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Sunday, June 11, 2017

What’s Brightening My Day Vol. 9

As I go through this season of uncertainty I am deliberately focusing on small delights of the heart. I find that being thankful for the little things shifts my perspective to continually seek out the positive.

Earlier this week I stopped by Trader Joe’s. They had several buckets of beautiful peony blossoms at 5 for $6.99.

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I adored placing a single blossom in various pretty containers and watching their beauty unfold. It’s a true joy that just one bloom can beautifully fragrance an entire room.  

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Another one of my favorite early summer pleasures are Rainier cherries. Yes, they are pricey. But SO worth it! I always say that I am going to make a cobbler or some exotic dessert but end up eating them all just like this:

    But a truly cheap summer treat is ice from Sonic. A 10 pound bag of cool, crunchy heaven is under $4.00.

I stepped away from the oven quite a bit this week. We’ve been enjoying cooler fare such as this yummy chopped salad.

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It’s so easy and makes a complete meal for four people.

1 cup of pearl couscous cooked according to the package directions and then cooled. (I use Bob’s Red Mill.)

1 can of salmon. (You may substitute tuna or chicken.)

1/2 cup dried cranberries. (I prefer the reduced sugar variety.)

1/2 cup dried corn. (I use Karen’s.)

1/2 cup feta cheese.

1 cup of chopped red bell pepper.

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

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This salad is so good with pesto dressing. I use this recipe and double it.

Tip: Mix the dressing right in the salad bowl you are going to use to cut down on dirty dishes.

Add in 3 cups of arugula. You can also use romaine.  Mix well.

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Layer the additional ingredients and serve.

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The demolition process continues. Soon they will begin installing new flooring in the kitchen, pantry and family room here at Storybook Cottage. I am so excited! This is my inspiration photo.


I had hoped the flooring would already be installed so that I could share it tomorrow on my dear friend Marty’s summer home tour, but I promise there are some good things in store.

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Have a beautiful Sunday dear friends!


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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

That salad looks so good. Can't wait for your tour.

deborah said...

Beautiful blooms! Focusing on little things is a favorite of mine.

Hooray for new flooring!

Stacey said...

Just be patient...your kitchen will be worth the wait.

Marilyn said...

I love Trader Joe's! I can not walk into that store without buying a bouquet, a potted herb, a succulent etc. I'm "seduced" immediately by their floral displays. :-)

Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, and yes...the fragrance is heavenly.

Looking forward to seeing the flooring, but until then, enjoy those peonies and that fragrance.

Marilyn (in Dallas)