Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Favorite Winter Salad

Well, actually, it's a favorite all-year-round salad. I sort of threw it together one day last winter when lettuce was scarce, and it turned out to be a keeper. Since it uses napa cabbage, it's really helped to beef up our winter menu options. In my humble opinion, the combination of flavors is just fantastic. So here ya go!

Napa Cucumber Salad
  • 4-5 cups napa cabbage, sliced thinly (or just eyeball the amount you want for your family)
  • 1 large cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • 1 apple (of a sweet variety, like gala), cut in bite-size chunks
  • 1/3 cup almonds, toasted and chopped (don't skip the toasting, it makes this so good!)
  • Ranch dressing to suit (I use the homemade version below)

Toss the veggies, apple and nuts together in a large bowl. Add dressing and stir to coat. Serves 6-8.

Homemade Ranch
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • 1/2 tsp. dried green onion
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. each of salt and pepper
  • water to suit

Combine all ingredients, adding enough water to reach the desired consistency.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Valentine Girl

"Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people. They are born with a little bit of angelshine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes there is always enough left to lasso your heart." - Alan Beck
Yesterday was cold and rainy. Abby and I had been cooped up in the house for several days with sick kiddos, so we decided to go on a Valentine date! We were on a mission to purchase new coloring supplies as well, which turned out to be successful. It was so much fun we'll have to do it again very soon. :)

"Her smile beams like sunshine, which fills our hearts with love." - Unknown

Sugar and spice.... 

...and everything nice!

A little frizzy and rumpled, but having fun!

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