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

 

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Behind the Scenes: Experienced Production Team Works Hard

8 Jun

Today we thought it would be fun to peek into just one day at one of our factories to see what some of our many fabulous production professionals do to support the many thousands of stationery and note pad orders that go through their plant each month.  With decades of experience, their individual care to each order produced is notable.

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Our experienced specialists carefully review every order from start to finish.

Every day our typesetting specialists look forward to entering Stationery Studio orders. Geraldine, who has been with our company for 32 years, enters each order into our system and previews it to ensure the typesetting is exactly what our customers are looking for. Items are checked for spelling, ink color and layout to be sure that the quality of the product will be excellent before it enters production. Geraldine’s passion for each customer order shines thru daily as she processes these orders and prepares them for the production team. Her goal is to have all overnight orders released to production before noon so they can be printed and ready to ship on a timely basis to customers.

may-lisaLisa, a 29 year press employee, will pull the typeset file to her digital press to be printed. She checks for the correct paper stock and ink color. Then one sheet will be printed to  check placement on the paper and to verify that the overall look of the product is what the customer is looking for, a high quality personalized stationery item. Upon her approval she will release the order to be produced. The product is then moved to the next step of the process which could be cutting the paper down to a specific finished size  or adhering glue to the end to creating notepads.

may-kathyOnce the personalized items are produced, they go to the packaging department. The packaging area will give the order a final approval on the job. Once the order is assembled and ready, Kathy, with 30 years of experience will take the stationery or other items and carefully wrap in tissue and place it into a gift box or packaging appropriate to the product preparing it for final shipment.

The entire process is completed when our orders are shipped and have been picked up by shipping services. There is such passion to ensure that we are sending our customers the best product with the greatest value.  We are proud of the job we do each and every day.

Best wishes,

Renee

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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

 

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