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)

Quadruple Berry Salad with Caramelized Pecans and Raspberry Vinaigrette

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” ― Susan Sontag As an English teacher, I make a living out of helping my students find connections … More Quadruple Berry Salad with Caramelized Pecans and Raspberry Vinaigrette

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

Tangy Jarred Salads with Sauerkraut, Hot Peppers, Pickles, & Mustard Dressing

“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!”  ― Mehmet Murat Ildan The glory of spring break stretches before me in the beauty of a week with few obligations. Even my normal weekend marathon of food prep has come to a delicate halt. I made a loaf of bread … More Tangy Jarred Salads with Sauerkraut, Hot Peppers, Pickles, & Mustard Dressing

Blue & Purple Passion Jarred Salads with Tangerine Vinaigrette

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,  Your thoughts become your words,  Your words become your actions,  Your actions become your habits,  Your habits become your values,  Your values become your destiny.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi In what feels like a blink of an eye the weekend is nearly gone and we were just starting to get acquainted … More Blue & Purple Passion Jarred Salads with Tangerine Vinaigrette

Citrus Berry Slaw Jarred Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.  – Laiko Bahrs Today has been a mellow day in the kitchen. Normally my Sunday routine is to engage in a cooking marathon, but since I have been tackling cabin fever by cooking, our freezer is stocked with individual homemade frozen meals, soup, chili, … More Citrus Berry Slaw Jarred Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”  ― Michael Pollan Food. It seems simple enough, right? We should eat to live. Yet, we have an intimate connection to the food that surrounds us. Food is comfort, culture, community, family, and a way to celebrate and nurture others. Food is smell, taste, and texture. … More Scarlet Salads in a Jar with Cherry Chipotle Vinaigrette

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