Two Memory Busting Memorial Day Salads!

As I was searching for a new salad to try for Memorial Day weekend, I came across a couple that actually pulled me back into the past and brought a smile to my face.

I grew up in North Dakota in a town of maybe 40 people so let’s just say it was a rural environment. We grew most of what we ate and two things from the garden that seemed to be at every meal were cucumbers and dill. My Grandma was from Germany and her Cucumber and Vinegar cucumber salad was always on the table. Of course it had dill in it as well as the potato salad, the jars of canned dill pickles and on and on. To this day I love dill.

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So when I came across this salad I thought of my childhood and my Grandma. I cannot wait to make it this Memorial Day weekend and although it isn’t her recipe, I hope it is just as good and I know it will make me smile.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad

By Dan from Platter Talk

Ingredients

  • 2 large cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh dill washed and finely chopped
  • 2 green onions washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes halved and seeded (optional)

Instructions

  • Place cucumber slices in large colander and toss with salt.  Place colander over kitchen sink and allow to drain for 30 to 60 minutes
  • In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar, mix well and set aside.
  • Place drained cucumber slices in large mixing bowl.  Add mayonnaise and vinegar mixture, along with remaining ingredients.
  • Gently fold with large wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving, covered and sealed.
  • Makes six servings

BONUS!!

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I wasn’t looking for a “fluff” salad recipe (you know those salads that are more like desserts than salads) but this one popped up and again it brought me back to my childhood. Oh how I loved Creamsicle ice cream pops from the little general store. And I truly think every fluff salad back then had mandarin oranges. They were such a novelty. LOL. I am showing my age. So in honor of my childhood and all fluff salads…..this one is going on my list. Consider it a bonus!

Creamsicle Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 small box orange Jell-O
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 (8-oz) tub Cool-Whip
  • 11 oz mandarin oranges, drained, reserve a few for garnish
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, reserve a few for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine Jell-O and boiling water. Mix well to dissolve.
  2. Add cold water. Chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Whisk in pudding mix until smooth. Chill for 10 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Fold in Cool-Whip, oranges and marshmallows.
  5. Chill until set, about an hour.
  6. Garnish with extra oranges and marshmallows.

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Serves 4-6.

I hope you have a very blessed Memorial Day weekend creating new memories as well as reliving those from the past. A special thank you to military families who sacrificed so much and gave the greatest sacrifice. We love  you.

White on White Design

For a while now, many things in home design have been light and bright including paint, flooring, and furniture. In many cases you see monochromatic rooms and you may have heard the term “white on white” design. What is it?   Blog 2

It really is a design style where most things are white, especially the background. What I mean by that is that the walls and trim are both white. The degree to which color is added within the room can vary. Many times you see the decor also be white or at least very light colors. The artwork on the walls may be the only real color as white walls are the best way to showcase artwork.

 

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One key thing to remember with white on white decorating is that all whites do not need to match; that would be near impossible anyway. Creams go beautifully with white and can add warmth.

Most people worry about a white on white color scheme being cold and sterile. That is a possibility and it may actually be a look you are trying to achieve with an ultra sleek contemporary design. If not, there are ways to keep a room from looking like a hospital room. In my opinion the two best ways to do this is by bringing wood and texture into the room.

Wood elements in a room design or wood elements in the furniture or accessories bring in character, warmth and coziness.

 

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Layers of texture through pillows, throws, and again in accessories is the second way to keep a white room from looking too sterile.

 

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Another element to use is leather and a mix of metals. Mix black and gold; silver and gold; or metals and woods.

 

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White on white is one of my favorite designs but also a tricky one to implement. If you love the look don’t be afraid to try it! Look at photos or bring in a professional to give you some guidance.

 

My Top 5 Organization Tips

Are you good at organizing? I can’t say that I am but I find myself wanting to be more organized lately.  I really am starting to not like having so many things on counter tops and I am tired of not being able to find things because I just stuffed it somewhere.

If you are selling  your home you definitely need to get organized and hide the clutter. Here are a few of my favorite things to do to get organized:

1) Kitchen:

I love using collapsible storage cubes. You can get them at just about any big box store and in many colors of fabrics. I use these in my pantry and like how they pull together all those messy things. I have one for small baking items, one for dried packets or grains, one for munchies.

You can pull out the bin, grab what you need and slide it back in. Items aren’t getting crunched, smashed or lost in the back of the pile. The reason I like the cloth cubes over baskets is that they collapse making it easy to fold up and store if you aren’t using them and really easy to pack when moving! Plus, they are much cheaper than baskets.

 

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2) Bathroom:

Do we ever have enough space in a bathroom and feel organized? One thing that may help is using the inside of your cabinet doors for additional storage. Things that you use daily are still easy to reach yet not laying all over the counter top.

 

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3) Bedroom:

Under bed storage is my tip for the bedroom! This is a great place for off-season shoes, Christmas sweaters or those jeans you are waiting to fit back into. If you use a bed-skirt or your comforter comes all the way to the floor,  I recommend using clear storage containers that you can slide out and easily see what is in them. If you have an open bed frame don’t worry! There are so many cute under bed storage solutions. Wood drawers, industrial, white and if you are in the market for a new bed frame, consider getting one with built-in storage underneath.

 

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4) Office:

I think the number one thing for getting more organized in your home office is to get items off the top of your desk. You will just feel calmer without clutter everywhere and you can still make things handy to reach. The best way to do this is by using wall space. My favorite is floating shelves. They come in so many styles and colors that you can make them an actual design element of your office space. They are great for holding books, binders, small containers of supplies, and family photos.

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PS….an extra tip….if  your printer is wireless it does not need to sit on your desk. Put it in the closet or cabinet and give yourself more work space!

 

5) General Living:

There is nothing as convenient to me for organizing than the basic 3-ring binder. The great thing is they aren’t basic and ordinary anymore! They come in so many patterns and colors. I suggest having a binder labeled in each category of life. Medical, Auto, Pets, and School Activities are a few examples. I have a couple binders designated just for recipes that I print off the internet. They sit with my cookbooks so they are nice and handy.  Be sure to put empty plastic sleeves in each binder so you can easily slip in the new piece of information without hunting for the plastic sleeves.

 

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I hope these simple tips were helpful! Happy Organizing!