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Spring Time Fruity Salad

How many colors can you fit into one bowl?

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 This salad is bursting with flavor.  the comibnation of juicy berries, sweet madarin orange segments and creamy goat cheese is out-of-this-world delicious!

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Let me introduce you to my favorite dressing.  I know some people can’t stand bottled dressings, but this Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing is by far the tastiest one out there, corn syrup, chemicals and all ( I just looked up the nutional info and ingredients, and there isn’t any corn syrup!  And I can pronounce most of the ingredients!  Win!  I still might try to make my own version some day…) I have attempted making my own version, but haven’t come anywhere close.

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 And just like sandwiches, I hesitate to call this a “recipe.”  There isn’t even any method or technique.  Just slice up your fruit and put it on top of a bed of greens.   But the flavor combination was spot on, and I havea  feeling I’m going to be eating this salad A LOT through the Spring and Summer months.

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I just had to share this beauty.  I could look at these pictures all day.

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 Spring Time Fruity Salad

serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup canned mandarin orange segments
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • Dressing of your choice (I choose Ken’s Light Sweet Vidalia Onion, but other good options would be a poppyseed dressing, or a fruity balsamic vinegarette.  I think staying on the sweet side would be best for this salad)

Toss all ingredients together, and enjoy!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

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Happy Leap Day!  February 29th only comes around every 4 years, so I would say that it is pretty special!  Folklore says that Leap Day is the one day that a woman is able to propose to a man.  I let Chris know that he was lucky we were already married, or I would totally propose to him today.

Speaking of my wonderful husband, he loves blueberry muffins.  Unfortunately, the ones that he loves come from a convenience store whose name rhymes with Heaven-Shmaleven and are sugar bombs with, like, 500 calories in them.   I love my hubs and want him to be around forever, so I try to make him some healthier alternatives to his favorite foods.

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Muffins can be the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack.  They are tasty and portable, and when they are homemade, you can control the ingredients and the amount of sugar and fat they contain.

Begin by creaming together some softened butter, a little brown sugar and an egg.

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Add some vanilla, oats, flour, salt, and cinnamon…

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and don’t forget the blueberries!

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Bake, and enjoy a wholesome treat. No sketchy convenience stores needed.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) softened butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of milk with the oats.  Set aside until most of the milk has soaked into the oats (about 5 minutes).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.  There may be small pieces of butter, but that is fine.
  4. Add oat mixture, flour, baking powder, salt cinnamon and remaining milk.  Mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in the blueberries, trying not to break them.
  6. Scoop batter into a paper-lined muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.

Good luck if you’re proposing to your man today!

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