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My First Salad!

May 27th, 2009

I am calling this one Garden Greens with Blue Bowl.






And this one… Garden Greens, Blue Bowl, Show Cat #1.






Green, Blue, Scissors.






I snipped the tender lettuce, the crinkly spinach, and a mesclun mix that is primarily dominated by a robust arugula, brought them in the house and covered them in cold water to get rid of the dirt.  While they were soaking, I made up a batch of Rita’s salad dressing.

I would give you the recipe for Rita’s salad dressing if I could, but it is one of those things you never really write down.  It takes about a half cup of mayo, a quarter cup of vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar.  Keep adding things until it tastes good.  You may want to throw in some garlic… or some mustard… or some rosemary… you know… mess with it… until it tastes good.  

It will eventually…

Hopefully you won’t have a gallon of salad dressing made before you get it right.





The Country Doctor heartily approved of my salad.

Feeling kind of giddy, I decided to take my salad on a tour of our fake farm.

Which is a lot less fake now that it has a real garden!




And here we have garden fresh salad with boys on screen porch…




Garden fresh salad with urn and barn…






Garden fresh salad with show cat and a metal trunk that I bought at a neighbor’s garage sale.






Garden fresh salad and a different neighbor’s dog named Bailey.






This is my garden fresh salad sitting on the driveway.

I really don’t know what motivates me to take these odd food photos, except for a desire to make fun of all the food blogs in all of the world.






Oh… and also the photographer is kind of an oddball herself.

That salad was really good.

Maybe the best salad I have ever had in my life!

There was so much more than just the tasting… there was the planting and the watering and the weeding…

All in one bite.

I am making another one tomorrow!

School’s out!






After a day of relay races at the park…







School swimming parties and eighth grade graduation for which I did not have my camera because I am an idiot…

We are already fully submerged in the rites of summer.






For my family that means baseball, baseball, more baseball, with a side of baseball and please could you please give me some extra baseball with that?





Every other year, my two middle sons play on the same team.






Instead of trying to be at four different games, in four different towns, all on the same night… this year I only have to be at three different games, in three different towns, on the same night.






It’s a huge relief!







I know that baseball is supposed to be a very competitive sport and my boys are very serious about the game…






But I gotta tell ya, the cuteness of these two boys on the same team this year is literally killing me.

I don’t know if I will survive to the end of the season.






And if I keep talking about the cuteness all season long, my sons might actually prefer that I don’t survive.

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