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Five things

My daughter had her first sleepover last night. We thought everyone would be tuckered out after running around at a super fun indoor playground in the afternoon and staying up past their bedtime to watch Peter Pan but they giggled and chatted until almost 11 (well past my bedtime!), then were up with the birds before 6 this a.m.

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Before 6! On a Sunday! It’s not like they had a flight to catch or chickens to feed.

Where do they get their energy?

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Yay, cucumbers are in season! These easy refrigerator pickles take all of 15 minutes to make and keep for about a month.

thyme and weeds

One of our neighbours has a cute sense of humour.

(If this was our yard the signs would say “WEEDS” and “DIRT”. What would your signs say?)

books for five things

I’m well stocked with books for the summer thanks to recent freebies and contest wins. Penguin Books sent me these two new releases when I became a blogger’s 5,000th Twitter follower.

I’ve also won Romance is My Day Job Listen to the Squawking Chicken, The One and Only, Jason Priestley’s memoir, and Unbridled.

What’s on your summer reading list?

zuke salad for five things

Last week I tried my first recipe from Sweet Paul Eat & Make, this zucchini salad with goat cheese.

If you think it looks a lot like my strawberry spinach salad, you’re right.  I used the rest of the spinach, goat cheese and walnuts I had from this one to make that one.

Both were delicious!

Food & Drink

Strawberry spinach salad

One of my favourite design bloggers is launching her second collection at Target next week. The first one had all kinds of pretty essentials for a spring party, while the second has everything under the sun for a picture-perfect picnic. I am in love with the striped picnic basket and the multicoloured bento boxes in perfect serving sizes for one. And the gold-dipped condiment squeeze bottles? I die!

This strawberry spinach salad would look so pretty served on the coordinating melamine plates. The berries and fresh greens say summer!

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I’m not much of a dressing person so I’ve just squeezed a little lemon juice on top. Do you have a dressing to suggest?

Strawberry spinach salad

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

4 cups fresh spinach

1.5 cups sliced strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup walnuts

1/3 cup goat cheese

Sprinkle of lemon juice

Directions

Toss the spinach, strawberries and blueberries together.

Pinch off small pillows of goat cheese and sprinkle on top. (The goat cheese will schmear if you stir it in; plopping it on top is more appetizing, I think.)

Sprinkle with lemon juice or your own dressing.

Enjoy!