Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Salads

Today we had our favorite salad. It is one of Polly's favorite too. Spinach and Strawberry salad. Uhhhmmm, we ate it before I remembered about getting a picture of it. Google to the rescue. This is a spinach and strawberry salad, just not our spinach and strawberry salad.
This is our favorite....

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

For each plate arrange the following: baby spinach leaves, 3-4 spears of steamed asparagus, 1 very thin slice of red onion - separated, 1/3 cup mandarin orange slices, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1-2 tablespoons of toasted sliced almonds. Dress with poppy seed dressing.

Poppy seed Dressing

1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 thick slice of red onion
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Add all into the bowl of a food processor and whirl for about 5-10 seconds until the onion is very finely chopped. Dressing keeps well for 1 week in refrigerator.

This is a favorite of ours this time of year when fresh asparagus and strawberries are in season here in Michigan. With a slice of bread this is a full lunch and with a piece of grilled chicken this is certainly very filling for dinner. Bon Appetit.


Summer is on the way and what is making an impression on me? Stripes. Polka-dots. Lots and lots of them. I am seeing them everywhere and while they can be for anytime - it sure seems summery to me. (image from www.cher-is-creatingspaces.com)
(image from habituallychic.blogspot.com)

And even these - the most talked about eye wear at Spring Quilt Market - Polly's new glasses.Too cool.

Polka-dots have been IN for awhile now. I couldn't be happier. LOVE them!
This is Joanna's new version of polka-dots in her Fresh Cottons by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.
Here is our latest version of polka-dots - the Bar Harbor polka-dots.Actually, Moda is loaded with polka-dots.
This is one of the many dotty things in Moda Home. Polly and I love polka-dots too and we try to get a new variation in every line. I love polka-dots so much that I picked out a dog with a polka-dotted tongue.
Click to enlarge! Yes, this is Gibby and his best girlfriend Clara after a play date.

Which brings me to this..... guess how many polka-dots are on Gibby's tongue (don't forget the underside) and you can win something summery from us. Comment and guess before midnight June 2nd and the prize will be yours.

Laurie

87 comments:

Bevie Pearl said...

I guess 16 polka dots. BTW, I love that blue polka dot quilt. Gorgeous.

Mimi said...

22, top and bottom.

Becky said...

Great looking salad. We'll have to try it. My guess is 21 dots on the tongue.

SueB said...

that is my favorite salad also. it is great for a summer dinner just as it is.

Oh I think 28 dots.

call me crazy said...

I looove strawberyy/spinach salad too! ..as does the whole family here. It goes very quickly. :-) I really love dots too~ as for tongue dots, how about 19. That is interesting that they are on the bottom too! :-)

judycinnc said...

I am going for 25 polka dots . Love that salad and have never met a polka dot I did not like.

llo said...

My guess is 23 spots. Are you coming out with a fabric like Gibby's tongue?

llo

Shelley said...

I guess 17 spots. I heart polka dots:)

Kathryn said...

I'll guess 14. My cat has just one on her tongue. Kathie L in Allentown

mascanlon said...

18 I think...and the salad is one of my favorites too, had it last night with a few grilled shrimp, yummy!

Erin in MI said...

I'm going to guess 22 polka dots on Gibby's tongue.

Next time you make it to Grand Rapids, try having lunch at Arnie's. They have a strawberry salad that I love - not as good as yours sounds, but definitely a good one, too.

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, you are so funny! I'll guess 34 polka dots.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm going to guess that Gibby has a total of 27 spots.

S said...

12! A dozen dots.Hurray for polka dots!I would add a handful of dry roasted walnuts an accent to a strawberry-spinach salad. I'd better go find some to munch on right now.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

26 is the number of polka dots on his tongue!

Kaye Prince said...

I'm going to say 24 dots on Gibby's tongue! And yes, I also loved Polly's new glasses - it was really lovely to meet the two of you at Market and I hope to see you both again soon!

badlandsquilts said...

18 dots I think?

LindaCC said...

15 dots on the tongue top and bottom. Aren't they starting to appear everywhere?

Nancy in WI said...

My guess is that Gibby has 40 spots on the top and underside of his tongue. Yummy looking salad! Nancy in WI

Cheri C. said...

I counted 17 spots... let's see if that is any where near correct.... She sure has grown up...

Sandra Henderson said...

Just packed a package for tomorrow's weekly mail pickup here on our island in a bright stripe fabric... I eat "fruity/nutty" salads all year and would love to send ya'll some pecans (not pEcans... Pe`cans) in the mail. Get them all day long here and they will freeze for a year. Simply take out, defrost, toast, yum. I NEVER buy walnuts, it's Pe`ca`ns all the way... :)

PamKittyMorning said...

Mmmm delish. All of it. That dog looks happy.

Happy to see you guys. You're always a hit, dots or not.

Linda C said...

Love the sound of that salad. Will certainly give it a try.
My guess is 20 dots.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love polka dots. Just never thought about them on a tongue before :-) How about 36.

Anonymous said...

I love polka dots!!!!!! I'm guessing Gibby has 6 dots on his tongue. Tell Gibby he has good taste in girlfriends!
Jill

Vicky said...

ROFLOL. Love that Gibby! I'll say 29. He looks plumb tuckered out from his play date with that older woman! :)

Glenn said...

I'm going to go with 21.

Anonymous said...

22 dots.....good idea.
Paula

Dee said...

b18 dots - our dog has one. Such sweet babies posing for you:)

Robin said...

47 dots - I enjoyed your eclectic blog today. I'll have to try the salad as the spinach in our garden is abundant.

Anonymous said...

I guess 23 dots on the tongue.

LOVE the blue polka dots!!!

Diane B said...

Love the picture of Gibby and girlfriend! I'll guess 52 polka dots!

Glenn said...

Thanks so much for the comment on my blog.

Too Funny!.... I talked my partner into helping me use those plastic ring measuring thingamabobs to size my finger for Roxanne thimble this morning. Fun for all on a Sunday morning!

It's on order and I hope this will conclude the endless thimble hunt.

I love your work and it's one of the reasons I decided to try hand work.

Nancy said...

Since I'm a huge fan of polka dots and put them somewhere in all my quilts, I had to take a guess at this polka dot challenge. I'll guess 15.

WoolenSails said...

Well, it depends on what you call spots, lol.
I counted 16 black ones and if you add the white, I got 22.

Debbie

Kwiltsfl said...

I guess 26 spots on Gibby's handsome tongue.

Karen H

Sherrill said...

I'm gonna say 27! How funny! A polka dotted tongue!

Lisa said...

Gibby is such a cutie, look at that big smile. My guess is 13 dots on his tongue.

madrekarin said...

That salad sounds divine. Yum.
I'm a huge polka dot fan! I love them. Gibby does have the perfect tingue for a polka dot lover. I'm going to guess 31 polka dots.

rebecca said...

Just never know what we'll be following on a blog. Fun, fun!! Gibby has 29 dots?

Barb said...

Picture me on the streets looking for dogs with spotted tongues. Quest: are there more spots on the top or the bottom? Getting weird looks from people. lol I'm guessing Gibby has 21 polka dots ;o)

Anonymous said...

Will try the salad this week it sounds very nice.
I think 9 polka dots.

scottylover said...

Yummy! My SIL makes the strawberry salad in the picture and it is wonderful! I love the polka dots, too!

Let's see, I guess 21 polka dots on Gibby's tongue. Just don't want to know how you counted them! :) Give him a pat for me for holding still for you!

Sandy A in St. Louis

...so we added chickens said...

I'm going to guess 32 polka dots :)
And the salad looks delicious!

quiltnmaryf said...

I am going to gues a low number - something like four..I love Gibby. He makes me smile!

Karen said...

I would guess a dozen dots. Gibby is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win. Karen M

Janelle J said...

I love dots too! Gibby is so cute. I'll guess 28!

SheilaS said...

Did anyone say 33? Just a guess. Hey, we were at the parade too-2 old folks sitting in the cool shade or what little shade there was. Always fun!

moosecraft said...

I'm guessing 32 dots on Gibby's tongue... And I'm also hoping that there will be pics of someone holding his tongue still enough to get an accurate count!!! LOL! ;-)

Jeanne said...

I guess 23 as that was Gibby's namesake's uniform number. :-)

Thelma said...

Maybe 25 dots???

Cyn said...

What a fun idea for a giveaway!

Okay, I'm guessing 24 dots.

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing 34 polka dots on Gibby's tongue. What a fine looking boy he is!
~Joyce in MI

JennieR said...

I say 43! :)

Jacque. said...

I'm saying 24 before I even look at what anyone else said!

Sandra Henderson said...

32 was my first guess, but I see someone else has already guessed this and I'd hate to have to cut what the prize is in half! lol
hmmm... I've never seen a polka dog toungue on a dog, that's hilarious! I'm guessing 43

Carol said...

Poor Gibby - has he agreed to be a guinea....dog?
I'll guess 38 dots.

Anonymous said...

Gibby is certainly very handsome and I would guess that he has 27 tongue dots! LOVE your blog!

Lori
americanbarn@aol.com

Nancy said...

I think there are 31 polka dots on Gibby's tongue (top & bottom) and I am going to make the salad and dressing...thanks.

Cindi P. said...

First of all...seriously...I can't believe I enlarged the picture to try and count polka dots on Gibby's tongue...I don't know if I will tell anyone if I win, but my guess is 37..

I am a quilter said...

I am going to say 39... cute dog... looks like a hand full!!!!

joeypack said...

I cant imagine my corgis allowing me to spend time counting any spots on thier tongues! lol I think my dogs my stand there long enough for me to count too 26 before they ran off. SO my guess is 26.

Anonymous said...

My guess is 26 dots on Gibbys tongue.I love your Bar Harbor dots and Modas dot quilt too...Karen S.

Marcia said...

Polka dots polka dots Gibby has 14 top and bottom of the tongue. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

HollyC said...

I think there are about 40 spots on his tongue.

Lisa S. said...

I think that there are 18 polka dots on his tongue.

Maria said...

31! That is so very cute!

kshackabq said...

He's so charming. I'm guessing 33!

Brenda S. said...

I would guess 26 polka dots on his tongue.

Audrey said...

I guess 23. The spinach salad looks very good - I will have to try that.
Audrey
audreybretz@gmail.com

Nancyz said...

My guess is 32 for both sides. I love reading your blog.

Quilter Kim said...

I am thinking there are about 21 dots on his tongue. Your salad sounds wonderful, will have to try it at home. For a fast food salad that is similar the "Strawberry Fields" salad at Culvers is good.

Lori said...

That is hilarious! I'm not sure I've seen a polka dotted tongue!!
My guess would be 32 all together.

Darlene B said...

My guess is 21! Love all your beautiful quilts... dsb448@att.net

Anonymous said...

Wow - uummm 37? I've never stared at a dog's tounge this long :) I just love Gibby ~ and I think it's hilarious that that is my mom's nickname!! Ha!

Thank you!!
Pam Pokragac
pam.p@comcast.net

Jo Anne said...

37 dots on the tongue.

lynnquiltsalot said...

Love Strawberry & Spinach Salads; we try all the variations. That blue polka dot quilt is to die for. I'm going with 24 polka dots on Sir Gibby.

Emma said...

I think Gibby has 25 polka dots on his tongue. Who was on top when you counted?

Anonymous said...

I will say 33 top and bottom. Spinach/strawberry salad is a favorite of mine too. I found a recipe for a salad with pears. A nice change for winter when strawberries are not so available.
Charlotte S.

Becky S. said...

I love polka-dots too!
Gibby is so cute--I'm going to guess 21 dots on his tongue.

Tina C. said...

23 - but how in the world are you able to count top and bottom? That is one patient dog!!!

Connie H said...

27 - it's a guess like everyone else. Love your blog

Mary said...

I'm guessing 25 dots. Now I'm going to have to look and see if my dog has dots on his tongue!

Anonymous said...

My new 7 month old pup from the Humane Society looks very much like Gibby and his name is Gabe. They told us he was lab/retriever mix but I'm convinced he's more boxer. I guess 36 polka dots on Gibby's tongue - 0 on Gabe's tongue!

Jean C. said...

Hi, well I've never seen a dog or a cat either for that matter with a polk a dot tongue.... or anything else either! My guess is 27 because for one that is my hubby's favorite # and well of course I can't see the underside of Gibby's tongue... so of course... I guessed!
Oh, and yes that is one of my favorite salads too... we have a family favorite that is Spinach, Mushrooms, Bacon, Swiss cheese, red onion, and then a poppy seed dressing that has red onion, cider vinegar, brown sugar, dry mustard, a little salt and last but not least poppy seeds... if your interested it's yummy! I would be more than happy to share... it's even better the next day! Send me an e-mail if you want it! DJCogdill@msn.com

Andie said...

24 dots on the tongue.

Auntie Pami said...

Love your new fabric. Could you please do something that would be good for QOV? Love dots too. But, I'm too lazy today to even try and count more than three!

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