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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Give-away Winner and Cucumber Salsa

I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend.  My husband and I about worked ourselves into the ground in this Ohio humidity doing stall and paddock construction work.  Phew....good to get these projects done, but it really is quite a bit of work and being able to do the work made me even more grateful that my body is fueled on a plant-based diet.

We had our darling little granddaughter here for part of the weekend too and I enlisted her help in picking a winner for my 2nd Anniversary (or Vegan Birthday as one of my readers calls it....LOVE that!) giveaway.    And the winner is......


Congratulations, Valerie.  Be sure to e-mail me your shipping info (, so I can mail your books to you.

As you can see, my granddaughter really wanted ALL of the entries to soon as she picked Valerie's name, she proceeded to pick everyone else.  She's a little fuzzy on that 'pick one' thing, but I like the way she thinks....everyone's a winner.


Cucumber Salsa.

I am so lucky to have some people in my life that are truly wonderful.  Of course there is my immediate family, but I also have soul sisters that are always looking out for me and show me love in the most special ways.  One of them, Debbie, cuts out vegan articles in the newspaper, texts me when one of my favorite authors ends up in the hospital  (Richard Bach, recovering from what I can learn, author of Illusions which I highly recommend and many more), and generally has my back.  She recently told me about a cucumber salsa that she makes for her family ---- I had a chance to make it today and it is wonderful.  Here's Debbie's recipe:

2 -3 medium cucumbers, peeled, chopped (deseeding optional)
2 -3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 C green pepper, choped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T lime or lemon juice
1 t parsley
2 t cilantro
1/2 t dill
1/2 t salt

Combine ingredients and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

I used red pepper in place of the green and used a large onion---also extra lime juice.  I omitted the jalapeno but when I make this for my family, I will add that in since they enjoy the heat.

Cucumber salsa.

I think I will add in some mango next time also as its sweetness would go really nice with the other flavors.  This salsa screams freshness and summer and is a great way to use up some of those garden tomatoes.  I had about half a cup of black beans in the bottom of that pita and this was a wonderful topping for that.  The possibilities are endless.   Thanks, Debbie!  Love you!

Sue, working hard and eating fresh, in Ohio


  1. Love you right back! So glad you like the salsa, and I love the idea of putting it with black beans in a pita! Yum!

    1. It's yummy on top of a baked sweet potato too! TTYS!