Friday, June 5, 2015

Salad Bar

It has been one of those weeks here on the Coast of Illinois. Consequently, this is a rather random post.

Last weekend we moved our youngest to her city apartment.
We are officially 'empty nesters'.
NO – we have NOT been running around the house naked.
             What is is about kids moving out that seems to turn everyone into nudists?
YES – my house looks like Allied Van Lines burglarized it.
              Things missing: one table, two chairs, one bed, two lamps, three rugs
               yet, I still have about 200 coffee mugs in the kitchen cupboard.
Am I freaking out?
Yes and no. I am so excited for our kids – both are living busy lives, on their own, yet close enough to stop by for dinner or laundry. 

Thank you, Universe.

On a healthy note:

This weekend we will be having the first of many fresh salads from greens grown right here in my little garden! Tonight's salad will also include quatre radis français. (That's four French radishes for you non-Francais.)  I have no idea what nationality the greens are. I am topping it with an herb vinaigrette. The herbs are fresh from the garden also. I believe they are of Italian, Greek and French descent.
clockwise from top - baby kale, baby spinach, baby mixed greens and four French radishes.Take THAT salad in a bag!

 Bon Appétit!

Coast of Illinois Vinaigrette
2Tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Any combo of fresh herbs, painstakingly tended and gently harvested at their utmost freshness.
(tonight's combo includes flat and curly parsley, chives, basil and thyme)
fresh ground pepper


  1. We've been empty nesters for, oh, is it 4 years now? Time flies. And not once did we run through the house without clothes! My husband and I are such boring people. We will gather lettuce tonight from our Earth Box. We also bought fresh strawberries from Wilkes-Barre, PA, (about a 90 minute drive from here) at a farm stand. Can upstate New York strawberries be far behind? (a couple of more weeks?). Be still, my heart. Enjoy your salad. I'll be right behind you. Alana

    1. I always forget how wonderfully delicate fresh picked greens are! And fresh strawberries? No contest! Enjoy!

  2. Your salad looks gorgeous - I've only planted a little leaf lettuce this time, but my neighbor has planted radishes and is eager to share. My 4th child is leaving for college in the fall, but we still have 3 more behind him - ages 14, 10, and 7. It's gonna be a while. Naked is NOT going to be pretty then... heehee

    1. lol!! If your household is anything like mine Angie, by the time you get to Naked Time your eyesight will be so far gone it won't matter!! ;)

  3. Your quatre radi salade sounds delicious. Welcome to the empty nest brigade. You are so fortunate to have them close enough to stop by for dinner. My 2 Big Kids are living 4,000 miles away in the Twin Cities. That said, I still help out with laundry when I am over there.

    1. I can't imagine 4000 miles away! Yikes! But there is nothing like Mom doing the laundry, no matter how far away!

  4. We work so hard at teaching our kids to be independent, then darn if they don't go and be all independent on us! For myself, I have chosen to exercise my freedom by sleeping a little later in the morning rather than dancing around the house naked. ;-)

    1. I know!! And I have to admit - it is a little bit evilly fun when they call to see what you are up to and my activities are more fun than theirs!!

  5. My parents are far from being empty nesters, but kid #4 is moving out this summer, so the home will seem much emptier to them, since they haven't had only 3 kids at home in 18 years. However, Angel and I just moved back to my hometown so I'm close to them for the first time in a long, long time, and they're pretty happy to have us in the same country for once.

    1. Your parent are so lucky to have you moving back to the same country! I am sure they were pleased and proud to have you living your life and experiencing different things but there is nothing like having a child back within 'reach'! Every time a child moves forward, no matter how many remain, you feel such a shift in your life. It is exhilarating and sad all at the same time.


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