Knives and such
So March 29 was my birthday, and let’s just say it was the 16th anniversary of my 29th birthday. While you’re figuring that out, I’ll go on to say that even though it’s starting to sound “old,” I wouldn’t go back even if I had the chance. Maybe I won’t say that when my body really starts falling apart, but for now, I cherish each of my years. I can look back on a tapestry of memories and see how God has taken care of me and provided me with everything I need. And that is a wonderful thing.
For this birthday, I had lots of great surprises. Two of them were cooking items! My co-workers gave me a super choppy, fancy schmancy chef’s knife, which I am loving. Instead of reaching for a paring knife, I find myself most often reaching now for a chef’s knife to dice, chop, and even mince. And this one is amazing!!
Sometimes I look at other cooking blogs and see the fancy utensils and tools they use. I wonder if they get corporate sponsors to try out their equipment. But instead of needing corporate sponsors, I just have really great friends who keep me supplied with all the latest and greatest to continue cooking!
In the beginning of the year, I decided to adopt the one-word challenge for the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions. I chose persistence because I have some lofty goals of health and climbing mountains and such. But I’m learning that my choice should probably be superseded by GRACE. Even when I don’t meet my goals, I find there is grace and kindness in the faces of my friends and family. When I break my hand mixer due to my own mis-measuring, I get grace in the form of a gift from a friend so that I can keep on baking. In spite of ourselves, we all receive grace and should in turn show works of grace and mercy to others. And that is also a wonderful thing.
This pretty salad (p. 16) is like a burst of sunshine with its fresh flavors and fruity sweetness. Patti G. submitted this delicious recipe, and I’m so glad she did.
And then you add strawberries, pineapple, and green grapes. Top it all with a homemade poppyseed dressing. Yum!
I’ve decided to create a new category of recipe called My Favorites. These will include the ones I want to keep returning to, even after I finish my project. Everyone’s tastes are different, so please know that even if a recipe doesn’t make it to my faves, it doesn’t mean they’re not good. 🙂 I’m finding, however, that it’s becoming difficult to remember all of the recipes my family really enjoyed and want me to return to. I mean, when you’re cooking 5-6 new and different things each week, they tend to blur together!
First one to be added to my new category is this Sunshine Salad. It’s a treat!
There’s a second Sunshine Salad in the cookbook from Kim L., which has orange jello, grated carrot, and pineapple in it. This is the more popular version of the Sunshine Salad that I know. I’ll make it soon!
I guess I’m hoping that all of these sunshiny salads will keep the sunshine rolling around here. We’re getting some slightly warmer temps–and so thankful for them.