Friday, April 18, 2014

Spinach Basil Salad

I'm seeing chocolate eggs and jellybeans everywhere.  I know the bunny's on his way, but it's all about healthy, light, greens around here.  Believe me, you're going to want to fill your basket with this one!
Spinach Basil Salad
Spring and salads just go together, especially if they are fresh and extra flavorful.  Spinach Basil Salad is all of that and more.  It's delicious as is, or make it the star of your dining experience by adding grilled chicken or salmon.

Spinach Basil Salad 

Ingredients:
  • 2 bunches baby spinach, washed and stemmed (5-6 cups)
  • 1 big bunch basil leaves, washed and stemmed (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 oz. prosciutto, diced small
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 cloves garlic, mashed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • garnish with croutons and cherry tomatoes
Directions:

Sauté the garlic and prosciutto in the olive oil until prosciutto is crispy and garlic is soft. Pour the oil in a jar with the balsamic and shake to mix. Season to taste. Gently toss the leaves together in a bowl, pour the warm dressing over and toss again. Sprinkle with pine nuts and grated cheese. Garnish with croutons and tiny cherry tomatoes.  Add grilled or poached chicken or salmon, if desired, and serve.

Spinach Basil Salad

We leave cookies and milk for jolly ol' Santa Clause.  Imagine your bunny's delight when he hops by and finds a Spinach Basil Salad all dressed up waiting for him...you got it, bunny bait!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Hunting!




EASTER EGG HUNT TIPS

"Make your Easter brunch even more memorable by creating an Easter Egg Hunt. The rules are simple, but here are some tips that will make it more fun and run more smoothly."

USE DIFFERENT COLORS
Color code the eggs according to age group, or for each child. Then, hide the eggs according to the age of the child. Hide the eggs for older children up higher or in more difficult places and place them in more accessible places for younger children. This helps the younger children have a chance to get their own eggs without the older and faster kids getting them first.

KEEP TRACK OF THE EGGS
Remember how many eggs you've hidden and where you hid them. This is especially important if you use real eggs, not plastic ones.

SET BOUNDARIES
Tell the little hunters where you have hidden the eggs so they don't go off in the wrong direction. Be sure to keep an eye on them, especially if they are outside.

MESSAGES
Write each child's name on an egg. The first child to find their special "name egg" wins a prize!

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR "BASKET"
Have children create their own "baskets." Before the hunt, have each child decorate a paper bag with markers, stickers and more.

ADD DIRECTION TO THE HUNT
Give each child a checklist to follow. For example, have one child collect 3 blue eggs, 2 pink eggs and 4 yellow ones, and another collect 3 green eggs, 2 blue, and 4 red ones. The first child to complete their list wins a special prize.

DON'T LET RAIN DAMPEN THE FUN
If the weather does not cooperate, hide your eggs inside! If you don't want to hide eggs in your house, substitute jelly beans or chocolate eggs instead. They can be challenging for even the most skilled hunters.

THE GOLDEN EGG
Write "Congratulations" on just one egg. When all the eggs are found, ask who found the special egg. Give that child a special prize!

Thanks to McCormick for these sharing worthy tips!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sensational Spring

This is one of my happiest weeks of the year, Spring has arrived.  I adore how the world will change to so many vibrant shades of beautiful greens and colorful flowers blooming in the coming days and weeks.  I look forward to celebrating Easter, the perfect life and Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and warmer days ahead give cause to rejoice.


Here's a link to Susan Branch's free Spring Desktop Wallpaper, loving her Robin!


Thanks for flying by on this glorious first Sunday of Spring 2014.

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