Thursday, July 19, 2012

the tinkerer - a guest post from sarah

i have a very special treat for you today friends, her name is Sarah from Tinkerer.  she's my very newest bloggy bud and i love her already.  we're so totally on the same wavelength!  so enjoy her, go check her out and love her as much as i do!



It’s Sarah, also known as “Betty” because I’m a little homemaker…born that way…
& “Pockets” (because I love dresses with pockets),
Blogging my life away over at “Tinkerer”!

(Do you see the heron? I want this in my garden.)

I am a stepmama to a wonderful, archery, lego loving 10 year old who just so happens to know everything about all WWII planes. He would be my lifeline in that subject matter. I am a military wife; it’s different, doable, but totally wouldn’t wish the separation, uncertainty, fear, and the list goes on, on anyone. I work fulltime. I miss being a student and having a flexible schedule for my family.
If I were to define myself, I’d say I feel… a lot. Feelings don’t scare me. I embrace life, my family, my friends and I love that I feel passionately. I’m also always tinkering with something… reading, sewing, photography, hiking, beaching, gardening, baking… staying still is not my specialty.
I hope you enjoy this guest post

Lindsay has asked me to blog about “Clean Eating” and “Hippie-ish” stuff ‘cause that’s how we roll. 

Thank you very much for asking me to write. It’s always exciting being a guest blogger!


It’s tiny, but it’s mighty.
There is nothing as tasty as a fresh tomato handpicked from your garden.
Add a jalapeno and some herbs…
And it sounds like Fresca Salsa time!

Fresca Salsa Recipe:
Mix in one bowl
Dice 2 tomatoes
Dice 1 red onion
Chop/Muddle 2 garlic cloves
Chop a handful of Basil
1 tsp of Olive Oil (or sunflower oil)
Squeeze a lime
Add S&P to taste

It’s great on grilled chicken, with celery, with chips (if you are cheating), on tacos…or by the spoonful!

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe:


Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. Yield: 6 Servings

•1 egg with a dash of water beaten
•6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
•1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
•1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (as needed)
•1 tablespoon butter, melted
•3 medium or 2 large tomatoes diced
•3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
•4 garlic cloves, minced
•1 tablespoon olive oil
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1/2 cup mozzarella cheese


•Place bread crumbs and eggs in separate bowls. Dip chicken in egg, then in bread crumbs; place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine the cheese and butter; sprinkle over chicken.

•Loosely cover baking dish with foil. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.

•In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (tomatoes, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, to taste). Sprinkle/place cheese on chicken, then spoon the bruschetta mixture over the chicken. Return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until tomato mixture is heated through.

I serve with a salad and strawberries, but any vegetable will do!
If you can’t tell, I am on a tomato kick.
If you had these beauties in your garden, I think you would be too!

It makes my soul dance.
Here are some artists I’ve been listening to lately…
Sam & Ruby
Dr. Dog
The Black Keys
The Civil Wars
And if you are into music festivals in the Greater Philadelphia area,
I’ve been going since I was in the womb. It’s stellar. Great earth loving hippies. Killer jams. Fun crafts for the kiddos. CAMPING. Lots of loving life.

I know them. And I didn’t take this picture. Those two lovely just happen to live down the street from my childhood home. And yes, she has a number written on her arm and most likely hasn’t showered in days. But look at those smiles! Good times!

Much love.


when she wrote "Lindsay has asked me to blog about “Clean Eating” and “Hippie-ish” stuff ‘cause that’s how we roll." - i think i sorta swooned.  isn't she just lovely?  well thanks Sarah, you've made my day, and hopefully everyone else's too!  i'll be back in a few days, hope you're enjoying your week!


  1. YUM! Looking forward to trying that salsa!

    1. Mmmm I know it looks AMAZING and sooo so fresh!


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