winter salad, cozy colors, & a baby on the way!

November 13th, 2013

Friends! We’re off to the races! Our awesome web developer just transferred the blog hosting, hence a little gap in posting. And now e-commerce is successfully under construction. I am so, so giddy about getting this project underway and completed. This time, second time is a charm!

This past weekend Paul & I had his little brother, Andrew, in town visiting us. Whenever we have guests, especially family, we end up taking them on the food tour of NYC. Y’know, for their sake {wink, wink}. Either to one of our favorites, a place we haven’t been in a while and have been craving, or, somewhere entirely new that we’ve been dying to try. Basically we just really like to eat. After we had gone on this food tour Friday to Sunday brunch we felt like total porkers. To kick into gear we went on a family outing to Soul Cycle to sweat out some of the icky and decided to cozy up and eat at home on Sunday night. Someone in the peanut gallery suggested salad so I hopped on Pinterest to see if I could get some creative ideas. I am all about a good salad but I like having a lot of different flavors, and not necessarily coming from the dressing {although we all know I’m a big sucker for condiments}. I’m the girl that goes through the Whole Foods salad bar and puts in a little bit of everything that catches her eye and then proceeds to mix the food bite for bite. Weird? Maybe. Delicious? Umm, yes.

I found a couple of salads that I decided to mix and meld and I got two thumbs up from the two grown boys! Which, really, all I was going for.

Here is what I threw in the salad: mesculun salad mix, red quinoa, roasted pumpkin seeds {lightly salted}, sliced Granny Smith apples, crumbled goat cheese, butternut squash {served warm}, and rotissierie chicken on the side {so everyone could choose their own level of protein consumption}. We each topped our own salads with the balsamic vinaigrette from The Olive Tap found on this link: {my blog isn’t linking properly right now, sorry!}. I cannot even begin to tell you how good this stuff is. We like it on our salads, of course, but we really love to drizzle it over beefsteak tomatoes topped with mozzarella or burrata & a pinch of truffle salt. YUMM. It’s 9am and I shouldn’t have written that. Now I want some. Typical.


The best part about this salad? Look at those colors! So cozy, warm, & saturated. Everything I want to wrap myself up in this winter.

Paul and I got some really exciting news this past Friday. I made the decision to find a little spot in my next post to share and then I realized … I hadn’t even shared the initial news! We are expecting our first little rascal this March. March 17th to be exact. Recognize the date? It’s St Patrick’s Day. I’m not sure if this is God’s way of jokingly giving a little nod to my appreciation for a great cocktail every now and then but He sure had me laughing. Our ultrasound technician got to giggling because the baby is constantly on the go! And don’t I know it! I think it may have something to do with the fact that this kid has: hiked the Long Trail South in Stowe, VT from Smuggler’s Notch to the top of Mt. Mansfield, this is how it is described, “here the trail climbs almost 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Mt. Mansfield (4,395 feet) in 2.3 miles. It is flatter toward the bottom, fairly wide but steeper through the middle, and very rocky at the top” translation for me –> death {rewarded with a really delicious hot chocolate and one fat lob of whipped cream}, trained for and ran the Chicago Marathon {rewarded with some more than ridiculous deep dish pizza}, and gone to more than a handful of Soul Cycle classes. My instinct tells me we may have a competitive little one. Anyhow, the point I wanted to get to is: we’re having a little man! During our appointment our technician said, “he has a beautiful heart.” We are so grateful for his health. And if he is anything like his dad I will be the happiest {and luckiest} woman in the world. After we found out we were having a little boy I finally allowed myself to indulge in baby nursery mood boards … and so I started playing. I think this may just have to work it’s way into his room.

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Happy hump day!



XX Leigh-Taylor