fave friday




happy friday friends.  this is really random, i feel.  except that i suppose it is sort of all based around food.

my “don’t say you haven’t done it” snack that seems to be popular over on instagram
my wardrobe turned pantry is almost ready to be stocked (although i’m loving the empty white space)
my favorite salsa in a blender

life is feeling a bit random these past few weeks.  i can’t seem to keep focus on anything longer than 5 minutes with the back to school routine and sports.  i think i might be entering a new stage in which i feel like my kids secretary.  good thing i have some serious administrative assistant experience.  anyhow, i’m just glad it’s the weekend!  aren’t you?

click through for my salsa recipe + my fave links this week

01 /  i needed to be schooled in online shopping.
02 / are you loving coldplay’s new song?
03 / probably the cheeriest office space i’ve ever seen.
04 /  a possible e-mail savior.  i think i’m going to test it out.
05 /  i’m DIYing my nails this weekend but if i was going professional i’d try this.
06 /  don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

*i also write for euro style lighting….this week, i’m writing about a school shaped like a cat (seriously cool) + animal inspiration in modern design.

i have a vitamix, which is definitely an investment, but i love it (i make smoothies all the time).  i’m sure you can use any blender, however.


  • 1/2  medium onion, peeled
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, seeds and membranes removed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 6  ripe Roma tomatoes, quartered (24 quarters), divided use


  1. Place onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, and six of the tomato quarters into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1. (low)
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase to Variable 5. (medium)
  4. Blend for 15-20 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  5. Reduce to Variable 3 and remove the lid plug. Add the remaining tomatoes through the lid plug opening.
  6. Blend for an additional 10 seconds or just until desired consistency is reached, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. Do not over mix, leave chunky. Serve with tortilla chips.

-just don’t over mix.
-i find the salsa tastes best when you make it the day before so all the flavors can really come out
-right before serving i mix in some fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt

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  • genni burkhart
    Commented on September 13th, 2013 at 9:13am

    I have to admit I have a midnight obsession with dark chocolate, except I like mine with sea salt. weird..I know. But I wonder, how do other people like their chocolate?
    Have a great weekend :)

  • Trina
    Commented on September 13th, 2013 at 9:51am

    @genni burkhart, uh not weird…. i’ll take chocolate with salt any day over regular chocolate.


    how about sprinkling sea salt over this peanut butter concoction?

    have you tried Vosges Barcelona Bar? OMG it is my fave candy bar ever! dark milk chocolate with roasted almonds and sea salt!

    xo . t

  • Jen Ramos
    Commented on September 13th, 2013 at 1:08pm

    Somehow I feel there’s just something so right about fresh salsa on a Friday afternoon… Guess what I’m having for lunch! Thanks for this post!!

    >>>> Madebygirl.blogspot.com
    >>>> MadeByGirl.com

  • Trina
    Commented on September 13th, 2013 at 1:56pm

    couldn’t agree more! enjoy + happy weekend! xo . t

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