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    • Cherry Tomato Salad

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    •  8/30/2012 11:14:51 AM
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      Thanks to my sweet neighbor- Jamie...I am writing you this blog :)  She let me borrow a computer mouse (since mine decided to die last night) so I can manuever through my computer.  You don't realize how much you depend on simple things until it's are gone.  Speaking of neighbors- this salad above was made for me by one of my other sweet neighbors- Melanie.  She brought this to me right after I had my baby- and it hit the spot!  It was the perfect meal for my taste buds.  My husband kept getting annoyed because I was vocally showing how much I loved the salad after every  bite.

      If you are like my mother, and have so many cherry tomatoes in your garden- you don't know what do to with them all...you have to try this recipe.  I highly recommend it :)

       

       

      Cherry Tomato Salad

       

      Ingredients

      1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half

      4 chopped green onions

      1/2 cucumber chopped

      3/4 teaspoon salt

      1/4 teaspoon black pepper

      1 tablespoon orange zest

      1 tablespoon olive oil (I only used half this and it worked great)

       

      Directions

      Mix all together and chill for an hour for best flavor.  So good!  Like candy good!

       

      Much love!

       

      If you liked this, you might also like:

       

      Mexican Corn Salad

       

      Anytime Bean Dip

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    • Cabbage Fruit Salad

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    •  8/22/2012 9:16:55 PM
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      So I happened to turn on the TV yesterday and the show THE DR.'s was on...I happened to hear one of the doctors say that laughing 15 minutes a day is good for your health.  He went on to say it burns calories and makes you live longer- and some other statistics that I really didn't listen to.

       

      I just heard LAUGHING FOR 15 MINUTES... and I thought to myself, "when was the last time I laughed really hard, out loud?"

       

      My kids were in the room with me- as I looked at each one of them I decided it would be fun for some family time.

       

      I decided...I was going to LAUGH for 15 minutes- and hopefully my children would join me.

       

      So I began...I just started fake laughing, really hard, really loud.

      And soon- my fake sounds turned into full out gut-laughing.   All of my children stopped what they were doing and stared.  My oldest (who is almost 8) immediately told me I was weird, but sat down and watch her mother in awe.  My handsome 5 year old I believe wanted to join me, but wasn't sure how- so instead just cuddled up beside me.  And my 2 year old little girl kept asking, "what's wrong?" and when I didn't answer she began to put her hand over my mouth.

       

      Just so you know...15 minutes is a LONG TIME to laugh, and unfortunately I didn't make it till the end.  But what I did make was a fun family experience.  And yes- maybe I am WEIRD...but I probably burned like 100 calories- so there!

       

      On another note, instead of looking for ways to burn calories to lose some weight...why not try this YUMMY CABBAGE SALAD- that is mostly RAW and so YUMMY!  This salad was made for me by a very sweet neighbor of mine who brought me dinner after I had my baby.  I ate almost the whole salad in one sitting- it was that good!  Thanks Kathryn for this awesome recipe!

       

       

      Cabbage Fruit Salad

       

      Ingredients

      1/2 purple cabbage chopped

      2-3 apples chopped

      Craisins or Dried Blueberries

      Annie's Fat Free Mango Vinaigrette Dressing (few tablespoons)

       

      Mix everything together- using your desired amount of craisins or dried blueberries.  I would think that this would last a long time in your fridge, but it didn't last long in mine because I ate it so fast.

      And I don't know...maybe while you are eating it...you can laugh a little bit- just for fun?

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

       

      If you liked this, you might also like:

      Crispy Oriental Salad

      Cruciferous Coleslaw

       

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    • Perfect Summer Dinner

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    •  8/14/2012 3:39:50 PM
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      First of all...doesn't this dinner look yummy?  It's an easy idea for a summer dinner.  This is what I craved during the end of my pregnancy- so we had it at least once a week.  I think my kids are addicted to fresh corn-on-the-cobb...no complaints here!  You can use sweet potatoes (check out our recipe here) and any type of salad.  I try to have a mixture of romaine and dark leafy greens (chopped small) always in my fridge. I love how quick and easy it is- and how much my kids love it! 

       

      And just for fun...here are 3 things you may not know about me (Veteran Mommy):

       

      1.  I LOVE Michael Jackson!  Ok..."love" might be too strong of a word for me...but not for a secret friend of mine.  I found this anonymous gift on my front door a week or so ago.  Ok- I admit that I enjoy a good MJ song to get me going.  I have been known to have spontaneous MJ dance parties in my kitchen with my children...but Michael Jackson as a person...not so much LOVE going on there.  So whoever you are...thank you for this GIFT- it puts a smile on my face every time I see it (and maybe a moonwalk for my feet- ha ha!)

       

       

       

      2.  Staying on the LOVE subject...I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my little newborn baby!  I had my fourth child 2 weeks ago tomorrow.  Not knowing the gender beforehand, we had a very special moment when we met our son for the first time.  He weighed 9 lbs 13 oz (our biggest baby yet), I had him natural with not a single tear (sorry if that is "too much info").  He is a happy healthy baby and I can't stop holding him :)  I am excited to begin posting blogs on baby food...which is where I began my whole food plant based journey...when I had my first child and didn't know what to feed her.  Now I know...and I am excited to share!

       

      3.  And finally, the last item you may not know about me...I DO NOT LOVE writing blogs.  I try to write once a week...and I haven't been enjoying it at all lately.  As I am trying to figure out why...I thought I first need to admit that I don't like it at all (I would say HATE, but that is a "naughty" word in our home).  Do I feel inadequate?  Do I feel..."who am I?  And why would people want to hear from me?".  Or is blogging a WEAKNESS of mine that makes me feel this way?  Either way- as I thought about my dislike of writing, one of my favorite quotes came to mind:

       

      "Giving us weakness, is one of God's ways to get our attention.  Our weaknesses merely point out where God EXPECTS us to excel."
      Hartman Rector, Jr

       

      So all your WHOLE FOOD MOMMIES out there...I don't want to DISLIKE writing anymore- I want to enjoy it- maybe even EXCEL at it?  So bare with me- I'm going to get more personal and be more REAL.  And as my Michael would say (and being as cheesy as ever!!!) "If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change".

       

      much love!

      Veteran Mommy

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