Monday, June 23, 2014

Broccoli, Cauliflower & BACON Salad

Because everything is better with bacon. Right? And as long as it is called a salad, it's healthy. Right? Well, maybe not. But it's okay to pretend for a minute. After all, vegetables are a food group and....bacon is a food group. Oh hey! Cheese is in the dairy food group. So far I'm doing rather swell. :)

This is my entire family's most requested salad. Weird, actually. But it's okay that they want it because then I get to enjoy it more often as well. This salad is simple to make and the sweet dressing really makes it so tasty! Broccoli and cauliflower are my two least favorite vegetables, but I could eat them in rather large amounts in this salad. I have seen many variations of this salad on the internet and at pot luck dinners.  I like this simple version because...well, we are simple folk around here. The vegetables are still crunchy, the bacon is crisp, and the parmesan cheese just adds that amazing flavor. Now I'm hungry for another bowl!

Whip yourself up a batch. I promise you won't be sorry!

Broccoli, Cauliflower & Bacon Salad
Recipe from my momma

1 head cauliflower, diced
3 to 4 bunches broccoli, diced
1 red onion, diced (I don't add this. My family rebels)
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
12 oz parmesan cheese

1 c mayo
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tbs vinegar

Combine veggies. Prepare dressing by combining the salad dressing, sugar and vinegar.  Just before serving, add the dressing, bacon and cheese.  So very good!

I hope you all enjoy this salad recipe as much as we do. I usually make at least a double recipe since this is the ONE salad recipe my entire family loves!

Happy Cooking

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thankful day 4

Sometimes when I need to wind down, I love pulling out the computer and playing on photoshop.  I'm certainly no pro. There are so many of my so-called "creations" that I would never dare post for anyone to see, but I just love this song and this made me happy.  Afterall, tomorrow is the first day of summer and I just need to talk about sunshine :) I can remember, as a little girl, my mom singing this to me.  I can still hear her smooth-as-butta voice singing it.  I thought she should be famous with a voice like that.

Today...I am thankful for my mom. Everyday. I am thankful for my mom.  I am who I am because of her. She molded me. She taught me. She loved me. Unconditionally. Even when I didn't deserve it. When I deserved it most. I love her! I am so blessed to have her. 

My Cancer Survivor Parents and I at the Relay for Life...

My Sweet Parents.....and the perfect picture of them that tells their story. They love each other and they enjoy one another's company. One of my favorite pictures of my mom and dad! I love them.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

100 Days of Happy...Day 3

Yes. I realize I'm slightly late posting this.  Last week was such a whirlwind, making me realize even more things that I am so grateful to have.  Last Wednesday, my brother-in-law and his beautiful wife welcomed an absolutely breath-takingly gorgeous baby girl to their lives.  They have had a couple of extremely rough years with the passing of their beautiful daughter to a horrible accident. So to see them have a new beginning, and to see such a perfect baby in their arms, gave me goosebumps that still haven't completely left.  I am so grateful for family. Family makes me happy. The idea of family makes me happy. I love family!

I realize it's an old picture but it's my family... I love the colors in this picture and the fact that it was just a snapshot up the canyon.

Have a Happy Day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

100 Days of Happy...Day 2

This flower makes my heart happy....

So rustic. So random. Not a single petal like another. I just love it! Summer and flower gardens are my favorite!


Monday, June 9, 2014

100 Days of Happy

I have seen so many people posting on Instagram and Facebook... 100 Days of Happy. I try hard to see the best in each day but I think we all have our bad days. I believe that positive thinking heals the heart and I think it's necessary to be healthy and happy.  There are many things that make me happy, but this time of year, I just love my flowers.  My bleeding hearts are one of my favorites, however, I don't think they love me much. I have 3 plants... 1 wants to die, 1 is indecisive, and the other is hanging in there for now and not doing too bad.  My Grandma Kay always had beautiful bleeding hearts at the front of her house and I always loved them.  I was out taking pictures of flowers the other day. I just love the beauty of nature. So here it is... my first of 100 Days of Happy.

:) Teauna