Monday, 22 July 2019

The Salad Days of Summer - 2 More Shares

Some more yummy summer goodness to share & an update to last week's two recipes.  The Where's Waldorf, I found that using Quinoa pasta (it's a protein) required a lot more yogurt that the suggested amount.  I think the Quinoa just soaked up the original amount & I like it just a tad more on the creamy side.

Broccoli Apple Salad
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (I use white sweet onions)
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped (I used gala apples)
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped (I've also used almonds)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Creamy dressing ingredients:
  • ½ cup lite mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low fat Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt (I don't use)
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, onion, apples, pecans, and dried cranberries.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. (I omit the salt)
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.


1 pkg. (284 g) baby spinach leaves

1 can or package (14 fl oz/398 mL) whole rosebud beets, drained, quartered

2 large navel oranges, peeled & sectioned (in a pinch I've used canned mandarin orange slices)

1 small red onion, thinly sliced (I use white sweet onions)

3/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted (I prefer pecans or almonds)

1/2 cup Kraft Signature Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (or any other brand of a raspberry vinaigrette dressing)

TOSS all ingredients except dressing in large bowl.

ADD dressing; mix lightly. Serve immediately.

Friday, 19 July 2019

TGIF - July 19th

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this meme ...

Trusting: that the summer clock that is seemingly ticking rather quickly, slows to allow more; more time on the patio with friends; more adventures with Mr Man; more time for crafting & not just more work; more good reads available at the library; more of every blessing.

Grateful: for the kindness of a blogging friend,Karen, who sent me a stamp set - she had two of the same & thought I would enjoy the extra set - I most certainly do.  She also made me this lovely card.

Inspired:  back in May when I mentioned in a post, that Osprey had returned to the area, Eileen at Bracelet of Days asked if I was going to post any photos of the birds.  I was inspired to keep an eye out for when the birds were visible in their nest.  It seems when the days are at their hottest, the birds will stand on the edge of the nest to catch any breeze off the lake.  I was lucky to have not only a hot day, but one where I had my camera with zoom lens & the traffic was light so I could easily pull over (non parking spot) on opposite side of the road to the nest & take a few photos.  The pole is about 30 feet in the air & the nest platform has been added to accommodate the nest & yes that is a plastic bag that the birds have used in building their nest.  It amazes me that the plants grow in the nest.  
Fun:  one particularly naughty fur girl wasn't getting enough of my attention; I was crafting; so she dug into the wastebasket & pulled out this envelope & proceeded to shred.  She was having fun.

"Smiles reach the hard to reach places."  Steve Wilson;  Smiles book from Lady Ella.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Take Notice Thursday - On Reflection

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Notice Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.    What have you noticed this week?

This week my noticings are reflections taken on a recent wandering.  The water was still, the sun shining & the light combined was perfect.  The water isn't dirty, there is a lot of iron clay in the ground.  The water was very clear.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”   Søren Kierkegaard 

Monday, 15 July 2019

The Salad Days of Summer - Two Shares

I'm sharing a few cold salads that I regularly make during the summer months, both are on the menu plan this week.  I've shared as I received & noted where & what I've changed.   Bon appetit - buen provecho - buona mangiata

#1 Tropical Chicken Mango Salad
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp preserved ginger (finely chopped) I used fresh
1 tbsp orange juice concentrate
finely grated peel of 1 orange

4 cooked chicken breast, skinned & boned (I use only 1 for Mr Man)
1/2 small English cucumber - coarsely chopped (I've used regular cucumbers, but I must admit English are better)
1 medium red pepper coarsely chopped (actually any colour of sweet would be fine)
1 medium mango, peeled
1/2 head of leaf lettuce (I've used Romaine & I've used Iceberg)
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts or roasted peanuts (I used honey roasted peanuts & once slivered almonds)

In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together until blended. Cut chicken into 1" cubes & place in bowl with cucumber & red pepper.  Cut mango into 1" pieces & add.  Toss with dressing. Spoon chicken mixture into a lettuce lined platter  - sprinkle with nuts.

#2 Where's Waldorf? (from Looney Spoons cookbook)
3/4 cup low fat vanilla yoghurt (I've used full fat yoghurt)
2 tsp honey mustard
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

4 cups of rotini pasta (2 cups dry) (I've used corkscrew & I've used elbow) (my latest is Quinoa pasta)

3 cups chopped unpeeled but washed apple (any type will do, I've often blended Granny Smith & Fuji apples)
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts (I've used pecans, I've used slivered almonds)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion (I use sweet white)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I always forget this)

Mix dressing ingredients,  mix salad ingredients, mix together, serve chilled.

Friday, 12 July 2019


Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this meme ...

Trusting:  That my excellent intentions regarding my scrapbooking of each month's numbers will get caught up very soon.  I have the numbers, I just need to get them onto the page.

Grateful: Truly grateful for all the medical help there has been for Mr Man's eye problem.  He had quite an upset a few weeks back when it seemed his good eye was struggling.  Turns out he has a condition in that eye of extreme dryness, which turns out can affect your vision. The good eye has been working hard to compensate for the bad eye (the one that had 3 surgeries to it & monthly eye injections).   A good eye drop prescription  & some simple things like warm compresses twice a day are helping - this week doctor & Mr Man are pleased with the improvements.

Inspired: by so many talented scrappers, card makers & blog writers.  While not necessarily a woman's domain, it seems that the majority of those that I follow or read, are women.  I am thankful for an online tribe of woman that inspire me.  I'm inspired by the raising up of women by women to develop & share with the world, our gifts.

Fun: the continuation of our wandering as a Summer Manifesto.  We found a truly delightful back roads way to my favourite scrapping store & discovered a charming little cafe for tea & cakes.  We live in such a rich farming area & with all spring's rain, everything is still green & lush looking.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Take Notice Thursday - The Badlands Were Good

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Notice Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.  What have you noticed this week?

We have known about the The Badlands for years, but it is only recently that it has installed a parking lot, a boardwalk & a viewing platform.  Prior to this, the area has been fenced off with security keeping watch.  So as part of our Summer Manifesto of wandering, we wandered over recently to take a closer look at some good examples of bad land ...  "let us wander where the WIFI is weak"

The exposed bedrock at the Cheltenham Badlands is Queenston Shale, and this iron-rich shale was deposited over 400 million years ago, when the area was part of sea bed. The shale has eroded into a series of hummocks and gullies, producing the distinctive landscape due to the removal of vegetation during land clearing and livestock grazing in the early 1900s.

The striking landscape of the Cheltenham Badlands is one of Ontario’s geological treasures and is one of the best examples of badland topography in the province. Today, the Cheltenham Badlands is recognized as a provincially significant Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. It is owned by Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by Credit Valley Conservation Authority.  Wikipedia.Badlands

Friday, 5 July 2019


Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this meme.
Trusting: that the new OFF Backyard & Patio mosquito repellent works!  The mosquitoes are awful this year - large & far too many.
Source: Internet

Grateful: For the shade of the trees 

Inspired:  by the quote from JRR Tolkien; "not all who wander are lost" which prompted me for this year's theme for our Summer Manifesto.  We had purchased a book "Back Roads of Ontario", which has given us 1-2 day out drives but also got me searching for some places that we can wander about in/at.  I think it's going to be a good summer.

Fun:  Mr Man & I recently had a wandering adventure day off the patio & at this particular conservation park, there was a swing bridge over the river .  Neither of us are good with heights, but we dared each other to be brave & walk across & back again. Sometimes pushing each other to do things out of our own mutual comfort zones is fun, but it's still a hard no from both of us to zip line across!!