6.11.2012

Strawberry Salad with a side of HomeFries.

As I started this post, I was totally laughing out loud while listening to the HomeFries podcast by Joy the Baker and Tracy at Shutterbean. I couldn't even type it up while listening. 1. Because multi-tasking can be dangerous sometimes and 2. I was laughing and giggling so much I didn't want to get weird looks like I was chatting online with some creepers or something. 

If you like fun girls that include awesome life conversations and food, listen – its fun. They abbrev (abbreviate) a lot and I flipping love it. I kinda wanna be friends with them.

And, now I have a dilemma – there are like 50 episodes and I started on the most recent one. I know what I’ll be doing this week! Thank goodness I can conceal my iPod while working. That type of multi-task I can probably do. It's not a terrible dilemma. Dilemmas can be good and bad right? 

So, while listening, I connected instantly!! They were talking about how freaking hard it is to make new friends.

**Worst thing about moving to a new city**

But even though its hard, it is so worth it in the end. You just have to get out there and do it! Make friends, say yes, do things, drink, fun and that equals friends. I've been so very very very lucky to have found an amazing group of people I've connected with. Thank the lord all mighty! And its been easiers since I've been living here for a little while. Thank the lord all mighty for that one too. Now I'm just one lucky girl with wonderful friends all over the county.
Gorg.
Also while listening, they totally inspired me!! They are doing summer bucket lists. Anyone who knows me knows I love lists! And goals! Things to check off lists and goals to accomplish are among some of my very favorite things to do. So it’s done. I am starting a summer bucket list. Summer official kicks off on 6/20, so I will start collecting ideas and share my list then!

I the meantime, I am still rocking my salad challenge. Yesterday, I made a Baked Tofu Thai Salad. Yes, baked tofu, and it was yum. Today I made a Strawberry Spinach Arugula Salad.
Maybe I can add the salad challenge to my summer bucket list? Naw – it’s not fun enough.

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what's on it? When did you start it and how much have you added/crossed off since you started?

P.S. Here is the salad recipe. It is one of my favs when I can get fresh strawberries. Which are all over the place right now, so I get to have it at least once or twice a week, depending on if I eat all the strawberries or not. I usually add granola on top, but today I added toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and a bit of parmesan cheese. I think toasted almonds would be a great addition too.
My base is always usually the same and I add/remove toppings depending on what I have in the pantry or fridge. It is light, refreshing and filling.

Strawberry Spinach Arugula Salad
Serves 1
1 Cup Fresh Arugula
1 Cup Fresh Spinach
½ Cup Sliced Cucumbers
½ Cup Hulled and Sliced Strawberries

Options additions:
Toasted Almonds or Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds) with Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Granola with Dried Cranberries
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds
Baby Portebella Mushrooms sliced

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the dressing, whisk or shake all the ingredients together until combined.
Combine all the ingredients for the salad, top with the dressing and EAT!

Enjoy - and comment below for ideas for my summer bucket list!

Erica

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