

I have got some frowns from other ladies when I share my new love, “but what about the smell?”  It doesn’t bother me, but I have read a couple articles about adding a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the mix to help.

Now… in the days of penny pinching, how much will this save you?  I estimate you will save about 10-12 dollars a month… but every penny counts right?