7 Quick Takes Friday


We had the most delightful date night on Wednesday. I packed a picnic of chicken, corn, avocado salad (see my previous post for recipe!), homemade salsa, and homemade peach-ginger pie, as well as a bottle of sparkling wine and headed to the free outdoor Art Park that is part of the Indianpolis Museum of Art. So.much.fun.

We sat under a particularly lovely shade tree, ate our picinic, drank our wine, and then took a long, meandering walk through the grounds around the museum.

Best part? Totally free.

If you live in the Indy area, I have to reccomend it.


We have been loving the farmers’ market this summer. Last weekend we got some delicious sweet corn, peppers of all varieties, peaches and melon.

The peaches. Oh my goodness, the peaches.

If you can believe it, we have used all ten of them since Saturday. Cannot wait to get more this Saturday.


Since I’m so gracious, I’ll share my delicious salsa recipe with all of you hungry Friday readers.

5 ripe medium tomatoes (try to get them fresh — we used from our garden)
1/3 cup chopped yellow or white onion (use red if you like more spicy)
2 TBSP fresh cilantro (we use the stuff from the tube that tastes just like fresh)
1 “cherry” pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 of a small “hungarian paprika” pepper seeded and chopped
1 small “peruvian poblano” pepper seeded and chopped
1 small peach, chopped
1 TBSP garlic, minced
1 TBSP lemon juice

Mix everything together, stir well and refridgerate for a few hours to chill. Also, if you can’t find those specific peppers at the market, any medium-spiciness peppers will do.


So…I have decided to re-focus the blog. My writing style won’t likely change much (for those who know me IRL, I write pretty much exactly how I talk), but the content will be shifting somewhat.

I’ve felt called to incorporate social justice and Catholic social teaching into the blog for some time, but I have been really struggling with how to do this. I DO NOT want a political blog. If faced with the prospect of having to fight with nutjobs about Church politics (as well as regular polititics) on a regular basis, I would probably just stop writing.

I have been praying about how to incorporate those things lately, and I’ve found a way.


The big reveal will be next week. I want to polish a few things and lay out some topics.

I will say this: I am in the market for a few guest posts. If you have made changes in the way your family does something (could be anything really) in order to live more justly, and would be interested in submitting a guest post about the process, shoot me an email at:



I would like to give a big shout-out to coffee.

Coffee, you make my life better.
You make my heart beat faster, in what I hope is a good way.
You are a legal addictive stimulant.
Thank you for greeting me each morning.


Also, pie.

It’s taken me a few years to catch on to just how much Atticus loves pie. He’s not the type to advocate loudly for a particular dessert, but when I make pie, he’s like a kid on Christmas morning.

I made a peach pie yesterday, and it is nearly gone today. His favorite is pie for breakfast, with a big mug of my favorite, coffee.

What is your favorite dessert?

Go see Jen for more quick-takes!


7 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday

  1. I made cookies and cream cupcakes and they were pretty delicious. But I have to say that I love strawberry cheesecake more than anything. Yumm.
    AND pumpkin pie.
    Now I’m hungry.

  2. I love pie for breakfast too!
    Really excited to see the direction you take the blog, really appreciated your piece about Dorothy Day.

  3. I always enjoy your posts, but I am definitely looking forward to your new focus. The call for guest posts sounds just my sort of thing (to read, I mean. I can’t even find energy to write for my own blog, much less someone else’s!)
    And also. Peach pie sounds sooo good right now.

  4. No thank-you on the coffee, but a nice hot cup of Chai? yes please! And dessert as far as desesrt goes, ice cream is clearly proof that God wants me to be happy :).

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts on social justice so much Sarah, I’ve learned so much from you and I appreciate your point of view so so mucch! Here is another blog I also enjoy: http://livinginthegreenblog.com/

  5. I don’t know if we’ve actually changed much, but I’m becoming more aware and trying to incorporate smaller changes. Your new focus does sound interesting! And that date night? AWE-SOME.

  6. Beautiful picture. I hope to visit the art park. Pie– I read recently that it is making a comeback.
    Thank you for writing.

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