Mandarin and Walnut Salad

This salad works great as an easy lunch, a great weeknight side dish or even a weekend meal starter. Most of the ingredients are from the farmer’s market, so if you live in Texas (or southern Texas at least) the entire salad is in season!

This salad includes:

Arugula/Mixed Winter Greens

Mandarin Oranges


Gorgonzola Cheese

There is no exact amount of each ingredient, just add as you see fit. I would recommend using the gorgonzola sparingly as the taste is very strong.

I discovered making my own dressing about a year ago. It’s so easy, and a much healthier option. For this salad I used a very basic Vinaigrette:

Mix together:

1/2 cup olive oil

4 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp maple syrup

6 tsp dijon mustard

Add salt and pepper to taste

Shake well!

Last week I picked up this great salad dressing mixer from Crate and Barrel. At a price of only $14.95, it is a really great investment. It’s great for mixing, serving and storing!


Winter is okay too.

It has never been a secret that I am not much of a winter fan, it gets dark early, everything is dead, and its cold cold cold! So I thought in attempt to change my view of Winter I’d come up with a series of posts about Winter’s redeeming qualities. I hope this will help me (and you?)!

When its cold and dark in the early evening, it is so easy to sit and read and not feel guilty! I’ve already been spending many evening hours reading. I recently finished reading “I’d Know you Anywhere” by Laura Lippman and I really enjoyed it, The Austin Statesmen counted it as one of the best books for 2010.

Now I am reading “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese, with my new Book Club. It is already quite good I’m just a few chapters in, I’ll be sure to let you know more once I complete it.

Next on the list? Claire Dederer’s new book “Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses.” Can’t wait to read it!

(And yes, I am going to pretend like it hasn’t been 3 months since I’ve posted!)


I took this picture of my in-laws apple tree. They have had a great crop so far this year, and have been so generous giving us bags and bags of apples. This week I’ll be posting lots of apple recipes. Check back for Stuffed Acorn Squash, Apple Chutney and a great Apple and Walnut Salad.

This Time Last Year Part 1.

This post is long overdue, but I wanted to get up a few pictures before the end of the month. Here are a few DIY projects and other favorite details from our wedding last year October 3, 2009.

This favor was easy to pull together. I bought these burlap packets of wildflower seeds at Target for only $1 each, then fastened a new tag with a personalized stamp from Modern Art Stamps on etsy.

I really wanted to have a fall wedding but stay away from harvest colors, so I chose natural greens, browns and dark yellows. These bouquets  by Cindy Davis Designs were so beautiful, they really worked to pull the wedding together.

All photographs by Allison Davis Photography. We were so blown away with how well Allison was able to capture the overall spirit of our wedding and our commitment. Especially if you are in the Dallas area, you’ll want to check out Allison Davis and her inspiring photography.

You can also check out more pictures of our wedding on TheKnot.com.

Happy Anniversary dear. 🙂

This time last year. Part 2

(Part 1 will follow Part 2…You’ll see why later)

This time last year (give or take a week) I was surrounded by beautiful fall foliage, and on my honeymoon. Looking at pictures from our trip gets me excited for the weather to grow cooler and the leaves to change. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our trip to New England as you wait for Autumn to arrive.

Yummy Granola!

As promised here is my very tasty (and easy) Crunchy Granola Recipe:

Mix together:

4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. salt

In a separate bowl mix together:

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the two bowls together. Spread flat on greased cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 10 minutes. Stir and  add desired amount of chopped walnuts. Bake 5 minutes. Stir once again and bake 5-10 more minutes. Granola should still be slightly sticky as its cooling. After it has cooled add raisins or other dried fruit, nuts, seeds etc.

Our favorite way to serve this granola is over vanilla yogurt!

My Apologies!

To my lovely readers,

I’m sorry it has been so long since I last posted. I have been working on a new exciting project that you are going to love. More information to come soon!

Also, check back this week for posts on homemade granola, great fall decorating ideas and some pictures from my trip to Round Top, Texas.