May 13, 2013

Mother's Day and First Lettuce (and a Recipe)

Sadly, this should be a Mother's Day rehash post, full of gorgeous photos of homemade presents, flowers, and a picnic in the park, in honor of my womb.
Oh, well, what the heck, I'm throwing you a bone here with a few photos.  Here I am above on a walk with my eldest.  Coffee was involved in the destination.

Then I went on another on a walk with my youngest later that afternoon, as seen below.
It was a divide-and-conquor kind of Mother's Day.  And somehow my hair manages to darken as the day goes on, same Instagram filter and all.

Those walks were the highlight of the day.  However, Chris did make me pancakes for breakfast and Soren made me a sweet card.  But I was fighting a cold, poor me, and there was a birthday party that afternoon to prevent us from making any grand plans.  Yes, I give up MY one day for the children (poor me, again, huh?).  I did spend a lot of time reflecting on how grateful I am for them, and their healthy, happy lives.  It's truly an honor being a mother, despite the frustration and exhaustion.

Anyway, I did manage to accomplish a lot on Saturday while S was at t-ball.  Vacuuming, cleaning and prepping fruits and veggies, and harvesting our first head of lettuce from the garden.  Having stocked the fridge the night before, I had the makings for a tasty, out-of-the-ordinary (at least in our house) salad dressing for these special greens. 
This is not just a tasty, creamy salad dressing, but also good with tortilla chips, kind of like a thinner guacamole.


  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • juice of one lime
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or smashed into a paste
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water, to thin the dressing
You're smart.  You basically just put all these things (minus the water) in a blender or food processor, then add the water until you have the consistency you like.  Drizzle it over a salad with lots of greens and maybe a few black beans tossed in.  Crushed tortilla chips would be a good move too. Dig in!
 Hope you moms out there enjoyed your day yesterday!


  1. ooh, I have an avocado that needs to be used... yay! I love the pictures.You look pretty great for having a cold! I hope you're feeling better.

  2. This looks really good! Thanks!

  3. That looks so delicious and refreshing! I just bought some avocados - maybe I'll try it =)


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