the easiest salsa recipe, ever.

tomorrow is christmas eve.  i'd like to say i'm ready for the big day, but i'm not.  at all actually.

there are a few presents i'm waiting for in the mail, gifts to wrap and last minute things to buy.  we haven't baked cookies or listened to nearly enough christmas music.  we still have to prep for fondue and shop for christmas dinner.  

but i'm not complaining.  this holiday has been so merry and so very bright.  i've seen friends and am spending tons of time with family.  i'm making time for runs and walking on the beach rather than wrapping the perfect presents.  we're eating raw cookie dough instead of stressing about burnt cookies and spending plenty of moolah going out to eat and celebrating the time we're spending with loved ones.  i just love the holidays.

in an effort to keep things stress-free for you this season, i wanted to share a stress-reducing tip i learned from my mother in law: semi-homemade salsa.  this, is the perfect quick and simple side to bring to any party- and let me tell you, not only does it take less than five minutes, but people will love it.

semi-homemade salsa

1 jar of your favorite store bought salsa
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno (more or less for spiciness), chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
add tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and cilantro into a large bowl.  mix in store bought salsa and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.  season with garlic powder, salt and pepper per taste and add lime juice.  mix once again.  put bowl in the fridge one hour before serving so flavors can marry.  serve with chips (or whatever) and enjoy.
have a wonderful holiday & merry christmas! 

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