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Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 13- and 14 and 15

Salad is still going... Best I've done in awhile.  Saturday, John took me to Mexican food. We got this yummy Chicken Fajita salad.  I did need to scrap off the cheese.  We forgot to tell them to leave it off.  but we did remember to trade out the sour cream for guacamole.
I was nice to get the taste of Mexican food with my salad idea.
Sunday we made tow salads.... count them... TWO!

The first salad was Chicken Salad with Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients For the balsamic cilantro dressing: 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, adjust based on your preference2-3 tablespoons olive oil, adjust based on your preference1 garlic clove, crushed1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantroSalt and pepper to taste For the chicken salad: ~2 cups of your choice of mixed salad greens½ avocado, diced or sliced5-6 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in halvesA few slices of red onion5-6 slices of cucumber½ cup shredded cooked chickenA few coarsely chopped cilantro leaves Instructions

Boyack Update

I really should give up calling it the Weekly Update.  I am not good at Weekly.  Maybe I should call it the Weakly Update.  At any rate, here is what we have been up to around here:


Hannah got her Driver's Permit.  This is how the first drive went (thanks Kimber for typing it all out while we were attempting to drive down the road):
Hannah (most of the time): AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! I can't go until this person moves! Oh no! Is that person going park by me!?!?!
Mom: Let go of the break please!
Hannah: Once those people get out of the car I'll move.....Oh no I think I know those people! Don't open the window!
Mom: It's hot! We've been sitting here forever!
Hannah: AAAAHHHHHAAAHHHHHAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
Mom and Lillian: Laughing historically.
Hannah: If you laugh when we move I might kill all of us!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Here we go!
Mom: We've been sitting here for 10 minutes!
Hannah: Okay, only 9 more minutes to go!
Hannah: oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!! ......okay am I s…

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 10, 11, and 12

To tell the truth.... time kept getting away from me so I ended up eating bag salad with dressing on Wednesday and coleslaw on Thursday... the kind where I got a bag of coleslaw mix at the store and a jar of coleslaw dressing.  I know.  In a way it is cheating.  But at least I still had salad in a day.  Today I have already started making my salad of the day to ensure I don't have to take the cheating way out.  LOL.

Today's salad is:

Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro
Ingredients: 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded into large pieces
2 medium avocados, diced
1 T + 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
salt, to taste (I didn’t use too much salt because you can always add more at the table.)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (or chop it more coarsely if you prefer)
2 T mayo or light mayo Tasty!

A Salad A Day: Take 2 Day 8 and Day 9

I've had the same salad both days.  Hey... I didn't want to go to the store and these things were in the house.  At least it's tasty.  :)
Simple avocado and tomato salad Easy and simple avocado and tomato salad made with ripe tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Ingredients 1-2 ripe tomatoes, sliced1 ripe and firm avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced¼ white (or red) onion, sliced or dicedCilantro leaves, whole or coarsely choppedJuice of 1 lime1-2 tablespoons of olive oilSalt to taste Instructions Arrange the tomato slices on a large plate, next add the diced or sliced onions, and avocado slices.

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 6 and Day 7

Yesterday turned out to be a busy day... hours of shopping for maternity clothes with Kimber.  I didn't have time to make a meal for anyone. (in fact, I think I only ate chocolate until 5:30 when I got out to the theater... silly me). Before I left for the show I stopped by Waremart and got the family cheap sub sandwiches and chips for dinner.  I was lucky enough to find a pre-made salad in the deli section... a cobb salad of sorts.  It wasn't all that to look at.... and it might not have been the healthiest choice... but it was a salad all the same.  It was even better because I got to enjoy it on the sunny deck of the theater.

Today I made this salad... Yummy!  Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad.... MARINADE AND DRESSING
1/4 C soy sauce2 Tbsp minced ginger1/4 C canola or vegetable oil2 Tbsp hoisin sauce1 Tbsp sesame oil1 tsp sriracha sauce1 tsp salt2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced thinly1/4 C red wine vinegar2 tsp sugar1/4…

A Salad a Day: Take 2, Day 4 and Day 5

Yesterday, Day 4, I ate left over salad from the day before.  It was a busy day, and there was plenty left over, so I didn't bother making a new salad.  Today, Day 5, I make a new salad... oh... and the most yummy Curry Slit Pea Soup.
Cucumber salad with lime and cilantro Easy and delicious cucumber salad recipe made with sliced cucumbers and red onions marinated with a lime cilantro dressing. Ingredients 1 small red onion, sliced2 cucumbers, peeled or not – based on your preference, sliced2-3 medium sized limes, juiced2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro (can also use parsley if you prefer)2 tablespoons of olive oilSalt to taste Instructions To remove some of the bitterness/spiciness from the onions, place the onion slices in a bowl, sprinkle about ½ tabl

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 3

Chicken Power Bowls with Crispy Baked Garbanzo Beans Serves 4 Ingredients: 
15oz can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts (12-14oz,) pounded to an even thickness
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
4 eggs
9oz baby spinach
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup dried cranberries
4oz chevre (goat cheese) For the Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette:
Juice of 2 lemons
6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1 garlic clove, microplaned or minced
salt and pepper Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain garbanzo beans then rinse and pat dry with a towel (the dryer the better!) Pour onto a baking sheet then add extra virgin olive oil and toss with your hands to coat. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until caramel in color (beans will continue crisping as they cool.) Sprinkle with salt then set aside to cool completely. (Can be done ahead of time. Bake then cool completely before storing in an airtight container.)Place eggs in…

A Salad a Day: Take 2 Day 2

Day one of Salad day was a success.  The salad was yummy!  I used rice noodles.  They cooked up larger than I thought, so I made more than I should have.  I also used Braag's Vinaigrette.  It was yummy and I ended up eating the salad for breakfast and lunch too.  LOL.

Today's salad is Tuna Salad:


Ingredients: 
2 cans tuna, drained
3 ribs celery, finely diced
2 T. fresh dill
1/4 red onion finely diced
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1/2 t yellow mustard
1/2 t lemon zest

Put all that in a gluten free pita and we are set for dinner.  mmmmm.....

Willie Wonka

I am finally getting around to blogging about the latest set I designed.  I worked on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Central High School.
This was a hard set... first, because I am not all that excited about the script... and second, because there are so many different scene changes.  I wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish them all.

There are my solutions:

I wanted the Bucket house and the town to look gray, cold and lifeless.

I put the bucket house on two 8x8 foot rolling platforms.I usually use 1x4 to frame flats, but this time I used 2x4.  I was able to get a hold of corrugated tin for the walls. That was a major stroke of luck.  I asked parents of actors what junk they might have lying around.  Lucky me!  One parent happened to bring me 3 pieces of tin that were 20 feet long... and a rusty broken motorcycle and other rusty junk.  We cut the long pieces into smaller pieces and attached them to the wall frames.
I had the helped put them at odd angles because I wa…