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Summertime Salads

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Summertime weather seems to be in full swing here in Kamloops. Has been for a bit now. With the warmer weather we tend to gear more towards easy meals that mostly include the BBQ and salads. We are also blessed to be living in an area that is extremely kind and fruitful to growing gardens. No joke, these garden beds are almost on steroids. Something about the dryer climate makes them flourish. Early. Everything is ready to start picking (and enjoying!) and we haven;t even hit July. This is my third year working on my gardening skills and I must say, every year comes with new lessons. The first year, only plant what you are going to eat. This is also the year I discovered I do not like kale. I hope the Food Bank did as they received A LOT of it. The second year, I learned the importance of spacing and seed quantity control. This year, it almost looks like I have a tiny idea of what I am doing out there. So far so good but one never wants to jinx themselves! Our crop this year includes peas, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, a strawberry patch, a pumpkin patch, cucumbers, and a large variety of peppers. We are big salsa and ‘mexican night’ people so it’s important to have a nice selection of peppers ranging from sweet to mild to burn your booty off. With all of these fresh veggies it of course leads me to looking at new recipes and different ways to use them. Enter Pinterest, as usual. So today I want to share with you not only some fantastic summer salad recipes but also some dressings – many of these can be used as a marinade too. It’s kind of a let your senses guide you situation in my kitchen with very little rules. I often go with my gut and maybe I just have a husband that loves all of my cooking, but things tend to go over pretty well. Now if I could just get my extremely picky children on board. If you have a toddler that eats salad, applause to you mama!

Garbanzo Summer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing – I can’t wait to try this one! It looks like a hot mess with all of my favourite friends. Perfect to compliment any meal and looks like a great potluck option.

Honey Mustard Chicken Avacado & Bacon Salad – Ok this one is amazing. My mouth is watering just reading the ingredients. This link has a huge collection of healthy recipes to try out but number one on the list is the one I am referring too.

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad – I am not crazy about spinach but I like the sounds of this one. Cranberries are the best addition to salads.

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette – YUM. That is all.

Thai Noodle Salad – I often forget salads don’t have to be composed of lettuce. This is a great ‘side salad’ for asian infused meals.

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Shame Shame Double Shame!

If you are the author of your own blog, then you know it takes a fair bit of commitment and diligence to keep up a regular post routine. You really have to stay on top of your writing game and exercise willpower to ensure your posts stay up to date. The minute you start taking breaks (or two weeks off in my case) you start to lose motivation and your initial inspiration that makes you write in the first place. I am thinking it was just life’s overall busyness that got in the way but over the last couple weeks, I couldn’t even find time to relax. It seemed every waking moment that my baby girl had, I spent running around keeping up with her. If it wasn’t her it was the endless mounds of laundry or the never-ending housework. Throw in multiple craft and DIY projects that I HAD to start all at the same time for some reason, and well there just wasn’t any free time to write. When kiddo was asleep I was either trying to accomplish some sewing or I was staring aimlessly at Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram searching for inspiration/wasting time. It’s like pure parental exhaustion sets in and the mind is capable of only staring at a computer screen of pictures. I didn’t even try to watch television. That seemed like too much work hah. I feel like the root of these busy days is a slight issue with time management that I will need to rectify pretty darn quick if I ever want to accomplish anything ever again. Unless I am not alone here? Is it a pregnant thing? Is it just too hard to stay organized when you are preggo and kept busy by the world’s busiest toddler? Good gracious I pray I am not alone. I do think if I get back in the habit of lists, using my planner and updating my whiteboard calendar (which is still on March), I might feel that I have a TINY bit of control in this crazy household. July is coming so soon too! Before I know it, there are going to be TWO BABIES needing my constant attention…..and then I am not sure what happens to the rest of that to-do list. Put on hold until they go off to kindergarten I imagine. Because after all, they are the number one’s. I jumped on my laptop earlier today actually thinking ‘ Okay! Let’s get a post done!’. Simultaneously, Hallie took a bit of a turn after her nap and was completely miserable with a fever. The afternoon quickly turned into cuddles, cartoons and anything that would bring a smile to that goofy’s goose’s face. No time for blogging when tiny hands need to hold onto yours! So presently, that is where we are at in the Hayward House. A million projects on the go, tons of things to do, two tiny toddler hands to hold, and not enough hours to do it all in. I am giving myself a bit of homework to get cracking on some posts and STICK TO POSTING THEM! No more falling off the wagon.. For now I am going to share an overload of pictures that can sum up just how busy the last little while has been. Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to a beautiful weekend ahead!

Getting our gardening on! Everyday we are outside it seems. We are working on two giant boxes for veggies and this is my succulent garden on the front porch. Loving how it turned out! Next on the list is some potted plants and flowers for some vintage crates, also for the porch.
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Bathroom Renovation! This was completely unintentional. I had wanted to paint the bathroom white FOREVER! It was the sickening peach color, much like the rest of our house – which I intend to paint before baby boy arrives. Crazy much?! Anyways, things sort of took a domino effect and before I knew it, we had completely changed up the entire design of the bathroom. LOVING it so much! Next I would like to paint the vanity cupboards with some plaster paint, just to tie it in with all of the other neutrals. But overall, very happy with how it turned out.

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This next series of photographs is simply me trying to keep up with my crazy baby girl! Sure keeps me on my toes this one!
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Dreaded 18 month immunizations – took it like a champ!
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If only all days could be THIS peaceful…
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Lastly, parents weekend away to attend a friend’s wedding. I still stand by my theory that weddings are way more fun when you can drink. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful wedding and a really great weekend. Not to mention I had the hottest date at the party. Hellooooooo three piece suit! #love #myhubbyishot
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