New Wheels, New Salsa, New Week

Tony and I had one mission this weekend – to find me a car.  I’ve been renting the Nissan Rogue for the last few weeks.  Since Tony just bought a new car a month ago, we didn’t plan on getting a newer car for me for a few months.  No such luck as our car needed more work than it was worth.  We did end up donating it to Cars for Kids so that will be a nice tax deduction next year.

We started out at one dealership.  I’ll never understand the whole car buying process.  You start with a younger guy, he wants to know what you are interested in, I ended up test driving a 2008 Kia Sportage that had about 35k on it.  It was a decent car.  But then the dance begins.  They throw out a number, Tony throws out another number, he has to get up and “talk to his manager” even though we just watched the manager walk in a completely different direction.

We ended up walking out.  On to dealership #2!  The more we talked about it going to the second dealership, we both decided that we should look for a used Rogue.  After test driving another used Rogue, we sit down to do the dance again.  Although almost immediately the VP of the dealership took over.  Turns out our salesman has only been selling cars for 5 weeks and needed some help.

So imagine our surprise when we told him how much of a car payment we could afford, he says “for that number I can put you in a brand new 2012.”  Shut the front door.  Tony stayed behind while I went out to hand pick my 2012 car, when he says these magic words “for only another $900 over the course of the loan, you could get this special edition.”

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As soon as I came back in and Tony saw my face, he realized I had already made up my mind – I wanted that car.  It was then that he told me that he should have just done this by himself! Open-mouthed smile

This has all the bells and whistles – backup navigation, built in XM radio, bluetooth so I just have to press a button to answer my phone and talk through the car.  I then felt kind of guilty because this car is more deluxe than the Ford Fusion Tony just bought, but then he said “you deserve a nice car.”  Thanks honey! Open-mouthed smile  The white rental Rogue is going back today!  I have to give a shout out to Patrick at M’Lady in Crystal Lake – very courteous service and would not hesitate to recommend buying a car there.  Just let me know if you do because if we refer someone that buys a car – we get a car payment made for us. Open-mouthed smile

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By the time we finished everything up, it was nearly a 4 hour process between the two dealerships.  We hadn’t done any grocery shopping or anything, so we made an impromptu dinner run.  We just headed in a direction and ended up at Bimbo’s in McHenry.   The place was packed, always a good sign.  We only had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated.  No pictures turned out because it was pretty dark in the restaurant, but I had the special – it was a fontina and spinach chicken breast in a white wine sauce that was amazing.  Tony got the veal marsala and it was equally delicious.  It was a long day Saturday, but mission accomplished.

I have a new salsa recipe.  You guys know I go on and on about my baja fresh salsa and grilled cherry salsa.  I decided to switch things up and made a grilled cherry tomatillo salsa.  Sadly my camera was being recharged so there aren’t a lot of pictures.  I forgot how much I like the tang of tomatillos!

Cherry Tomatillo Salsa

  • 2 pounds tomatillos, husk removed
  • 2 cups cherries, divided
  • juice of 1 lime, zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (I loves cilantro!)
  • oops – forgot to add 1 jalapeno (I left the seeds in for heat, you can take them out for a more mild salsa)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste

Heat grill.  Grill tomatillos and 1 cup of the cherries until charred.  Let the cherries cool and pit the cherries.  While the grilled cherries cool, pit the second cup of cherries.

Add the tomatillos, grilled cherries, lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, garlic and salt and pulse until pureed.  Add the remaining 1 cup fresh cherries and pulse until combined.  Season with additional salt as needed.

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I was actually talking to my brother on the phone when I was making this.  I was using our gas grill when I went to check on the tomatillos, and realized my propane tank was empty and I had no spare.  I was like “damnit – I have no fuel!”  And then without skipping a beat he said – “it doesn’t suck as much as having cancer.”   True dat!  And for the record, we did have a lot of laughs in our conversation. Open-mouthed smile

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I love the color the cherries give this salsa.  I had to switch gears and I grilled everything on our weber, and this has that extra smoky flavor.

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I am planning on doing a Mexican fiesta for our Friday work lunch, so salsas are done.

I asked Tony what he wanted for his Papa Day dinner and he said “what about a surf and turf?”  We haven’t had crab legs in ages, so this was a welcomed treat.  And you can’t have crabs without some meat!  This time we got a Ribeye to split.

Here’s the secret to a perfect steak.

  1. Salt and Pepper the meat.
  2. Let the meat come to room temperature before you cook it.
  3. Grill at high heat.
  4. Let it get a crust before moving it – and don’t move your meat too much! (that’s what she said)
  5. Let the meat rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Tony watched as a chef on Jimmy Kimmel used an olive oil herb spread on the meat as it cooked, and also left some on the cutting board as the steak rested.  Our combo was basil, rosemary and a little bit of thyme.

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The crab were still frozen, so they went on first to first defrost, and then cook.

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The crab took about 20 minutes total since it was snow crab and not too big.

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My plate, although I could only eat half of the meat on there because I ate all the crab.

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The crab was so sweet, and the steak was cooked perfectly – nice and medium rare.  Hope you had a great day Tony!

So with my lack of exercise last week, I am not going to lie that I was a bit nervous getting on the scale this morning.  Imagine my surprise – exactly the same as last week – I’ll take maintenance for a victory this week!

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Who wants to be my workout accountability person this week?  I need to just check in with someone to stay on track this week – I need to get to the gym 5 times this week and I want to email someone and tell them I did it – just let me know in the comments section. Open-mouthed smile

I have to go check on my zucchini quiche I made for breakfast – if it turns out I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.  Make it a great day!


40 thoughts on “New Wheels, New Salsa, New Week

  1. Congrats on the new car – looks awesome! I could also use a workout accountability buddy, so I’d love to do some email exchanges on our workouts this week! 🙂 That cherry salsa looks awesome – love the color, and looks delicious!
    (p.s. Not sure if you can get my email out of this form, so it is cutesybuttons -at- gmail -dot- com)

  2. that car is sweet!! and i love the idea for cherries in salsa. i wonder if you could do other berries (like blueberries?).

    if you can’t find an accountability partner i’m up for it! i haven’t been working out much either! o_o should really get on that, heh.

  3. Looks like you already have a couple of offers, but I can be your workout buddy if you want. Now get to the gym!!! ::wink::

    Congrats on the new car – it’s really slick! Backup navigation sounds so freaky to me…relying on the CAR to tell you it’s safe? Technology is amazing, truly.

  4. I love your new car! Ray’s car is dead and we were looking for a new one, but now that we’re moving to Turkey and can only take one car, I guess we get a two year pass on that.

    I’m always hear if you need an accountability partner too! This week I have to make myself get the workouts in early in the day because I’m working at VBS all week.

  5. Congrats on your new car. Jim and I just did that both Our cars died 3 days apart… Before we would fight over who’s car we got stuck taking – now we beg to drive!
    I’ll be your accountability partner if you want. I swear by laura who is mine

  6. Awesome new car–what a great surprise! I have an SUV too and the backup camera is the best thing in the world. My car is almost 2 years old and I’m still amazed by it.

    Your steak looks absolutely perfect, medium rare, mmmmm. Have a great day!

  7. Ah car buying really sucks. I have to admit, we’ve gotten pretty good at it the last 2 car purchases, which were our first two new-car purchases. I actually downloaded some info on how to buy cars, depending on where you go and what you buy.

    Car #1 (Toyota), bought a report from Consumer Reports on what the least we should expect to pay is, and learned WHEN to buy a particular car (in general, Mon-Wed on the last week of the month, when car companies are trying to make quotas). Let’s just say that we were the 21st car sold that day. All smiles and photos when people get their keys – they just handed our keys to us and said “take it”. The young sales guy whispered we got a great deal on our way out.

    Car #2 (Honda). Didn’t time it right because I was carless. But we basically emailed all of the Honda dealers and got the best deal, took it to the local dealer, and they matched it.

    Step 1: negotiate the price
    Step 2: negotiate the financing <- DO NOT let them lump them together, that's how they get more money!
    Step 3: negotiate the trade-in, if you do it.

    Car dealers will always try to lump these together into a "monthly payment".

    I'll probably stick to used cars from now on anyway. But I figure our oldest car is an '06, we've got a good 6 years left on it.

  8. I hate the dance with buying cars!! Last time we bought a car it was awesome. We had done a whole bunch of research so we knew exactly what car we were going to buy. We went there and I told the guy that my husband had to work in 30 minutes and if he could get everything done and paperwork done in 30 minutes that we would buy it. I told them how much we were going to pay and they agreed. I’ve never seen a team hustle so much in my life. It was awesome, they were printing things and doing it so fast. My husband test drove it while they were doing all the paperwork stuff just to make sure of course. That was SOOOOO much better than our last time buying a car. It took FOREVER and was a complete nightmare. Never again! So glad you got yourself a new one!

    I am trying to be good this week. I NEED accountability. That is what gets me into trouble when it’s just me and no one else is checking. My husband is NO help. He went and bought Sour Cream and Onion chips last night, opened them and left them on the counter for me this morning. He KNOWS they are my weakness. I love him but it really pisses me off! I’ve been horrible about exercise too. I have my exercise class tonight but it’s so easy not to do anything else in the week.

    I’ve got to try your cherry salsa!

  9. Gorgeous new car Biz! Congratulations!! YOLO right?! I got my first brand new car about 6 months after Carlos was born in 2007. It’s a Honda CRV and I still love it.

    You know where to find me online if you need any help in the workout department or should I just blow up your inbox shortly before your lunch time to make sure you get out there and exercise. Just kidding. The hardest part is getting back into the routine, but once those sneakers are tied and you hit the road it gets easier.

    Have a great Monday!!

  10. Your recipes look awesome. Can’t wait to try some!

    Congratulations on your new wheels. I love my Murano, and I know you will love your Rogue.


  11. Whoooooop! What a cute car! Great buy. Glad you got exactly what you wanted. Your salsa- droooool. Crab legs on the grill? Double drool. I would be happy to bug you daily about exercise 😉

  12. I do love a brand new car but have to admit I hate the car payment. I have just under a year and my car will be paid off. Can’t wait to have that money back!

  13. I hate car shopping. Years ago I begged off and said just bring me a car that will get me there cheap. We have old cars and know that we will have to replace at least one soon. Ugh. 🙂

  14. What a great car Biz!! And you can check in with me for your workouts! I’ll email you; you can do it this week!!!

  15. Love your new ride Biz! That salsa looks amazing, I can’t wait to give it a try! And the surf and turf, to die for….love surf and turf and we don’t have it often enough either.

  16. Congratulations on the new ride. I love new cars but not the process of haggling with the salesman.

    I’m looking forward to hearing at the end of the week how you made your exercise goal. I am now within five pounds of the maximum weight limit for my treadmill so I think it is safe to use it again. I will start this week. Have a great week Biz!

  17. I totally need an accountability partner this week too! My friend and I have made a three week challenge…and I’m determined to win 🙂 But, I definitely could use some help to keep me going!

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  18. My MIL used to work at a car dealership. She said that “I’ll need to talk to my manager” was code for going into the backroom to talk sports with the other salesmen for a few minutes.

    Looks like you’ll be needing to send accountability emails to quite a few people, Biz! Add me to the list! 😀 I just finished my workout. Now it’s your turn! (If you haven’t already done it!)

  19. Ahhh! I can’t handle these cherry salsa posts! It makes me even more depressed to be kitchen-less! I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. Now…which one to try first??

    I love the new car! Hubby drives Nissans and LOVES them! 🙂

  20. Roz@weightingfor50

    Woo Hoo…yay for the new wheels. And for the great salsa idea!!!!! have a great Monday!!!!

  21. Lots of luck with your new car! It’s so nice!

  22. findingradiance

    Nice deal on the car! We are going to be shopping for a Prius soon as our car is on its last legs. We bought a new Saturn 12 years ago and there was no song and dance with the Saturn people. I loved working with them. Too bad they are defunct because now we do have to go through that.

    You do deserve a nice car, so drive on, baby!

  23. wow, so TOTALLY awesome you got a brand new car! If you get an XM trial, let it expire before you renew and you will get a much better deal 🙂

  24. Wowser, nice car!!
    Those crab legs look soo good! We are looking forward to going crabbing for dungeness next month! I have to remember to not move my meat too much! 🙂

  25. Yay on getting a new car!!! And Tony is deserve a nice car!! 🙂
    That salsa looks phenomenal. YUM YUM YUM!

  26. Love x 100 your new SUV!!!! I hope you have fun times on your excursions.

    🙂 Marion

  27. Love the new ride!!! Congrats! 😀

    Crab legs are making me so jealous.

  28. […] We both both got new cars this summer! […]

  29. […] Tony, was research and buy cars.  That was Tony’s deal and he always did a great job.  Our last two cars we got in June of 2012.   We bought his Ford Focus, which will be paid off in December and my car was a 36 month […]

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