Monday, July 21, 2014

Family Favorite Salad

Once a week, I try to make everyone unhappy and serve salad for dinner. If the salad is lame, then I'll make a batch of fresh bread to redeem the meal. Our kids do well with salad, but they need reminders to eat the lettuce and not just the toppings. 

Recently, I made a salad that everyone in the house loves. Often we are able to save some for leftovers. When the kids hear that I'm making salami salad (I only use half the salami), they get excited. One time Burl told me it's his favorite meal. Fern jumps up and down when we have it for dinner. While most salad nights don't go this well, Salami Salad Night is a huge hit. I highly recommend it. Click on the picture for the recipe: 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Trailer Night

It was just one night in a trailer, but it was perfect. John and I went away for a night to East Nashville to stay in a trailer in someone's backyard. Seriously, check this place out.

It was small, simple, relaxing, and different. We took turns reading in the hammock, snapping pictures, and taking it slow. We didn't make a single meal and got to eat our food slowly. Driving home, we fit in a small hike around a lake we found. Our 36 hours away was a hurry-up-and-relax trip.
We made the most of it by making the least of it. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This Week's Menu

Here's my menu for next week. We have some dinners-out thrown in there as well because it's someone's (my!) birthday week. I love celebrating around food, so many of my meals are already planned and have been that way for a while. Here are the easy, non-birthday ones:

Chicken and wild rice soup
Black beans & rice
Corn & black bean quesadillas

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fall Creek Falls & The Alps

As many people would agree, part of the fun of hiking is being outside and taking in the elements of nature. Being in outside for any stretch of time is a complete change in senses. It smells wonderful (usually), it is beautiful, etc. Whether it's time alone or time with family and friends, it offers a unique adventure. This sounds cheesy, but stay with me, it's going to get funny. Another element to good hiking is the location. I'm always looking for good hikes and location is always a consideration of mine. 

I recently went with the kids, my father-in-law, and our visiting French family to one of our favorite places, Fall Creek Falls. We hiked the rim of the gorge from the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi river and ended by the cascades. The trail takes us through section of woods where the forest floor is pretty clear. It's just flat ground with towering trees. I love these sections, because the contrast is very dramatic.

As we were hiking, I asked about hiking in France and what the landscaped looked like. She responded with something like this, "yes, we have woods like this in my town with a few trails, but we like to go on holiday in the Alps for hiking. They are so high that the trees don't grow there." Basically, it's like hiking in the closing scene of Sound Of Music. Sounds nice. Kind of trumps "tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi." Bless us.

After our hike we ate fried chicken at a buffet because America. It was a great day indeed!
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