Mango and Avocado Salsa

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The spring has arrived with a bang, and I am loving the warmer weather. I know that living in Alabama I should not be whining about the cold since Southern winters are pretty mild, but I can’t stand the cold. After a week of winter, I’m usually ready to call it a wrap. One of my favorite things about the spring is the bountiful fruits and vegetables available. I had long since given up on finding mangoes that taste anything like what I knew growing up eating in Kenya, but I have been pleasantly surprised to find really sweet mangoes at my local publix store. This recipe is one of the many ways we are enjoying our weekly mango stash. My kids love guacamole, and this is a welcome alternative to our usual recipe. I wasn’t sure how the mango was going to taste mixed with tomato, and I almost left the tomatoes out. I’m glad I didn’t. It was the perfect balance of flavors.I changed very little from the original recipe, except for reducing the oil, taking the seeds out of the tomatoes before dicing them, and using extra lime juice. If you like things really spicy, leave the seeds in the jalapeno. I was going for a milder salsa since this was a dinner side that the kids would be eating. I served the salsa with grilled chicken, and dinner was delicious, and done in less than 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes. Serves 6 as snack, or 4 as a dinner side.
Ingredients:
1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice ( I used juice from two limes)
1/4 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons olive oil (I just used 1 tbsp)
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In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic. Stir in the salt, lime juice, red onion, and olive oil. To blend the flavors, refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving.
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Devotion For The Day:

Today we are getting some very welcome rain. We have been covered in pollen the last couple of weeks, and the yellow dust has been EVERYWHERE. Little yellow streams are running down the driveway currently, and we are really glad to see the actual color on our cars (the yellow was quite unbecoming). The only downside today is that there is the possibility of tornadoes as I live in Alabama (read.. tornado central). My two year old absolutely hates thunder, and the sound of rain makes her very anxious as she anticipates the thunder that might follow. I was just watching her a few minutes ago, and for the 20th time this hour she peeked out the window and said “I scare-red Mommy”. It just occurred to me though, that as much as she is scared, she is perfectly fine as long as she sees Mommy or Daddy. Somehow she knows that she will be OK. The trust that she has in us overshadows her fears.  Contrasting this with moments when she’s alone and the  thunder cracks, it’s a different story all together. She screams her little heart out until we come to the “rescue”.
As I pondered over the situation, it hit me that the same child’s faith she has in us is the same faith that God calls me to have with Him. As long as she knows we are with her, she knows she will be OK.  Psalms 34:4 sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”. I think this verse sums up perfectly what I need to do when a scary situation comes my way. Seek the Lord, and trust Him. He shall deliver me from my fears.

Citrus Curd

The last few weeks have been a blur! I have tried to come up with a really good excuse for not blogging in almost a month, but I cannot come up with a single good reason. I’m glad to be back on track though. I have been trying to figure out which recipe has been most memorable to me in the last few weeks, and it has to be citrus curd. This may also be because I tried at least 3 different versions of it. I had a pull apart cupcake cake to make for a bridal shower (I will post a picture soon. It was shaped like a wedding dress, and so much fun to make), as well as an orange italian cream cake to make in the last few weeks, and I used citrus curd as the filling for both. Citrus curd was my filling of choice partly because I’ve had tons of oranges and lemons around my house lately, and partly because I LOVE lemon curd, and have enjoyed adding oranges to make my curd. If you have never tried lemon curd or citrus curd before, please change this ASAP. It is like liquid gold. It goes great as a topping for toast, filling for cake, filling for pies or my favorite way… dip spoon, lick, enjoy! The cool thing is that there are a ton of different ways to make it, yet after trying 3 different ways, microwave, stove top and over a double boiler, I found little to no difference. What this means for me is that I am definitely going to be using the microwave method from now on. It comes together really quick, and tastes just as good as if you slaved over the stove top.

Try this today! You can thank me later 🙂

Adapted from Allrecipes
Makes 2 Cups
Ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup fresh squeezed orange, lime and lemon juice (all 3 combined make 1 cup)
zest of 1 orange, 1 lime and 2 lemons
1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)

Note: First zest the fruit, before squeezing out the juice. It is much easier this way.

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In a microwave safe dish, whisk together sugar and eggs until smooth. Add in the juice, zest and butter. Microwave in 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute. The curd is done when the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (This varies by microwave, but mine took 4 minutes).
Remove from microwave and pass through a sieve to remove any little bits of egg, and zest. The curd will get a little thicker as it cools. Pour into small sterile jars and store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

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Here’s a picture of the pull apart cake that I made for the shower. I used lemon cupcakes, cored out some of the center and filled with this citrus curd. It was much easier than I had anticipated that it would be, since the other alternative was to make a large sheet cake and frost it. My frosting skills are no bueno!
The cake idea was from a friend of mine who saw it on this site, via pinterest.
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Devotion for the day:

Today I’m reading from Romans 12.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good , pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 are verses that have come to mean so much to me in the last few months as I am seeking to grow deeper in my walk with God. The biggest obstacle for me has always been pre-conceived ideas about who God really is. I think along the way, I just picked up beliefs without really testing them against the word of God. This led me more towards religion than true relationship. I guess that’s why as I read Romans 12:2 about  renewing of my mind, I know that it’s exactly what I need. To have a fresh understanding of my Daddy based on truth, and not what the world says God is. To be able to know Him so well that I can test what comes my way against His good, pleasing and perfect will for my life.