pico de gallo.

Oh how the English summer continues to taunt me! One weekend it's the gorgeous sunshine, the next torrential rain. I must admit, I LOVE THE DRAMA OF IT! On the other hand, I had to revisit some of my winter clothing. Not cool. Not cool at all. 

On that note, a couple of weekly veg boxes ago, we received these nice round tomatoes and onions. Because the sun was out, and with the anticipation of the World Cup, I decided to make some pico de gallo. I love this stuff. One bite and I'm home. 

Here's what I like about it: 

1. It's super easy to make. 
2. It's delicious with fish, chicken, pork, avocado, basically any kind of taco. 
3. It's a great little salsa on its own. 
4. Add some mashed avocado and baby, you've got GUACAMOLE!

[Cue the Mariachi band from the Dorito's commercial]

Alright, alright. Here's the recipe:

Kat's Pico de Gallo

Serves 2. 

2 palm sized tomatoes, diced and deseeded. 
1/2 of medium onion (or one small one) finely, and I mean finely, diced
1 garlic clove
1 lime
1 small bunch of cilantro (coriander), chopped
salt & pepper

  1. Dice the tomatoes & onion. Place into a bowl. (I like to cup the tomatoes in my hand and drain all of the juices from it. I don't like a soggy pico.)
  2. Over the bowl, grate the garlic clove. 
  3. Cut the lime & squeeze the juices into the bowl of tomatoes+onion+garlic.
  4. Roughly chop the bunch of cilantro and add to the bowl. 
  5. Season with salt & pepper.
  6. Taste & adjust to your taste buds. (ex. Add some more tomato, onion, more coriander/less coriander, etc)
  7. BONUS: If you're wanting to make some good guacamole- in a bowl mash an avocado with a fork. You want it to be really, ripe & soft. Then, add the pico. VOILĂ€! Delicious homemade guacamole. Yummy. 

Serve with corn chips. Personally, in England, I prefer the Dorito's lightly salted. They're nothing close to the ones back in Texas, but to me, they do the trick!


my super fancy business cards.

Thanks to Jacqui at Print for the Love of Wood for these beautiful things. For those of you whom haven't the slightest clue what letterpress even means, it's a style of printing dating back to the 15th century! It leaves an impression on the paper and feels so wonderful. 

One of my favorite demonstrations come from SugarPaper, a paper boutique in Los Angeles. [Letterpress printing video] Each one needs to be hand placed. It tends to cost more than your average digital print, but it makes all the difference in the world! 

So here we see my handwritten logo, by yours truly, inked and pressed onto my new business cards. LOVE. I am so in love with them. 

Thank you Jax! 

period tracker lite.

Hey, hey! The sun's out, for a bit, so I'm in a pretty good mood today. PLUS, I've got Zumba tonight, woo hoo!! I'm so happy to be back at Zumba!

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite apps. Have you ever heard of period tracker lite? My gal pal Marichelle shared it with me as soon as I got my iPhone. Let me just say, THANKS GIRL! I love it. I've been using it for almost a year now and it's such a handy little guy. I like to use it to track all sorts of things. It gives you a rough guide as to when your best friend comes into town, or as my cousin used to call it, good ol' "Aunt Flow". Eegh. Anyway, you can also track cravings, spotting, tenderness, and when you're intimate. [Cue Marvin Gaye] The app also gives you a time frame on your average cycle. Oh! And it even adds a little flower when you're fertile! For my friends who are trying to conceive, maybe this'll help? Hmmm?

I just use the free one, I think that has a lot in it already. This app is great just to use as a guide. Life always has it's own plans and the app isn't 100% accurate. But, if you're like me and trying to plan a holiday vacation around your body clock, then it'll give you a great little guide! Thank heavens for technology!

This app is a girls best friend!

my quarterly vision board.

One of my best gal pals got me into vision boards, and you know what- I think they work. 

I usually sit and cut out pictures and texts from magazines, but because I don't buy as many magazines as I'd like, I found myself buying them for the sake of creating my vision board. My friend suggested I get creative and do it however I'd like. 

I found a mood board on Pinterest in the same style, so I thought, "Hey! I'm going to try and make my VB like that!" It's also been great to add it to my mobile & devices. I LIVE ON THEM NOW. Do you remember when I joined the iPhone world? Yeah, it's connected me to the world, literally, and I love it! Well, now I've got my VB all over them so I'm always seeing it. Sweeeeet. 

Do you have a vision board? They're awesome. No, seriously. Awesome.