Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!
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Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Your Summer Memories | Summers on The Island by Margaret

Happy first day of summer, everybody!! ☀️🌴 May the beginning of this season be enjoyable for all of you. x Let’s enjoy the break, the vacations, and so our best to tolerate the heat! 😅

Welcome to Part Four of the Summer Memories series. 💖

For today’s story, we have a lovely recollection of island memories from my dear sweet friend, Margaret, who blogs over at The Word. I loved getting to read about your memories, Margaret! They’re so dreamlike ❤ and such a great way to kickoff to the official summer!! ☺️ I hope you all enjoy! xx


Summers on The Island

My favourite summer memories were all at a small island that was in between the peninsula I lived on and the mainland. The little island connected us to that mainland. It was one of the prettiest little islands. You could pull your car right down the beach to the water. Put your blanket or chairs out, turn your car stereo up and lay in the sun all day.

While laying on the beach your view across the beautiful blue water was another island, that has Spanish horses that you could watch. They have been there for hundreds of years. They would be aboard the Spanish ships that use to sail up and down our coasts, and when they would wreck the horses swam to the shore and have lived there ever since.

We’d bask in the sun all day, enjoying the salt air, and when we’d get hot, we’d walk a few feet to the water and swim.

The island had huge sand dunes (taller than 2 and 3 story houses) that on the weekends all the big trucks would climb which was fun to watch.

It was the most peaceful, calming, beautiful thing in the world.

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This was such a fun read. I really want to go to that island now!! I’ve actually read stories about those horses that she mentioned. How cool that you’ve gotten to see them for yourself, Margaret!

How is your summer so far, everyone? Or, if it’s not summer where you live, what it is it like there? And how about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Your Summer Memories | Helping Grandma by T.R. Noble

Hi there, everyone! Welcome to Part Three of the Summer Memories series. If you’d like to learn a bit more on what this series is all about, click here!

I will be sharing each story in the order that they were sent to me – just to make that clear!

For today’s post, we have a heartwarming collection of T.R. Noble’s (from Inside Cup) childhood summer memories that she spent with her grandmother. Enjoy!


Helping Grandma

My summers from my childhood dealt with lingering sunsets, cut grass, swimming in the pool, and dreading seeing school supplies appearing in stories when it was July. But what summer also represented, especially when I was younger, were the countless visits to my grandma’s house. Grandma grew vegetables in her garden, had for years, even when my mom, aunt, and uncles were kids.

In the summers, I enjoyed her homemade spaghetti sauce from the vegetables. Even now, every time I smell peppers and onions together, it reminds me of her sauce.

And late in the summer, I would help her snap green beans. It wasn’t a tradition till I was about 13 when I started helping her. Under the shade, we would snap green beans together, just talking about random stuff. She used everything she created in her garden, canned a lot of it.

Grandma always taught me about endurance, and keeping your hands busy. We would sip tea, chat, and snap.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

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Wasn’t that great? I loved getting to read about the fun summer memories you had with your grandmother, T.R. Noble 🙂 They’re so sweet and reminiscent!

Thanks for reading, everyone! How about you?

What are YOUR favorite summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

— Maggie