Salads in Mason Jars

Salads aren’t just about lettuce. And salads in a mason jar are the best idea ever! I’ve been preparing my weekday lunch salads this way for a couple of months now.

Prep time for a week’s worth (5) is about 30-40 minutes, depending on what’s put in them. I usually make mine all the same each week to use up all the ingredients I buy, although I’m sure others would like more variety. They’re so convenient (imagine having all of your lunches prepared ahead of time), and the salads stay fresh in their mason jars for 5-7 days—no kidding! I’m telling you, you have to try this.

Cost for a case (12) of 1 quart wide-mouthed canning jars – $11-12

Average cost for ingredients for 5 salads – About $20 ($4 a day)

(Google “salads in mason jars” and you’ll find out everything you need to know to get started.)

So, what am I having this week?

Spring mix, cooked wheatberry, roasted butternut squash, goat cheese, sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, almonds, honey crisp apples, beets, cucumbers, golden tomatoes, and golden balsamic vinaigrette.

Calories per salad – about 400

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October Delight

There is no place more beautiful than New England in October. Just look at the view!

(It’s less than a mile from my home in New Hampshire.)

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The photo above was actually taken a few years ago. However, it’s a good example of what it looks like around here this time of year.

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And this scene, with it’s carpet of leaves, was in Vermont about a week ago.

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Back to School Blog Hop – Meet YA Author Linda Ulleseit

 

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Author Bio: Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California, and has taught elementary school in San Jose since 1996. Her first novel, ON A WING AND A DARE, was published in 2012. It is a Young Adult fantasy set in medieval Wales, complete with flying horses, a love triangle, and treachery. It’s sequel, IN THE WINDS OF DANGER, was released March, 2013. The focus of that book is the misty past of a groom and the murky future of a rider. The last book in the trilogy is UNDER A WILD AND DARKENING SKY, May 2014. It follows a brother and sister, new to High Meadow, who become involved in a plot to steal flying horses.

Linda has also written a novella titled WINGS OVER TREMEIRCHSON, released as an ebook in Fall 2013. It follows the story of Hoel and Neste, parents of a main character in ON A WING AND A DARE.

Linda Books

Contact: FlyingHorseBooks@gmail.com

Follow Linda Ulleseit:  Ulleseit@wordpress.com

Character Interview with Ralf (Under a Wild and Darkening Sky):

  1. I understand you are newly arrived in High Meadow. Are you pleased to be here?

The only reason we’re here is because my father is obsessed with flying horses. Oh, and the town needed a baker. My father’s a baker—perfect fit. Not so much for me. I have friends in Merioneth, where we’re from. I don’t need to be here slaving for arrogant riders of pampered flying horses.

  1. And your sister? How does she feel?

Alyna’s a quiet one. Too soon to tell. Mum pushes her to make friends, and maybe she has one here in the new town. She’s stopping by one of the barns pretty often to talk to the barn leader’s daughter. She’ll probably fall in with the whole Aerial Games sect and absorb herself in a barn.

  1. Would you like to be a rider or a groom?

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy cheering for my favorite barn during the Aerial Games. I’ve met a girl…she’s got a different view of High Meadow and its horses. The winged horses came from Tremeirchson, you know, which is nearly a ghost town now. She hopes to revive it…maybe I’ve said too much.

  1. Revive Tremeirchson? Won’t High Meadow object?

Of course! But a little competition is healthy! All we need to do…um she needs to do…is get one flying horse established in Tremeirchson. Just one.

  1. A noble pursuit, I suppose, but aren’t all the flying horses in the world controlled by High Meadow’s riders?

Exactly my point. Time for a younger generation to spread the wealth. We’re not alone, you know. Many eyes watch High Meadow for just such an opportunity as we are waiting for.

  1. Do your parents support this idea?

You can’t tell them! They barely think of me as grown up—they’d never believe I could be valuable to this quest. Papa is devoted to Evan, making a fool out of himself whenever the barn leader appears at the bakery. When he doesn’t come, Papa bakes bread and delivers it for free. Mum worries, I know, but she’s tired of traveling. We spent a year on the road after being booted out of Merioneth. That was hard on her. With Alyna settling in, too, Mum is afraid to upset the town elders. Or she would be if she knew. We’re a very secret group.

  1. Your hints are mystifying, Ralf, but I know when to stop asking questions. Good luck to you and your family on your new ventures in High Meadow.

You are very welcome. Take a loaf of the pandemayne, the good stuff, when you go.

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A Couple of Characters

IMG_20140914_121831I had fun posing as a couple of characters while visiting the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich, Vermont today.

Now I’m back at my computer and it’s time to enter the lives of Jean and Rosie again as I continue writing the third book in their series.

Plans are to forward the finished manuscript to my publisher by the end of this month so we can begin the editing phase.

Only a few weeks left, but it’s all coming together. I can see the end in sight and it’s exciting.

 

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I can’t wait until I write THE END. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I do.

(And I know you’re going to love their new adventures. Jean and Rosie are always full of surprises!)

 

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Happy Labor Day

LeavesI hope your Labor Day weekend was as wonderful as mine was.

On Saturday, I gathered leaves while my husband and I enjoyed walking through the beautiful town of Norwich, Vermont. Here’s proof that the fall foliage in New England has started already.

Market basketOn Sunday, it was cloudy and then rainy, so we went shopping. One of the stores we visited was Market Basket. It was nice to see the place filled with shoppers again. Welcome back, Market Basket!

And today, we enjoyed Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH–one of my favorite places.

By the photos below that my husband took while we were there, you can see why it’s so special.

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

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Shreck 1(I think Shrek is dreaming about how happy he is to be snoozing in Portsmouth.)

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Sound Familiar?

Yesterday, my husband mentions he’s been searching for a certain item for days. He’s looked everywhere, he claims, but it’s nowhere to be found.

I don’t believe him. I know how he thinks and his logic is different than mine. So, that’s why I do my own quick search. I look in all the locations where I believe he might’ve put it. After only a few minutes, I spot the original box for the item on a table in the living room—in clear sight.

“Did you put it back in its box the last time you used it?” I ask.

“I saw the box, but, no, I wouldn’t do that,” he responds. “Don’t bother looking there.”

Again, good thing I know how he thinks. I decide to check anyway.

And there it is—the item he’s been searching for.

“I found it,” I say as I place it in his hand.

“Really? Where?” (He seems surprised, although I know he’s not because this happens all the time.)

“In the box you told me not to bother checking. In the most logical place it could be,” I reply.

And this is what he says next (I find this rather amusing):

“Well, you must’ve put it there because I didn’t. No wonder I couldn’t find it.”

HA!

All I can do is shake my head. No bother debating, although I know better.

Sound familiar to any of you?

(And, yes, in case you’re wondering, he did also thank me for finding it for him.)

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It’s Free!

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We’re doing it again!

The Kindle version of my first novel in Polyester Pajamas is free from Amazon for the next two days only – Wednesday August 13th and Thursday, August, 14th.

Download it HERE and tell all your friends about it.

This is the first book in the Jean and Rosie series.

Enjoy!

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