Taste & Tell + What's New
- 2 cups mixed salad greens ( I use leaf lettuce, endive and radiccio)
- 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Toss greens, cranberries, cheese and walnuts in large bowl.
- Mix vinegar, honey, mustard and pepper with wire whisk until well blended.
- Gradually add oil, whisking constantly until well blended.
- Pour over salad; toss to coat.
- Serve immediately.
We try and make it to Trader Joes at least once a week. Tatum loves to see the numerous bouquets lined up as we walk in and always quickly announces "FWOWA" (flower). We snag some things she might enjoy (as we are trying to introduce some different flavored foods and other veggies/fruits she might consider touching. Does anyone else have a meat/cheese loving little? I'm sure my own child will be completely the same as a good Charcuterie plate is a spread I'll never deny. Also the stickers they hand her pretty much make our experience complete...(if you can't tell by that grin ;)).
Speaking of "fwowas," these beauties are at Trader Joes currently and for a steal of a deal. I always find the best floral arrangements at the best prices when we venture to TJ. My soul/mood/functionality all require fresh clipping from the backyard, little bouquets from local spots or just simple greenery thoughout my home. You would be surprised how easily you can make your own fresh greenery bouquest by simply cutting a few of those bushes outside needing a good trim. Fresh vibes are always what I gravitate towards...espcially in the midst of the cold dreary seasons.
I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.
Sometimes I take a break in the midst of the day ..when tatum is sound asleep and the laundry is rolling and quickly grab a few magazines to peruse while lounging. To let my hair down for a half hour or so...to wash my pants that have some sort of t's snacktime remnants..to lay on my back and embrace myself for a little bit. I guess you might call it a lunch break if you have a 9 to 5 corporate job. The quote above speaks volumes to me. Oh Jackie..how she just knew how to put everything into words with immense meaning. I hope today those words speak to you as well!