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I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get to the Mmmm for this month.  Getting the kids settled in at school has seriously cramped my style ;D  Well, it hasn’t been the easiest thing anyway.  But never fear – I have something yummy to share after all!

I am a total glutton for fresh salsa.  I love it.  Delish!  I could live off of salsas and salads – if I could just give up breads and pastas, lol.  This summer I had an absolutely delightful salsa with mango in it.  I never thought of adding sweet to my salsa but it was sooooo good!  Yesterday I played around in the kitchen and created a spicy salsa with a touch of sweet.  I don’t really ever have mango around here so I used pineapple.  It turned out so yummy ❤  So without further ado:

Aloha Salsa

8 oz crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)

5 medium roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup green peppers, diced

6 green onions, finely diced

2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely diced

1 large clove garlic, pressed

1 medium jalapeno, finely diced

zest of 1 lime + 2 Tbsp lime juice

1/4 cup pineapple juice (from reserve)

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Drain the crushed pineapple and reserve 1/4 cup of the juice.  Put the pineapple in a medium sized bowl.  Dice the tomatoes, green pepper, onions, and cilantro and put them in the bowl with the pineapple.  Press the garlic with a garlic press and add to the bowl.  Dice the jalapeno very fine and add to the bowl.  Save some of the seeds to add in later if your salsa needs more kick.  Be careful not to touch your eyes while working with jalapeno and for at least half an hour after.  Wash thoroughly to remove any jalapeno juices from your hands.  Add the lime zest, lime juice, pineapple juice, sugar and salt to the bowl.  Mix everything together and let sit for half an hour to let the flavors blend.

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Notes from the kitchen:  This salsa has a lot of flavor.  I like my salsas bold and hot!  I actually think I will put a bit more garlic and all of the jalapeno seeds in the next batch I make.  If you like your salsa a bit more on the mild side, you can cut back a bit on the jalapeno and cilantro.  Maybe put in half of the jalapeno and cilantro, wait half an hour and then see if you need a bit more.  Have a great day!  🙂

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I am loving this little Keepsake Loom!  It is extremely portable and just plain adorable.  And if that isn’t enough, I have been making some fun projects on it.  Now, it’s selfish to have fun all by yourself so I am sharing the good times ;D  I am going to tell you how to have fun with a Keepsake Loom too!

What you will need:

Keepsake Loom (you know you want one)

Loom Pick

Scissors

Beads

I used pink acrylic bubbles and globes for the Pretty and Pink Bracelet and Fashion Glass Emerald City E bead mix for the Rope Bracelet

Lobster Clasp (1 for each bracelet)

Jump Rings (1 for each bracelet)

1 spool of monofilament thread

All right!  Let’s have some fun!

Pretty and Pink

This bracelet measured about 7″ (including clasps) when finished.

Before casting on for this bracelet, string your beads.  I did a pattern of 1 globe bead followed by 3 bubble beads.  I repeated this pattern until I had 29 beads on the monofilament thread.  That is 21 bubbles and 8 globes total.

Pretty and Pink is done in the 2 peg I-cord method.  Cast on and complete 2 rows.  Bring up your 1st bead (should be a globe).  Let it rest between the pegs.  Wrap your next row above the bead and knit off.  Bring up the next bead and let it rest between the pegs.  Wrap another figure eight above the bead and knit off.  Continue in this manner until all the beads have been knitted.  Complete 2 more rows and then bind off.  Using your thread tails, securely fasten a jump ring to one end of the bracelet and a clasp on the other end.  Weave the ends through one of your fastening knots and clip it short.  Ta-da!

A note on the beads:  If your bead is too large to rest between the pegs, make sure that it sits behind the pegs.  Your knitting comes off the back of the loom so you want your beads to sit behind the pegs too.

Rope Bracelet

This bracelet measured about 7″ (including clasps) when finished.

Before casting on for this bracelet, string your beads.  For this bracelet, just string your beads on in a random order.  I threaded 122 seed beads for this bracelet.

Rope Bracelet is done in the 3 peg I-cord method.  Cast on and complete 2 rows.  Bring up your 1st bead and let it rest between peg 1 and peg 2.  Knit off peg 2 and then peg 1.  Bring up another bead and let it rest between peg 2 and peg 3.  Knit off peg 3.  Bring up a bead and let it rest behind the pegs.  It doesn’t really matter which peg it sits behind.  The bead will settle on it’s own.  Continue to bring up the beads and knit in this manner (2 in the front and 1 in the back) until you have used the last one.  Complete 2 more rows and bind off.  Using your thread tails, securely fasten a jump ring to one end of the bracelet and a clasp on the other end.  Weave the ends through one of your fastening knots and clip it short.  Ta-da!

A note on the beads:  Rope Bracelet works best with seed beads.  They fit nicely between the pegs and can be moved to the back as you knit.  Larger beads may not work for this particular pattern.

My thoughts on modifications:  Both of these bracelets will work just as well with beading wire.  You could also try beading thread although I don’t think it’s as strong as wire or monofilament.  Also, this may work with thread weight cotton.  You can dip the end of the thread weight in glue and let it dry to make it easier to thread the beads.  Then just clip the portion with glue off before you start knitting.  Thead weight cotton might also have less stretch and won’t hold it’s shape as well as monofilament or wire.  You can also try different beads but Rope Bracelet will work best with beads that can easily pass between the pegs.

Alright!  Time to have fun 🙂

ETA:  These bracelets comfortably fit my wrists.  You can make them longer by adding more beads and rows – or shorter with less beads and rows.  Also, you could lengthen this quite a bit for a necklace if you wanted to.

I meant to put this in before I posted but the hubby is home today and is in a hurry to oust me from the computer.  :s

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Looooove it!!!

Don’t you just love finding out that something you shared was useful?  I love that!  Puts a cheery little smile on my face.  Remember this? Cristina at Knit me a therapy put my little crochet flower to a very lovely purpose.  I love it.  And I think I am going to have to try that Chinese Bun…  Have a great day!  🙂

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