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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spinach-Apple Salad...Coleus...Staying in the Moment

This is a wonderful salad for empty nesters. Just throw together what you have and Ta-Daaa...a healthy salad for two! (I think we've covered all the food groups with this one.)

My Spinach-Apple Salad for Two

Place in salad bowl...

A bunch of fresh spinach, washed and torn into bite size pieces
1 apple, sliced and quartered, mine was a Jonagold (don't use Grannys--too tart!)
Two or three slices of cheddar cheese, broken into pieces
Handful of sunflower seeds
Toss in dressing; however much suits your taste


1 T. Good Seasons Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 T. Red Wine Vinegar
3 T. Apple Juice.

Bought some coleus for the outdoor planters, but they were so beautiful that I kept them inside! Coleus are such opulent looking plants. They make me think of musty Victorian rooms with red velvet settees and heavily draped windows with filtered light and  fancy carpets from exotic places.
I'm finding these plants to be very thirsty indoors, they get droopy easily, so if you get one, keep the watering can handy.

Baron and I took a lovely walk this morning; through the park and all over town.  Walking Baron is necessary...he get's pretty antsy if he doesn't burn that lab-puppy energy. Actually, he's become my own personal fitness coach...spurring me on when I'm feeling lazy! Today I had so many things to do that it was difficult to make myself get out with him. But you know, his health and mine are just as important as spading up the flowerbeds. So I decided to leave my watch at home and just enjoy our time, no matter how long or where our walk took us. We arrived home an hour later; refreshed and ready to take on the day. Stay in the moment, friends...it's the key to happiness.


joanne said...

I just love throw-together salad suppers like that...you can add just about anything!

Linda O'Connell said...

Love your last line and also leaving your watch at home. So many of us are tethered to the time piece or Internet, and it is difficult to loose ourselves outdoors.


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