Friday, May 31, 2013

what i am eating

I love cooking and eating, and I especially love looking at pictures of food!  If you love food as much as I do, please add your food pictures/recipes/food related posts to the linky below.  All you have to do is link back to this blog post.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else is eating this week!


This week has turned into the most beautiful week!  We had a rough start with all the rain for Memorial Day weekend, but somehow it has bounced back, and for that I am thankful - and so is my garden!  Somehow the temps have decided to go from 50 degrees to 90 degrees in the span of a couple days, so this week has been all about cold salads.  

One of my favorites is macaroni salad.  It really is the easiest thing to make.  Boil some noodles, add some frozen peas, a little red onion and some mayo, and there you have it!  Macaroni salad.  I of course love all types of pasta salad - italian, peanut noodles, mainly veggie based - it is all good in my book.  But, there is something about this classic BBQ side that reminds me of my childhood and I love it!

Now for some of my favorites from last week!




Now it is time for you all to link up!  What are you eating this week?




Linking up at One Project at a Time

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Firefly Island review and giveaway!


I recently finished Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!  When I started the book, I thought for sure it was another romance novel - not that I don't love that genre, but I was looking for something different to read.  After a couple chapters I realized it wasn't really a romance novel at all, instead it was a mystery, and I have loved mystery books since my first go around with the Mandie series...a very long time ago!

The premise is girl meets guy randomly assumed to never see again, then under completely implausible circumstances they do meet again, fall madly in love, and then guy gets a dream job offer just a few short weeks after they begin dating.  Whirlwind romance/marriage/move across the country with guy's little son to a new life.  Unfortunately, guy's new boss is rumored to have murdered his family.  Adjusting to life in a small town from the big city, trying to find friends when everyone *knows* something is wrong with the boss and his family's disappearance, becoming an insta-mama.  Obviously a lot.

Overall, this book was great.  It held my interest, I wanted to keep reading even though my kids wanted me to only read one page a day.  And that was saying something!  I have started so many books recently that were just "eh," and have been looking for some fiction novel to let me fall into.  This was it.  I think that the ending could have been a little better, but that is just me being nit picky.  I definitely recommend it for anyone that is looking for a mystery to read this summer!

If you would like to read this book just leave a comment and let me know!  For an extra entry, subscribe to my blog through e-mail here.

I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House in return for my honest review.  The opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

knitting, reading, gardening, oh my!


I thought that with all the rain over the weekend I would make quick work of my knitting, and I have made some progress, but I'm not done yet.  My attention keeps being pulled to the work of the garden.  And then the past couple of days the sun finally came out again.


Since we are kind of working with a bit of a deadline - ie extremely short growing season - it was time to get working on the garden!  But, I have learned that working on a garden takes a lot more time than I originally plan for, and with all the trips to the store because we forgot to get something (all of which was on my list if I had just used the thing!).  Not to make excuses, but just to say that by the time it was dark and I was able to knit, my arms were jelly and I was falling into bed :-)

We aren't even close to being done yet.  We still have all of this:


plus seeds to plant...and today looks like rain.  So I think I will sit down and do a little more knitting and take a bit of a break from the gardening!

What are you working on today?  

Linking up with Ginny, Tami, and Nicole!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

bike riding


We got the kids new bikes this past weekend.  It was so fun to go and pick them out, and have the kids try out different ones.  Of course, they are both too small to get the bikes that are already put together, so we came home with two bikes in boxes, which Matt and I (mostly Matt) put together.

The rain gave us a bit of a reprieve on Sunday afternoon, so we were able to get outside and enjoy them.  These are the first "big" bikes for my kids.  Before this, Emma had a tricycle and Jack had a power wheels - both of which they still like to use.

Emma was definitely ready for a bigger bike though, and that prompted us to go on the little shopping trip.  She chose a Barbie bike, and it has 16" wheels.  I thought for sure she would choose a Disney Princess one, but apparently the Barbie bike had a bunch of things to decorate.  Ahhh, the power of marketing on the youth of America!

She does a great job on the bike!  I was concerned at first, our road has a bit of a drop-off, but she handled the steering like a champ.  Our street has a gradual downward slope to it, so going down the street is a lot of fun!  But, coming back up the street is not something she is able to do yet.  I am sure as the summer goes on and she builds up those muscles it will be a breeze, but it was a tad frustrating for her at first.

As for Jack?  Well, he mainly likes to hold on for dear life as we run his little 12" bike up and down the street screaming "wheeeee!!!!" the whole way.  It really is entertaining - if you are watching I mean - if you are the one running the little bike up and down the street...well that isn't nearly as entertaining :-)

How old were your kids when they first got on a bike with training wheels?  Or did you immediately go for a 2-wheeler?  This is uncharted territory for us!

Monday, May 27, 2013

rain, rain, go away!

Now, I am not trying to say that I never want rain, that is absolutely not the case.  However, rain for days and days and weeks on end, well that I could do without!

loving the lilacs in our yard and hoping the rain doesn't completely destroy them

Memorial Day weekend, that is the weekend that I always plant my veggies, get my pots all nice and pretty with seedlings, plant my very necessary tomatoes, all of it goes in this weekend.  Well, not this weekend.  It has been raining so much, I'm not entirely sure the ground will dry out enough for me to plant this week at all.  The only comfort that I am finding right now is that Memorial Day seems to be very early this year, so I think waiting another week will be fine.

the chickens seem to be digging a moat around their run...they think it will deter us from taking their eggs

I am itching to get out there though.  My garden looks ready to go, and my seedlings look ready to go, and Emma has been asking to go "to the greenhouse with the birds" for a few days now.

garlic still going strong despite all the rain!

I am thankful to be in an area of the country that gets plenty of rain, but when it comes day after day, it becomes a little much.  My kids are going stir crazy, I am going stir crazy, my chickens keep taking mud baths, and the early flowers that I love so much (like my irises and the lilacs - which are my favorite) are not taking this rain too well.

figures they bloom in the middle of a downpour!

This week will be filled with checking to see how wet the ground is, adding more straw to the chicken run, and praying that the sun comes out so my kids can go outside and ride bikes.  I have to say that I am happy we didn't get the snow that was predicted a bit north of us.  In the meantime, a lot of rhubarb pie, rhubarb muffins, and hopefully rhubarb jam will be made this week as well!

What is going on in your neck of the woods?

Linking up at Clever Chicks

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Quotes


Ah!  There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.
~Jane Austen

Friday, May 24, 2013

what i am eating

I love cooking and eating, and I especially love looking at pictures of food!  If you love food as much as I do, please add your food pictures/recipes/food related posts to the linky below.  All you have to do is link back to this blog post.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else is eating this week!


I absolutely love rhubarb!  I think that it might be because my mom always made the most delicious pies with it growing up.  And now, with my desire to eat more seasonally and locally, it is one of the first foods that grows in my area.  So when I went outside last week and saw that my rhubarb had pretty much doubled in size in a few short sunny days, I knew it was time to start picking and baking!

I made a rhubarb custard pie, and also a rhubarb crisp.  They were both to die for, and extremely easy.  I have to say that I have never cooked with rhubarb myself, my mom is always the one that takes charge on rhubarb desserts.  But, seeing as how she was working and unavailable, and I had a ton of rhubarb that needed to be harvested, it was up to me to take the lead!

Rhubarb pie

2 pie crusts
2-3 cups chopped rhubarb
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons milk
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Place one pie crust in 9" pie plate, fill the pie plate with the chopped rhubarb until about the top of the pie plate.  Mix sugar flour and nutmeg and then add eggs and milk and gently beat to combine.  Pour mixture over top of rhubarb.  Place other pie crust over the top.  Cut lines for vents - or you can be fancy and do lattice for the top - I'm not fancy.  Bake for 10 minutes at 450 and then turn oven down to 350 and bake for another ~30 minutes, until a knife comes out clean from the middle.

And now for my favorites from last week!  Don't forget to check out the pinterest board where I pin my favorites!




Now it is your turn!  Link up all of your food related posts from the week below!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sambazon Product review and giveaway!


Have you heard of Sambazon juices?  They are a delicious fresh, organic, non-gmo juice.  Considering these are some of the biggest factors in deciding what I buy for my family, I was hooked even before I tasted them.

I recently tried the Acai with Blueberry and Pomegranate - well I say tried, but really I had about two sips before Emma and Jack stole the bottle and drank it themselves.  It was delicious though, and something I was happy serving my kids.  Anything healthy that I can give my kids is a win in my book!

Matt loves the Energy Mocha Java.  He needs something quick in the morning, and this little power boost was great for on the go.  It wasn't too sweet for the morning, and it gave him some much needed morning energy.  Perhaps I should be keeping those bad boys for myself!  With a 2 1/2 and 5 year old running circles around me all day, maybe I will try that next!

A little more about Sambazon:


Sambazon® offers a full range of fresh and organic juices, smoothies, and frozen products in a variety of delicious and exotic flavors. Their products are made with premium quality whole food Amazon plants and fruits that deliver the highest bio-available nutrition. This company is truly dedicated to bringing the next level of nutrition to the world while supporting the environmental and social well-being of the Brazilian Amazon and its people. Sambazon is both Organic and Fair Trade certified, supporting two million acres of the Amazon Rainforest and over 10,000 family farmers.

You can find Sambazon on Facebook here

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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet SM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet SM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Linking up with Giveaway Day

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

knitting and reading


As you can see, I haven't made much progress on my current knitting project.  However, I have to say that we have had some marvelous weather for being outside and playing, and walking, and gardening.  But now, with the next several days slated as rain, rain, and more rain, I expect to have some time to sit down and work on this tank top.  That is if my kids want to sit quietly and play with each other...hmmm.

The book I am reading is Firefly Island.  I started reading it several weeks ago, really only the first few pages, but promptly was interrupted by the delivery of new books in the mail - I have a short attention span. After the novelty of the new books wore off, I picked this one back up, and I was hooked right from the beginning.

Girl meets boy in insane chance encounter, they have a whirlwind romance of a couple weeks when he finds out he has gotten a job offer.  The only catch is the job is not in DC where they both live now, instead it is in Texas.  Girl and boy (and boy's son) decide to go off to Texas together.  The only problem girl is having now is that boy's new boss might be a serial killer.  Now, if I could just read more than a chapter without being interrupted, that would be lovely!  I will get through this book soon though, I'm sure.  It is a page turner!

What are you working on this week?  Any new book recommendations?

Linking up with Tami, Ginny, and Nicole

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma

I am so sad about the devastation from the Oklahoma tornadoes.  I'm sure there are other areas that have also recently been affected by these awful natural disasters.  My prayers are with all of those families.  To lose everything, to lose relatives or friends, it is heart breaking. I hope they receive the help they need quickly.

perennials and the seasons


I have to say that I absolutely love the changes in seasons.  I am definitely blessed to live in an area that experiences all of them.  I mean, winter could be a bit shorter, but overall I love all the seasons.

Spring is one of my favorites.  Well, they all are the favorite at one point during the year.  I like to see the end of a season and the beginning of a new one.  But, spring is special, especially after such a long winter!


I love to see all the new plants coming out of the ground.  The perennials around my house are incredibly special to me.  I think that part of the reason is because I know absolutely nothing about planting flowers.  Last year I tried planting marigolds, yet somehow they didn't grow.  The perennials around my house?  Well, I didn't plant them, and I think that is the key!  How they manage to come back every year (and even spread - like my day lilies), I will never know.


Every year I am amazed to see the flowers, yes, including the dandelions, come up with no help from me.  I don't do anything in the fall, and the most I do in the spring is rake out any leaves that are in the garden beds.  I am thinking about staking the peonies this year though, they tend to fall over as soon as they start to blossom.  It isn't that I don't love beautiful flowers, I do, and my mom has had some of the most gorgeous flower gardens over the years, but I mainly spend my time on plants we can eat.

However, each year I am still blessed to see the most beautiful purple irises, peonies, and day lilies come up around my house without lifting a finger.  Now, if I could work on the edible perennials, that might be up my alley!

Do you have perennials in your yard?  Are they as easy for you as they are for me?  Or have I jinxed myself for saying how easy they are?

Monday, May 20, 2013

the state of the garden...again


I have to say that the garden is looking 100 times better than it was last week.  I wasn't sure we would get all the weeds up!  But, with the next week looking like rain every day, and then the following week is when I typically get all of my plants in the ground, I knew that I had to get it done!

The rhubarb still has a ton of weeds that need to be pulled, but I did get to pick some of the first stalks of rhubarb this past week.  And I will be making rhubarb custard pie this week!  Perfect rainy day activity if you ask me :-)

The mound of weeds, next the rhubarb in the back, is actually the remaining compost from last fall.  I need to pick the weeds out from around there (or more likely have Matt use the weed whacker).  Then I plan to put pumpkins in that spot.  The love compost, and I am crossing my fingers that it will work!  Plus, being off to the side, when they start crawling I think it will be OK!

My garlic is still doing extremely well.  I planted in a different location than last year.  Last year something seemed to be eating the plant from underground.  The only thing I could think of was maybe moles, but I couldn't find anything about moles eating garlic.  Regardless of what it was, it ruined half of my garlic plants.  This year I have 44 plants, and it is really exciting to see something that I planted last fall, go through an extremely cold and snowy winter, and then come up in the spring.  Very cool to see nature at work!

You will notice that I have no peas planted, no lettuce or spinach planted.  Not even radishes.  I will probably try and plant all of those things when I put everything else in the ground, not sure how they will do, but I can always hope!

Any good rhubarb recipes you can share?  I have a ton, and my mom has 3 times as much, to preserve.

Linking up with Clever Chicks and the Homestead Barn Hop

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Quotes


Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
~Anatole France

Friday, May 17, 2013

what i am eating

I love cooking and eating, and I especially love looking at pictures of food!  If you love food as much as I do, please add your food pictures/recipes/food related posts to the linky below.  All you have to do is link back to this blog post.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else is eating this week!



There is just something about salads lately.  I am eating a lot of them - which is good considering a lot of my favorites in the linkup each week tend to be baked goods!  Once in a while I like to make a lettuce-less salad.  I don't know why.  I think part of it is pure laziness, not wanting to wash and spin the lettuce, so I skip it.  This is a really simple salad with tomatoes/red pepper/cucumber/onion/peperoncini/kalamata olives.  Add a little extra virgin olive oil and a splash of raw apple cider vinegar, and it is delicious!

My favorites from last week:




OK lovelies!  Time to link up!  What are you all eating this week?




Linking up at One Project at a Time

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

knitting and reading



I am still working on the dark blue shawl and also this purple tank top (which does not look like a tank top - yet!), and will be for the foreseeable future I believe.  I am still juggling being outside and the work that needs to be done outside with my knitting time.  I really like the way this tank top is coming out though.  The detail is so pretty!

As for my reading, I recently received these in my latest Amazon purchase...I do visit them quite frequently!  First up is Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios.  It is quite good.  I have to say that I have been thinking of preparedness for quite a while now.  Not necessarily Doomsday Preppers (ok, sometimes Doomsday Preppers), but everyday preparedness for whatever might happen.  Whether it is an ice storm, or breaking down on the side of the road, or needing to cut way back on the grocery budget for a month, there are a lot of reasons to try and be somewhat prepared.  This book is a great so far.  It isn't scaring me to death, but it is making me say "why am I not already doing this?"  And the steps that the author has to follow are relatively easy, and I like easy!

The other book that I bought was The Encyclopedia of Country Living.  This is a book that I often request from the library, and have to wait several weeks to actually get.  I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to make the purchase, but I have now.  It isn't really a read cover-to-cover kind of book.  Although, if I were going to be sitting on a beach, uninterrupted for several days, I might attempt it :-)  Great reference book for homesteaders, whether they be urban or on 200 acres.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on today!  Happy Wednesday all!

Linking up with Tami, Nicole, and Ginny

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I have a 5 year old!


I honestly can't believe I have a five year old!  We celebrated Emma's birthday with a little friend party this past weekend.  Well, somewhat little.  This is the first time we have ever done a friend party, and I knew that I wanted to keep it simple.



The only real requirements I had were balloons and flowers.  Emma absolutely adores flowers, and is so happy every time her dada brings home a bouquet for her.  He picked up a special arrangement, and she loved it.


I went the buffet route for the food, opting for croissant sandwiches for the adults and pb&j for the kids, fruit and veggie trays and a delicious pasta salad my mom made.  There were also the requisite crackers and cheese and some chocolate covered pretzels - yum!


The party wasn't very long.  Everyone arrived, the kids played for a while, then they opened their little bag of favors, lunch, more playing.  The kids did a great job entertaining themselves with a balloon parade and playing bat the balloon - the balloons were a definite hit as was the scavenger hunt that Emma's uncle put together on the fly.  The kids were all talking about it at church the next morning!  We also had a craft of decorating masks, and then presents and cake.

beautiful Sydney and Emma striking a pose!

It was such a wonderful time, and Emma continued to show so much excitement the entire day.  Constantly telling us that this was the best birthday ever.  There were a lot of smiles and laughs, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Spring is a very busy birthday season for us!  Do you have any spring babies in your home?

Monday, May 13, 2013

the state of the garden


Last week I talked about how well my garlic is doing, but I didn't really talk about the rest of the garden.  This is the back part of our garden.  Without fail, every year the garden is a weedy mess.  But, this year seems to be crazy.  I should be happy that it seems to want to grow a bunch of weeds - ie it must be incredibly healthy soil for when our seeds and seedlings go in the ground.

I think there are several reasons that are all probably contributing factors to this crazy overgrowth.  The first being that we had a good couple weeks of sunny warm temperatures, followed by several days of rain.  Another factor is probably the horse manure that we put on the garden every fall.  There are plenty of weed seeds that make it through, and while it is great fertilizer for the garden, I don't know how to do away with the weeds that inevitably come from it.  And then there is the whole part about how I stop weeding about two thirds of the way through the season because I can't take it anymore!

This week will be filled with me digging up all of these weeds and feeding them to the chickens.  Then I hope to combat this problem in the future by laying weed cloth down.  I also hope to get some raised beds put together.  I don't necessarily want "raised beds" but I do like the definition of the rows lined by wood.

The week looks to be sunny and cool, so it will be perfect weather to be outside working.  I'm sure my chickens will be happy to have the greens as well.  Even though I like to think they are "free range" we have had to keep them in their fence due to some neighborhood dog problems.  And while they love the left over salad that I give them most days, I'm sure they could use more greens in their diet!

And to all of the lovely people who have already planted loads in their gardens, I will remind everyone that we plant late, like Memorial Day weekend late (or later!).  So I still have plenty of time to get things ready before I need to get seeds in the ground.

What is going on in your garden?  Does it turn to weeds every year?  

Linking up at the Homestead Barn Hop and Clever Girls

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother Sea Turtles Month!


Stephanie Lisa Tara presents Mother Sea Turtle month!  Mothers need to stick together; whether scaly, feathered, furry or skinned! And to celebrate this Mother's Day and the release of her newest turtle book, Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book—which is the companion follow-up to her first international bestseller, I'll Follow the Moon—Stephanie Lisa Tara is giving away 2 gorgeous, large plush sea turtles (26"L x 8"H x 16"W) to reviewers!



 Dear Turtle Activists,

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tireless dedication and love to our cause! I have written this book FOR YOU! I dedicate this book TO YOU! 120 pages of fotos, facts and fun!

Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book has a primary goal: SAVING SEA TURTLES FROM EXTINCTION. A portion of proceeds from this book go to charitable organizations like the Turtle Foundation (www.turtle-foundation.org) of whom my first turtle book, I'LL FOLLOW THE MOON—is a proud sponsor.

If you are new to us—please join with us, for together, holding hands, we can effect change. Yes—really! xoxo. SAVE GREEN SEA TURTLES on Facebook (www.facebook.com/.../Save-Green-Sea-T...) is our hugely popular hang-out—tens of thousands of Activists-strong. Please join us!

NOW—prepare for something totally new and amazing!

Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book is not your typical scientific turtle book: my special book is all about having FUN! Enjoy the mini FLIP-BOOK in the corners and create a movie of your own! Click the ebook pages—or thumb through manually in the paperback—YOUR CHOICE!

I've written these chapters in a fun, chatty voice—you know, the one YOU use when talking up your favorite topics! Don't be surprised if you find yourself giggling as you turn pages! Enjoy breathtaking photography, incredible facts, and way-out wow'ing surprises that these millennium-old creatures have to share.

AND: TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE! Yep! Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book is my second turtle book—it's a perfect TWIN to my first international bestseller, I'LL FOLLOW THE MOON: buy BOTH TOGETHER for your shelf. Two little twins; one a fable, one fotos, facts & fun.

So, in closing...please accept this deeply personal gift from me, your faithful sea turtle leader, the turtle-lady, or Stephanie Lisa Turtle - as I was renamed recently by a fan—from my heart to yours.

GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THE CAUSE TO SAVE SEA TURTLES FROM EXTINCTION!

I've always believed that magic hides in special places. As a child, people would often stare at my bright red hair, which was very, very bright indeed.
Unfortunately, I developed a bad habit of making up rhymes about all of them, and they soon became funny characters. I didn't have much time to think about being different; fanciful lyricisms danced in my head, and no one was safe!
Since then, I've come to believe that storytelling has the power to inspire a deep love of language and learning. Words tripping off the tongue in somersaults that stick to your thoughts like taffy-- those are the things that stay forever in the mind.
I've lived in many special places: on a farm, in a city skyscraper, on a tropical beach, and in the beautiful country of France. Now I live in northern California, between the redwood forests and the sea. Even though I'm an adult, I'm still as silly as ever.
Many nice words have been used to describe my books, such as fun, engaging, delightful, and whimsical. Some folks say that I deliver timeless messages of love for kids and parents to share again and again; this makes me very happy. I hope that you'll enjoy my stories, too. Captivating children with language is something that I believe in, and I strive to live my life with this always.
--Stephanie Lisa Tara

www.StephanieLisaTara.com
stephanielisatarabooks@gmail.com


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Giveaway:

15 lucky people will win a copy of Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book. You must be 13 or older to enter. Open to US addresses only.  Giveaway runs from May 12th to June 12, 2013
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Two lucky reviewers will win a Melissa and Doug Giant Plush Stuffed Sea Turtle that retails at $34.99 and measures 26"L x 8"H x 16"W.  You must review Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book on Amazon to enter.  This giveaway runs from Mothers Day, May 12th to June 12th, 2013.



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Sunday Quotes


Children are the anchors of a mother's life.
~Sophocles

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mamas out there!  And a very special Happy Birthday to my baby who turns five today.  I can't think of a better celebration for Mother's Day!

Friday, May 10, 2013

what i am eating


I love cooking and eating, and I especially love looking at pictures of food!  If you love food as much as I do, please add your food pictures/recipes/food related posts to the linky below.  All you have to do is link back to this blog post.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else is eating this week!

I am sorry there was no link up last week!  I was taking full advantage of the sun – and also attempting “screen free week.”  I am happy to say that the what I am eating pinterest board has taken off!  Lots of repins from the recipes I have featured!


This week I am eating a lot of salads.  Actually, most weeks I am eating a lot of salads these days.  Towards the end of winter, my body starts craving the fresh greens again.  There haven’t been a lot of greens available locally yet, but the farmers markets are just opening, and I know there is spinach and baby lettuce mix available.


What I really want to talk about though is salad dressing.  I have started using nut based and non-oil based dressings.  At first I was definitely leery of it.  I am a big evoo and vinegar dressing kind of gal.  But, this sounded good.  And so I started out by doing research on different recipes, and then decided to make it my own. 


Salad Dressing ~ yields about 1 quart

2/3 cup soaked walnuts
1 bunch fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lemon ~ 2 Tablespoons
2 Tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon Herbamare
2 garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.  I have also used fresh cilantro instead of parsley, and even dried dill.  I think the parsley gives it a nice flavor, but feel free to change it up to whatever herbs you like.  I use a lot of parsley, but it is because parsley is so good for you!  Plus, I figure it might help with the garlic I put in the dressing :-)

Because I didn’t have a link up last week, I am featuring posts from 2 weeks ago.  





What are you eating this week?  Have you ever tried "whole food" dressings without oil added?  Link up your food related posts below!