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Mason Jar Salads

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    A confession!! I hate chopping up veggies. I do not know why. It just seems like a tedious process I guess. We do eat a lot of salads for dinner but I keep them very simple, like good greens, dressing and maybe some cheese. Both hubby and I have been wanting to eat more salads for lunch but I know myself, it just will not happen. I came upon the idea of making salads ahead of time in a jar and thought it was rockin. You put the dressing on the bottom, add the hardier veggies first (over time, we have discoved the blocclie slaw holds the longest and is best as a base veggie) and the stuff that would slime out faster on top. They last a few days in the fridge, so you can make several at one time.

This is such a win-win idea for so many reasons.

1, if you are busy it is done. You just grab and eat.

2, you can please everyone because each person puts what they want in their jar. For example, I like to have a theme, an idea of what flavor I am going for but hubby just throws in what he likes. Which is fine, just not how I roll.

3, I think it is budget friendly. Well that is if you resist the expensive french cheese, which is hard for me to do :-)

4. lastly it is a healthy way to get nutrition into your system. It is not just the veggie. There is good fats, oils in dressing, protein (which is why this salad has a hard boiled egg) seeds, and so much more.

    To keep me motivated (and hopefully inspire you) I plan on once a week or so to post a new salad for a while. This week's salad is a lemon Greek salad. Of course tweak it to what you want but I hope I motivate you to eat more salad because it is all in the jar!

 

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Greek Jar Salad

lemon dressing*

capers

broccoli slaw

thinly sliced fennel bulb

thinly sliced radish

romain lettuce torn into pieces

chopped kalamata olives

crumbled feta

chopped hard boiled egg

 

Layer in jar starting with dressing and working your way down the list.

 

 

Lemon Dressing

grated peel from the lemon

juice half small lemon

1/3 cup olive oil

finely chopped small garlic clove

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

 

Mix all in a small jar and shake. Taste and adjust to your liking.

 

 


Brown Sugar Covered Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

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    Even though it is still wintry here, I have decided my ice cream maker is collecting too much dust. Time to start making ice cream again. Last year Mrs. Staggs asked me if I could make an ice cream like the strawberries you dip in sour cream and then brown sugar (which is one of my favorite things in the world by the way!) Well I have not forgotten Mrs. Staggs (sorry it took me so long to get to it. I do not know which way is up)!!

     I played with the recipe a bit and tried adding the brown sugar to the ice cream itself but the only problem is the sugar melts. One of the things I love about strawberries dipped in sour cream and then brown sugar, is the sugar crunch. I wanted to keep the crunch!!!

    So an easy solution, sprinkle the sugar on top of the ice cream. I like it! You can try mixing in 1/2 cup of brown sugar at the very end of making the cream and see how you like it? One should aways play with a recipe to suit their palate. Thank you Mrs. Staggs for the suggestion, it was a yummy challenge xox

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Brown Sugar Covered Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream 

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 cups strawberries *

1/2 cup sweetener

pinch of salt

1 TBL. light rum **

brown sugar for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender except brown sugar until smooth. Then pour mixture in the ice cream maker and mix for 30 minutes. Transfer ice cream to a container and keep in freezer.

Notes

* I like to use frozen strawberries and let them partially thaw. If you let them fully thaw then all the juices runs out of the strawberries and changes the texture of the ice cream. So I let the frozen strawberries sit in a bowl on my counter about 30 minutes before using.

** Rum is optional. A little bit of alcohol in your ice cream keeps it softer but is not a have to.

 


Just Becuase It Makes Me Happy

Grow collage

This week's Pinertrest is ideas for your garden!!

1. Grow your own celery  and another post you can also do this with romain lettuce, 2. Recycled soda bottle sprinkler, 3. DIY berry picker, I think this is the most brilliant thing on this list!! 4. Square-foot template, 5. Use a pallet as a raised bed , 6. Seed starter soil blocks, 7. Lemon peel seed starter , 8. Make your plants leafier, greener, larger , 9. Bike rim pole bean trellis

Lastly a great tip from LaTeaDah  (thank you xox). Type in your zip and find out what seeds you can plant this week!!


From a Skirt To a Shirt and Back Again!

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Chloe will be 16 in a little less than a month and she is turning into to quite a fashionista (and a lot like her mother but do not tell her that. I mean she is wearing my red heels!!). She loves to stretch her wardrobe and find new ways to wear her clothes. She came downstairs the other day in this ensemble and I had to share!

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I was impressed. She took a skirt and pulled it up  under her arms. But pulled the back down just a little more than the front. Added a little shell sweater and a wide belt.

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And wah-laa, a cute peplum top. Great reuse Chloe and you can always use it as a skirt again!!

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