Quick and Easy Pico de Gallo!

Whether its tacos, burritos or chips pico de gallo makes it better!


It seems like everyone has their own pico de gallo recipe, everyone has a different spin right? Well, so do I 🙂 This is my go to quick and easy recipe for Spicy Pico!

I really hope you like it!

My kids actually request this on a daily basis, so much so that our online grocery shopping orders always ask if we’d like to add “onions, tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro”!


  • 1 large sweet onion {I usually by tear free}
  • 4-6 roma tomatoes
  • 1-2 Jalapeno depending on the size {use less or none if you don’t like heat}
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Make it!

  • Chop onion
  • Chop tomatoes {I like to drain them before I add them to the rest of the ingredients}
  • Finely jalapeno {I leave the seed to make my pico hotter, if you don’t want it as hot discard the seeds before chopping}
  • Coarsely chop cilantro
  • Add all chopped ingredients into a bowl with a lid, a squeeze half a lime in it!
  • Now, add the lid and shake it! This mixes it perfectly and is perfect for storing if you don’t eat it all in one sitting {we usually do unless I double or triple it}

We like to eat our Pico with corn chips, nachos and my favorite family Mexican casserole recipe!


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Happily Homemade


I love cookbooks, probably because one of my all time favorite things to do is cook! I was taught to cook at a very young age and have taught my own children to cook!

Other than trying new recipes one of my favorite things about cook books are the yummy illustrations! There just something about seeing a beautifully photographed recipe! I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way!

When it comes to great recipes and beautiful photographs Happily Homemade does not disappoint at all! This cook book contains 100 deliciously mouth watering recipes for you and your family to enjoy!


Happily Homemade is broken down in sections:

  • Meet the author, Rachel Schultz
  • Kitchen Tips and Charts
  • Menu Ideas
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and Appetizers
  • Entrees
  • Sides, Sauces and Seasonings
  • Desserts

So far none of the recipes we have tried have disappointed! Each recipe feeds 3-4 people which is no big deal…I’m the youngest of nine kids…I’m very familiar with doubling and tripling recipes!


The breakfast croissant sandwich (pg 34) is one of our faves and you can’t go wrong with the banana cake (pg 210)
If you are looking for a new cookbook that is easy to use and has good recipes, then this is the cookbook for you!

Amazon: Cook up some love in your kitchen.

Does the question “What’s for dinner?” fill you with dread? Is the thought of looking for something to cook every day overwhelming? Popular food blogger and Pinterest celebrity Rachel Schultz has you covered in Happily Homemade, with 100 tasty recipes even a beginner can serve with pride.

Reinvigorating familiar dishes with interesting and unexpected flavor combinations, Rachel shares her go-to creations that always get rave reviews. Even with so much variety, Rachel’s approachable recipes include only ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. This gorgeous cookbook includes a photo of every recipe, plus essays and tips from Rachel (and her friends) on hospitality and making life easier in the kitchen.

Happily Homemade is all about celebrating food and joyfully loving others through cooking. Let Rachel show you how easy it can be to bring warmth and delight to everyone at your table by serving something happily homemade.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book! 

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Zoku Quick Pop Maker {Review & Giveaway}

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Do your kids love Popsicles? Do you? We sure do! Have you bought Popsicles recently…ugh…what in the heck are all those ingredients? I would prefer to make my own popsicles but it takes FOREVER. On hot days you can’t really make popsicles on a whim…or can you? Let me introduce you to the amazing Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker! I {and my littles} were beyond excited to get and try out this awesome little gem!

The Triple Quick Pop Maker is AWESOME!

This amazing little set comes with:


1 Freezer Quick Pop Maker

6 individual popsicle sticks

6 drip guards

1 Super Tool – a handy-dandy little knob that helps you pop the Popsicles out

The best part your Popsicles will be done in less than 10 minutes!

Please note that you only make three Popsicles at time this, but you can easily make six different Popsicles on one freeze!

So, how does this handy-dandy little guy work?

After receiving your initial package you put unit itself in the freezer for about 24 hours {we have a deep-freeze freezer so it didn’t have to stay in for quite 24 hours – I made our first batch of Popsicles after the maker had been in the deep-freeze freezer for 12 hours}

After that initial 24 freeze you just put the Triple Quick Pop Maker back in the freezer once you are done making popsicles and it’s ready to go whenever you want to use it!

Step by Step Popsicle making:

  • Take the Quick Pop Maker out of the freezer
  • Pour ingredients in the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line


  • Add Popsicle Sticks


  • Wait 7-10 minutes
  • Using the provided handle, twist until the Popsicle is loosened and can come out {It will be difficult to turn and if you are like me you will think its going to break..it WILL NOT, the handles have a release}


  • Once the Popsicles are loosened leave them in the Quick Pop Maker and pop on the drip trays
  • Eat em up!

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The possibilities for Popsicles with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker are absolutely endless!

Since receiving hours I have probably made it least 10 different combinations some of our absolute favorites are:

Chocolate Milk Popsicles: {litterly pour chocolate milk in the unit, ridiculously easy and my kids love them!

Green Smoothie Popsicles: Every morning my husband and I have green smoothie…spinach cucumber apple ect. Inevitably there is always a cup or two left over, and the kids love when I make the leftovers into Green Popsicles! They’re having a fun eating Popsicles for breakfast and mommy very happy because they are getting all those fruits and vegetables for breakfast! AWESOME!

The kids also love the two and three toned Popsicles that I’ve made for them! This is super easy to achieve, all you do is add your first liquid into the popsicle maker with the popsicle stick let it sit, I usually set the timer for five minutes. Once the timer rings I add the next color and let it sit for five minutes…so on and so forth until you have filled up to the fill line! Like I mentioned before the possibilities are endless!

Homemade Greek Yogurt & Fruit Popsicles:


I want to share one of our all time favorite recipes! All you need is Greek Yogurt, Fruit, blender and a Zoku Quick Pop Maker!

For Six Popsicles:


2.5 cups fruit {I used frozen}

1 cup Greek Yogart

to your blender and blend until smooth. If too thick add a little bit of water! Once blended pour into the Quick Pop Maker up to the fill line and let sit for 7-10 minutes!

My husband and I love that the Zoku Quick Pop Maker isn’t just for kids! We make them for ourselves all the time!


Are you intrigued? Do you want one?

Zoku has a ton of other AWESOME goodies Check out their entire collection HERE!

I’m so excited to announce that I have partnered with Zoku and one luck reader will win a Zoku Triple Quick Pop Maker in their color choice! 


Buy it HERE!

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*Giveaway will run from 10/28/14 –10/28/14  A winner will be selected 10/28/14 – contacted via email 10/29/14 *U.S Residents


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