Posts Tagged ‘Salads’
November 26, 2013
I have a feeling this week is going to pass by faster than you can say Happy Thanksgiving. Last night was the first of four home games this week, which I think is a personal record for me, performance wise.
With extra rehearsals, lots of extra cooking, the in-laws in town, and a possible 10K Thursday morning (still haven’t bitten the bullet to officially register… whoops), I think I just might be testing out my sanity. But, I’ve always gone with the “I’d rather be busy than bored” theory, so you won’t find me complaining one bit. Lots to look forward to!
Today I wanted to share another one of Scott’s recipes. You know, the gourmet chef around here, as opposed to quick and easy chef I consider myself to be. Anyways, this salad is delicious and kept me more than satisfied with a cup or five of his butternut squash soup last week.
Roasted Corn and Bacon Wild Greens Salad
Easy as steam, cool, cut and mix!
4 large ears of corn
2 cups of mixed greens
1 2.8 oz. bag ready to serve real bacon recipe pieces
*you can choose to use 4 strips of bacon, cooked, and chopped instead
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
10 fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
salt and ground pepper to taste
*you can mix up the flavor by using specialty oil and vinegars.
prep time: 20 minutes
1. Cook the corn ears (in their husks for extra flavor) by steaming in a large covered pot with an inch of boiling water for 12-15 minutes. Let the corn cool and remove the husks. You can run the corn under cold water to speed up the cooling process.
2. Stand each ear of corn up vertically over a large bowl to remove from cob. Use a sharp knife to make long, downward strokes.
3. Add chopped greens, bacon, onions, and peppers. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sat, pepper and cumin. Mix dressing into salad just before serving.
It was so good, we have decided to serve it again on this year’s Thanksgiving menu! (Doubled or tripled up, of course.)
Now it’s time to head up to Flint with Scott’s parents for a little outlet shopping. See ya tomorrow!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever served any type of salad at Thanksgiving?
• What kind of ingredients are/were included?
• What’s your main meat superstar? (Turkey, ham, chicken, pork, etc.)
Scott has his heart set on making pork loin, but I am so set in my turkey ways that I’m not fully on board with the idea yet. Last year we went completely out of the norm and made spicy steak chili. Part of me wants to revisit the tradition of my favorite lean meat on Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2013
Hi friends! How’s your Thursday going so far? Mine’s been a cold, but good and busy one.
The morning absolutely flew. I was originally going to sneak in an early workout, then listened to my (sore) body and decided to give it a rest after last night’s workout and practice.
I left the house right after 9 a.m. to get a spray tan for our big calendar release tomorrow during the Pistons vs. Hawks game! To say I’m a little excited about it is a huge understatement. I’ll be sure to share more details after tomorrow!
I spent some time chatting it up with the salon owner, then hit up the Subway right next door for a late breakfast.
(Whole wheat bread, egg whites, turkey, pepper jack cheese – toasted – with tomato slices and green peppers.)
While I was there, I also went ahead and ordered a chopped salad for lunch, knowing I would only be home long enough to type up this post before getting out the door again!
(Spinach and lettuce mix, plain chicken strips, cheddar cheese, and “the works” for vegetables, minus the red onion and jalapenos with oil and vinegar on the side.)
I also plan on enjoying the unpictured bag of Baked Lays in the car shortly. And just in case you didn’t catch the hint at the bottom of yesterday’s WIAW post, yes, I did in fact have Subway last night for dinner as well. Whoops. I should seriously consider buying stock in that store! Are you guys in need of any Subway Ambassadors? Jared’s got it covered? Oh… okay.
I made a few stops on the way home and one of them was to a Bank of America.
Funny story… after realizing my local branch by the house is relocating I then searched for other locations in my good ‘ol iPhone Navigation app. Several popped up, and I drove over to the closest one. Turns out that was a PNC bank, so I searched again. The second stop took me to a highway ramp entrance. I really felt like someone was trying to play a prank on me or something!
Good news, I finally found a new BOA to handle all of my banking needs just a few miles away from home and paid my first visit this morning. I was on my way home when I then remembered I needed to pick up a few greeting cards and pulled over to a Walgreens.
Walgreens, CVS, Target, you name it this always happens.
I go in for one or two items and come out at least a hundred dollars lighter.
I would usually be more disappointed in myself, but I did pick up a few steals I am excited to feature in tomorrow’s Friday Favorites link up. So we’re all good.
Still Getting Used To Surroundings
Since moving up here, I have relied heavily on my GPS apps on my phone. I really don’t know what I would do without them. If this were thirty years ago and I had to put my driving fate on an old fashioned paper map I would be in some serious trouble, ya’ll.
Anyways, over the past few months I have been trying to ween myself off of the navigation. I have figured out the essential direct routes I need to know (how to get to the arena, to major shopping areas, to the airport, downtown, to the grocery store, etc.) but just can’t seem to put together how to get from one area to another just yet.
After my side trip to Walgreens, I wanted to see how on or off my sense of direction was and decided to head home without any clues. After all, I was only three miles away.
What do ya know… leave it to me to turn the exact opposite way I needed to. I ended up hanging a right instead of a left on my major road home and finally noticed it was the wrong way when I ended up here.
At first I got frustrated, but then I took a second to look around and appreciate the little back road I stumbled upon. Wouldn’t it be cool to live off of one like this?
You definitely don’t get the sight of bare trees like this in Florida!
Eventually, I caved and found my way back home via my iPhone navigation. Sigh.
And here we are! I only have a few minutes to catch up on some emails before I need to get over to Royal Oak for a hair appointment, then I’m off to get my eyebrows threaded. Yup, today is just one of those beauty days. I guess it could be worse.
I am looking forward to a dinner date with Scott tonight (finally!) followed by errands we’ve been putting off as long as we can, like picking out a new vacuum. Ours officially kicked the bucket the other day and I don’t think I can handle tiny green tree needles everywhere anymore.
We both have our hearts set on the Dyson Ball. One of it’s versions. Do any of you own one? Thoughts?
Upcoming Reebok Sales
Before I go, I wanted to let you know that I just got word from Reebok that they’re planning to offer a handful of HUGE Black Friday Weekend promotions. Stay tuned! I’ll release more details the day before Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful rest of your day!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever moved to a completely new city? If so, how long did it take you to get used to the surroundings (not rely on maps or apps to get around!)
• Ever tried a Subway breakfast sandwich, pita, or wrap? What’s your favorite kind or combo?
October 9, 2013
Well, hey there friends. I hope you are all having a fabulous Hump Day! Mine is… well… going.
You see, I had a pretty fun night last night as we officially started the kick-off to the new season with our first home Pre-Season game! I’m not sure if I am just getting older or the nights are getting longer, but after a full game of sitting and performing on court I was feeling it.
My back, my legs, my neck… everything. But, it’s all a part of it and I’m not here to complain! Slowly but surely, I’m regaining the pep in my step today.
Last night, however, everyone was all smiles! There was a lot to be excited about, and we even got to wear pink to show our support for October being breast cancer awareness month.
And speaking of going PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness…
It’s time for a special October edition of WIAW!
What I Ate
Like I said, I don’t know if everything is catching up to me at once of if I am just feeling older, but I can’t seem to get enough sleep lately. Where it used to take me at least an hour of unwind time at night to fall asleep, I have been out like a light in not time and average 8-9 hours of shut eye if my schedule allows it.
Remember, this is coming from someone who used to function on a consistent 4-6 hours back in Orlando. Weird.
Anyways, back to the eats! Breakfast was a tasty one with a jazzed up version of scrambled egg whites.
This time I threw in green peppers, grape tomatoes, and Southwest seasoned deli turkey and topped it all off with ground pepper.
About an hour later, I got a craving for something sweet and handled that one with a serving (or two) of fresh raspberries, blackberries and grapes.
I could keep refilling this and snack on it all day long if you’d let me!
Knowing it was going to be a long night, Scott came home for lunch before going to the arena and asked for a big green salad for lunch.
I started with mixture of kale, chard, and spring mixed greens for the base. Next, I added any vegetables I had accessible including red and orange bell peppers, chick peas, green olives, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots and avocado. I topped it with a light Ranch dressing (not pictured) because I was craving it, and served a Qrunch quinoa burger (Italian Seasoned. YUM) on the side for some substance.
That did the trick and held me over for the next couple of hours until after blocking on the court was over. This year, we have pre-made sandwiches, wraps, salad, and fruit in our dressing rooms for home games.
I grabbed half of a veggie wrap filled with grilled vegetables, and some kind of delicious dressing (hummus?) wrapped into a spinach tortilla. It was better than I expected it to be and powered me through the next few hours of performing at the game!
I guarantee that the majority of on court action photos you will see this season will have most of my hair across my face. (I’m all the way to the right in a squatting ending pose.) #longhairshortbangsproblems
After the game, I joined Scott and a few others for a quick dinner and drink (whipped vodka and Diet Coke. <- which I only drink in alcoholic beverages these days) to celebrate the start of a new year. I swear, I don’t drink that much… but my WIAW’s have been recently falling on event nights with group outings!
I enjoyed a chicken wing and a few bites of Scott’s chili while waiting for my Southwest steak salad to arrive.
It was good, but nothing special. This time I skipped over the ranch and used a side of salsa for dressing. The food was okay, but the overall night was great. We are looking forward to another fun-filled season to come!
Have a great rest of your Wednesday!
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August 9, 2013
Hey ya’ll, and a big howdy from the road!
Did the rifles alarm you? Don’t worry… it’s just us Missouri folk.
Scott and I will be in the Missouri/Arkansas area for the next week visiting his family! Until yesterday, we hadn’t realized it had been three years since we had been home. Really? That’s nuts. Obviously, a visit was looong overdue!
Flash Floods + Cake Decorating
Our trips to Scott’s old stomping grounds are always filled with car rides around the Missouri/Arkansas state line to see everyone. The first stop on our list was at his dad and step-mom’s.
If there’s one thing I can expect anywhere around this neck of the woods (literally), it’s some good eats.
Breakfast started bright and early around 8 a.m. with homemade Belgium waffles with a strawberry compote syrup and blueberry muffins.
With my stomach issues in the back of my mind, I have eased my way into eating regular flour and gluten-filled foods… and so far so good. Sometime on vacation, it’s inevitable.
Scott’s dad and step-mom live next to very few neighbors in the middle of the woods. There are only two ways out of his “neighborhood” and both of them require crossing over low bridges.
With flash flooding alerts consuming our phones throughout the night, we were all curious as to what kind of shape the roads were in. Well, I’ll just let you take a peek.
Holy flood! As we pulled up to the one-way bridge, my jaw dropped at the sight in front of us. With a strong current, water poured over fields, halfway up to cars and trucks, and over the bridge. And hello there, Mr. Cow.
It all looked like a scene from a movie! Looks like we weren’t going to be going anywhere for a while.
After perusing the grounds, we turned around and headed back home for the day. At least it’s a peaceful one!
Kirk and Kay built their house in the middle of nowhere, and created the perfect serenity house. Every time we go, I expect a little bit of peace and quiet and no cell phone service.
This trip, we met the newest addition to the Hesington family, Belle!
She looks full size in this photo, but she is actually only a 5 month old pup. She’s incredibly sweet and super snuggly!
As soon as we walked into the house I hear “Who wants to go shooting?”
Oh, of course… shooting. Because how else are you going to practice your accuracy but to grab your own rifle from the collection and shoot at clay pigeons?
While the boys (and Scott’s niece, Evan – get it girl!) were occupied loading bullets, the girls stayed busy inside decorating cakes. Kay bakes cakes professionally (and for fun) on the side, and always has a few extra cakes saved on the side for Scott’s nieces to decorate when they come visit.
Since Evan was outside, I decided to stay inside and decorate a cake! Can you guess which one is mine?
The bee hive (adorable right?) is Alex’s, the strawberry “fruit cake” or “short cake” is mine, and the 5th grade graduation cake is Bella’s to celebrate her going into middle school.
Of course, Kay helped us with a lot of tips and tricks, but for the most part we all handled the details on our own. It was a great time!
Ready to get outside, we walked around the property for a bit before lunch.
Last time we were here there were only a few chickens. Now it’s Chickens Gone Wild!
Kirk started introducing us to them by name, and I was really impressed that he could even tell them apart. Say hello to Charlie!
(He was just as unsure about this interaction as I was.)
As we made our way to their bountiful garden, I may or may not have encouraged Scott to show me his best gymnastics move on the wooden beam. I can’t help it… the guy has great form!
With a big bowl of fresh vegetables in hand, I was excited to get inside and chop them up for a fresh salad as part of our lunch.
Without lettuce, I improvised and created a new twist to my usual monster salad. This one included fresh cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, celery, and squash tossed in a mango olive oil and an orange citrus vinaigrette dressing.
Everyone seemed to love it, and I am now on a mission to find similar specialty oils when we get back home.
After a few hours of hanging at home, we set out in the newly fixed up vintage Ford Bronco to see if any of the water levels had gone down from the flood.
It’s as if nothing had ever happened!
This was the same exact location I pictured above with the cow stranded in the middle of the road. Can you believe it? I guess that is why they call it “Flash Flooding.”
Other areas, like this creek, weren’t so back to normal.
We ran into a handful of neighbors who were concerned for others that got affected by the water. Crazy stuff, huh Charlie?
Another hour or so later, it was time to hit the road and head over to Springfield to visit Scott’s mom and step-dad.
Meatloaf + Jungle Speed
I don’t think I can ever get used to the windy, hilly roads of the mid-west down here. I have gotten a bit car sick while riding in the car on my previous trips home, so I knew what to expect this time around.
Lucky for me, I came prepared with something to help settle my motion sickness.
Since Scott grew up here, he is not afraid to zip through the roads. This can make for an interesting ride, and I swear I felt like I was right back riding roller coasters at Cedar Point at times. Feeling more nauseated than normal, I decided to lay down and sleep the rest of the trip over.
My plan was a success and we arrived at his mom’s right in time for dinner. After a few rounds of hugs, it was time to dig into a smorgasbord of good Southern eats!
She was awesome and made all of Scott’s favorites, including her famous meatloaf I have been hearing about for years! It was delicious, and as you can imagine, I left the table happy and full.
We spent the remainder of the evening catching up, telling stories, having handstand contests, and playing Jungle Speed.
Have you ever heard of this game?
It is a matching card game that reminds me of a mix between UNO and War that tests your reflexes and requires you to not only recognize when you win the round, but grab the totem first to confirm your victory.
After more than a few rounds, and at least a few claw marks (Scott), I can attest that the game in an intense one!
So much fun!
Today, we are all off to Branson and then plan to spend the weekend at a condo on the lake. I couldn’t be more excited for it.
See ya there, and a Happy Friday!