Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I like Good Seasons salad dressing mix but it is expensive and has lots of  MSG in it (not good for us) so I did some research on making my own and like this mix very much.  I try to make a salad for most every meal and we usually use the Balsamic Vinaigrette version.   This one is also good as a bread dip. 

Italian Herb Salad Dressing Mix

1 teaspoon oregano leaves (crushed a bit if large)
1 T. onion powder
1 teaspoons basil leaves
1 teaspoons paprika  (makes it a beautiful color)
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
4 Tablespoons salt
1 tsp. Celery seed
¼ tsp tyme leaves
1 T. sugar
Mix and store in an airtight container.

To make dressing use 2 tablespoon mix with 1 1/2 cups olive or vegetable oil and 1/2 cup wine vinegar and ¼ C. water.  If you like a sweeter dressing add another 1 T. of sugar.  This recipe is easily halved.  The flavor improves as it sits.

Balsamic Vinaigrette:  4 tsps. dry mix with 1 C. olive oil and 1 C. balsamic vinegar.

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