Mrs. Idaho, Vegas, and a Dip to DIE For

Phew...the past few days have been CRAZY! I headed down to Boise for the Mrs. Idaho America pageant to be with my fellow Mrs. Idaho sister queens and to welcome in a NEW Mrs. Idaho!!! You can imagine it was a weekend full of glitz, glam, laughing, crying staying up til 3 AM . . . you know, all that 
GIRLS are made of :)

With the holidays soon approaching, I've been putting aside home stuff and focusing on how I'm going to decorate for Christmas. 
I am SUPER excited to get started. 
My goal is to have my tree up by next week! YAY!!

Before all the holiday excitement starts, I do have a short pit stop this coming Wednesday. I'm headed to Vegas

for an exciting convention launch about an AMAZING skin care line I just discovered! 

I can't wait to tell you all about it when I get home!!! Let's just say for the past year I have been on the search for something different for my skin. I feel as I am approaching my mid-thirties YES....Mid-thirties..Sigh...I am needing something for my skin that doesn't just maintain it,  but REALLY makes a difference in the look, glow and texture. And guess what...I HAVE FOUND IT!!! I am SUPER excited to introduce it to you all. I PROMISE I will post soon! 
If you can't wait and you are also on the me! 

OK...on to the NEXT exciting business of of the day! 
In celebration of the upcoming Holidays, I wanted to share with you my ALL TIME party recipe. This recipe was shared with me from a dear friend. It has been a holiday tradition for my family since then.

The ingredients might sound strange at first, but after you have had your first bite of this, you will crave it all year long!!!!!

Cranberry Salsa
3 c. fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained (pick out any that are bruised or mushy)
1/4 cup green onions
2 small jalapeƱo peppers, seeds and ribs removed
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. fresh cilantro leaves

1 T. finely grated fresh ginger
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
8 oz cream cheese
Ritz crackers
Place all ingredients except the lemon juice into a food processor and mix until well blended.  Stir the lemon juice into the salsa.  Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.  Serve by placing the softened cream cheese on a serving bowl then pour 1/2 the salsa over the top.  Have plenty of Ritz crackers on hand for dipping!

I'm telling you it is divine and everyone who tries it just loves it!  It's the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and serving it with cream cheese really balances the flavors.

When you all have tried it, PLEASE write and tell me how much you LOVE it (wink)


  1. I felt that as soon as I hit 35, the wrinkles showed up, and I really am starting to age (I just turned 37 last week). AHHHH, no!!!! How did this happen so fast? You go from pimple cream to wrinkle cream in one fell swoop =) We just pulled out our tree yesterday, and people think we're nuts. Glad to hear there's another out there who loves Christmas decorating early, too!

  2. You know what would really be nice? If we could show our 16 year old selves what we would look like at 35, 45, 55, etc. so that we'd be good and take care of our skin while young! Wishing now that I had used sunscreen more.
    Is your tree up yet??? Hoping to decorate this weekend. Yes, everyone always thinks we are too early but when they are pulling their hair out Thanksgiving weekend trying to clean and shop and decorate, we are always happy to have the decorating already done!

  3. I tried the cranberry salsa and really really liked it. The funny part is I had to take an appetizer to a neighborhood party and I thought this would be perfect since it is so original, but my neighbor brought the same thing because had seen it on another blog and wanted to be original as well. I'm pretty sure mine tasted better though.

  4. question about the DO NOT mix in the cream cheese right? You serve that with the salsa on top? And why only pour half of the salsa on top....I'm so confused. : ) Thanks!!

  5. HI Rach, not mix the cream cheese. The salsa is only for the top of the cream cheese. The reason you only use half the recipe is because there is more salsa then needed. If you pour the entire mixer over the cream cheese it will overwhelm the plate. The good news is, you will have 2 servings! And I promise You will NEED it!! hope that helps!!