Friday, March 6, 2015

Apple and Kale Salad with Oil Free Maple Dijon Dressing

The kale is going crazy in our garden so this past week was a good time to
try one of the kale salad recipes that I had pinned a few months ago. This is
from Rawmazing, and it sounded so good with apples and pecans, blended
with a dressing sweetened with maple syrup combined with the tartness of
dijon mustard, vinegar, and lemon juice.

What's interesting is that there is no oil in the dressing!

Apple and Kale Salad with Oil Free Maple Dijon Dressing
(I used HALF of this recipe and made a few changes)
Maple Pepper Pecans
  • 1-1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • pinch sea salt
1.   Combine all ingredients, spread on coated baking sheet and  bake at
      350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring while baking.

  •  1 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 T. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 T. raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice from
  • 2 T. shallots
1.  Place all ingredients except shallots in high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
2.  Stir in shallots.


Start with yummy, yummy kale!

  • 3 medium bunches kale, cut stems out and tear into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lemon, juice from
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 4 apples, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used cranraisins)
1.  Place kale in large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and salt. Massage into
     kale for a few minutes.
2.  Add chopped apples and cranberries. Toss.
3.  Add dressing, sparingly at first. EVEN FOR HALF OF THIS RECIPE, I ONLY
4.  Top with pecans and serve.

This recipe is definitely a keeper at my house!

Bon appetit!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

We all grew up knowing Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books.
We will be recognizing his birthday next week on March 2.
He was born in 1904 and really had some very good words
of wisdom. He conveyed his advice through rhythmic, poetical
prose, loveable characters, and creative illustrations.

I think the adults who read his books aloud enjoy them as much
as the children who are listening to the delightful stories. You can't
help but smile.

There are many lists of some of his quotes--everyone has their
favorites. But I never found references to what books they were
from. So here are some of my favorites, along with the books in
which they appear. Maybe they will bring back some memories 
for you!

from Happy Birthday to You

from I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

from Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

 from Oh The Places You'll Go!

from Oh the Places You'll Go!

from Oh the Places You'll Go!

from Oh the Places You'll Go

from Horton Hears a Who

 from Oh, the Places You'll Go!

There are some quotes that are misattributed--
sound like they could be a Seussism but
were actually said by someone else

from Robert Fulghum's True Love (1998)

     from  George Duhamel's  The Heart's Domain (1919)

So Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss.
You were a great motivator.
Thanks for all the life lessons!

Do you like famous quotes?
How about some of my favorite by Winnie the Pooh?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Shabby Chic Patriotic Wreath

Today being President's Day, I thought I could sneak in a red, white, and
blue craft that I made last summer. I call it my .....

Shabby Chic Patriotic Wreath

It's made with a straw wreath that I first wrapped
with muslin strips.
The red, white and blue strips are 4" wide and 10" long.
I hand gathered each one--something I do while
watching TV--and arranged them around the wreath.
Then I used buttons of various sizes for the "stars"
and added some bells I had from a piece from the Dollar Store.

The raw edges naturally frayed but I helped them along
just a little!

And there you have it--
Shabby Chic Patriotic Wreath--

good for all Patriotic Holidays.   

Friday, February 13, 2015

Paris Love Locks Make Their Way Across the Ocean

Love Locks--we saw them on many bridges in Paris.

For many years, tourists have overloaded the bridges with locks
of all kinds--a symbol of the couple's undying lock is further sealed
by then throwing the key in the Seine River.

Paris officials worry about the unsafe weight of the locks and
the aesthetics of what it is doing to the classic views along the
Seine River.
Many Paris residents feel strongly that it is vandalism and have
formed "No Love Lock Campaigns."

In June, 2014, a section of the famous Pont des Arts footbridge
collapsed from the weight of thousands of locks.
Fortunately it collapsed inwards rather than in the Seine River.

Image:Thibault Camus/Associated Press

Although officials have cut off thousands of locks since 2008
when the craze began on the Pont des Arts bridge, the
problem is way out of control for this to be a solution. 

So additional measures are underway--
the installation of experimental glass panels which are shatter-proof
and graffiti-resistant to prevent further damage to the bridge.

Image: ABC News

The idea of love locks is quite infectious--they can be found in Ireland,
Italy, Australia, Algiers, Canada, and Germany, to name a few places

Here is a picture we took on the Brooklyn Bridge 
during our December visit.

City officials have been removing padlocks since 2013
but as you can see the problem still exists.

Spread the word--
Let's not be part of the problem.

Happy Valentine's Day,
My Friends.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thoughts on Hugging, According to Ann Landers

Hugging is healthy. It helps the body's immune system.

It cures depression.
It reduces stress.
It induces sleep.
It's invigorating. 
It's rejuvenating.
 It has no unpleasant side effects.
Hugging is all natural, organic,

naturally sweet and 100 per cent wholesome. 
It contains no pesticides, no preservatives
and no artificial ingredients.
There are no movable parts,
no batteries to wear out,
no periodic check-ups,
no insurance requirements,
and no monthly payments.
It is inflation-proof,
and, of course,
fully returnable.

(I've been saving this newspaper article for years--way before anyone had ever
heard of a blog. Glad I finally got to share it.)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Heartfelt Ideas for Valentine's Day

We are just ten days away from our first major holiday in 2015. Have you
made any preparations for Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas I rounded
up that don't require much time or expense yet are ways of demonstrating to
someone special just how much you care. 

Free printable tea cup or candy box with valentines @

Matchbook Valentine @

Nail Polish Valentine @

Valentine's Day Fruit @

Handprint Heart Art @

Love Notes the Modern Way @

Struck by Cupid's Arrow with roma tomatoes @

Free printable in three color choices @

"I Still Fall for You" Free Printable @

King of My Heart Valentine for the Card Player @

Berry Basket Valentine @

"You are so Loved" Free Printable in 6 color choices @

"Do What You Love" Free Printable in 6 color choices @
How Joyful

And if you need a delicious, delightful,
festive dessert, try this

Cherry Delight

Bye for now.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Liquid Sunshine

We have lived in our house in Arizona for almost 30 years. I always
say that my husband could part with the house much easier than he
could part with his citrus trees. Once a farmer always a farmer.

The lower branches are the first ones picked, 
but there is still plenty of fruit on the inside 
and on the upper branches.
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