Howdy everybody –
Well, the last day of March has arrived. And it’s going “out like a lamb” around these parts.
I’ve been in Spring-fever mode. Bursts of energy cleaning my entire deck surface, along with patio furniture (dirt be gone!) to re-potting 1 big boy plant (picture line up) to Spring-cleaning inside. Such a great feeling of accomplishment, for sure.
Is the Spring fever/cleaning bug nibbling on you as well?
Tomorrow’s April Fools’ Day. Any plans for pranking a friend or two? Here’s a fun piece about April Fools’ Day .
Zinnia seeds arrived! I’m going to plant them in containers out by the pool for pretty pops of color.
Watered properly – and a little love – they’ll provide cuttings for little vases in the house until Fall!
My Pony Tail Palm got re-potted as it was busting loose from its previous container. Check out how cool the base of the plant is.
Definitely, has graduated to its nickname – Elephant’s Foot plant! (I think this beauty has been with me about 6 years. I winter it inside and then drag it back outside when temps are gonna be safely warm for Spring and Summer and part of Fall.)
Meet my new secret-weapon find for cleaning everything called sinks, oven, fridge, tubs and toilets. Seriously, works!
Bar Keepers Friend, where have you been all my life?!
I found it at Wal-Mart. Have also seen it for sale at other places. Give it a try. I would be shocked if the results don’t W-O-W! you, too.
Awww – stumbled across this pic of my younger-self with my two sisters, Jennie and Lisa (Lisa’s in the saddle on Ernie). Which one am I? Hint – I’m the oldest of we three.
I gotta say – fashion options available to kids these days compared to back then – have come a long way, baby!
Quick Question answer for me – I wished my name could be changed to Buffy (as in Buffy on the television “Family Affair” series – Uncle Bill, Mr. French, Jody and Cissy) back in the day.
As I recall, my family played along with it for a few days until I concluded that I preferred Cheryl after all.
Dear Annie is a cool fan letter. I hope you guys are all enjoying Dear Annie as I do.
Caesar Salad Dressing is delish! My sister, Jennie, loves it on salads, sandwiches and even dipping pizza slices in it. (Actually, a really, really good dipper for pizza.) Think french fries as well.
5 song selection today is pretty chill. It’s mom approved sort of thing. Ha! Hope you have a chance to give it a listen.
As always – I won’t ever grow tired of saying – Thank you for being here today + commenting + sharing. Grateful!
IF YOU COULD RENAME YOURSELF, WHAT NAME WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
BY ANNIE LANE
A FRIEND IN ME
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CAESAR SALAD DRESSING
As I said earlier, my sister, (as do many) love this dressing and it’s extremely versatile. Yep, raw egg yolk is in the recipe – so if you’re uncomfortable – by all means – do not make it. I have never been uptight with a raw egg yolk – but that’s me.
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 TBSP grainy Dijon mustard
- 1 TBSP Anchovy paste (necessary)
- 4 TBSP good quality balsamic vinegar
- 3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 1 TBSP garlic powder
Mix above ingredients in a bowl. Now, add, slowly WHISK in – and whisk until all is emulsified:
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup good quality olive oil
- 1 TBSP dried Thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
IDEALLY, THIS DRESSING SHOULD BE PREPARED 2 HOURS OR MORE IN ADVANCE TO LET THE INTENSE FLAVORS MELLOW AND BECOME ONE-OUTSTANDING-DRESSING.
Store leftovers in a mason quart jar for other times!