Friday, June 21, 2013

Stripping Away the Layers

Some days I feel spent. Worn out. Those are the days I try to recall my blessings...

I am thankful for so many many unique summer things.

I am thankful for the sound of my wind chimes tinkling in the breeze.

I am thankful for cups of tea after long mornings of cooking.

I am thankful for tomato plants that are thriving, and cherries that are almost ready to be picked.

I am thankful for the flowers in my garden. And that this year's planting seems to be doing very well. We're getting closer to the idea of more flower than wild.=)

I am thankful for my kiddos, who have stepped up to the plate quite a bit lately, in our busy lives.

I am thankful for the time I had away at camp.

I am thankful for the sound of the birds chirping in the trees including the new babies in the nest out front.

I am thankful for my bike, and my pool, and my two functioning legs, and functioning arms.

I am thankful for my health. I have nothing to complain about in that area. What a blessing!

I am thankful for Elizabeth's new book, how God is using her words, and for the chance I have to read and review it.

I am thankful for the outlet of writing.

I am thankful it is strawberry season, which means it is also strawberry pie and strawberry jam season.

I am thankful for sunshiny days and crisp nights. I am thankful that our summer isn't crazy hot yet.

I am thankful that God speaks to my heart the truth-good, bad and ugly. And that He is about grace and restoration.

I am thankful for ceiling fans.

I am thankful for old, clean television series. And for Duck Dynasty. Best laughs we have had in a while.

I am thankful for good food and friends to share it with.

I am thankful for our village, and for those who have invested in my life and my kids' lives.

I am thankful for 7 Layer Salad.

No joke.
times 4

As I was brainstorming about 2:00 a.m. on the way to OKC, I knew I wanted to have Chicken Tacos for the retreat's Thursday night dinner. The chicken tacos have corn and beans and rice in the filling, so I was trying to figure out what else to have as a side.

My favorite Mexican-ish salad contains more beans and corn. It is fresh, colorful, and beautiful, but also too similar to the taco filling.

My next thought was a regular lettuce salad. Boring. 

And then I hit on 7 Layer Salad. Colorful, different, reasonably healthy, and totally delicious! I find that the only pain in the butt step of this recipe is grating the carrots. Everything else is a breeze. My dressing is not sweet, and requires mayo not miracle whip. This is a great recipe to make up to 24 hours before serving. The longer chilling time melds the flavors.

7 Layer Salad
In a clear glass bowl of about 8" diameter, Layer...
#1-4 cups torn lettuce, any kind or combo
#2-1 cup frozen peas
#3-1 cup shredded carrot
#4-2 hard cooked eggs, sliced
#5-6 slices of bacon, crisp cooked, drained and crumbled
#6-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
#7-2 green onions, sliced

Mix 3/4 cup of mayo, 1-1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon dill weed, and spread carefully over the top layer. Cover and chill for 2-24 hours. Serve as it, or toss to coat the vegetables.

This pairs perfectly with a whole lot of summer things-burgers, brats, grilled chicken, pork, or....

Maybe you should plan to bring it to your Fourth Of July party...