Another beautiful morning in the desert. I love it here. I said I wanted to stay home from traveling and enjoy winter in the desert—there are a lot of things to do and the weather is nothing less than perfect. Since we are not traveling, we’re spending our money on house stuff. It’s slow going but we are making progress.
The table screams for a table runner and I am going to start on that very soon. I have been waiting to get the rug first. Next is the hated chandelier--can’t wait to get that gone. We are shopping for lighting.
Well, the new DR rug clashed mightily with the entry hall rug, so we moved it under the K table. It looks fine there. It was perfect for the last house, not so much for this one, and Riley had had a few accidents on it that multiple shampooing couldn’t fix. So now it has a new home and it adds some much-needed focus and color to the monochromatic kitchen. I love the pleated shade I had made for that glass wall. The afternoon sun is wicked.
But that left us with an empty entry. We liked the round rug there, it widened the area. So we are shopping for a replacement. The door, by the way, is being replaced by one that is being made as I type this. I’d like to get the four columns in the entry faux-painted to look like granite.I’
In other news, we are gearing up for several groups of houseguests at La Casa A, and very much looking forward to it. Of course I have been playing a lot of golf, too. Tis the season! However, my golf swing has gone missing, if you see it please tell it to go home.
We have slowly been making new friends; it’s challenging because this is a seasonal area and our street is NEVER fully occupied, and our neighbors only visit their houses a couple times a year. But we went to a neighbor’s house for dinner Saturday and I took this salad. I lost the recipe for this terrific salad ten years ago and couldn’t remember it, but the other day it came to me (thank you), and I am quite sure I got it right. I want to share the recipe with you.
Fabulous Spinach Salad (serves 4, all measurements approximate)
8 oz pkg baby spinach
3-4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, chopped
4-5 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/3 cup candied pecans*
1/8 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
3 TBS good balsamic vinegar
1 tsp finely chopped shallot
salt & pepper
1 TBS maple syrup
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
*You can buy candied pecans, but I just toasted plain pecans in a skillet and sprinkled on a tiny bit of brown sugar.
Have a great week!