Hopping on the Salad Wagon

 

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Gross…

 

 

 

 

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When it is hotter than h-e-double hockey sticks outside, all I crave is smoothies, watermelon and salad. After seeing all the delicious posts of salads that have been popping up lately, I decided to go for it and made a few rather delicious salads for myself. (And I figured it is often frowned upon to literally eat a whole watermelon by yourself in one day, so a salad would have to do.) The above salad topped out at numero uno for my all time favorite as of later. Here’s the list:

A bunch of romaine lettuce

1 hard boiled egg mashed up

2/3 cup green beans

2 slices salami (columbus Italian aged reduced sodium is what we have hanging out in the fridge)

1 small red potato

A little bit of red onion.

Topped with about 1 tbsp bbq sauce mixed with around 1 tsp of sour cream..

I added some olive oil to a saute pan and put the potatoes in until they got nice and golden brown. I then dropped a tablespoon or so of water in the pan and covered them to allow them to steam. I only had frozen green beans so I added those into the pan to cook with the potatoes, followed by all the other ingredients and then threw it all on top of the lettuce.

OMGSOGOOD.

oh ya.

Number two look like an everything but the kitchen sink kind of salad:

ImageCarrots, baby red bell peppers, red onion, marinated mushrooms, frozen meatballs from costco, a big dollop of hummus and some ORZO SALAD with a bunch of lemon juice and chamapgne vinegar thrown on top.

I know…I put a salad on top of another salad. So while the whole salad itself was rather tasty, this orzo salad is fabulous and is definitely a replacement for any pasta salad.

Oh and it’s really easy

All you have to do is boil a box of orzo. Once it is cooked mix in about a cup of your favorite vinaigrette (my mom loves champagne vinaigrette, but I have done a balsamic vinaigrette and loved it equally as much) Now you can let that marinate overnight to soak in all the goodness and cooooool down.

But for those of us who are a bitlesspatient

Just start adding everything else in

Chop some tomatoes (or sun dried tomatoes) and toss ’em in

Slice some kalamata olives

Sprinkle some feta into the mix

Chiffonade some basil (roll it up and slice thinly) or be less fancy and chop the heck out of it (with, of course, the much earned respect this delicious herb deserves)

A little salt and a little pepper

And grab a spoon.

Maybe go into your room and put up the “do not disturb sign”

Just kidding…

kind of.

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SLEEPOVER!

I have been non-stop partying the past couple days…

 

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So I went over to my nephew’s house bright and early yesterday and while the parents were away, the kids played and played and played.

When I got their, Dad was already at work and we quickly pushed mom out the door so that our day together could begin.

We played with all our toys.

Made Granola bars

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Played inside some more.

Stopped for many needed snacks.

Built train tracks. This is when things got crazy, the ambulance had to come because a car got stuck on the train tracks…

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Played in the backyard

Packed lunches and headed to the park for a picnic

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(oh yes….we are definitely related)

Played in the sandbox

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Came home and read books.

And finally…NAPPED!

This is when mommy got home and then round two of sister/nephew fun began, which included…

The beginning of an amazing soccer career/just a good time out on the field kicking some balls with some kids!

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More park play time with mom and dad

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Caleb and Luka drove the fire truck while somehow Hol, Mike and I all ended up in the back…

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

Baths

Bed

Running, shopping, smoothies

POOL TIME

and this all made for two tuckered out little boys

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Overall, I would say it was a successful sleepover!

Saturday Spotlight

I had to pick up some milk and a few things to make some banana cream pie for my dad’s birthday the other day. It was getting close to lunch time and I was at Trader Joe’s so I thought I would go for the “semi-homemade” approach (oh Sandra Lee). I grabbed their Spicy Ranchero Egg White Salad and I loved it.

Usually the thought of cold egg whites is not super appetizing to me. (Yum…rubbery, flavorless protein) I mean, egg salads need the yolk, but honestly you don’t really notice that they are missing based on flavor, which is awesome. I mean, I wouldn’t oppose to a few yolks solely for that added creaminess, but this has a nice spice kick (but not overbearing) and I would definitely recommend it!

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I enjoyed it on Ezekiel bread,with sprouts, tomato and red onion, yum.

The next day I added it to a salad which was awesome!

ImageWith red bell pepper, tomato, red onion and my favorite tortilla with hummus. Oh ya! The egg salad comes with a lot of sauce which ended up acting as my salad dressing.

I will have to look at the ingredients and try to re create it myself (and maybe add in a few yokes!)

Potato, Potata

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Just dropping in with a really simple and delicious recipe for some lemon and herb roasted potatoes!

Ingredients:

2 cups diced potatoes

1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tbsp chopped herbs

2 cloves minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375-400 degrees. Toss the potatoes in the juice of half of the lemon. Slice the other half of the lemon and mix in with the potatoes. Add the olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper to the potatoes and toss to mix.I used rosemary, oregano and basil because we had all of them in the backyard. You can pretty much use anything you want! However I do love lemon with these three herbs, or you could just choose on of the three to really spotlight it!

Lay out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes. I like to put my potatoes in a cold oven so that they could through evenly and are nice and tender on the inside. You can also soak your potatoes in cold water prior to making these and that is supposed to help create a crispy outside and creamy interior. Or you can just pop them in the hot oven and let them go!

Just a quick and easy recipe for some summer potatoes. We served them alongside turkey burgers! Yum yum.

Happy…

So many things to celebrate lately!

 

Happy Graduation to me!

My fam got to come to Denver to celebrate graduation. I love that city so much and it was fun to eat some great food and play around the city for the weekend. I then packed up my life in the back of my car and drove toomanyhoursinthecar back to California. It was a fun weekend, but sad at the same time. It’s over and I miss everyone already. Now what?!?Image

Happy Father’s Day!

We spent our day celebrating all the dads in the family. First we grabbed peet’s coffee with my sis, brother in law and the nephewwws. After celebrating my dad and Mike we headed across the bay to celebrate my grandpa! We enjoyed our time with the family, eating sandwiches at the picnic table in my grandparents backyard. My grandpa was on fire and had us laughing the whole time. It was a gorgeous day in the bay, and I am so thankful for the incredible view from their house. Amazing.

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Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad’s birthday was the day after father’s day this year so that meant we just kept on celebrating. Banana cream pie, movie, dinners. It’s a constant party with the folks below…ImageImage

Finally…HAPPY SUMMER! The season is officially here. Yay…..

 

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