Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Loved the movie "42". . .
If you haven't seen it, you should.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

52 Soups/Salads in 2013

On a scale of 1 - 5, we rated Salad #17 Chicken and Wild Rice Salad - 4.40

We really weren't sure about this salad when we tried it immediately after we made it. However, the next day it tasted great. We'll definitely be making this salad again.

Chicken and Wild Rice Salad
(recipe from 200 Salads. . .thanks for the book, Sarah!)

1 cup uncooked wild rice, cooked according to directions
3 - 4 T. lemon juice (or more if needed)
2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, cut into pieces
1 cup chopped pecan halves
2 avocados, cut into chunks

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil

Rinse the cooked rice and then toss with the lemon juice in a large bowl; let cool completely. Stir in the chicken, bell pepper, peas and nuts.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and then toss in the salad mixture along with the avocado.

Makes 6 - 8 servings

Friday, April 26, 2013

Song that made Chuck smile today

"The Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern" by Todd Snider

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fowl weekend

Early last Friday morning we headed west to visit Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend, Kansas.


 American Coots

American Coots

 Black-necked Stilt



 Northern Shovelers

 Northern Shoveler

 Northern Shoveler coming in for a landing

 We saw many, many duck butts!

Small sandpiper

On Saturday morning we got up early and arrived at the Quivira wetlands before sunrise.


Cheyenne Bottoms
We saw lots of phalaropes twirling like little ballerinas. Loved those spinners!


Beautiful song, meadowlark!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

52 Soups/Salads in 2013

On a scale of 1 - 5, we rated Salad #16 Carol's Harvest Salad - 4.75

We absolutely loved this salad! The flavors were amazing. The only reason it didn't get a 5.0 was due to the pecans being too sweet and that was our fault. We are planning to make this salad again in a few days!

Carol's Harvest Salad
(recipe from our next-door neighbor Carol. . .thanks, Carol!)

Salad Greens
Peeled and chopped pear
Dried blueberries
Smoked gouda
Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
Glazed walnuts or cinnamon pecans, chopped (We found an internet recipe for glazed pecans but it was too sweet. We'll try another recipe for cinnamon pecans or glazed walnuts next time.)

3/4 c. oil
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 t. paprika
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. salt