Monday, March 2, 2009

Here's Looking at You Kid

Yesterday Jon and I went to the PX to grab some random house holds goods and while we were there we stopped to check out the food processors. Reason being, I've been dying to make some homemade salsa. Saturday we grabbed a food chopper from Ikea and you better believe I worked for like 30-40 minutes trying to chop tomatoes, onions and jalapenos small enough to make into a salsa. That sucked. and my hand hurts now.

But surprisingly we did find a mini food processor at the PX, the only one that was 220 voltage and snagged it up. Let me tell you, this thing works like a beast. I made homemade salsa in 10 minutes or less and all I had to do was push a tiny button. My hand was thankful!

.....and so was my belly. We ate our weight in salsa and chips during lunch yesterday, to the point where I was still full when it was time for dinner. I actually gained two pounds.... TWO pounds from eating salsa yesterday. Ya, Jon said it was just water weight gain, I'm pretty sure it's TWO pounds of salsa in my stomach that hasn't digested yet! But it was totally worth it especially since we haven't had good salsa since July when we were back in the states.
Ted's watch out, my salsa might be better!

But, some other great things about my mini beast of a food processor is that it is also a mixer and a blender. So we can use the tiny whisk to mix ingredients and the blender to make smoothies! Woohoo, I'm super excited about our new find!
I was so happy yesterday, all giddy and squeally, Jon said "Who knew a food processor would make you so happy." Yep, it's the little things like mini blenders that make me happy.

A couple of movies that Jon and I rented this weekend.

"Bottle Shock"

Awesome flick! But I may be biased. Jon and I absolutely love wine and love anything to do with wine, really. We will have our own vineyard one day. It has been a dream of ours since we started dating and it would be fantastic to have our own business together, especially making wine, being that we are so passionate about viticulture. And what a better place to learn more about wine, than in Europe ;) Back to this movie, before I go off on my tangent. It is about a family of vintners in Napa Valley during the 70's. They are approached by an English man from France about entering a blind tasting. They are doing this blind test with famous connoisseurs from France to see if they can differentiate French wine from Napa wine. I loved every moment of this movie. RENT IT! You won't be disappointed.

"Nights in Rodanthe"

Like I've said MANY times on my blog, I am not a chick flick kinda girl, but I love both Diane Lane and Richard Gere. This movie is based on the Nicholas Sparks book "Nights in Rodanthe." (I'm sure you already know, he is the author of "The Notebook.") Honestly, I really liked the movie a lot, it had a wonderful story, but I've never cried so much in my life over one single movie. It is an understatement to call this a tear jerker, it was more like a sob-jerker. I cried so hard that my eyes are almost closed shut. I looked in the mirror this morning and couldn't help but laugh, I look hysterical. When I showed Jon he couldn't help but giggle too and say "awe you look cute." RIGHT, I look like I got into a boxing match or hit by a mack truck! Cute ha!

Darn you Nicholas Sparks you get me every time!

And last but certainly not least, we bought Casablanca from Amazon and recently received it in the mail.

I was so excited because I LOVE old movies. I want to start a better collection of these older movies, because I want my children to be able to watch them. These movies were so dramatic and original. I loved the way they talked and how they dressed and their acting style. I love that the movies are in black and white, it makes it more romantic. Humphrey Bogart, what a classy man!

"Here's looking at you kid."


Kelli said...

It is the little things in life that makes us happy! That's a pretty cool little gadget you found there. I do have one question.. do you mind sharing your salsa recipe? I LOVE salsa and I have tried to make some at home and I just didn't like it at all.

I want to see that Nights in Rodanthe movie! I wonder how much I will cry. I might have to save that one for a little bit later.

I hope you have a good week!

The Purple Carrot said...

Yum, homemade salsa sounds good!! Ha, that's so funny that you gained 2 pounds from all you ate, I'm sure I would have done the exact same thing ... that stuff is addictive!

Thanks for the movie reviews, we'll definitely have to check those out!

Happy Monday!! : )

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

All those movies sound great and yay for your new mini chopper, whisker, blender thing!!

Megan said...

I LOVE homemade salsa!!! I still haven't seen the Nicholas Sparks movie but I have been wanting to see it. I am glad to hear you liked it.

e said...

mmmm homemade salsa is sooo good.. my dad makes it a lot - ive actually been thinking how i want to find a recipe to make homemade pico..

morewineplease said...

you have me interested in the wine movie!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I'd like to see that movie Bottle Shock. Wonder if it's out in the U.S.and who doesn't love Casa Blanca.I have to say I wasn't that crazy about Nighs in Rodanthe, but I do love Richard Gere and Diane Lane. The beach house was very cool. Don't you love finding something that makes your life easier. Thumbs up on that food processor.

JennyLee said...

Zane has the biggest crush on Ingrid Bergman! It's a regular watch at our house.

Emily said...

you should post your homemade salsa recipe! i would love to try and make it:)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Great find! Homemade salsa sounds yummy! I keep wanting to make but haven't done it yet, you'll have to post your recipe! I haven't seen those movies either but they sound great and I really want to collect and watch some of the classics too.

Kebi Cedawna said...

Wow, I will totally come visit your vineyard when someday! What a fantastic goal to have.

I made homemade salsa last year for the first time, it was great, much better than the stuff from the store. The recipe I used has some suger and cider vinegar in it so it's kinda different. I canned it too, so we can enjoy it year-round.
You'll have to email me your recipe, I'd love to try it out.

Hope you like the banana cake!

valerie said...

I have a big food processor that is almost 30 years old. We got it for a wedding gift. It's SO loud, but it's great. I have a little one too, but for the bigger batches of salsa...the big, loud one comes out.
I love homemade salsa.

I think I'll rent Nights in Rodanthe some night when Dan's gone. I like to have a good cry all by myself. ;)

Abbie said...

Oh I love, love, love homemade salsa!! Every summer my mom and grams make a ton of it, put it in jars and it usually lasts us until the following summer. If you want, I can see if she's got any left and I could send you some!

Let me know:)

Impulsive Addict said...

Oooh...I love me some salsa too! And chips. And guacamole minus onions. And anything Mexican really, minus onions.

I'm lovin' your new gadget! I want one and I already have a great food processor.

I watched Nights in Rodanthe this weekend as well. Where are the happy endings? I miss happy endings. But I don't do classics. You name a classic movie and I guaranty you that I haven't seen it. Pretty Woman a classic? Oh no. Can we still be friends?

erin - heart in ireland said...

haha, if the movie made you cry omg, any nicholas sparks book make me cry like whoa!

sounds like a fun weekend!

Unknown said...

I haven't had good chips and salsa and ages, but I don't have to patience to make it myself. Hopefully I stumble upon a place here in Portland.

rebecca said...

Oooh, that salsa looks amazing!

I almost rented Nights in Rodanthe the other night. Now I definitely want to see it!