dinner salads: the greek chicken

grilled chicken
tomatoes (grape or sunburst)
sliced cucumber (not pictured)
pitted kalamata olives

this is one of my favorite salads. i like it best with red tomatoes and lots of cucumber, but this wasn't mine. :) i don't always serve this as a main course, but as a side year round without the grilled chicken.  my favorite part is the homemade greek dressing.  it's easy and oh so good!  whisk together:

2 tbl. olive oil
2 tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
(this makes enough for 2 salads)

this recipe is from the south beach cookbook.


dinner salads: the blta

turkey bacon
ranch dressing

this is the salad version of the classic blt.  i love the addition of avocado and turkey bacon.  the original recipe (found in taste of home) calls for the dressing to be mayo thinned with a little lemon juice.  it's actually pretty good, but we just prefer ranch around here.  :)  


dinner salads: arugula with tuna

canned white navy beans, refrigerated, rinsed and drained
sun-dried tomatoes
canned tuna
dressing: lemon juice and olive oil

i found this one in a kroger ad/magazine.  it's DIFFERENT-  meaning i'm the only one in the family that likes it, but i really do, so i just have it for lunch.  :)  for the dressing, just lightly toss in the lemon juice and oil.  you'll just need a few drops of each. 


my manicure secret

i like the black tips!  here is another day with the traditional white:

i like to do my own nails.  i love all of the new colors that are available (especially from essie), but i do still like the look of the french mani occasionally.  i start this look with clean nails.  any small round sticker will work, just make sure you press it firmly onto the nail before you begin and remove the sticker when the polish is still wet.  seal with a clear or clear neutral and you're looking professional without spending $30.  :)


ice cream in minutes!

well, not minutes exactly, but it does take under 5 minutes to prepare and no ice cream maker is needed.  it's so easy (with only 3 ingredients) and i intend to keep it made in my freezer AT ALL TIMES this summer.

2 cups whipping cream
one 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla

beat whipping cream until thick peaks begin to form.  stir in condensed milk and vanilla.  place in covered container and freeze for ten hours.  serve to alleviate stress. 

the original recipe calls for 3/4 cup honey and 1/2 cup chopped salted, roasted almonds which makes for a nice sweet/savory taste. it was really rich, but wonderful.  pictured about is just the 3 main ingredients with blueberries mixed in.  for the next batch, i'm skipping the vanilla and adding chocolate and chopped pecans.
update:  3/4 cup chocolate syrup and 1 cup chopped pecans to be exact.  this is our favorite variation so far!