Friday, November 14, 2008

Giving Thanks

I'm sneaking out of the Time-Out chair to share a quick recipe with you.

Today I had The Carolina Gals over for lunch. We dined on Tortilla Soup, Nutty Apple Salad and homemade whole wheat bread (Thanks Vickie!). Oh, and chocolate cake, which tasted all right but looked horrendous, so i almost forgot to mention it.

But on to other things.....

Jen with One N, my friend in Texas who doesn't have a blog but who I talk about from time to time, used to make the Nutty Apple Salad al lot for summer salad luncheons. I enjoy this salad, so I pulled out her recipe to find out what ingredients I needed. 

I had everything on hand except Sugared Walnuts, but I figured it couldn't be all that hard to make some since I had walnuts and sugar on hand. I found this recipe online.

Now, I just want to tell you that I don't actually recommend these sugared walnuts. As a matter of fact, you probably don't want this recipe. Because quite honestly, they are so tasty you may take my name in vain after you eaten the entire batch. They are addictive, and they tasted great in the salad too.

Anyway, the group of ladies today was smaller than anticipated because the weather is so dreary and wet. But I had a fantastic time with the gals that did brave the weather. We didn't end up needing the second little table which is just as well, I like when we can all sit around the table together.

Ok, I promised myself to not take more than fifteen minutes to post this, so I will quickly share Jen with One N's recipe for Nutty Apple Salad. I hope it's not a secret family recipe....if it is, you didn't get it from me.

9 cups mixed greens
1 small granny smith apple
1 small red apple
1/3 cup sugar roasted walnuts

3TBL apple cider vinegar
3TBLS olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar

Tear lettuce; chop apples; Mix Dressing; Pour over salad; toss; and sprinkle nuts on top.

OK, I'm going back to time-out. But just between you and me, I have managed to get mostly caught up, although I still haven't gotten to my "blog reading" stack yet. But it is on my list for tomorrow! Yay! See you there!

Happy Friday!


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would you share your recipe for tortilla soup...I don't have one that I love.


Michelle@Life with Three said...

That sounds delicious, Kellie! Can't wait to try it -- I've made sugared almonds for a salad before and they are quite tasty. So, I'm sure this would be fantastic, as well.

Tiffani said...

Oh my beautiful!! Everything sounded SOOOOO yummy!!!

You are such a sweet friend and hostess, I know those gals were blessed :), as were you!

Can't wait to try that Apple Salad recipe!!!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Is that YOUR house? Oh, Kelli, it is just beautiful, perfectly warm and cozy, so inviting. You truly have a gift for decorating and for making your house a home. Love it.

Mrs. Moofish said...

How I wish I were there!! Looks beautiful!

Becky said...

WOW your "new" furniture looks so good in your "old" house Hardly looks like the same place.......I would say you are not caught up yet cause I haven't heard from you via phone in a few weeks....Love ya B~

Jen with 1 "n" said...

Oh how I wish I was sitting around that table with you enjoying some warm soup (my what cute bowls you have!!) and some nutty apple salad! No family secret on the recipe; I think I got it from Real Simple many years ago! Glad you like it as much as I do. Miss you!

Darcie said...

Your living room could be featured on the pages of one of those magazines. So cozy and inviting.

Sounds like a yummy lunch too! Thanks for the recipe; I'll have to try it!

Kathy said...

Everything looks warm and inviting. Love the atmosphere. We've been making tortilla soup lately. Now I have to make that delicious salad, too.
Kathy @

Tanya said...

sounds delicious!! I'm definitely printing this out. by the way, is that your living room?? If so, I'm totally jealous. It looks so cozy and inviting!

Lara said...

OH MY your living looks so amazing! I had forgotten you got new couches! WOW WOW WOW!

Megan O. said...

Your home looks quintessientally (did I spell that right?) fall-ish. I love it. Especially since I was SWEATING here today! We're setting record November temps--don't you miss it? I love your Giving Thanks banner and was a little sad to see you fixed it! :)