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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


This salad is tasty, healthy, crunchy and colorful.  I could drink the dressing and be happy.  I made this one with cabbage but plan to do a broccoli, cauliflower combination soon.  I will let you know.  (I liked the cabbage the best) We ate it for 4 days and it was still good,  even with the cabbage. 

2 T. Peanut butter
1 large lime juiced
2 tsps. sesame oil
1/4 C. rice vinegar (or any vinegar)
3 T. honey or apricot jam  (I love the jam)
1-2 cloves grated garlic
¼ C. oil
1 tsp. grated ginger, bottled for fresh
2 T. water
½ C. Fresh Cilantro
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional but not enough to be very hot)
½ tsp. salt

Blend a little with an immersion blender or a regular blender to chop the cilantro and blend together.  The cilantro makes this dressing and is very subtle.  You might like it here even if you don't usually care for it.

½ lb. Pasta - I like the mini bow tie.  Cook less than you might for a casserole.
4-5 carrots cut into thin, two inch pieces and steamed for 2 minutes (the steaming is not necessary but I like to cut the crunch down a little.)
1 red pepper cut into thin slivers
4-6 Cups of chopped cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower or a combination. 
1 C. salted peanuts

Mix everything together with more chopped cilantro if desired and 2 C. Cooked Chicken if desired but not necessary.  I added 2 grilled chicken breasts with this marinade:

1/2 cup apple juice or lemon lime soda, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup oil.  1 garlic clove grated 0r  1/4 tsp. dry, ½  teaspoon ground ginger,