Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Update

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was filled with family, friends and many sweets! I can't think of a better Easter treat than Cadbury Creme Eggs tied with a pink and green bow.

I am going to be a in a food coma for a few days. My mom fixed a wonderful meal that included this strawberry salad. What a great recipe for the spring and summer!

Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Goat-Cheese Bruschetta
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced red onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups torn spinach (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups halved strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 (3-ounce) log goat cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 (1-ounce) slices French bread, toasted
Combine the first 8 ingredients in a jar; cover dressing tightly, and shake vigorously.

Combine the spinach and strawberry halves in a large bowl, and toss gently. Pour the dressing over the spinach mixture, tossing gently to coat. Spoon 1 cup salad onto each of 6 plates; sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon toasted almonds. Spread cheese over toast slices; top each salad with 1 bruschetta.

Cooking Light, April 1998

As I read in the recipe reviews, to make it a main dish add grilled chicken and mix the goat cheese into the salad. Yum!

As you may have read I was looking forward to Water for Elephants. It didn't live up to my expectations, but I wasn't entirely disappointed. There were scenes that were hard to watch (thanks to those who warned me so I was prepared with tissues) and it was darker than I thought it would be. I'm curious to know what those of you that read the book have to say. I would have imagined Reese Witherspoon's character Marlena cast as someone a bit younger. Something about her and Robert Pattinson didn't quite mesh. I will say, spectacular performance by Tai the elephant!

No one can deny Reese looked glamorous in her 1930's costume and hair. You can see some of the sketches by wardrobe designer Jacqueline West on

I also went to a lovely bridal shower on Saturday, details to come.

Last but not least, wishing my friend Amanda a Happy Birthday! Miss you and hope we can celebrate soon!  xoxo


  1. I have been craving strawberry salads! They are my go-to food in the summer. I am going to the grocery store tonight!!

  2. Oh you are so cute! Thanks for the updates Missy :)

  3. I love strawberry salads, I just printed off this recipe year to use when our local farmers have fresh berries! It's good to read your feedback on the movie, i really think i am going to pass, I just couldn't cope with the difficult scenes, I am a total wimp.

    Happy Monday to you!

  4. I totally agree with the Reese/Robert connection - I think I had a hard time with them because I secretly knew he was British.. I was expecting his accent to pop out at any time and it totally preoccupied me haha

  5. That salad looks amazing! Must try soon! And that's too bad about the movie...I've gotten mixed reviews...just ordered the book, so we'll see which I get to first! :)

  6. I am going to have to try out this salad! I love strawberry salads! Looks like you had a great Easter (with the appropriate Easter candy)

  7. OH! that salad looks AMAZING!!! must try! :)
    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

  8. I can't get over that first picture! So preppy and fabulous!

  9. I saw Water for Elephants. I haven't read the book yet (still going to) but there were definitely parts where I covered my eyes. But still...loved it.


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