Salad

How’s the above for a colorful and healthy looking salad. Everything just came together into a nice little salad bowl from stuff I had in the fridge. The salad had baby greens with herbs, avocado, chickpeas, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes and red onion.

The avocado was just perfectly ripe. I bought the avocado a few days ago and let it ripen on the counter. The baby greens with herbs were so fresh that they tasted like they were just picked from the garden.

Everything else was leftover veggies from my last shopping trip and they were so good.

I have seen salad bowls here and there and this one just came together better then I expected.

Then Balsamic Vinegar over it. Just a sprinkle of the vinegar.

Ice water with lemon is so good with this salad. Very fun lunch today. And also quite healthy.

Mothers Day

Mothers Day is coming up this Sunday. I like the above Tussy Mussy type wrap for flowers. It’s so Victorian and just plain pretty.

It would be a neat idea to plant some plants like the above Primroses. The pink and white combo primroses with the dark pink primroses is such a nice combination.

Who doesn’t like Belgium Waffles with maple syrup? Especially when they are healthy whole grain walfles. Then fancy fruit cups. What an nice idea for a Mothers Day breakfast.

Rose Wine is so fun. Adding Strawberries in a Mason Jar would be a fun treat for Mothers Day.

Speaking of wine, how about the above wine party? What a neat idea.

And then the Saturday before Mothers Day King Arthur Flour in Norwich has the above Quiche special. Sounds really good to me.

We would do all that for my Mom on this special weekend if we could, but we lost her a few years back.

Would of, could of, should of. Can’t go back in time. But hopefully she knows that we are thinking of her on this special weekend.

Wishing all the Moms out there a wonderful mothers day.

May Musings

The Instant Pot is so easy to use and you can get great results with it.

For an example, Goulash takes only four minutes and you put the macaroni in right from the box. You saute the hamburg, onion and garlic with the saute button. Then you add the sauce, herbs, macaroni and water and hit the pressure cook button and hit the plus or minus sign to 4 minutes. It takes a few minutes for the Instant Pot to warm up to pressure, but then it’s only 4 minutes and you have American Goulash.

I put the recipe on my Pinterest, but I accidently put 2 accounts on my Pinterest. So I have to go in and fix my password. Recipes I save on my boards are now kind of mixed up.

I have one of those vacuum sealers and it was kind of neat putting the leftover Goulash in freezer bags. Now I didn’t waste anything and I have an easy meal to just warm up whenever I feel like it.

The above photo is what I put on the calendar that I made for my kitchen for the month of May. That is the dream landscaping that I just totally love. Everyone has different taste, but that is what I love.

The above is how green the grass is getting and the Spring colors on the new leaves. I take an old route that winds along the Connecticut River when I go grocery shopping in New Hampshire and took the above photo with my cellphone today. We go to New Hampshire shopping because there is no tax. Vermont taxes everything. And I mean everything. I save about ten cents a gallon on gas for the car and always fill up in New Hampshire. Having a Toyota Prius that is a Hybrid is awesome because it takes very little gas and $10.00 fills the tank.

Also, on an average, everything is about a dollar less in the grocery store in New Hampshire then the local grocery store in Vermont.

We live right on the border of Southern New Hampshire with just the Connecticut River separating us.

The Spring bulbs are all out now. Today was in the 70’s. But tomorrow is going to be sunny but in the 40’s. That’s Vermont. You turn around and the weather changes. Then more rain at the end of the week.

I like the above idea for storing spices. Those lazy susans are nice and it’s easy to find the spice you are looking for as they turn. Walmart carries the lazy susans like the above for about $7.99.

The above is my inspiration for the day.

Have a wonderful day.

Container Garden

Herbs are not easy to grow. So to see all the above herbs at a local farm-stand just is totally awesome. Totally love that place.

The above is an idea that is what I did with the recent herbs that I bought and is handy to have in the kitchen. I got the 6 herbs from the local farm-stand. You can cut from them and they just keep growing back.

So fun to have and to use for cooking. Something about fresh herbs make a lot of flavor in food.

The above is a container that I had a few years ago. I forgot I had that container. I think I’ll get some Basil and Dill and use that container again. Looks like I had some Lemon Thyme in the middle.

The above is a neat idea for a container for herbs and is an inspiration for an herb container.

So that is my thoughts for this first Saturday in April.

Spring Flowers

The Forsythia is out in full bloom now. Plus the grass is getting real green. I saw the above Forsythia as I was driving up main street and I had to stop and take a photo of it with my cellphone. You can see the leaves are starting to come out on the trees also.

I saw the above Forsythia plant at my favorite farm-stand and I want to buy it. Some day I will.

They have all kinds of flowering trees at that farm-stand that would be fun to have.

When I was a kid, my Mom would say “you can’t have everything you see!”. But I want them all.

I love the herb plants and I now own 6 of them. I got Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, flat leaf parsley, curly leaf parsley and chives. ❤

The Spring bulbs are so pretty.

The Pansies are pretty also.

So many colors with the Pansies. I wouldn’t mind a patch of those.

All kinds of colorful plants.

The primroses are in all kinds of colors. I usually get a couple of those, but I didn’t this year.

I like the pink primroses with the yellow center. They look nice when you put a yellow primrose beside them. Also the red primrose with the yellow center look nice with a yellow primrose beside them.

So that was going along with me on this Spring day enjoying the colorful flowers.

May Musings

A soup to try is the Kale and Cauliflower soup. It had 5 stars and all they did was saute the onion and garlic in a few splashes of vegetable broth for 5 minutes and then added in chopped carrots, parsley and thyme. They cooked a few more minutes, adding a little more stock so it wouldn’t stick. Then added 6 cups of vegetable stock and chopped cauliflower and simmered until tender. They placed 3/4 of the soup into a blender, leaving some pieces of carrot and cauliflower behind so it would be somewhat chunky. They processed until smooth and then poured the blended soup back into the pot. Then they turned off the heat and stirred in chopped, de-stemmed kale and let it set for 5-10 minutes before serving to allow the kale to soften. Yum! I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest soup board.

There are so many graduations this time of year and I like the above dress to wear to this type of occasion. It’s an Isaac Mizrahi 3/4 sleeve ruffle hem knit wrap dress. It can be found on QVC.

The embroidered crop pants by Dianne Gilman are fun to have this time of year. I ordered the above from HSN. They are stretch and fit nice.

The above Martha Stewart Aerosoles wedge shoes are stylish. They are supposed to be comfortable on the foot, also.

I like juice recipes and the above sounds good, especially if it is a metabolism booster.

The above container garden is like having a flower garden in a small space.

And that is my finds for today.

Thursday Musings

A local farm stand greenhouse is always fun to visit. The herb section in the above farm stand is awesome. Three herbs that were my choice to buy there today were Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary. Next time I want to buy Parsley, Chives and Mint.

Flourless Chocolate Cake is always good. But the above Chocolate Cake is from Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live recipes and it’s called “Never Get Sick Chocolate Cake”. It has whole-wheat pastry flour, dates, pineapple chunks, unsweetened applesauce, raw beets that are shredded, carrots that are shredded, cocoa powder, chopped walnuts and vanilla in the cake. The frosting is macademia nuts and/or raw cashews, vanilla soy, almond milk, dates and cocoa that are combined in a blender until smooth.

I pinned the recipe on my Fuhrman Recipe board on my Pinterest.

Yankee Candle has Mother’s Day gift ideas. The above gift bundle costs $100.00. But if you spend $20.00, the gift set is $40.00.

If you collect Temp-tations on QVC shopping network, the above canisters are really cute. I collect Old World Blue and I think that the canisters would look nice in the pantry. You could put dried pasta, couscous, rice and maybe dried beans in them.

I like the above inspiration that was on an exercise room wall.

The above view of Mt Ascutney is awesome. That piece of land was for sale last year. I’m sure that it is now long gone. But it was dream material.

This is another view of Ascutney showing the ski area. I have never skied at Ascutney but Okemo has more trails and they go out and around and are not so steep, plus they are longer trails. But there is a beautiful Exercise place at Ascutney that includes a nice indoor pool. Plus there are tennis courts and mountain bike trails. Vail from Colorado bought Okemo and I think they bought Stowe also.

The above garden shed is awesome. The little garden path, the rhubarb patch and the skylights on the roof to make it like a combined greenhouse.

Stripe material is so French looking. The above dress style is just right for Spring.

I love Sift magazine that is from King Arthur Flour.

And that’s my thoughts on this chilly and rainy day in April.