6-Step Crisp Cucumber Salad For Summer

Cucumbers (Photo credit: karenandbrademerson)

Summertime always means fresh fruits and vegetables. The backyard garden is a source of variety, and freshness once a year a lot of families.


This Crispy Cucumber Salad makes great use of the garden bounty and mixes together flavor and freshness that is unique and multi-cultural.




Crispy Cucumber Salad




2 cucumbers


2 large tomatoes


1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


1 bottle Italian dressing


Salt and Pepper (to taste)




  1. Before preparing the salad, wash the vegetables and allow them to air-dry for 30-minutes. Cleaning fruits and vegetables prior to cooking, or eating; will remove any excess soil and pesticide residue that may have been left behind during the harvest.


  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin off the cucumber. After the skin in removed, use a knife to cut the cucumber in half, long-way, right down the middle.


  1. From there, slice the cucumbers into bite-sized 1/2″ pieces. Finally, add the sliced cucumbers to a mixing bowl, toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and give them a quick stir with a spoon.


  1. Next, use a sharp paring knife to remove the skin and stems off two tomatoes and dice them into 1″ chunks. Before tossing them in with the cucumbers, sprinkle a dash of salt over each piece. Salt brings out the flavor in tomatoes and makes them more vibrant.


  1. Mix ¼ cup of roughly chopped cilantro in a separate bowl with a half a jar of Italian dressing.


6. Pour the dressing over the top of the vegetables and serve immediately.





You’re Not The Boss of Me, These Two Are

The CEO and CFO of “Robin Matteri Writer”

CEO and CFO of ME--My Boys




….. the company doing business as, “Mom!”


I may not punch in and out, and do not have hours consistent to you regular folks— ya know, like, Monday to Friday. The wages may be borderline on nothing, but, the fringe benefits are enormous.

Thanks for supporting us by reading my writing…. it’s appreciated by everyone.

My son and I age 10 1293832509587

My Imaginary Boyfriend–Direct Quote From My Son… GASP!

Tyler and I --- Eyes
Me and my son when he was 10-years-old, taking a selfie, before they were cool.

From the Facebook Archives of my life, and of course, my real world. My boys are constantly messing with me –karma, of course — so I have no choice but to accept it. The thing that pisses me off most is how absolutely clever they are.

—A classic conversation between me and my oldest—I think he was about fifteen years old at the time. His wit will never stop making me laugh, and will always be sharper than mine.

Me: “Tyler, give me your girlfriends number, I want to text her.”

Tyler: “No. I don’t want you texting my girlfriend.

I don’t text your imaginary boyfriend.”

Swimming Safety Tip #333 From The Archives of My Facebook Life

Swimming Safety Tip #333 from the archives of my Facebook life.

Who needs Oprah when I am so full of wisdom, life-changing tips, and inspiring words to live by.

I spent a good portion of my 30’s on Facebook. Smoking. And training for the Olympics—- apparently.


Swimming Coffee



Coolio Foolio—You Work From Home


When I tell people I work from home the most common response is, “Lucky! I wish I could.” While most of the time it’s a fantastic gig, there is a lot of other “work” involved in working from home. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I work from home, and make it work
My Pinterest DIY That I’m so Proud of-Absolutely Describes Me

It’s 11:18 AM on Wednesday and I’ve already sent my man to work, kid to school, written an article on the power of the subconscious-mind (duly noted many techniques!), thawed and browned chicken and potatoes (recipe to follow), fielded PTA emails, sent out tweets promoting my homeless article, researched new topics to write, showered (only because I have an appointment today), killed time looking at YouTube videos, wiped baseboards in kitchen and bathroom, killed a spider (before my eight-year old saw it!) and there’s still at least 12 more hours left to this day.


I work from home.

Do I love it?



Get Away From My Mom
Get Away From My Mom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How I Work From Home?

 I’m a writer. Glamour aside, I write to survive. I mostly produce website content, and personal perspectives like the one you’re reading now. I worked as a poker dealer for seventeen years which was a job that consisted of a lot of night shifts. Today, my children are in school and that means night-time is their time.

So, I write….during the day, and here and there in the evenings (I’m picking up on this story at 7:18 PM) and after midnight. In between that; I scrub floors, wash laundry, pick up kids, serve dinner, play kick board, watch Catfish: The TV Show, help with homework, tweet, Facebook, read, write a letter, knock down cobwebs, sanitize toilets, scoop ice cream, watch Who The Bleep Did I Marry?, tuck everyone into bed, try to sleep, get up, get down, write some more, watch True Tori, check for writing jobs, start an application, update resume, promote writing, fall asleep… Up again at 4:30 AM, check my phone, close my eyes, hit snooze, sleep another hour and start all over.


I love it!


How to make it Work?

I need a better system. I know this. I love to be scattered so this gig works for me. For the more structured work-at-home-mom, I suggest a schedule. It’s a process of discipline and figuring out an order of importance. For the most part, I have a schedule. But, most days are eerily similar to the one described today. I love the freedom and I love the flexibility. I am able to help with field trips and organizations within the school. I’m able to spend quality time with my family which is the most important.

I am a work in process and am still diligently trying to work out a schedule that is more conducive to effectively managing



In a skillet, grill chopped up onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a mix of butter and olive oil.

Throw in quartered red potatoes and cook until brown.

Once brown, add to crockpot.

In same skillet, brown chicken thighs (I use thighs a lot. They are inexpensive and full of flavor) in olive oil.

Once thighs are brown, add to crockpot as well.

Add one cup of chicken broth and one package of dry onion soup mix to crockpot.

Cook on high for 3 hours then reduce heat to low for 1 hour.

Add asparagus to crockpot to steam in the last hour of cooking.

Easy, delicious and loved by the whole family. Enjoy!