Salads and jump starting my Spring Cleaning

Last week was overwhelmingly busy for me. I don’t like to have more than 2 outside activities in a week, but somehow, I scheduled myself at least 1 thing every single day. Sheer foolishness. Add to this, my poor husband was in the process of finding a new renter for our first home and the whole family was pretty frazzled by the end of the week. Thankfully, we did have fun and we do have a renter happily contracted for 2 whole years!

Today being Monday, I dove right in with my usual chores and the week’s goal list. What started out as just unloading the dishwasher and cleaning out the fridge turned into a 2 hour long deep cleaning of the kitchen. I didn’t realize how much time had passed until I saw Sylvi standing in the hallway, awake from her nap.

This tidy state didn’t last long… don’t worry ­čśë

Of course, while I was working away and one child was sleeping, the other was left unattended. He’s pretty quiet when he’s alone and content, so I kind of forgot about him. (Does this give you an idea of the impending disaster?) He was very helpful to me by taking every single last toy out of their bins and spreading them all over the living room. I’ll admit to being shocked when I came around the corner and saw the chaos. On the upside, I went through the toys (since they were laid out for me to see anyway) and weeded out the ones no one plays with on a regular basis, and swapped them out for the Lauri pegs, Farm animal Dominos, Farm animal lacing cards and beads.

Not pictured: the couch, behind the love seat and the dining room.

Our day ended very nicely and I’m thrilled to say that my floors actually got a through vacuuming. ┬áThat was much needed, I tell you! Supper was pretty hasty and made me grateful for always keeping my salad greens washed and ready. I recently made a new salad dressing and have been craving salads even more since! ┬áI have nothing against store-bought salad dressings; I love them actually, but Sylvi has (at the least) a sensitivity to some of the preservatives in salad dressings and dips, so I’m back to making my own again. Nothing like watching your child’s face become covered in welts after eating your salad dressing kissed cucumbers to jump start your creativity! This dressing is tangy and flavorful and in my opinion, even better than my old Italian dressing recipe. ┬áProbably because it’s more Greek than Italian, but it still dresses up a bowl of kale like you wouldn’t believe!

Greek Feta Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp.┬áDijon┬ámustard
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese

Pulverize the feta as best you can and then sprinkle the spices over the top and stir thoroughly  Then, mix in the mustard, oil and vinegar. (Alternatively, you could do this in a blender.)  Store in a lidded container in the fridge and shake well before each use.

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