8.23.2016

Taste of Quebec City, Canada

It doesn't take long to fall in love with Quebec City.  Founded 408 years ago, Old Quebec is set against the backdrop of a walled city filled with narrow, winding cobbled streets and charming neighborhoods reminiscent of old European cities. From military history to religious history, fine dining and shopping to some of the most spectacular countryside, there is so much to do and see.

I'll be bringing a few of the beautiful homes, sights and tastes of this beautiful city and surrounding area very soon. Here is a taste of what's coming over the next few weeks.














I hope you're having a wonderful week.

Warmest regards,
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8.22.2016

Good Monday Morning!




Good morning friends! I'm working on a project that has me away for a short time but I'll be back soon. This beautiful photo is from Old Quebec City, Canada.

Have a wonderful day!

Warmest regards,

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8.16.2016

Tuesday's Tumblr Favorites - Random Beautiful Inspiration

I really love the beautiful images I'm sharing today from my Tumblr blog.  From home to garden inspiration, I hope you get inspired.  Enjoy!





Don't you love the barrel ceiling and floor to ceiling windows?






Have a happy Tuesday!

Warmest regards,


[Images via: polkadotspretty.tumblr.com]
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8.15.2016

Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken + Recipe for Fresh Mango Salsa


Dinner doesn't get much easier than it does with this delicious Mango Salsa Chicken cooked in a crock pot and served over rice. Well, maybe if it's cold cereal and milk. But certainly not as delicious! 


And for a real treat, serve it with this simple and colorful fresh mango salsa, above, and your taste buds will thank you - and so will your family and friends! It's sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious.


Print recipes below.

Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

20 oz. Mango Salsa*
4-6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Cooked Rice

Optional Toppings:
Tortilla Chips
Shredded Cheese
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Fresh Mango Salsa (recipe below)

*You can use any mango salsa that you purchase at your grocery store. I have a wonderful Canned Mango Salsa Recipe that I'll be sharing later this fall with you, but any store-bought mango salsa works great for this recipe.


Instructions

Prepare chicken breasts (wash and pat dry with a paper towel), place cleaned chicken in crock pot, pour mango salsa over top. Cook on high 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.

Cook rice according to package based on the number of servings you'll need for your family or group.

Shred chicken before serving using two forks - do not discard the liquid.

Serve chicken over rice with any additional toppings you desire.


 We love it with guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, and topped with fresh mango salsa (recipe below). It's delicious when you mix it all together and eat it with tortilla chips.

My family's favorite chips are these Tostitos Multigrain Scoops - they are yummy! They use them as their forks!!


Now for the fresh salsa - isn't all of this color beautiful? Make the salsa after you begin cooking your rice. It needs to rest for at least 15 minutes for the flavors to blend together.


 My son spent two years in the Philippines serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and while he was there a very sweet woman taught him how to cook many different Filippino recipes and shared various cooking tricks and tips with him. One of those tips was how to cut and dice a mango. So my son, Nick, taught me how to dice mango and he is helping us on the blog today.


The mango has a flat-ish oblong pit in the center of it. Hold the mango with one hand, standing it on its end with the stem side down and beginning at the top, slice along one of the flat sides of the pit (as close as possible to the pit). Then repeat with the other side. You should end up with three pieces. The middle piece includes the pit.


Use a knife to make lengthwise and crosswise cuts along the mango halves, but try not to cut through the peel.


Invert the mango half and scoop off the segments using a spoon, or cut away the pieces using a paring knife. You may be able to peel the segments right off the peel with your fingers.


Take the mango piece with the pit and lay it flat on the cutting board. Use a paring knife to cut out the pit and remove the peel. You may be able to extract a little extra mango from around the pit for the salsa. If not, my kids enjoy slicing as much of the mango as possible around the pit with a knife and eating it.

Fresh Mango Salsa
YIELDS:  3 CUPS

Ingredients

3 ripe mangos, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced*
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1-2 large limes)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

Sometimes I'll add an avocado, diced (also delicious)
I also added 1/4 cup diced green pepper from my garden

*You can control the heat by adding the seeds, but the flavor is delicious without them.  It's up to you!


Instructions

In a serving bowl, combine the prepared mango, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and jalapeno. Drizzle with the lime juice and mix well. Season with salt to taste. For the best flavor, let the salsa rest for 10-15 minutes or longer.



Best served fresh.  Store leftover salsa covered in refrigerator for several days.


Serve this fresh mango salsa with chips, on fish, tacos or salads. I like to eat it as a salad itself. It's that delicious!


It's also amazing as an appetizer!

Both of these recipes are so easy and very delicious! Let me know if you try them. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
If you love mango, you might like to try this recipe for my healthy Avocado Mango Salad.
Have a wonderful day!
Warmest regards,
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8.14.2016

Sunday Musing - Statue of Christ the Redeemer Overlooking Rio de Janeiro

By Artyominc - Template:Artyom Sharbatyan, CC BY-SA 3.0

As we watch the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the familiar statue of Christ the Redeemer with arms outstretched stands 100 feet tall atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. There is a reason approximately 200 million people from around the world flock to this statue every year. It is arguably the most iconic site in all of Brazil, and is reported to be even more breathtaking in person. For me, it an iconic image of not only Brazil, but the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

By Cyro A. Silva - FlickrCC BY 2.0, Via

It is one of the world's best-known monuments. Taking five years to construct, it has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.  A fitting message for the 2016 Rio Olympics, don't you think? 

The statue was built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer Albert Caquot, and created by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski.*  The statue was inaugurated on October 12, 1931.


Thank you Rio and the people of Brazil!! The Olympic Games are amazing!

Warmest regards,

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