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Monday, July 28, 2014

Kale and Tomato Salad with Feta and Mint

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Kale and Tomato Salad with Feta and Mint | The Sweets Life
Kale and Tomato Salad with Feta and Mint

Ryan tends to get a little overzealous about anything that’s green and grows, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when he headed to the store for herbs and came home with not one, but two kinds of mint! I couldn’t tell you what the two varieties are or what the differences between them are, but I’m doing my darndest to find ways to use it.

We like mint in our cocktails and our ice cream, but in an effort to find a few healthier ways to use it I stumbled upon this kale and mint salad that was obviously right up my alley. It’s a relatively simple salad, but the mint adds enough flavor that you don’t need a ton beyond the tomatoes and feta. Kale haters can easily substitute their green of choice and I’m sure we’ll make all sorts of varieties of this…double the varieties for double the mint!

One Year Ago: Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium 
Two Years Ago: Eat & Repeat-Half & Half and Grapefruit Campari Sorbet
Three Years Ago: Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream and Blueberry Muffin Polenta Tops
Four Years Ago: Minty Cabbage Salad and Bean Curry

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Odds & Ends

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1. You're Not Giving Yourself Enough Credit. "In the end, our lives are not measured by the accomplishments. They are measured by the little steps and decisions we make every day." 
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2. Last summer I read and recommended the book The Fault in Our Stars, and this summer I'm recommending the movie! I think it's the best book to movie adaptation I've ever seen and I was impressed by how well the moviemakers captured the story exactly as I'd pictured it! Like in the book, be prepared with lots of tissues...I cried through most of the second half of the movie!

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3. Are you following me on Goodreads? I've been reading a bit more frequently lately and try to be good about rating my reads. I've read a few 'meh' books lately, but I did enjoy Delancey, Molly Wizenberg's latest memoir about opening their first restaurant in Seattle (if you haven't noticed, I like most books about the food / restaurant industry!). I go to Seattle quite a bit for work and get pizza almost every time (Serious Pie!), but after reading all about Delancey, I'm dying to try it next time I'm there! 
Extra Crumb Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
4. At brunch a few weeks ago, I was reaching for my second large piece of coffee cake when I asked my friend Sara if I could have the recipe...turns out it was my very own Extra Crumb Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake! I guess I don't need the recipe...I just need to make it again, and you probably do too!

One Year Ago: Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad
Two Years Ago: White Gazpacho
Three Years Ago: Sesame Soy Green Beans
Four Years Ago: Peanut Butterscotch Bars