Monday, August 9, 2010

The Salsa Dance!

Good summer morning to you, mi amigas!

Despite the tremendous heat and humidity Michigan's been having this summer, 
when it's time to do the Salsa Dance, 
you've gotta get those feet moving!

You pull out your glasses...

top your head with a lid....

don't forget a ring!

grab your partner, 
and let the Salsa Dance begin!

With the radio blaring "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", 
(...In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight; 
in the jungle the quiet jungle the lion sleeps tonight;
we eeeee weamammaway...!) 

(ok, so that's not exactly a salsa song, but it's one of my favs.)

we blanch. 

Tomatoes, that is.

We pause to slice...

 and then twirl around the mobile sink that Hubby built for canning.

 Salsa dancing can be rough on the feet hands, you know.

I mambo over to the bowls of veggies I sliced all afternoon while listening to the birds sing and watching the butterflies sip from the wet soil outside the garage...

( the jungle, the quiet jungle....!) 
and toss in the carrots, celery, onions, bell and banana peppers, jalepenos, and chilis 
with the tomatoes.

 Oops!  Pause to stir!

Then we rhumba in the hot, steamy water. 

Plucked out of the bath to cool on the counter, we count out 54 pints of homemade salsa made with veggies straight from our garden.

Time for a taste test!

Now, if you're wondering what weird room we danced our afternoon away in, 
we do most of our canning in Hubby's tool room. 

We clear and clean off the counters, set up the portable sink he built just for this purpose, and haul out the turkey fryer cookers.
This works out for me us really well since Hubby has a reputation of flinging food around while cooking.

A happy wife + a happy kitchen = a happy life for Hubby.

That much he has learned...

So, with glass of wine in one hand and a scoop of salsa in the other,
we dip the evening away...

{Hugs} and happy dancing!

(Oh!  And don't forget to check out all the other "morphing" going on over at Metamorphosis Monday at Susan's at Between Naps on the Porch right here!)

~ laurie


  1. Hubby's portable sink is one of the most creative things I've ever seen! Props to Hubby! The Salsa looks delicious and the bonus is that all the veggies are home-grown.

    Lisa@Suburban Retreat

  2. Good Morning Sweet Laurie!
    I missed you this weekend whilst I was working and you got YOUR can moving and canned & canned & canned. Not only am I amazed at your portable kitchen (how smart is that) I am further amazed that your husband is in on The Joys Of Canning. I'm thinking you should probably keep him?!? just sayin... I know that salsa dancing is fun but I am just wondering if you weren't feeling more like doing a s-l-o-w waltz after canning in the heat and humidity all day?

    You see those tomatoes in the 2nd picture you posted? yeah...well... that's kinda how I am feeling this morning-lol Guess it is time to hit the shower and GET WITH IT for the day.

    Hugs to you my sweet friend...Now I know what I will be snacking on when I visit- I'll bring the chips! Diana

  3. Hi Laurie,
    What a fun post! I used to can salsa, too, so I know how much work it is! How nice that you have a helper :) And that you can keep the mess and heat out of your kitchen! I like preserving tomatoes in my food dehydrator, they are soooo yummy!

  4. Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on Maya's Completely Coastal blog today regarding my house! I actually live right down the road from Port Sheldon beach! :) Your blog is so beautiful and that salsa looks SO YUMMY!!! One of my favorites!! I hope you stay cool!

  5. What a great job you did. The canning sink your darling husband made looks like it is perfect for the task.

  6. Wow you make your own salsa? Awesome!!

  7. mmmmmm Salsa! and with your own garden veggies!
    How cool is that! Lovin' that portable sink of your hubbies!

  8. What fun, I can't believe you have your own mobile sink for canning, wow! Thanks for visiting my blog:-)

  9. I love me some salsa but I'm really lovin that portable sink! How cool is that!

  10. Your salsa looks so good...I can't wait until we build our vegetable garden next I can try my hand at homemade salsa too.

  11. Oh my! The salsa looks so yummy! When my husbands mom stays with us she always makes fresh salsa, it's my favorite!
    Thanks for your visit! The pillows I won through Ness at M&L, her link is right by the picture :)
    Take care

  12. I do envy you that awesome sink! Your hubby is a handy guy. Don't you just love the look and feel of all that yummy salsa all canned and ready to go for the winter months. It's a work of art really!


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