One of my favorite easy dinners this time of year is Strawberry Spinach Salad. It’s the perfect recipe to try with tots even after a long day of school when no one is up for much cooking. Like me. With minimal prep work it’s a fun group activity that gets dinner made and occupies younger sous chefs for a while.
The main rule of this salad is there are no rules. Add what you like and leave out what you don’t. To change it up we like to add grilled chicken breast, homemade croutons and onion slices.
Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Easy dinner for tots to prepare with parents. Use local in season spinach and strawberries for the sweetest salad imaginable.
El Nino has definitely come to visit our part of California this month. After a balmy February we have been getting daily drenchings of much needed rain. Our weekend plans got cancelled because of the incoming storm so we are getting some inside projects done instead like getting our spring plants for our garden and starting some summer seeds in our kitchen window.
For anyone that was planning on attending the Farm Fresh to you Capay Farm Tour this weekend like we were. It is cancelled. Another event is scheduled for next month.
Here are some other recipes we are trying and ideas we are obsessing over this weekend
Getting ready for our Spring Break trip to San Francisco and finding all the activities for the crew of kids we are traveling with
Obsessing over where and how we can find ourselves a vacation cabin worthy of Cabin Porn
Picture is from our trip to Skinner Vineyards & Winery last month. Their wood burning fireplace outside is the best place to sip wine and visit with friends. Look for our review of tot-friendly winery trips later this month.
Thinking of getting a new dog? Our household just brought home a new puppy, a 10-week old Portuguese Water Dog named Cupcake. We already have a 10-year old Yorkshire Terrier so this isn’t our first time going out to find a dog that fits in our home. It is the first time we have done it together as a married couple and with children to think about so it was a whole new adventure. More on our puppy in a later post. For now we want to share the five steps to starting to look for a new dog.
The AKC has a list of steps to take before getting a new dog. We are going to outline the first 5 today and talk about how we went about each step. Above all else we recommend attending a dog show as soon as you start thinking about bringing in a new pet. Dog shows are the perfect venue to get ideas about what breeds might fit your home best and there is a perfect networking opportunity to speak to breeders. Breeders can give valuable insight about the breed of dog you are considering and you can start to narrow down which breeder is the best fit for you. Asking lots of questions is important. (more…)
When I chatted with a friend this summer about our ideas for updating our home over a glass of wine she looked at me with a wild look in her eyes and told me if I was considering a kitchen remodel I should pretty much forget it. Or start investing in barrels of alcohol. Or flee the country. I nervously laughed it off having one remodel under our belts, I thought she was exagerating or just trying to be funny.
We waited a year and lived with the kitchen the way we bought it. We told ourselves we needed to wait and figure out exactly what we wanted before we started any updating. So here we are. A year later. Regrouping and starting a full kitchen remodel. I am the general contractor, tiling hired gun and designer. We are brining in two sub contractors to demo and put in new cabinets and install new countertops. Everything else is on us. (more…)
Inspiration for celebrating the seasons comes in all forms and one of my favorites is decorating with local flowers. Since I don’t like spending money on lots of premade holiday decor I try to bring the outdoors in with flowers and natural materials whenever possible.
When a friend said she was hosting a flower class at her home I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about how to put together local plants and flowers to make seasonal arrangements. Here is my recap of a Fall Flower Design Party. (more…)
It’s spring! We can be outside more and it is perfect weather for outside projects. You know what the best part of outside projects is? No clean up! My favorite projects are ones that my tots can be involved in completely and this one fits that requirement.
My family loves to stand by the windows in our family room looking outside and trying to figure out what birds are visiting us that day. Now that it’s nice outside we are getting lots more bird friends coming to see us. I figured. Why not offer them a snack?
One of the best part of having Farm Tots is that they start to appreciate the plants and animals close to home more and more.
In a large bowl add ingredients, mix well until blended. Let tots mix with their hands. Should make bath time more interesting.
Line your work surface with wax paper and weigh down the corners.
Press seed mixture into a cookie cutter, press firmly so mixture is tight packed and insert a piece of your straw into the shape to make a hole in your “cookie”. Be sure not to make your hole too close to the top, or the yarn will break right through when it’s hung. Cookies are easily broken. Take it from us.
Let sit for one minute, then slowly slide your cookie out of your cookie cutter. Repeat until all your mixture has been used up. Let the cookies dry over night and don’t move them! Even if they seem dry. They aren’t. We know. From experience.
String your twine through the hole and tie them. Hang from a visible tree. Watch your new friends arrive!