Mama’s Lounge

In May I chose to have my upstairs flooring replaced. It was an ordeal, to say the least, but it was also very necessary. I have learned that the girls and I are just not carpet people. We drop things left and right, and the result was a very stained, really stinky carpet. It had to go.

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Never Too Old to Play

I have begrudgingly come to kinda partially somewhat accept that Story is not a baby any longer. She has made it as easy as possible for me. She converses like an adult, can wear my shoes, is as tall as some of my friends, and loves to argue logic as much as I do. As all these things have come about gradually, I didn’t notice that other things were falling away gradually: the snuggles, the bedtime stories, the giggles, and especially the playfulness.

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Mother-Daughter Days

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. Riley wrapped up summer camp on Friday, and Maddie wrapped up her tenure as a preschooler (sniff, sniff). Both girls are ready for the start of school on Wednesday. School supplies have been bought, we’ve dug around and found their tennis shoes for gym class, and lunch menus have been determined. We are on top of it. This last week we also wrapped up a last-minute request of Riley’s – a mother-daughter day.

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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

I have a special place in my heart for the strawberry summer salad that my mom makes. It’s the dressing that really gets me. It’s sugary sweet and full of vinegar. Just the way I like it. But, you can’t really call it all that healthy. Well, an elf could but not a human. So, I began my quest for new summer food looking for a salad dressing that I would love just as much but would be on the more acceptable side of healthy.




After some thought, it hit me. What better flavor for summer than poppy seed? It took quite a few tries, but finally, it all came together. My excitement was probably disproportionate to the accomplishment, but, come on, a good poppy seed salad dressing is something to excited about!

It is also something that you can make ahead of time and bring for a work lunch, but, I should warn you, this dressing won’t last more than a couple of days. After that, the Greek yogurt and vinegar cease to get along. It’s very sad.

So, enjoy the happier times when all ingredients are getting along swimmingly (they truly do like each other). The dressing is the perfect summer salad dressing and goes well with any variation of chicken and spinach. The only thing it may not be is all that much healthier than my other favorite salad dressing. Maybe if you skipped the heavy cream, but why do that?

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine Greek yogurt and heavy cream.
  • Add Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar and mix well. Note: Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar can be added to taste. Play around with these for slightly different flavors 🙂
  • Mix in poppy seeds. 

A New Chef in the Kitchen

Riley has very much enjoyed summer camp this summer. Last year she enjoyed it but mostly because they had Roblox on the computers. This year, though, she has gotten into the themes of the weeks and the activities much more. My personal favorite theme this summer was the week that they wrote fairy tales and Riley wrote about a daring princess who saves all her friends along with her sidekick, the pretty boy. Of course, in true Riley fashion, they did still get married and have a baby at the end.

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