Bouquet of Spring Salad

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This will be the last snow photo from me for a while.. “Aaargh not another Bloody Bleak snow picture!!”

P I N this to pinterestYay! With only a one hour delay we made it through the Roger’s Pass (a snow-filled high point between Revelstoke and Golden, B.C.) and home, only to find (aside from those few gorgeous hefty dumps of snow in early December) that…

It’s Spring!

P I N this to pinterestLet there be joyous chirpings of birds, vast gurgling of the river splashing its’ banks and the drip of Winter’s silvery icicles….

I know, I know… it’s only January 6th and winter has only just begun. But has it? With its’ constantly fluctuating warm Chinook weather, Calgary has been unseasonably warm this year. Um… this is bad, right? Shhhh I think it’s been awesome zipping around, unimpeded, with my new winter tires whining over dry pavement… no boots or winter coat to weigh me down…

P I N this to pinterestAll right then, I know this can’t be good, the geese are confused.. and so am I for that matter!

At least I now I know why I’ve organized my pantry, cleaning out closets and purging… It feels like it’s time to spring clean!  Only I’ve had the ‘purge urge’ almost every other week this winter. Charities, no doubt, must be benefiting from the post-Christmas season influx of excess that has been displaced by gifts.  I know I’m not the only one with Spring fever…

P I N this to pinterestI’ve also eked out time to catch up on a few online projects..
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In the meantime…as my fearless orchestra conductor and artiste fabuleux Elisa wrote… “Putting Christmas away always makes me sad.” I find it curious how we all love to confer so much meaning on this one simple word…  “Christmas”… and I can’t help but smile just imagining “the presents, the ribbons, the wrappings, the tags, the tinsel, the trimmings, the trappings… and, perhaps, even the roast beast”  getting shoved into a cardboard box until next year.

But does all of Christmas have to be “put away”… even the “good stuff”?

P I N this to pinterestElisa had a wonderful solution.. she planned to buy a big bouquet of flowers to console herself. Brilliant! As you can see I’ve followed suit and adorned my home with a few spring flowers (I ♥ peonies!)

Out with the old and in with the new, I guess..  and “Christmas” gets packed away for another year…

…but with a silent vow to keep a little magic of Christmas in my life all year long.

Yup, that’s it… that’s my only New Year’s Resolution this year… I think it’s a manageable one…

In the spirit of, er Christmas, er.. Spring,  well… how about friendship? This lovely little salad came from my wonderful friend Colleen. If you were ever fortunate enough to meet her, you would be inspired by her genuine, frank honesty, brilliant energy, enchanting smile, and inner grace!

P I N this to pinterestOh… why not… here’s a Spring poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe… to go with those beautiful bouquets!

Next Year’s Spring

The bed of flowers

Loosens amain,
The beauteous snowdrops

Droop o’er the plain.
The crocus opens

Its glowing bud,
Like emeralds others,

Others, like blood.
With saucy gesture

Primroses flare,
And roguish violets,

Hidden with care;
And whatsoever

There stirs and strives,
The Spring’s contented,

If works and thrives.

‘Mongst all the blossoms

That fairest are,
My sweetheart’s sweetness

Is sweetest far;
Upon me ever

Her glances light,
My song they waken,

My words make bright,
An ever open

And blooming mind,
In sport, unsullied,

In earnest, kind.
Though roses and lilies

By Summer are brought,
Against my sweetheart

Prevails he nought.

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Bouquet of Spring Salad

Bouquet of Spring Salad
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup unbleached cane sugar, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sweet white onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tbsp poppy seeds, optional
  • 6 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1 cup cashews, toasted
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in a food processor or blender. Blend until dressing is creamy and smooth. Quickly mix in poppy seeds. If planning to keep the remaining dressing for a few days, don’t add the poppy seeds to the mixture that is to be refrigerated.
  2. Rinse and dry romaine lettuce leaves and place in salad bowl. Add other ingredients. Pour some of the dressing on and toss just before serving.

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  • Well, I tried to go to your Facebook page, but I might be missing something, could not arrive there, although I clicked on the “like” at the bottom of your post

    was there a clickable link in your post that I missed?

    back to cooking: lovely salad, although I had to smile imagining that what you say is unseasonably warm in Calgary would probably freeze my Brazilian bones 😉ReplyCancel

  • The top image of the snowy mountain is so lovely. I feel serene and peaceful just looking at. What a good idea to buy a big bunch of flowers when the Christmas decorations come down . Your friend sounds like the very best type of friend to have and her salad looks good too. 😉 😉 😉ReplyCancel

  • I am having such trouble with my server and cannot download pics, but I am also NOT going to moan about the weather, just because it is warmer!! have fun.. cReplyCancel

    • Oh… Computers can be so frustrating!!!! Yes!! Cheers with beers to the warm weather!

      Sent from my iPhone


  • Delightful post!ReplyCancel

  • Yum; that looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • After last Winter’s fury, maybe the weather gods are giving us a break this year — or just playing with us. Either way, I’m enjoying this! Your salad sounds wonderful and I love the use of the grated swiss.ReplyCancel

    • Hahaha, I like the way you think.. they must be toying with us and I’m happy to keep the snow up in the mountains where it belongs:) Thanks for adding me on Facebook! It’s fun to meet up on different sites, eh?ReplyCancel

  • It may be winter, but it certainly does look like spring at your place! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • I’m workin’ on it… working very hard in fact… Tree is down and flowers are up. Not sure what the next step will be?ReplyCancel

  • I found you on Facebook, woo hoo!ReplyCancel

    • Yes!! Very fun to be connecting on another site isn’t it?? It means I get more “mail” than just the regular posts from you… awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful salad and oh so beautiful peonies. Have never seen them here in Spain so will have to content myself with your photos. It seems to be spring here too – all very confusing for the plants and animals!ReplyCancel

    • I didn’t know they were a local flower… but every region has their favorites. Peonies grow quite easily in the gardens here… but cost a fortune out of season at the florist. She gave me a smokin’ deal and I just had to have them:) Yes… the poor plants and animals? What must they think??ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh… Salad + Nature, are kidding me! I loved it. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Looks delicious! I love a loaded-up salad.ReplyCancel

  • Some of your most beautiful ‘vignette’ shots yet, my darling. Spectacular! Such lovely objects (and yes, peonies are so explosively sweet), so truly artfully arranged. Heaven! Capped with a magnificent snowy peak, followed by glorious Goethe, a crisp and refreshing salad (oh yes, pears! pears!). Woman, you have gone right over the top! Love it. *Love* it.

  • So technically, how many more months of winter will you have to endure, Smidge? Your beautiful photos and poems will help us make it to spring. Take Care, BAMReplyCancel

    • That’s an excellent question, I think I always try to plant my garden after the May long weekend, but we can get a big snowstorm at any point in June… So?? I shouldn’t think this will last forever:)ReplyCancel

  • Great post, yet again.

    Smidge, You have been awarded the 7 x 7 Award – Congratulations! Find out more at

    • I think you’re away at the moment.. at a spa I believe?? Anyway, when you get back I shall comply:) Thanks so much!! What a great surprise!!ReplyCancel

  • Inviting photographs. A lovely post and delicious recipe!
    Today it was in the 60s and felt like Spring. Strange.ReplyCancel

    • Interesting, eh? I’ve been reading similar stories everywhere.. and our blogging sites cover a lot of countries!ReplyCancel

  • I’m never tired of looking at your snow photos – we are very snow deprived over here. I’ll click on your FB link.ReplyCancel

    • That’s so awesome of you! Well, as you’ve read we would like a little snow here as well… I did hear from my daughter we’re getting snow in the mountains tonight!! Yay!!ReplyCancel

  • Is there a reason why the poppy seeds shouldn’t be added to the salad if you want to hold some over for the next day?ReplyCancel

    • I might be wrong, but pretty sure I read somewhere not to keep them in?? Not sure why, perhaps you do? I think something happens to their texture would be my guess:) But perhaps one day wouldn’t make a difference?ReplyCancel

  • The Facebook Page is a great idea and it’s a lovely page. As always I love your evocative photos and the choice of recipe and poem are lovely, too. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thanks so much! It’s fun and I can post food related updates that don’t involve a whole post of writing… I can include extra photos as well… I’m glad you liked that poem:)ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful post… Photographs fascinated me so much… Have a wonderful romantic touches… You are amazing dear Barbara. And sure, the poem is another beautiful touches throught the poetical words… Then once again you fascinated me with your delicious and nice salad recipe and photographs… This is the beautiful world you created that I can stay forever in there… 🙂 Thank you, with my love, niaReplyCancel

    • You’re very welcome, nia, it’s always so great to write when it’s you who is reading:) xoxo SmidgeReplyCancel

  • I love your peonies!!!! They are one of my favorites as well. They remind me of playing with my grandma in the spring at her house. She loved peonies and had several bushes. She would let me pick them and arrange bouquets. Thank you for those memories this morning. And I know what you mean about the geese being confused – it’s more spring like here than winter. (Not that I’m complaining.) And I noticed yesterday that my daffodils are beginning to come up. I don’t think they realize it’s still January either. And of course the salad looks phenomenal! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • I’m glad my post brought back great memories like that.. you never know what will trigger one of those and it’s sure great when it happens. I can just imagine you picking them with your grandma…

      I wonder if the daffodils will just bloom and then be done early??ReplyCancel

  • Smidge, happy to have you on facebook!
    Lovely post! As for the peonies – I think my very favorite flower – there are times when absolutely nothing should stand in the way of plunking down big money for them. Amazing what a bouquet of peonies does for a room and for the spirits! Icy winter to fragrant spring!
    As for the salad – which look delicious – I’ve counted twice and I’m 2 shy on the poppy seeds. What would you do? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Spree!! For all of your lovely comments… I laughed out loud, thank goodness for you and your sharp eyes.. I’ll change this back tomorrow, but think I should leave it there to see if anyone else notices!! Hilarious!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful series of images, beautiful words, and one really yummy looking salad. What more could anyone want in a blog post? 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Oh, I think some of your beautiful photos would do;) Thanks so much, this is a real compliment coming from you!ReplyCancel

  • The snow pictures are never dreary Smidge. Never.As a So. Cal. girl, I never, ever get to see beautiful snow capped mountains like THAT. This spring salad looks incredible. Cashews? I have not used them in a salad before. Bad, bad me. Because that sounds excellent. Love the combinations of fresh ingredients for a healthy start to our new year.ReplyCancel

    • Well.. it’s never too late, I hope you get the chance for a winter holiday one day.. go skiing, tobogganing, snowmen, snow angels… it’s so much fun! Cashew are one of my favorite in a salad, I hope you like them if you try!ReplyCancel

  • Very nice! Can’t wait to try it…ReplyCancel

  • I’m just counting down the days until spring, too. It’s my favorite season – though here we generally have winter, then another fall, and then a short spring before summer. Love the peonies!! And the salad recipe. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful spring salad! Bouquet is definitely the right word.ReplyCancel

  • I just LOVE all of your photos of the classic mirrors and the flowers. I am in such aww of the classic white/cream mirror above. And this spring salad.. amazing. Love the recipe.. I just love salad any day of the weekReplyCancel

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    Such pretty photos, Smidge, happy new year xxxReplyCancel

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