Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Salads: Macaroni Salad

This is a very basic salad with no hard and fast measurements, but the next in the summer salads series nonetheless. I'm sharing this because it's a good thing to make to cultivate your taste method of creating good food. Too many people are out there cooking and not tasting as they go. Adding a bunch of crap at the end isn't going to save something. Taste as you go so when you arrive at the end, the dish is to your liking.

1 box elbow macaroni
4 stalks celery, chopped small
1 bell pepper (I typically use orange, yellow, or red), chopped small
1 can crab or 1 cup fresh cooked and picked (optional)
1 can shrimp or 1 cup fresh shrimp, cooked and chopped (optional)
Yellow mustard
Spicy brown mustard
Hellman's Mayo
Sea salt, white pepper (black okay), onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, garlic salt
Boil macaroni in salted water according to directions. Drain and store covered in fridge for at least two hours, but overnight is okay.

When you're ready to assemble the salad, put the macaroni in a large bowl with room to move and mix. Add your veggies, crab, and shrimp, then start by adding a cup of mayo and a tablespoon of each mustard. Then the spices - I'd start with about 1/2 tsp of each. Mix well, then taste it. What do you want to taste more of? I typically add more mayo - nothing worse than a dry salad, and let's be honest, macaroni salad is not the place to cut calories - and spices, but not all the spices. I do it by taste, and so should you.

It's a great easy salad to bring to a party or to make on Sunday for the week as a side.

What do you put in your macaroni salad?

Condiments: discuss.
Mayo means Hellman's only.
Mustard, up for grabs. 
 photo orange_zps7f2fb71b.png See Asparagus & corn salad here, See Greek Orzo salad here

Martinis & Bikinis

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How I know you get me

Thanks to my friend Lauren at 
Eat, Drink, and Be Lauren for this post idea. 
You know you should wait for me to talk to you in the morning.

You know that if I add something to the conversation that sort of fits but maybe not really, you should think about what movie, TV show, or book whatever I just said could be from because I interject those types of things willy nilly.

You can tell by the look on my face when I'm not in the mood to chat.

You know I take my coffee with a little bit of cream and that when I order it face to face I show little bit with my thumb and pointer finger. You also know it annoys me when the coffee people ask, "No sugar?" because if I wanted sugar, wouldn't I have said I wanted sugar? 

If I say I'm hungry you know we should eat before I become hangry. 

You'll know to help yourself to food and drink and to make yourself comfortable in my house.

As soon as someone says they don't like Bruce Springsteen, you think here we go because you know I will mount a Bruce Springsteen is great because...campaign.

If I am really engrossed in a book, you know you should just leave me be. 

You don't ask me to pick the restaurant.

When you ask me a question, you know you will get an honest answer so you don't go away sulking when that is in fact what you get.

How do you know when people get you?

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Linking up with Kathy for Humpday Confessions.

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Linking up with Liz for The Hump Day Blog Hop
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Things that make my house feel like home

Post idea from Two Miracles.

Eclectic coffee mug collection
Stacks of books
Clean but well lived in feeling
Colored glass accessories...color in general
Pictures on the wall
Dogs chasing each other around, or just snoozing
A stocked pantry
Quilts and table toppers made by Lori
Fresh flowers
The shade of the huge old tree in the backyard
Soup on the stove, and cooking in general
Lounge attire
Eucalyptus mint hand soap
Clean sheets

Home, home on the range...
Little House on the praire
Ahem, the city.

What makes your house feel like home?

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