Saturday, October 17, 2009

Recipe Swappin' Saturdays: Fruity Spinach Salad

I first had this at a company work party. I've switch it up over the years, added ingredients, swapped ingredients, and here you have it.

Fruity Spinach Salad
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 small can of mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries
  • sliced red onions (to taste)
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp. Feta cheese
  • salmon (optional)
  • Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette

  1. Cook salmon.
  2. Put spinach in a bowl.
  3. Chop strawberries and add to bowl.
  4. Drain oranges and add to bowl.
  5. Slice onions and add to bowl.
  6. Sprinkle salad with Feta.
Serve salad on plate with salmon on top, drizzle Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette over the top.

Now for the Recipe Swap Party.

Here are the rules:

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post with a salad recipe, not your general blog address.
  2. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can join in the fun!

The theme for next week is 5 ingredients or less!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Great Offer: Carter's, Oshkosh, and Linens and Things Coupons

Here are the OshKosh and Carter's coupons for this week. They are for 20% off good until October 21. Both OshKosh and Carter's are having big mark down on their holiday outfits. So if you want your little one to be dressed to the 9's your Christmas activities, this weekend may be a good weekend to start looking for that special outfit!

This next coupon is good for Linens & Things. The coupon doesn't say for Linens and Things, but trust me, it is. Linens & Things has some neat stuff. Every time I walk into that store I discover a new kitchen gadget that I didn't have and didn't know I needed until I walked in. Shop online at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How to...Make a Jedi Costume

I said I was going to do a few more posts on homemade Halloween or Fall Festival costumes. I had thought I would have time to shop, find some c ap supplies, and then make my post. Being a full time working mom with an 18 month old, the shopping part didn't happen. So you will have to use your imagination for this one.

How to make a Jedi Costume
  • burlap sack (here's one for $3.69)
  • off-white or brown turtleneck (free if you have one on hand or can borrow one)
  • thick brown ribbon, or a brown belt (free)
  • brown tights (or sweat pants) (free if you have some, or borrow some)
  • blue tempera paint ($2-5)
  • aluminum foil
  • an old wrapping paper roll (free)
Make it:

  1. Cut head and arm holes in the burlap sack.
  2. Paint the wrapping paper roll blue, and put a bit of aluminum foil on the end to make a handle. You may want to "twist" the last few inches to make the handle part smaller and more stable to hold.
  3. Put on turtleneck and sweats/tights, and layer over the burlap sack. Put belt/ribbon around the waist.
  4. Grab your blue light saber, and you are ready to go get some candy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Aspiring Photographer: A Colorado October

The weatherman predicted it right for once. We woke up to snow Saturday morning. Check out my Autumn Blaze Maple with snow on it.

You might think it is a little early for snow; I know I do. Other than the red leaves, this picture could have been taken in January. I'm just glad that hubby got the sprinklers blown out on Friday night, since the news reported that lots of people were experiencing broken water pipes.