{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

{Al-Fresco} Smoked Salmon-Arugula Rollups

More wraps, salmon, and picnic food!  Harvest Picnic CalzoneMeaty {Veggie} Sloppy JoesVegan Asian Lettuce WrapsSmoked Salmon & Butternut Salad

Do you hear that?

Birds singing, breeze blowing, kids laughing, people sneezing their brains out…

It must be spring.

Indeed it is!  Here in Southern Arizona, especially, this is the time to find living things out and about.  It’s hard to want to be outside on a windy, cold day in winter – and a flat out safety hazard any time in summer. 

But late April, that’s a wonderful time to be outdoors.  In fact, almost anywhere you go in the U.S. at this time of year has a potential for nice weather.  

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Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Stuffing (Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken!)

Easy Egg Salad Sandwich Stuffing (Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken!)

We all have our family traditions.  And traditions are the stuff of childhood memories and the center of every holiday gathering, no?  So when it comes to traditional recipes within the family, there are certain ones that you just know are going to stick around.  You know, for better or worse.

 

I love my mom’s traditional New Year’s Lemon Bundt Cake.  That one is for the better!  I swear I’ll never get sick of seeing that one come around. 

My grandma also has this adorable tradition of bringing olives and sweet gherkins (little pickles) to every holiday.  That one is a good one in my book – just because it’s a very my-grandma thing and, of course, brings back all kinds of childhood memories. (Ahem… eating pitted olives off my fingertips!)

There is one though, that comes around every Easter, and - let’s be honest:  We could all really do without!  

 

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Chicken and Red Cabbage Salad

Chicken and Red Cabbage Salad

Happy Monday!

No, I am not being sarcastic.  It’s true I’ve never been the biggest fan of Mondays.  I’m actually more of a Tuesday person.  But it IS a happy Monday, because I had a really great weekend. 

Still not following?  Well, think about it.  When you have a really great weekend – and by really great weekend I mean spending lots of time with friends and possibly indulging in a wee cheat meal or two – Mondays are always going to be there for you.  And by there for you, I mean to whip you into shape.

Mondays are the no-nonsense, power-suit, tight hair-bunned day if there ever was one.  Mondays would be called Helga.  Helga does not accept sloppiness.  You will tell Helga you’re ready to come back to reality and do better this time and continue to improve. 

Stop me if I carry this analogy too far…

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5 Meatless Main Dishes

5 Meatless Main Dishes

On the 5th Day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me... 5 meatless main dish recipes!

As the countdown continues, I thought we needed some healthy/hearty meatless dishes to keep us warm inside, you know, to help get in more plant-based foods without constantly resorting to salads.  Just a guess buuut... if you can see snow outside/ it's less than 65 degrees in your house, you MIGHT be more into hot food right now.  Bonus:  These recipes seem more like comfort food than health food, so no feelings of "missing out" on traditional holiday indulging should occur.

On the topic of traditions, what could be more traditional to Christmas than decorating the tree?
It's been a tradition in my family for years to get ornaments for our Christmas tree whenever we go on vacation or do something really memorable together.  This translates to a really interesting looking tree.  

 

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