Just Like Olive Garden Salad

Stay home tonight and make yourself a salad just like Olive Garden!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been inside an Olive Garden restaurant … the unlimited salad and breadsticks used to always get me … I am a sucker for warm, soft bread, you know? Oh, and I just love that salad too … the dressing, luckily, is easy to replicate, as is the salad itself.

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Quick! Does anyone else have these really cool metal bowls from, probably the mid 1960’s early 1970’s? My mother in law had a ton and when she passed away, I snagged a few to bring home … my all time favorite salad bowls!

The other good news about this salad? Saving you moola … as in a minimum of $20 … like I said, been a LONG time since I’ve been to Olive Garden but I do remember that a dinner entree was at least $12.99 and that was a few years ago … so figure two people, easily $25 AND then most likely, a beverage (or two) and there you have it … el cheapo night out got a little more expensive …

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Let’s Party #16!

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Mark had his third treatment last Tuesday … it was a rough recovery … still has that metallic taste in his mouth, can’t eat anything cold, hands are VERY sensitive to cold and his toes are starting as well (I believe this is the neuropathy side effect). He flew to Indiana on Friday morning and has just had a rough time there. So much so that I booked a flight for Thursday morning to spend a few days with him and then fly back together on Saturday afternoon …

 

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I’m laughing at Big Kitty from a while ago … he gets a little needy and jelly too so he’ll just park himself on the laptop when I walk away! This is an OLD picture as that phone! 2010 folks! So long ago! As I type this post he is sitting on my lap wondering when I’m going to relocate to the couch!

We had some great shares again this last week!!

Venita at the Handy Mans Daughter shared her bathroom renovation … I’m really drawn to this post because we have this awful rose colored bathroom (that we know – we’ve been told! – is hindering our sale!) … I’m going to have to follow along on her project and check out her other stuff too!

Katie at Paradise Praises shared How To Create Happiness … this could not come at a better time in my life than now! Yes, a lot of it is geared towards those with kids (she does have 5!) but still … as an adult, I still want to experience happiness so I’m all for it!

AND then we had Jennifer over at Busy Being Jennifer sharing all those awesome Cinco de Mayo cocktails! Did you know that my birthday IS on Cinco de Mayo? Arriba!  She shares FIFTY cocktails! Sweet momma, I don’t think I can do all 50! Go check it out, I’m sure there’s one or two that will be calling your name!

I’m am ready to get this party on the road again!

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We’ve been enjoying the pool and Mark even broke down and finally bought some chaise lounge chairs to put poolside. He’s coming around in his older years!

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I need to hit up Trader Joe’s soon and stock up on a case of these little canned wines before summertime hits … they were perfect for Saturday afternoon floats!

Mark had his 3rd treatment Tuesday and is currently hooked up to his IV for the next 2 days. Totally felt that cold sensitivity this afternoon … poor guy. I feel bad and he just doesn’t feel good this evening. Currently sleeping in the recliner as I type this up …

There were some great shares last week! My most favorite would be the 5 Mental Hacks to Have a Happier Life

Then there was the awesome Sunday Dinner Roundup … who needs a special Sunday to cook up some of that stuff? I’ve already pinned a few of the recipes she shared!

And then, with summertime coming up, many of you are probably counting the days with these April snowstorms, it’s time to Transform Your Deck and get them clean!

So let’s see what you have to share this week! I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

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Let’s Party #14!

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I was so very late last week and thank those of you who came back to check in on me!

It’s been an interesting week! Baby Nolan, Randi and Matt came in for Easter weekend … Nolan got his first swim in the pool. I’m so glad that Mark picked up the solar pool cover to warm the pool up quickly! Yes, it works! It went for 72 to 84 in 5 days … the power of sunshine! I’m looking forward to some float time in the near future!

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Mark’s been doing good … a little tired and had a few days where swallowing and eating was difficult but still can’t quite pinpoint what is triggering the issues.

I’m am ready to get this party on the road again!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

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I’m late this week … sorry!

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Here’s an off the wall picture of the Kirkland Brand Fully Cooked Bacon … they must have finally paid off Hormel to get their own! $11.99 (if my memory serves me right) and so worth it since I’m the only one that seems to eat the stuff nowdays!

Mark had his 2nd round of chemo Tuesday with his continuing pump through Thursday afternoon. So far, he’s tolerated it rather well, a little queasy, a little tired, a little bit of that jolting/electrical charge in his mouth, throat, lips and hands when cold things make contact. That’s due to the Folfox I guess. All the things they told him to expect. I’m hoping that he tolerates Friday better than the last time!

Ok, that’s it for the Mark update!

We had some awesome shares last week! But because I’m LATE, I won’t be linking any of them but please, be sure to check out some of the great stuff that’s being put out there!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

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clam chowder to eat

Mark had his first round of chemo Tuesday with his continuing pump through Thursday evening. So far, he’s tolerated it rather well, a little queasy, a little tired, a little cleaning of the pipes, etc. All the things you’d expect. He explained Friday afternoon that he felt like he had just a little bit too much to drink the night before, which, he hadn’t … but he equates his feeling to a slight hangover. I will say that his energy level is LOW … and I’m trying super hard to be patient and understanding about it. This is what I will have to work on … I hate sitting around all day and night without doing something …

Ok, that’s it for the Mark update!

We had some awesome shares last week!  *UPDATE – my links did NOT pull in on the original post but I’ve since fixed that! Whoops!*

Emily at Life Sew Savory shared an awesome Tomato Basil Bruschetta … this is one of my all time favorite appetizers to make!

And then there was Jessa at Low Carb Delish sharing her Cheesy Cheddar Cauliflower Rice … I’m going to have to give this a try and share my results … her dish looks super delicious!

And because Easter is right around the corner AND I’m a grandmother now, I had to check out these Cute Chick Easter Crafts by Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog! Definitely pinned this for the future (I’ve got a year or so to perfect my child crafting skills!). I think I need to start a Pinterest Board called Nolan Skills 😉

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

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Easy Clam Chowder

A few years ago, my sister in law shared this recipe with us while we were visiting Indiana … and Mark was like WOW and all over it.

Three of the main reasons we like this:

1 – no chunky tomatoes … Mark, the master chef, will NOT eat cooked chunky tomatoes. It’s either New England Clam Chowder or nothing at all

2 – everything is pretty much from the pantry which is kind of cool to have on hand for a last minute soup

3 – it’s fast and easy to make!

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New England Clam Chowder is creamy. Manhattan is red and chunky. A no no for Mark. Especially now.

Just for the record, I do NOT like clam chowder, normally, AND I don’t normally like things that are highly processed (aka, canned stuff) but hey, it’s tasty, it’s a once in while soup and NOW it’s something that Mark can eat and tolerate so I’m all over it!

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It is a little indulgent so for the average bear, I wouldn’t make this DAILY but once every few weeks would be deemed acceptable 😉  Here’s what you need!

1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled. Save a LOT of the bacon grease in the skillet when done

2 medium onions, chopped

4 cans of baby clams

5 cans of diced potatoes, drained

3 cans of cream of celery soup

2 cups half and half

2 cups milk

2 tsp dry dill

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Make you life easier and toss that cooked bacon in a food processor, give a quick whirl and Ta Da! Chopped Bacon! 

Cook your onion in that skillet with some leftover bacon grease. Go ahead, it’s ok! Cook until soft and translucent. Add the juice from the canned clams. Set the clams aside for now.

drained canned clams

Add the potatoes to the pan and cook until they are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the balance of the ingredients EXCEPT the clams. Stir and allow to simmer for about 45 minutes or until thick.

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Add your clams in at end here, stir and let cook for a few minutes until they are warmed through. Don’t let them cook too long as they will become chewier and well, we know that super chewy clams are no good.

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Dish up and top with some bacon bits and a little fresh parsley if you have. Enjoy!

This makes a LOT and can feed 12 with a few leftover servings. We’ve frozen this in the past and it has re-heated just fine!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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