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3 Fabulous Summer Salads You Need to Try

11 Jun

Warm weather is finally here.  With it comes an opportunity to lighten up with our food (and mood!).  I love making salads for dinner and parties.  I happen to grow a few varieties of lettuce and spinach in my garden, so any opportunity to use them in a salad is a bonus.  Here are 3 summer salad recipes I can’t wait to try this summer.

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I found this Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing on Pinterest.  I think this would be the perfect salad for a warm night with a glass of white wine.  Or the perfect salad to make for a backyard BBQ.   The recipe is in the link.

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This salad is a meal in itself!  For those who like to kick up the heat, this Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad looks delicious.  So many flavors in one bowl.  Recipe in link.

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Now this salad happens to be a staple in my home.  My friend Michele has made this for years and it’s a knock-off from a popular restaurant in Chicago called Portillo’s.  I make this salad all the time for parties and people ask me over and over to make it again (and for the recipe, too!).  Portillo’s Chopped Salad makes a fantastic side dish at a party … or you can add some diced chicken to make it a meal on it’s own.  Recipe in link.

What salads do you make that just scream summer?  Or do you have a favorite recipe that you’re known for?   Share with us in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 Photo credits:  thegardengrazer.com, lexiscleankitchen.com, the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

 

Summer Bucket List for Kids

4 Jun

Kids everywhere are gearing up for Summer break.  Sleeping in, hanging out with their friends, and the inevitable “I’m bored!” that makes Moms cringe.  A few years ago a friend of mine shared something with me that my kids loved.  She put together a poster board titled “Summer Fun Checklist” with ideas of things to do/accomplish over the summer.  She asked her kids for some ideas and put some of her own on it.  The goal is to complete the checklist by the end of summer.  Some people call this their “Summer Bucket List” and either way, it’s a fun way to check-off things to do with your family.

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All you need to do is search Pinterest or Google for ideas – there are plenty out there!  I like the simplicity of this one I found on howtonestforless.com.  Have you ever done a summer checklist or summer bucket list with your kids?  What “must have” activities did you include on yours?  Share in the comments below.  I’d love to hear what you and your family includes!

xoxo,
Jennifer

 

 Image source:  www.howtonestforless.com

#RedNoseDay

21 May

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Red Nose Day. Today we are wearing our red noses to raise awareness and funds for children living in poverty. We had a little fun at the office hamming it up for the camera! tss-redNoseDay2015-group-picture

The Stationery Studio is getting involved by donating 50 cents for every “like”, “share”, “repost” or “retweet” with a goal of $1,000 to donate to The Red Nose Day Fund!  So make sure you follow us (and like our post!) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help us raise needed funds.

So what is Red Nose Day?  Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. is May 21st, 2015. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness.

Money raised through Red Nose Day will go to The Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief Inc., a U.S. 501(c)3, public charity.

To find out more, visit RedNoseDay.org.