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Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Here we go with a somewhat random post again today.  I just wanted to ask for forgiveness for being MIA this past week.  As you know last weekend I had an awesome time celebrating my friends wedding in Vegas, this week I had a client in town so was extremely busy with work, I haven’t kept up my shop at all since my last craft fair, I’ve had to turn down some guests posts and giveaways (really flattered that friends have asked though) and I haven’t kept up with commenting on your blogs as much as I’d love to.  I have to say, it’s pretty hard coming back from a weekend vacation… pretty much a vacation from my vacation has been needed and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing (well after a full day of work which is prime blogging time).  Anyhow here goes with my cinco items of randomness, hope you’re still with me!  :)

1) I made this amazing Mango, Tomato and Avocado Salsa (from Allrecipes) the other day.  I used Tortilla Scoops to dip them out and they were perfecto.  Such a perfect Spring time potluck type snack.  I hope these pictures make you hungry, because that was my goal.  ;)  Maybe you can use this recipe for your Cinco de Mayo party, eh?  What do ya say?


  • 1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic. Stir in the salt, lime juice, red onion, and olive oil. To blend the flavors, refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving.

2) I have a WINNER to announce! The lucky lady who was picked to win a fabulous Jellyfishfaire print is Cole from Adventures in Love and Happiness! Congrats Cole!! Email me at sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com with your choice of print and mailing address, woohoo!!

3) One of the things I look forward to at the beginning of each month, is an Oh, Hello Friend desktop calendar!  I especially love this months because of the adorable bunny (it happens to be the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac too)!

4) My sweet 2 year old nephew left me a voicemail last night.  I think I’ve listened to it about 100 times, no joke.

It was in half English and half Chinese.  Here’s some Chinese translations haha.  (Goo goo = Auntie) (Lai =  Come Here)  Click PLAY below to listen!!  :)

VoiceMessage-Evan to Sandy by sandyalamode

5) Don’t forget to visit my previous post for details on how to download a free THANK YOU card designed by Daily Suze, inspired by my blog!

What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo?

52 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Gracie
    May 05, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    The salsa :) Yum. I will have to try it. Or at least keep in saved to use at a gathering.

    Your little nephew is sooo adorable. I know you will be keeping that little recording forever!!

  2. alely
    May 05, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    forgot about cinco de mayo until i came to visit you. thanks for the reminder!

  3. alice
    May 05, 2011 @ 6:11 am


  4. jillian
    May 05, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    YUM! the salsa looks REALLY tasty!! im hosting a cinco de mayo blog crawl! you should link up! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  5. Kel
    May 05, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    mmm, I want salsa now, your nephew is adorable!

  6. laura
    May 05, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    i always love a good salsa recipe. thanks! and ole!

  7. Chantale
    May 05, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    That is the SWEETEST voice message!! I love it. I think I could an entire batch of your salsa there. Wow, yum! I always love visiting your blog Sandy, it is incredibly upbeat, positive and always full of your personality. Which I love. xo

  8. Krysten
    May 05, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Eek yay Cole! So glad she won!

  9. jen
    May 05, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m so glad you posted that desktop calendar! I was just looking for a good one for this month yesterday! So awesome….great minds think alike. ;)

    Hope things calm down for you! We’re almost to the weekend again!

  10. steffy
    May 05, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    awww those chips look so yummy!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  11. Liz {a happy haven}
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Yum, yum, yummmm! All of these images are amazing! New to your blog from Cornflake Dreams!

  12. Ashley
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    That salsa looks delicious! Visiting from Cornflake Dreams…cute post!
    A Cat in Gloves

  13. angie
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    your nephew is so adorable..

  14. Georgianna
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    The salsa looks wonderful, Sandy. What a great idea for Cinco de Mayo. And how cute to post Evan’s phone message. I loved it! Have a super weekend. xo – g

  15. jenny
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    cutest voicemail ever!!! he never leaves me messages like that~~! i think i’ll listen to it 100 times too. <3 the salsa looks so yummy!

  16. ilene
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    your nephew is tooooo cute!!!! and that salsa looks sooooo good!!

  17. ~April~
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Awe, so sweet!! Last year on my birthday, one of my nieces left the cutest voicemail on my cell, and I saved it too. You can’t understand half of what she’s saying but it is so adorable!! :)

  18. EliseKayEm
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    That’s the exact recipe that I use all summer long! LOVE it! Whenever there’s a family bbq or anything I always get requests for it! I always have to double or triple the recipe cause it goes so quickly!!

  19. Michelle
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with friends and margs and mexican food! YUM!

    Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
    A Little Bit of This & That

  20. Holly C.
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    the salsa recipe looks delicious!

  21. kinsey french.
    May 05, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Oh! That looks SO delish! :D

  22. Dancing Branflake
    May 05, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    Girl! You have some amazing food photography skills. Triple like!

  23. mary jo
    May 05, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    omg, your nephew has put a permanent happy smile on my face for the day! happy cinco de mayo day to you too Sandy! I am going to be celebrating on saturday with a few fashion bloggers so tonight will be a quiet one (I think). Still couldn’t resist blogging about the perfect cinco de mayo get up!

    xo Mary Jo

  24. hip hip gin gin
    May 05, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    That salsa looks delish! But the voicemail? Beyond cute!! If I were you I would totally be listening to it 10 times a day. So so adorable!

  25. Katie P @ Food, Wine, & Mod Podge
    May 05, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Yum! I think I actually have all of those ingredients lying around!

  26. Kristin
    May 05, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    I am absolutely drooling! We’re planning on having tacos at our casa tonight!

  27. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    May 05, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    OMG girl! mango sounds so awesome with tomato and avocado! This recipe sounds like something that would be good on top of everyyyyything! <3 Yum!

    So glad I found ya through Jillian's party! =) Happy Cinco!

  28. Hetty
    May 05, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    That salsa looks sooo good! The kind you buy at Costco I’m allergic to but I want to make this and see if I have the same reaction :)

  29. Shea
    May 05, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    That salsa looks delicious!! I need to buy some mangoes!

  30. ms. eggplant
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    love anything mexican! that salsa looks sooo good. guacamole is the bomb! haha —- so 90′s!

  31. aliao
    May 05, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    feliz cinco de mayo! i’m actually not sure what this holiday is about… gonna wikipedia that piece right now.
    yay for nephews!
    glad to see you on saturday! <3

  32. Vanessa
    May 06, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    Yummm great recipe! Can’t wait to try it :)

  33. Audrey Allure
    May 06, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    That salsa sounds amazing and delicious! I’m now wishing I went for Mexican food + drinks yesterday!

  34. Maddy
    May 06, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Ok…that mango salsa sounds divine! I will definitely be adding this to my recipe bookmark folder :)

  35. yvonne
    May 06, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    haha love the lil voicemail he left you!!!!

    have a great weekend Sandy!!!

  36. jenna ♥ a little blue
    May 06, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    the salsa looks so yummy! and can i just say your nephew is SOOOOO freaking cute! ♥

  37. Kait
    May 06, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, I need this in my stomach NOW!!!

  38. Aime
    May 06, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    oh my goodness, that voicemail was soooooo cute! you are so blessed with an adorable nephew!

  39. In Honor Of Design
    May 06, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    Okay you have the best recipes! That looks like the perfect summer mix!
    AndI can never get enough pics of your nephew! And he has the sweetest voice!!

  40. Holly
    May 06, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    Yum! I love mango salsa. Pear salsa is delicious, too!!

    That voice mail from your nephew is so adorable. :) hehe.

  41. ashleyTIA
    May 06, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    Picking new desktop wallpapers every month is my favorite. :) Currently I’m using the one from Pugly Pixel – it really helps to organize my work life and personal life. Happy Friday!

  42. Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    May 06, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I’m a bit late so Feliz Seis de Mayo! Not exactly the holiday Cinco de Mayo is, but still. After a long day of classes yesterday, I got to head off for a Mexican dinner with a good friend. I’ve never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo before so it was fantastic. Hope you have a great weekend, Sandy!

  43. Becky
    May 06, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Your little nephew is a doll. What a cutie!

  44. Sarah-Anne
    May 06, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    i listened to that message twice as well. too cute!!

  45. Jules
    May 06, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Mango, Tomato and Avocado Salsa…yes, please! That looks so good. Sadly, we didn’t do much of anything for Cinco de Mayo, but I did make quesadillas tonight for dinner.

    Your nephew is so cute! That’s so sweet that he left you a message <3

    I know what you mean about getting back from vacation. We just got home this past week and it's been hard getting caught up on everything.

  46. Myko
    May 06, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    Cutest voicemail ever! I’ve listened to it multiple times and he’s not even MY nephew! Too cute!

  47. Sarah
    May 07, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! The moms at our school (85% Hispanic) cooked a FABULOUS meal for us – better than any Mexican food I’ve had at a restaurant! It was awesome :)

    And I bet your’e the best Goo Goo ever!!

  48. Krystal/Village
    May 07, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    happy siete de mayo now!! your snack looks INCREDIBLE i need that in my life soon I think!

  49. Tang
    May 07, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    I lovvve salsa. And that message is too cute!

  50. qin
    May 08, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Looks nice :D

  51. Michelle @ Ten June
    May 08, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    That salsa looks incredible!! Yum, making me hungry! And your nephew is too, too cute : )

  52. danni / hellofriend
    May 10, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Aw, thanks for the shout out friend, you are too sweet! So glad you enjoy the calendars! Your nephew is so adorable, that is a great shot! xo.

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