Monday, March 27, 2017

Limoneira Blood Orange Spring Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous because I got to spend it with my mother. We stayed home, sat by the fire, read magazines, watched movies, talked and enjoyed one anothers' company. All in all a very relaxing and restful weekend. 

Recently I made this scrumptious salad using blood oranges that I received from Limoneira.   I love citrus fruit but typically only eat it as a snack. But when I was asked by  Limoneira if I would like to try a few different kinds of their oranges I though perhaps I would try a few new recipes as well. This blood orange salad was one of the things I came up with. 

Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Serves 2 

1 blood oranges peeled and sliced
11/2 handfuls of spinach
11/2handfuls of spring mix
1/4 of a small red onion sliced in rings
1/4 cup toasted pecans
2 ounces of blue cheese

In a large bowl mix the salad greens then arrange on plate, add onion rings. Sprinkle with toasted pecans and blue cheese, then arrange orange slices. Drizzle with dressing. 

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Place olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup with salt and pepper to taste in a screw top jar and shake to combine. 

This salad is refreshing and a great recipe to add to your Spring table. The sweet blood oranges, with the creamy, slightly salty blue cheese and the crunchy nuts are a delicious combination. 

I hope that you have a great day!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday Favorites Simply Recipes, The Pastry Affair, Home Bunch, Once Upon A Chocolate Life and More

Good morning! How was your week? Are you enjoying the first week of Spring? My week could not be better because my mom is visiting. We always have a great time together, baking, talking, working on projects and just enjoying one anthers company. 

I have been trying out new recipes on my mom as well.

Yesterday I made this  Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew from Simply Recipes. It is not only easy but delicious and can be served over french fries, potatoes or noodles or just eaten plain with some vegetables. 

If you are looking for an easy sandwich for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner check out the Hot Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough that I recently made for the Rhodes Blog. They are great with a bowl of fruit for breakfast, or a salad for lunch or dinner. They are also great as appetizers for parties, picnics and weekend game days.

Image from The Pastry Affair

I cannot wait to make these Oatmeal Fudge Bars from The Pastry Affair.

But if you want something a little more decadent what not try this Oreo Fudge Baked Cheesecake.

Image Home Bunch

I love a cute beach house and the Beach Cottage featured on Home Bunch looks like the perfect place to spend summer days.

Have you seen the movie Collateral Beauty with Will Smith? I watched it last night and I really liked it.

What is the secret to happiness? I am not sure but here are 3 Habits of the Happiest People in the World

I always write "to-do lists" do you? Are you successful at ticking things off of your list? If not perhaps you want to try this list instead.

If you read a good book, watched a movie that you enjoyed or made a delicious recipe I would love to hear about.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just Curious...What is on Your Spring Bucket List?

Good morning! Spring has finally arrived, at least on the calendar that is, the weather is not cooperating though. I was saddened to read that over half of the Washington D.C cherry blossoms probably won't make it because of the bad weather last week. They are a special sight to see so if you ever get the chance to be in D.C when they are blooming make an effort to take a look.

Here the daffodils are in full bloom and the trees have buds just waiting to burst. I personally am waiting to start ticking things off my bucket list. In the past I never really made bucket lists but as I get older I find myself making lists at the beginning of each season or holiday so that I can enjoy not only my old favorites but also add a few new experiences in as well.

I am curious, do you make "bucket lists" for the seasons? If so, what do you want to do, see or experience this spring?

Here are a few items from my list:

Pick berries at a local farm
Go bike riding
Make an herb garden

Decorate Eater eggs
Plant containers
See the cherry blossoms
Get a new bird feeder
Spring clean

Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month
Have a picnic on International Picnic day April 23

Make ice cream
Take a walk in the park
Pick some daffodils
Feed the ducks
Read on the porch

Aside from a few weekend jaunts and a stack of Spring recipes I do not have much else on my list. But I would enjoy hearing about what you like to do in the Spring.

I hope that you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Apple Streusel Bars

Good afternoon! Happy Spring! I cannot believe it tis the first day of Spring when yesterday we had a freak snowfall for about 10 minutes. Today it is bright and sunny although it is a little cold. 

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was busy. We are remodeling two bathrooms and we spent the day picking fixtures, lights, sinks, tile, etc. We are also having 4 rooms painted so we spent what seemed like days picking out colors. 

I also made a few treats because my mom is coming for Spring Break! I cannot wait. One of the things I made are these easy and delicious Apple Streusel Bars. If you like apple pie that you will love these bars, they have a shortbread type crust and are spicy, sweet and nutty. 

Apple Streusel Bars

For the Crust

21/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter cut into pieces


5 cups of apples peeled and diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 8 teaspoons ground nutmeg


1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the over to 375. Line a  9 x 13" baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving some excess on the sides for easy removal from the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray or lightly butter.


 In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt, stir to combine. Then using two knives, a pasty blender or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like damp sand. Set aside 11/4 cups of this mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. 


Add apples and lemon juice to a large bowl stir to coat the apples, then add the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir again to combine. Pour the filling into the warm crust and spread in an even layer. 


Add the brown sugar, oats and nuts to the reserved 11/4 cups flour mixture. Stir to combine then sprinkle the mixture over the filling. Bake for 30 minutes. 

Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan using the foil overhang and cut into squares. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Sources: White Elephant Porcelain Teapot

Have a beautiful first day of Spring!

Source: Elephant Teapot//Cups with Stars are vintage Similar Cups//Demitasse Spoons are vintage Similar Spoons//Tray//Napkins

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday Favorites from Sprinkles Bakes, Etsy, From the House of Edward, Between Naps on the Porch and Mroe

Happy St.Patrick's day and a happy Friday to you. I am sure that many of you who have been in the path of the snow storm are ready for the weekend. I know that I am. It has been a crazy week here between work, all of the workers coming and going and the freezing cold weather I want to stay in and do nothing.  OK, not nothing but nothing important. 

Image Sprinkles Bakes

I will be making these Bacon Smoked Beer Bread Muffins from Sprinkles Bakes this afternoon to accompany the Bangers & Mash my husband wants to eat for dinner. 

If you would like a little tasty treat that you can pour on ice cream, cake, cookies or just eat out of the jar try this scrumptious Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce

If you need a few more recipe for St. Patrick's day check out the 24 Essential St.Patrick's Day recipes for Your Celebration from The Kitchn.

David Leibovitz Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

David Lebovitz is one of my favorite chefs, cookbook authors and bloggers and I love learning new recipes form him. I think these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies would be a tasty treat for this weekend. 

Peacock & Wild Poppies  Art from Etsy

I discovered this beautiful peacock painting on Etsy and more from this fabulous artist. 

Pamela at From the House of Edward wrote a great post with her Spring Reading List and if you are looking for something to read to get you through the strange weather this list has some fabulous book. 

Are you a fan of decorating books? Than this post and list by Between Naps on the Porch is something that you need to read for all the latest and greatest in decor. 

Did you see the movie Manchester by the Sea? What did you think?

Did you read, bake, make or see anything interesting this week? If so please share I love learning about new things. 

Have a great weekend. Be safe in the next storm and if you go out to celebrate St. Patrick's day. 

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