Friday, September 11, 2009

Okay, so I have this catered family reunion to go to on Sunday afternoon. In the south, catered could be anything from a seafood feast to fried chicken and BBQ. Anyway, the hostess was asking many to bring desserts. So, when I asked what she wanted me to bring, without hesitating she said your salsa and some chips. So, I am making salsa for 40 plus people. I will probably just make a huge pitcher full and leave it at that. I thought I would make the hostess a special container for her to have for her very own later on. I did heat seal the lid.

This project was inspired by the Verve August Project Parade. The theme is Happiness for Hostesses. All who participate have a chance to win a stamp set of choice from the Verve store. How fabulous is that?

I created a 4 x 4 x 3 square container to house my quart jar of salsa. Just wanted to do something alittle different. I stamped the vertical paper using the Bountiful Backgrounds set. I love this overstamping look of blending two or more colors. I love this effect with this particular image. I used all Verve stamps in the making of this project. Here is the top of the lid. I did it alittle differently, too, because I wanted to use my new Spellbinder shapes as well as keep that shape continuous throughout.

I make salsa. It is what I do. I consume large quantities of salsa and I have come up with a few tips.
  • If you have children who will not eat vegetables, get them started on salsa. Eventually, you can chop up carrots, broccoli, and green pepper and the kids will probably not taste the difference.
  • I love Snyder corn or white corn tortilla chips because I can have the most of those with fewer weight watcher points.
  • I do make my own tortilla chips from time to time. Take a corn tortilla and cut into pie pieces. Spray both sides with Pam and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees. You have to watch these as they start to get crispy and brown fast.
  • I never like to give salsa without giving some Junior mints. Face it, the garlic and onion content is pretty intense. Of course, I learned that if I suck on a stainless steel spoon that it dissipates the aroma. Also, if you get garlic or onion on your fingers rub your hands on a stainless steel pot.

Verve Bountiful Backgrounds, Kindred Spirits, Enjoy
gp white, regal rose, so saffron, soft suede
regal rose, so saffron, soft suede
Nestabilities, MS border punch, soft suede ribbon, EK success border punch, sponges, foam squares


  1. This is adorable. I love all of your "tips". The hostess will love this. Ya'll can come to my house for a BBQ and bring the Salsa...Super job Betty. I bet it is yummmy.

  2. GORGEOUS!! Love this set and love your tips! You are rockin the Verve girlie! Hugs,

  3. WOWZER!! What gorgeous projects Betty!! :) Thanks for the tips and I'm sure the hostess will adore this!! :) HUGS

  4. Oh Betty this is gorgeous, sure to be a hit!!!

  5. Betty, this is salsa-licious!!! I would never have guessed that your striped paper is stamped! Fabulous, zesty colors and what a great gift! I love that you give Jr. Mints with it, too! Great idea, and thanks for sharing!

  6. Totally fabulous project, Betty!! LOVE LOVE LOVE every detail!

  7. Not only is this a YUMMY gift, but it's packaged so beautifully Betty!! Love your fabulous tips too. We consume LARGE amount of salsa around here.

  8. Darling gift set, Betty. I've never heard about the stainless steal trick. Going to have to try it as garlic and onion love me and stick around my breath far longer than the normal person - go figure! Did you know if you have onion smell under your nails just scrub with some lemon juice to get rid of the smell. If really bad, just soak your fingers in it for a little bit.

  9. Thanks for the great tips Betty! I didn't know about the stainless steel trick, I should carry one around with me all the time as I LOVE garlic, lol!! Anyway, fabulous gift ensemble!!

  10. This is a great gift! You have really inspired my to play with these background stamps more - I love the Designer Backgrounds you have been making for yourself with them! What did you used for the pinked looking edge at the top of your box? It looks great! :-)Traci

  11. Wow salsa for 40...Yikes! But your gift is wonderful and so are your tips about the use of stainless steel. TFS. Pat

  12. GREAT tips, a beautiful presentation and I LOVE SALSA!! Arizona girl here!

  13. Wow is right, Betty!! I had to make my own salsa when my husband just went on a restricted no sodium diet...and it was soo good. I thought I should make it more often. This is a wonderful hostess gift and really I'm impressed with salsa for 40 people and love the junior mint tip too!!
    Traci M

  14. What a great hostess gift set Betty and I love your tips! I need to try the stainless steel tip... I've never heard that before!!! Homeade Salsa is fantastic... especially if the veggies are fresh out of the garden or market! Enjoy and your hostess friend will be thrilled!

  15. This is such a neat project Betty!! I love it!! Awesome tips too. I didn't know that stainless steel dissipates the odor. TFS!

  16. Betty! This is just such a wonderful hostess gift! How very sweet of you! I am sure she will LOVE it!!

  17. OMGosh, Betty, what a stunning and perfect gift idea. Great tips you've shared as well. Salsa for 40 people, wow, that is going to be a lot of tomato cutting, onion and garlic choppin' ;D.
    Enjoy the reunion. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  18. love your project!! so yummy! The papers and sentiments are just beautiful :)

  19. Oh, I love salsa! I came up with a fresh salsa recipe after craving a local restaurants NONE STOP while I was pregnant for both of my children. LOL This is a very nice idea I think I'll have to remember this for my next gathering. I'll swap recipes if your interested?! ;)

  20. What a great hostess gift Betty, love all of your fantastic tips also

  21. What a lovely set Betty, it's gorgeous!

  22. What a fabulous and thoughtful hostess gift! Looks yummy! If I tried to feed this to my grandchildren I would have to put mac and cheese in it!

  23. Totally awesome gift set - Betty!!! It sounds delicious.....I hope you will have a wonderful time at the reunion!!! Hugs ~S~

  24. Such a beautiful set. Love the colors and stripes. Thanks for playing!

  25. Your salsa looks good enough to eat! Ha! What a great gift!! You are too sweet!


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