Summertime=Salad time!

And ice cream!  I mean, FroYo of course.  Since we are back on the wagon seeking a healthier lifestyle, we {I} don’t really do ice cream anymore. The wagon still has chocolate chip cookies.  End of story. Save your judgement.

Well, today’s post is brought to you courtesy of “wet field conditions”.  No soccer, and no plans for the gym, I thought I’d share what’s up in our little neck of the world.  Hmmm..Nothing really.  Nothing’s up.  School is almost over. Bobby and Autumn did fine, and should be moving on.  I’m not sure Allison is going to see her senior year; bad study habits, lots and lots of excuses and a boyfriend got to her this year.  She’s definitely bought herself a little summer school. I won’t touch upon how parenting factors into this. The ol’ man reads my blog, and probably wouldn’t like it if I did.  All I’m going to say is I find it frustrating.

Ms. Autumn is all signed up for summer recreation.  Summers kind of suck for her.  Ok..well they probably really don’t.  But she doesn’t get to sleep in during the week.  Mama still has to be at work at 8am!  I remember being a kid and sleeping in, eating breakfast and then home promptly at 5pm for dinner, after chores, I didn’t have to be home until the street lights came on.  Between breakfast and 5pm? Crazy chaos all over the neighborhood!  I’m kidding of course.  I mean, there were lazy days, and days I stayed inside, days I laid out in the sun slathered in baby oil. (GASP!!  Simmer down Millennials. It was the early 80’s and skin cancer wasn’t a “thing” yet. Besides, I had an older sister who made tanning seem soooo awesome!)  By the end of July, I was bored, and was ready for summer to be over.  However, I started babysitting in the summers at 11 years old. My childhood hell-raising ended at 11.  Autumn on the other hand, is 10 years old in the year 2015.  She goes to the local recreation for 6 weeks. Field trips and swimming are the extent of her daytime hell-raising.  It’s all I can handle.

Enough of my boring life. Let’s talk salad! I’m not sure that’s any more exciting….Anyway, no one likes to eat heavy in summer; unless it’s meat smothered delicious BBQ sauce.  I love Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey sauce.  I could drink that shit straight from the bottle. FOCUS: SALAD. This recipe is from another blog, Green Valley Kitchen.  It was floating around Facebook and I thought it looked fantastical.  I’ve made a similar version in the past, so I did change their recipe just a little, as with most of the recipes I post. My kids are so damn fussy. Have to keep the buggers happy. Ish.  Happyish. I switched out the Feta cheese for mozzarella. And I added extra onions.  I love onions and I didn’t feel like kissing the ol’ man.

Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado Salad (with a Little change)

  • 1 ½ C Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced. (I just used an English cuke)
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, cubed small
  • 2 Tbsp Red onion (2 Tbsp or so..you know..at your discretion)
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 8 Twists of black pepper from a pepper mill
  1. Chop tomatoes into a medium dice.  If using cherry tomatoes, (which I did because it’s easier) cut in half. Add to bowl.
  2. Peel and seed one cucumber and dice.  Add to bowl
  3. Remove pit, dice avocado and using a spoon, scoop out the avocado from the peel.  Add to bowl.
  4. Cube cheese, add to bowl
  5. Add minced onion and parsley to bowl.
  6. Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, and black pepper, pour over salad.
  7. Toss gently so the avocado doesn’t break up.  Serve immediately.
  8. If refrigerating, keep the avocado aside and add before serving.

Tomatosalad

 

Off to surf Pinterest for inexpensive, yet cute teacher’s gifts!

Add a salad!

Mondays.  Mondays most of the time are very blah for me. I could take ’em or leave ’em.  But today, I’m looking at Monday as a fresh start.  I got to spend Saturday with some phenomenal women, and for just a short period of time, away from the extra 60lb attachment to my leg. I love her more than my own life, but sometimes it’s nice to be me and the not mommy me. But that was just briefly Saturday. Back to life!

The menu for the week has been worked out with some very healthy meals planned.  Fresh start, fresh meals, fresh week! Smiles all around.  Scrapbooking and exercise are on the to-do list for the week.  And if nothing else, tomorrow is Tuesday.

The buggers are doing great. Well, I don’t really know about great, but they are alive! Minimal arguing, minimal PMS, and homework is getting done in a sort of timely manner.

Squirrel!

Out of all the unhealthy dishes that I give in to, burgers are my absolute favorite. I can pass up pizza, steak, tacos, and pasta.  I cannot refuse a burger. Mushrooms and a slice of  Swiss and I’m in heaven. Simple. I can’t wait for grilling season, just for the burgers!  Last week I made turkey burgers. Kid approved turkey burgers at that! No real recipe, mostly done to taste! Even better!

Turkey Burgers

  • 1.5lbs        Ground turkey
  • 1                  Egg
  • 1/4 C         Panko bread crumbs
  • sprinkle   Italian bread crumbs
  • Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, Sage and Thyme alllll to taste

Mix all ingredients together, by hand. Has to be by hand, I don’t know why, it’s how my mom did it. (although she used probably 80/20 ground beef) Form into 6 patties. Grill or pan fry until cooked all the way through. Usually a grey/white color. You’ll know.

I just realized how lame this plate looks. Add a salad!
I just realized how lame this plate looks. Add a salad!