Monday is 4th of July, all! Do you have any fun plans? Or are you just chilling in the air conditioning to avoid the crazy heat? Both sound great to me.
I’m kind of wondering how my cat Pie is going to react to the fireworks this year. Over the past couple of years she’s gotten a lot more sensitive to thunderstorms and loud noises, so she might not like this much. Poor gal. I’ve been thinking of getting her a thunder shirt.
Has anyone ever heard of thundershirts or used them before? You’re supposed to put it on your dog and it helps them relax during storms and fireworks. But I recently discovered that they’re sold for cats too. I’m not sure if they’re just selling snake oil or not. Anyone know if they work?
While I’m contemplating my cat I’m also contemplating one of the wonderful aspects of the 4th: the snacks! Because what is the 4th without snacks? And since it’s so hot out let’s make something that’s not too thick and heavy. Unless you’re going to be inside….then bring out the cheesecake! 🎉
This cilantro apple salsa is just what you need at your next gathering. It’s spicy, sweet, and takes about five minutes to make. So when people pile into your house you won’t be unprepared.
Hands up if you love fruit salsa as much as me. I really can’t get enough of it. Back when I was a kid I was crazy about tacos, but the only salsa I ever really had was the canned stuff in the store. But then I grew up and realized that fresh is SO much better. They’re not even really the same thing. Store-bought tastes like ketchup to me now. And there’s just something about fruit salsas. Gotta love that sweet and spicy combo.
Be prepared to hang around the chips at your next party! 😉 Happy 4th of July!
(From a salsa recipe in How to Cool Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman)
- 4 large apples, green or red, chopped into small pieces
- 1 medium red onion, chopped fine
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1-2 jalapeños, depending on heat preference, seeded and chopped fine
- 1 large handful of cilantro, chopped fine
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Place in the fridge and allow flavors to mingle for an hour before serving.