ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD WITH BABY KALE, WALNUTS, & ORANGE DILL DRESSING

As spring continues to manifest itself, and we continue to dream about vegetable and flower gardens, I offer up a new recipe for you to try that perhaps has more of a wintery feel to it. However, I always try to find new ways to add sides to meals beyond the standard rice and potato dishes. While I try to reduce my carb intake, I also want to make sure that I am eating a wide range of foods. So if I am going to add starchy carbs to my plate, I want them to pack a nutritional punch. … More ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD WITH BABY KALE, WALNUTS, & ORANGE DILL DRESSING

SPINACH SALAD WITH PEARS, DRIED CHERRIES, & CHERRY VINIAGRETTE

“Instruction is good for a child; but example is worth more.” ― Alexandre Dumas This winter as we headed into the winter holiday season, I was reminded of a quote I read. It went something like, “Don’t put yourself in debt to tell someone how much you love them.” That makes sense. As a writing … More SPINACH SALAD WITH PEARS, DRIED CHERRIES, & CHERRY VINIAGRETTE

Top Ten Recipes of All Time (Five Year Blogiversary)

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Soren Kierkegaard It was a short, three days, back to work after a relaxing winter holiday. Today is day #6 of the January Productivity Challenge and I am staying true to my goals. Our house is slowly getting reorganized and I am … More Top Ten Recipes of All Time (Five Year Blogiversary)

Fall Fusion Jar Salads with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Walnuts, & Pear Dressing

“It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.” – Edward Bunyard, ‘The Anatomy of Dessert’ I have a confession to make – I tend to be obsessed with analyzing my blog statistics. On a daily … More Fall Fusion Jar Salads with Brussels Sprouts, Apple, Walnuts, & Pear Dressing

Cherry BBQ Salad with Nectarine, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Basil, & Tempeh

“There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair.” – Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca) It has been a cool summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and my garden has not been doing well. I kept things simple this year and have six tomato plants, … More Cherry BBQ Salad with Nectarine, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Basil, & Tempeh

Sunshine Salad in a Jar with Kicky Mango Vinaigrette

“Even trained for years as we all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine.”  ― Lois Lowry  Today was to be my first day back to school/work after a two-week holiday hiatus but Mother Nature had other plans. In the Upper Peninsula of … More Sunshine Salad in a Jar with Kicky Mango Vinaigrette

Fruited Chia Mason Jar Salads with Blackberry & Lavender Vinaigrette

 “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery There is an elegance in autumn that is not present in other seasons. The light, filtering through the leaves, has the quality of honey – thick and syrupy. Toothache sweet. I had a revelation this afternoon. My Mason Jar Salad … More Fruited Chia Mason Jar Salads with Blackberry & Lavender Vinaigrette

Embrace the Old-Fashioned with Two Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipes: Basil & Mint

“We are asleep with compasses in our hands. ” ― W.S. Merwin A couple of years ago, when my niece Kristine was in high school, she gave a demonstration speech on how to can dill pickles. After her presentation, when she told me that there were students in her class that did not know that … More Embrace the Old-Fashioned with Two Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipes: Basil & Mint

Creamy Cucumber & Dill Dressing ~ Homemade & Plant-Based

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ― Henry James I am so thankful for a relaxing Independence Day weekend. Mike and I basked in the glow of family, friends, laughter, and sunshine. We spent many hours on the water and were sad to … More Creamy Cucumber & Dill Dressing ~ Homemade & Plant-Based