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Cocoa Banana Bread

We have been in a weekend morning pancake rut for a few weeks now. The girls probably wouldn’t describe it as a rut. They love pancakes. All kinds of pancakes. Chocolate chip, blueberry, with syrup, without syrup – it really doesn’t matter to them. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike pancakes. I just dislike making them every single weekend morning. It gets boring. Even turning them into waffles isn’t a thrill anymore.

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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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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.