Ta-Ta Weekend : {Hello Week}

Weekend Wrap-Up:

As always there was lots of cooking and baking in the Johnston house, but man was it hot!  We are going through a heat wave and my non-air conditioned little house gets so toasty when the stove and oven are on…..but we managed.

We had a fun barbecue with my brother, his girlfriend and baby girl who is only 3 weeks younger than my baby!  It is always great seeing our daughters together (there was lots of hand holding), eating good food, and taking family walks.  I am so blessed to have a great family!  Besides that I went to a goodbye party for some very good friends of mine (Josh and Rachelle) who are moving to Connecticut, and reunited with some old friends there as well.  Church was great and so was weekly Johnston family time!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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This Week:

Looking forward to {In The Blog}:  Lots of recipes on the blog this week and they are all easy to make!    

Looking forward to {In My Life}:  This week is my hubby’s birthday and I cannot wait to celebrate him pizza party style!  Also I am looking forward to attending MOPS at our church this week and connecting more with new mom’s!…we need each other! 

Fresh Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

Years ago my husband and I went to Puerto Vallarta for vacation. On the beaches of Puerto there are many places where beachfront restaurants cater to you with cool towels, cabanas, drinks, etc. as long as you buy their food. We would hang out at these places all day, tasting different dishes, reading, and getting our bronze on. One of these dishes was an amazing watermelon and goat cheese salad. It was my first time having goat cheese and I loved it!

So when thinking of a fun summer salad to make for Karla & Jason’s Baby-Q shower last week, I thought trying to make that phantom watermelon and goat cheese salad would be perfect! But when looking online for the recipe I couldn’t find one just like the salad I remembered…so I took the only watermelon/goat cheese recipe I could find (this one), and altered it a little. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce (I buy organic spring mix blend)
  • Blanched Slivered Almonds (In Puerto it had toasted pine nuts…both are delish)
  • Thin Sliced Red Onions
  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese (If they only sell it solid that is fine…just be sure to cube it small)
  • 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice (No pulp)
  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (About 5 dashes each)

{With this salad the only thing I measure is the dressing ingredients…everything else I just throw in depending on the size of salad and taste. For example the onions really bring out a different flavor in the salad…which I love…but not everyone loves onions so you may adjust it. Also, I usually double the dressing ingredients and store in the fridge for multiple uses.}

Directions:IMG_1628 IMG_1629Cube the watermelon

IMG_1632Thinly slice the onions. I have a mandolin and I sliced, then chopped them to make them smaller.

IMG_1634Combine olive oil, orange juice, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.

IMG_1640Whisk/blend ingredients….I used a milk frother (you will need to do this before using every time because the liquids separate).

IMG_1643Combine dry ingredients with lettuce, add dressing to taste, and toss!…This isn’t tossed but just a taste test for me before the party…you know….just to make sure its good!

IMG_1783Tossed and at Karla & Jason’s Baby-Q