Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cranberry Goat Cheese Winter Salad & Grapefruit Vinaigrette



Hi Friends -  I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for the New Year!  I am so excited for 2015 - I have a feeling it will be great!  I recently read a quote that really resonated with me: "there are years that ask questions and years that answer."  I think 2015 will be full of answers - which is a good thing!  For my last post of 2014, I wanted to share a delicious salad recipe I have been loving lately - enjoy!


With the dreary weather and frigid temps that come with long winter months, I love to add a bit of color to my everyday by creating bright salads with seasonal ingredients.  Today, I am sharing a delicious recipe for a cranberry goat cheese winter salad.  I topped this yummy salad with a homemade grapefruit vinaigrette.  Typically, I purchase salad dressing at the grocery store, but have been loving experimenting with my own ingredients lately.  Do you have any favorite salad dressing recipes?  I'd love to hear them!  Ingredients and directions for salad and vinaigrette are below - I hope you give it a try!


Cranberry Goat Cheese Winter Salad:
Spring mix greens
Dried cranberries (I soaked mine in a mixture of grapefruit juice & water overnight, so they would plump up a bit)
Pecans, chopped
Red onion, roughly chopped
Goat cheese, crumbled

Combine above ingredients and toss to incorporate.

Grapefruit Vinaigrette:
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix honey, grapefruit juice, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper together.  Once combined, whisk in olive oil a bit at a time.  This recipe yields enough dressing for two hearty servings.  Pour over salad and enjoy!



Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!  See you in 2015!

Love,
Aly

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gift Guide: The Cocktail Connoisseur

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Happy Holidays!  I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Although I chose not to battle the 4am Black Friday crowds this year, I did get a head start on some of my holiday shopping.  I love thinking of unique gifts for family and friends, and wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for the cocktail connoisseur in your life.  I absolutely love the selection of cocktail and bar gifts found at Crate & Barrel, and they are having 15% off site-wide through the end of Cyber Monday! Happy Shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Aly