I made this salad to take to Parent Teacher Conference to help feed the wonderful teachers at my daughter's school. I signed up to provide a green salad, but I didn't already have a great go-to recipe for such an occasion. I thought about it for several days, and had several pregnancy cravings during that time frame (which I'm pretty sure may have skewed my decisions)...once I had settled on a few ingredients, I built my new recipe for Fruity Fresh Green Salad, and it even travels well!
Lettuce and/or Spinach (use whichever greens you like the best) - enough to fill a roasting pan
4 Apples (I used Gala apples)
1 large Can Mandarin Oranges (drained)
Start by slicing your apples- I use an apple corer to cut the apples, then I cut the slices in half length wise and width wise.
Put all your apples into a tupperware container, drizzle with lemon juice, cover, and shake to disperse the lemon juice around all the apples. This will help keep the apples from browning while in transit.
Prep your greens - this will vary by the type of lettuce (or spinach) you are using. I cut up my two types of lettuce after rinsing everything.
Then I spun the lettuce in a salad spinner (which I had to borrow from a friend).
Then add the greens into your serving dish (a disposable roasting pan was what I used). Sprinkle your apples, oranges, and bacon atop your greens...you can see mine all mixed together in the background of this picture:
Top with Wonton Strips right before serving. Any fruity vinaigrette would taste great on this Fruity Fresh Green Salad, but I like to serve it with a Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette. If you are sending this to a gathering and not serving it right away, you might be interested to see how I packaged my Fruity Fresh Green Salad to take to the school.
It's easy, it's tasty, and it travels well (without the Wonton Strips added, of course)...Feel free to jazz it up any way you like because this salad is versatile. I hope you try my Fruity Fresh Green Salad for your next family reunion, church function, or Tuesday night dinner at home.
Do you have a heart shape paper punch in your crafting stash-or know where you can get one? If so, then you can throw together a quick and simple Shamrock Charger or Mini Shamrock Frame.
Here is how I made my Shamrock charger:
(Optional) trace and cut a circle to tape to the middle of your charge
(I used a charger that I currently have out all year round with a vinyl picture already on it, so I used paper attached with Washi tape to create more of a blank slate for my shamrock)
Cut/Punch heart shapes out of green paper, then fold hearts in half (from bottom point to the dip on top)
Adhere the heart shapes onto your charger in the shape of a Shamrock
(using three hearts, place the hearts with the points touching)
Cut a scrap piece of matching paper to look like a stem for the Shamrock, and adhere it in place
(Optional) If you have two sizes of paper punches, you can double layer your hearts-like pictured
Once your Shamrock is in place, you can add a bit of Washi tape and a word or phrase (like 'Lucky')
And it's a similar concept for the Mini Shamrock Frames:
Cut your hearts out of desired paper
Fill frame with coordinating paper
Adhere hearts in shamrock shape to the frame
(I used Washi tape and placed the hearts on the outside of the glass in the frame...creating a 3D effect)
Then add your Mini Shamrock Frames to your St. Patrick's Day decor on a mantle, piano, or a window sill to create an interesting focal point for the holiday. Or add shamrocks onto treat bags or directly to your walls (using removable adhesive) for a unique twist...Just have fun with it!
We've been having fun with new hairstyles as Widget's hair grows longer. Check out this crown I made her--a Braided Crown!
I pulled some of her hair into a small high ponytail, then French braided the hair around the ponytail. The pinwheel effect is made by pulling small amounts of hair from the ponytail into the French braid. I then added some red rhinestone flowers into the braid to give it an added element of festivity :)
And this is what Widget's hair looked like that evening after I took the braid out. She thought it was great fun looking a bit like a lion...she even growled for me!
Have you tried any fun braids in your hair lately?
A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Instagram how I was re-organizing my kitchen pantry. In total, I cleaned out the entire pantry along with the two cupboards near the stove that hold food items.
I started by pulling everything out of the pantry (which accumulated in the kitchen in the above middle) and wiped down the shelves. Once I had a clean slate, I could focus on where to put my food items. I started by placing the most used items closer to the entrance of the pantry, and went from there.
I'm in love with my new organized area, making it easier to pull ingredients for meals. I asked my IG and Facebook followers for suggestions during this process, and I thought I'd share what information I gleaned:
Jen said: converted a hall closet to industrial metal food cabinets... Only kitchen holds cooking supplies, cook books, and spices.
Judy said:Pitch all things out of date. It will lighten your load and make room for more. List things you pitched to buy only if you use them a lot.
Jim said:Start with the trash can.
My peeps are so smart--Thanks for your help and support! And if you would like, feel free to hop over and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.