It will be the phrase out of everyone’s mouth once they try this. I promise. It’s the perfect seasonal salad for the in between temperatures that each day keeps bringing. It’s refreshing and hearty with a dressing that adds the perfect complimentary touch of tangy sweetness.
2 cups cooked pearled couscous (I used tri-colored)
1/2 cup chopped and quartered dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped and quartered pitted dates
1/4 cup craisins
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 leaves of kale, chopped and wilted
4 shallots, peeled and slivered
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp EVOO
S and P to taste
What to do:
Cook couscous according to package. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Add a Tbsp of water to kale and wilt at about medium heat until slightly wilted. Remove from heat and set aside. Cook shallots until slightly brown with about a tsp of EVOO. Remove from heat and set aside. In small bowl, prepare dressing. Whisk until emulsified. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over all ingredients in bowl and mix. Serve. 🙂
The weather was absolutely gorgeous this week, which automatically puts me in such a good mood. 🙂 It has been in the 70’s and I love it! Is it just in PA or are other places experiencing it being warmer too?! Clearly, I haven’t watched the news lately. 😉
Since it has been so nice out, I’ve been breaking out my two denim shirts to layer. They are an ideal in between for these temperatures. I have one from Garage (similar, here) and one from Target, (similar, here).
I found some other fun ones that I may need to add to my wardrobe since I am going to puuuuuurge my closet like it’s my job very soon!
Here’s the deal. Over the summer we were doing the Whole 30. I was planning on making a taco salad when I realized I couldn’t break tortilla chips on top since they aren’t Whole 30 compliant. The recipe I was following suggested these plantain chips from Trader Joes. I loved them in the salad and then found myself snacking on them by themselves throughout the week. I love them! I just ordered some more this morning for snacking and for a salad next week. Plus, they really are a lot healthier than tortilla chips so it’s a win all around. 😉
I got a massage on Tuesday and that is beyond a favorite of mine!
I loved all the comments about Friday Night Lights from my post on Wednesday! Low and behold, my sister-in-law informed me that she loves the show AND has a Tim Riggins shirt! WHAT?! I didn’t even know they made them and now I want one. 🙂 You can buy it, here! It even has his name on the back. 😉
Well, it’s more what I’m afraid of…but I’m dreading that we’re going to have snow after having such nice weather this past weekend!
What I’m working on:
An eBook will be coming to you soon from yours truly! 😉
What I’m excited about:I was thinking of all of you as we are starting to plan the details of our trip to Italy. So many of you responded when I mentioned that we booked the trip and I love that! What are your favorite places in Florence or Capri?! Restaurants, wineries, shops, etc….:)
What I’m watching/reading:Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose. I am slightly obsessed. We finished the first season in a week. Oops. 🙂
This book was recommended at the conference this weekend. I can’t wait to read it!
They are both so catchy and have been playing A LOT around here.
What I’m wearing:
I feel like I have been in my classroom as much as outside the classroom for conferences and I’ve been wearing a lot of these. It’s always good to have a good pair or two of black dress pants in your closet.
What I’m doing this weekend:
My sweet, sweet Grandma’s church has a lasagna dinner each year to support their missions trips. Eric and I have gone the last two years and that’s about all our weekend consists of. Just the way I like it. 🙂
What I’m looking forward to next month:
More sleep? 😉
What else is new:
We have thrown the idea around about adding an accent chair to our living room and we might make the plunge soon. Thoughts? Kriste told me about Home Decorators Collection and I am in love!
Bonus Question: What is your favorite beauty product?
It’s a sweet and savory and all things yummy for any night of the week. It’s nearly impossible to mess up and only requires about 30 minutes from start to finish!
1 lb ground hamburger
1 cup uncooked rice
2 15.5 oz cans of organic kidney beans
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 tomato (cubed)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 Tbsp local honey
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp chili powder
chipotle chili pepper powder sprinkled
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup water
What to do:
Cook one cup rice according to packaged directions. While the rice is cooking, in a large pot brown the hamburger. Add all ingredients (included cooked rice) to the hamburger and cook for 20 minutes on medium to medium/low. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking. Remove from heat and serve!
It’s one of those weeks where counting your blessings comes extra easy. They are flowing all around and I’m so grateful.
Eric and I agreed not to do much for Valentine’s Day. But, when I got home on Tuesday I found a bottle of wine, flowers, and a note. One of the notes said to check the freezer which had Talenti was in it. #win We did nothing fancy and I loved that. As I poured myself a glass of wine, I realize that I always reach for these. They have held up so well, are dishwasher safe, and I love using them.
Two.Remember in November I talked about how much I love this bag from Urban Southern? Well, these beautiful ladies were styled three collections at NYCFW with their bags and launched their new Spring line! It is absolutely beautiful!
I updated my shop page with some of my favorite glassware for drinks. You can check it out here!
Four.I’m making some of this for the weekend and I think you should too!
In December when I talked about my Home Tips and Tricks, several of you purchased this ottoman. I don’t blame you, it’s the best! (Sidenote: It’s on sale right now!) I think in most homes, we’re all craving a little more storage that looks nice and can hide the things we need to store. Which brings me to these baskets. I wasn’t crazy about them at first because I don’t like the feeling of them. Weird, I know.
The other week I did some organizing and used these baskets to store our movies in our entertainment center. I looked at them the other day and now I can’t imagine not having them there. They hide the clutter and are sweet, yet simple. Plus, they are inexpensive. If you like the smaller version, you can also buy these khaki or cute floral liners to go along with them!
It’s a win all around, and it’s a Friday, so treat yourself. 😉 Happy Friday!