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Cucumber Salsa

This Cucumber salsa is a hit no matter where I take it!  A great way to use up the abundance of cucumbers from your garden!  Very flavorful and colorful!

What you need:

3 cucumbers

1 Can Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Rotel

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 C. White Vinegar

2 Ranch Packets

Chips (or you could eat it with a spoon!)

Take the skin off of the cucumbers and cut them up in small pieces.  Add your chopped cilantro.

Throw in the diced tomatoes and Rotel (or you can replace the diced tomatoes with another can of Rotel if you want it spicy!) Add your 2 pkgs of Ranch and vinegar!

Stir it together and VoiLa!!  It becomes more flavorful the longer it sits, so I suggest making it early in the day if you plan to eat it that night!




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I Was Hiding and I Didn’t Know It

A couple of weeks ago my husband had made the oBserVation on how I don’t put things away when I am done using them.  I responded the way I always do, “It’s because the kids probably distracted me when I was getting ready to clean up”.

That conversation tugged on me for a week.  Was there tRuTh behind my husband’s observation of my untidiness?  I decided I would test myself and see.  After making a point to break this habit for a week, the answer is YES.  I have been hIdiNg behind the excuse of the kids, and I never knew it.  Not only did I realize that Doug was right (see my “Tastes like vinegar” post), but it has actually made my life easier.  I don’t have as much to pick up at night and I feel more organized during the day.  Now, don’t get me wrong—my house is not spotless because I don’t spend all day picking up after the kids.  BUT, if I get it out, I put it away when I am finished!

It was hard to admit that Doug was right, but I did what all wives should do (no matter how bad it tastes!) and thanked him. Sometimes people tell us things that hurt, but after we have time to cool off, we should try to see if there is some truth to what they are saying.  It was worth the pain knowing that Doug loves me enough to hold me aCcouNtabLe so I can be a better ME.  If I’m not willing to allow my spouse to hold me accountable then who will?  The truth hurts, but let’s be honest, being stubborn gets you nowhere.


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Marriage Can Taste Like Vinegar

{With the support and approval of my husband, I am sharing this with you.  Thanks Babe.}

Two weeks ago Doug went on a hunting trip with his college buddies.  I am rarely eXciTed when he tells me he is going to be gone for 3 days, especially since his job requires him to travel so much.  I also resent the fact that it isn’t as easy for me to get away, and even when I do, I feel gUilTy for leaving my family.  I guess because I feel that way I assume he should too!

Each time he leaves for these extended weekends, it is very pRedicTable on what the mood will be.  I’m usually not very peppy because I’m worn out from watching the kids and need a break.  He feels like every time he calls home to check in I try to make him feel bad for leaving (which he is probably right).  When he finally comes home it is hard to cOnnEct because we’ve built up a large wall between us.

Well, that is where we were when he came home on Saturday.  After we finally broke the ice, we ended up having the same disagreement regarding his extended trips, and it ended the same as all the others ….with no one happy.  We walked in separate directions of the house, with nothing but knots in our stomachs.

One GooD thing about our marriage is neither one of us can stand being mad at each other very long.  This time around, I beat him to the punch.  I walked up to him, and although it tasted like vinegar, said, “Are we oKay? I don’t want to spend the whole day being mad at each other” and hugged him.  I have to admit, even at that point I wanted to pull away and scream with frustration. But staying frustrated wasn’t going to get us anywhere and I didn’t want to spend any more time being mad.  I would rather suck it up and mAkEup vs. be mad and alone.

Marriage isn’t always eAsy.  In fact, it takes a lot of work much of the time.  If you are having a similar argument that has lasted 20 minutes, 2 days or several months, there is no better time than now to make a mends.  From experience I know that the longer you go without breaking down those walls, the easier it is to keep separating.  We know where too much separation leads, and no one wants that.

So, even though it may taste like vinegar, do the right thing and reconnect.  You are probably to the point you don’t even know what you are mad about, you are just MAD.  Do your marriage a favor and make this holiday season an extra special one by breaking down the walls between you and the ones you love.



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