Time once again to enumerate five favorite things from the past week...
1. A clean house. My house is rarely even close to being completely clean all at one time (Hello? There are six of us, and not an OCD-prone one among us). It seems there is always a rogue room here or there that I either couldn’t get around to or just wasn’t worth the effort on a given day. This past Tuesday afternoon, however, my entire house, or at least an unusually large percentage of it, was all clean all at the same time. I like it. Not enough to kill myself every week like I killed myself Monday and Tuesday in the pursuit of said whole house cleanliness but enough to enjoy it and label it a favorite.
2. And the reason for my atypically clean home? Old friends from way back when coming in for a short visit. Fun. Would have been fun-ner if the whole family of long time friends could have made the trip too but still fun just the same. We’ll take what visits from friends we can get!
3. My mom’s Mandarin Orange Green salad that I made for supper for the aforementioned friend visit. It’s yummy. Here’s the recipe so maybe it can be a favorite of yours in coming weeks...
1/4 to 1/2 head romaine lettuce
1/4 to 1/2 head iceberg lettuce (I just used the "Just Lettuce" bagged blend)
1 c. celery, chopped
2 green onions with tops, diced
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1 T. plus 1 tsp. sugar
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/2 tsp salt
2 T. vinegar
1/4 c. oil
2 T sugar
Dash red pepper sauce
1 T. parsley
Mix dressing ingredients. Shake well. Refrigerate.
Heat almonds and sugar in a heavy saucepan until sugar is melted and almonds slightly toasted. Cool on foil and break part. Just before serving, mix other ingredients, add almonds and oranges. Toss and pour on dressing.
4. I also made this casserole, tweaking just a bit, but also yummy and therefore also a favorite.
5. Bleak House. I finished watching the BBC miniseries last night and loved it. Since I've never gotten past the first few pages of the novel myself, I'm wondering if this is one of those rare instances where the movie is indeed better than the book? I'm thinking yes. Any book purists out there have an opinion? If I loved the miniseries (and I did), will I enjoy the book (all 900 or so pages)?
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