Friday, April 29, 2011

Salad Days, Too.

Some additional salad selections for your "Oh, my gosh, summer is just around the corner and I still need to lose a few more pounds."  The term "girlie salad" was coined by Aunt Tracy and you'll see why.

The basis for the girlie salads are tender spring lettuces as well as spinach.  Delicate - like us, LOL.  I always add thinly sliced English cucumber and the smallest grape tomatoes available.  Each of the salads contain the mixed greens, a meat or fish, a fruit and some nut pieces.  Cheese crumbles are always a good addition.

I am the only one in the family that likes salmon, so I make this just for myself.  This girlie treat has salmon, sliced orange sections, and slivered almonds.  I cooked the salmon with some Asian seasoning on top and made a dressing of low sodium teryaki sauce, sesame seed and a drizzle of olive oil.  Very substantial luncheon choice for for those two hour gym sessions in the late afternoon.

This is Meredith's favorite.  She adds chicken, strawberries, walnuts and fat free feta cheese. The chicken breast is roasted with pepper, garlic, and balsamic vinegar in a hot oven (400).   She just drizzles additional balsamic vinegar over the salad, but I prefer a fat free fruity vinaigrette.

This final salad was inspired by Tracy.  She first served it at Nanny's 80th birthday luncheon and from that moment, I was hooked.  What is better than pears and gorgonzola crumbles?  Fresh bosc pears are nice to use, I only had canned today.   I added some blueberries and usually use that same fruity vinaigrette that I like so much.  The salad is equally delicious with romaine lettuce. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Salad Days

 Summer is coming. Last chance for Val to get off those winter pounds.  I eat a different salad meal every day.  Variety keeps things interesting and with a few basic similarities, these selections help me stick to my plan.   

 One bag of romaine plus sliced English cucumber and grape tomatoes make the beginnings of a few salad choices.

The Greek includes the basic plus 1 can solid white tuna, roasted red peppers, red onion rings, fat free feta crumbles.  Even fat free Italian dressing can't ruin the great taste of this.

                Here's Tim's favorite - chicken and bacon bits with shredded cheese and ranch dressing. ( I always use fat free cheese and dressing).    

The girls (I'm a fan, too) like the buffalo chicken salad.  Take the basic and add chicken marinated in buffalo wing sauce, blue cheese crumbles and some yogurt based dressing.

Bon Appetit!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

The Easter bunny left some eggs for the adult children.  Can you guess what is insde?

Well, it was a small family party.  Meredith had to work at her Starbucks job for the day, so we had a lovely dinner for three when she got home from work.  Timmy was visiting Sabrina's family and the rest of the family got together on their own.
A beautiful bouquet of purple flowers (my favorite) from Sabrina.

2010 Procrastinator's Thanksgiving Dinner for Easter

The dessert (carrot cake, of course).
Served with decaf Verona.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Garden

I could not resist some progress shots, as the garden is revealing itself as the season develops.

Some shots of the weeping cherry in blossom - my own cherry blossom festival.

Looking down the driveway - love coming home to this view.

Nothing like the rain to enhance the lushness of the greenery.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring in the Garden

Stelladoro lillies making an apperance between the white pines.

Blooming star magnolia in the Japanese garden.

Andromeida in the Prom Garden.

Daffodils in the shady Border Garden.

Beginnings of the cherry blossoms.

We love to observe the gardens in all their splendor during each season.  Tim is a wonderful gardening artist.  We have named each section of the yard.  The Prom Garden is where the children and their friends posed for pictures in beautiful gowns and tuxedos.   We have several peaceful and unique areas around the yard, including the Japanese garden, the Border garden, the front garden and the hydrangea garden. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tim, otherwise known as Patio-Daddio, or the Grillmaster.

Nancy and Sabrina arranging the food.

Happy 82nd Birthday, Dad

Becky with the happy endings

Theme Night, April 3, 2011 - Opening Day

Our theme for the month - Opening Day Baseball. This great idea was created by Austin.   We're all Yankee fans and decided to celebrate with an opening day menu which included:
Super Pretzels
Cracker Jacks
Nachos and cheese
Hot Dogs, chicken cheese steaks, wings, sausage and peppers, buffalo chicken salad (for the dieters) as well as a fish platter.
Dessert included a chocolate tray, lemon cake with birthday candles for Grandpa, and make your own waffle cone ice cream treats.

We always make way too much food.  We end the evening with family fun and games.  This night we played Apples to Apples and I was the winner this time!

Our next venue will be suggested by Tracy.  I am looking forward to it as Tracy is the best of all at cooking.