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Clean My House or Make Alice’s Delicious Broccoli Salad?

I used to really, really like to clean my house.  I loved starting with some dusty shelves, really shine them up, standing back and feeling totally satisfied with a job well done.  👏

Mopping floors? No problem! Love it!  The nice clean smell when it was all done and the beautiful hardwood and shiny tile and that revealed my hard work.  I cannot tell you exactly when the change occurred but I no longer enjoy cleaning my house!  😳

I just don’t want to spend the time cleaning.  There are other things I prefer to do.  Watch the Olympics.  Cook (thank heavens, I still love cooking and being in the kitchen). Bible Study. Bible devotions. Pray. Read.  Write. Take a walk. Think.  Did I mention the Olympics?

For many years I really thought it was odd how much I enjoyed digging in and cleaning my house.  Now I think it is really odd that my desire has changed and I would rather do anything besides clean.  As a matter of fact, today is my cleaning day.  Well, that is not exactly true.

Monday was my cleaning day.  Then I got busy doing laundry and didn’t clean.  Cleaning got bumped to Tuesday. Then to Wednesday.  Thursday I was in Community Bible Study, can’t clean that day!  Friday – well, I don’t want to clean on Friday because after all, its FRIDAY!

Today is my cleaning day but I decided to treat my sous-chef dish-washing mom and my super sweet Valentine husband to a Quiche breakfast.  Every time I made Quiche it is slightly different because I use whatever I have leftover from the week’s cooking.  Today I made  Quiche with ham, Pecorino cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and onions.  Oh my goodness, it was good!

Here are a few earlier recipes I have shared that are equally delicious.

Are they cute or what?

Butternut, Potato and Onion Quiché

Summer’s Bounty Quiché

Quiché with French Fried Onions

Okay, now I really am dragging my feet.  For more wonderful Quiche recipes just check out this link to all things Breakfast and Brunch!

Recently I wanted to make my sous-chef dish-washing mom’s delicious broccoli salad.  I click on praycookblog.com and typed in broccoli.  Whaaat?  I’ve never shared this recipe?  How can that be?

For year’s I would forget how to make this salad and I have asked my mother for the ingredient list at least 20 different times, usually calling from the grocery store!  Finally, I wrote it down and taped it to the inside of my cupboard.  It is a popular recipe and easily found with many variations on the Internet.  But for us, this is the one we love!

It is so easy to make and the combination of the red onion, bacon, raisins, and sunflowers really jazz up the fresh broccoli.  The sweet and sour dressing is what makes this a wonderful salad go well with almost any lunch or dinner menu.

I could probably wax poetically about broccoli (I LOVE broccoli) but alas I really do have to clean my house.  Today.

Happy cooking, cleaning, or whatever makes you happy!
Blessings, Catherine

Alice's Delicious Broccoli Salad
 
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My mom has been making this for years. Now, I have been making it for years. We love it from the first bite to the last.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches of broccoli, washed, cleaned and diced up
  • ¼ to ½ diced red onion (amount depending on your taste)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar (white, apple, balsamic, your choice)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Instructions
  1. Mix together the first five ingredients.
  2. Stir the vinegar, sugar, and mayo together making sure the sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour dressing over the broccoli mixture and stir well. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or as much as overnight.
  4. Stire and Enjoy!

 

Going For The Gold – A Winning Cherry Coca Cola Salad

Cherry Coca Cola Salad
Cherry Coca Cola Salad

This morning, my friend Gaye gave me the gift of time.  Here is how it went down:

It is 5 AM and from an early morning sleepy fog,  I can hear my cell phone ringing in the other room. Once awake I jump up and run to silence the phone. It is my neighbor Gaye’s  daughter, Abigail.  Abigail and a friend are flying to California today and her sweet frantic voice says “Miss Catherine I’m so sorry to wake you up but we are on the way to the airport and I forgot my wallet. Can you go to my house and get it and meet us?”

Immediately I spring into action. I throw on some clothes, gently pull our bedroom door closed and head for my car.  On the way to their house, I call Abigail  and ask if the house is locked and if there are lights on.  I also need to know  where Abigail’s brother Nathan is in the house.  My mind and my heart are racing faster than handoffthe Olympians I saw  running a relay last night!

I sure don’t want to frighten Nathan and end up getting hit over the head with a baseball bat!  My imagination is running wild as I am set  for a relay this morning.  As it turns out there was no worry about Nathan. Nothing was going to wake him up on this early morning including many phone calls his sister had  made to the house.

As I maneuver my car  through the early morning darkness on the back country roads of Tennessee I feel alive and excited that I am a part of this relay team.  I reach over and feel the wallet on the front seat of the car.  Yes, I am prepared for the handoff.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Plate Empanada and cuc tom salad
Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche

In the spring I visited my son Cory, and he introduced me to Blue Apron meal delivery service.  The Sumac-Spiced Salmon he made for us was outstanding.  Recently he sent me an invitation to try Blue Apron and they sent me one free delivery of 3 meals for 2 people.  One of the meals was for Empanadas de Picadillo with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and Lime Creme’ Fraiche.

Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Please forgive me for posting another salad recipe  on the heels of this Family Favorite Fresh Vegetable Salad!  But it is garden season in the USA and the vegetable stands and farmer’s markets are brimming with fresh vegetables like juicy wonderful tomatoes and sweet tasty cucumbers.

This may be a no-brainer salad for you but for me it shocked my shoes off!  I have never made a vegetable salad that is dressed with only a little olive oil, salt, and pepper!  Yep, that’s right – never.  In my mind, the vegetables need a little help dressing – like a bottle of salad dressing, a creamy homemade dressing, or something more than olive oil, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime juice

Cucumber and Tomato salad plated

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Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad

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Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad

When our entire family meets every two years for a week of family reunion fun, we all take turns cooking.  Each family is responsible for one meal.  Lunch is usually prepared by one family and dinner is prepared by two families that team up for lots of kitchen fun and exceptional food!

Ryan Paulsen
Ryan Paulsen

This salad was new to me and a big hit with the family.  Ryan and his friend Nick made this fresh vegetable mixture from a recipe that belonged to Nick’s mom.  You may have made it for years, but I have not and the flavors, crispness, and texture took me by surprise.

Ryan says that you can get creative with adding chopped black olives, sunflower seeds, or maybe a favorite ingredient of yours!

Ryan's veggie salad

Ryan and Nick made one big pot full with red onions and one without.  I definitely prefer the one with red onions, but both were gone when the evening was over, suggesting there are others who prefer it without onions.

Nick, Cory, and Ryan

Nick (left), my oldest son Cory (middle) and my nephew Ryan (right) are no doubt, talking food …. or maybe not!  They could be talking about running, biking, hiking, diving, or just about a million other topics all the cousins enjoyed chatting about during the reunion.

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Let your creativity reign as you make this fresh summer salad!  And the best part – these vegetables can be found at your local farmer’s market for out-of-the-garden freshness!

Happy Summering!
~Catherine

Our Family

Family Favorite Fresh Veggie Salad
 
Fresh ingredients right out of the garden make this a keeper recipe for any summer meal!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 small bottle zesty Italian salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Wash vegetables and cut into small chunks. Pour a small bottle of zesty Italian dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
Notes
Can add black olives, sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins, cooked crisp bacon, or a favorite ingredient of yours!

Double the salad and use a larger bottle of salad dressing. But beware, the veggies do not need to be drowning in dressing, less is more in this case!