Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

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This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of his girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It’s supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend last Christmas. This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody's girlfriend's family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

This green salad recipe was created by two members of Cody’s girlfriend’s family, Kate and Adam Reinhard, and part of a compilation of original recipes they added to his own unique recipe book.

Mother's Day flowers picked from the garden.

Cody made this green salad recipe for me and my mother for Mother’s Day on Sunday along with the most amazing Szechuan Beef with Zoodles, or zucchini noodles.

Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Cody used this Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy’s Kitchen. It was absolutely to die for and I highly recommend this recipe as well.

Cody cooking a Szechuan Beef Zoodles Recipe from Kathy's Kitchen

Keep reading for the Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios. This green salad recipe is meant to be served as a full meal so it’s a great treat for vegetarians. Alternately, it can also serve 4-6 people as a side dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

This Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios is simply amazing! It's supercharged with good for you ingredients and is part of a collection of food recipes gifted to my son, Cody, from his girlfriend this past Christmas.

Green Salad Recipe with Avocado + Pistachios

by Kate + Adam Reinard

Ingredients:

3 scallions
1 small cucumber
1 green pear
2 stalks celery
1 avocado
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup shelled edamame beans
juice of 1-2 limes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop the scallions, cucumber, pear, celery, avocado, pistachios and basil and combine in a large bowl.

Mix in the edamame bean then dress the salad with the juice from the lime(s), olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy! Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator until the next day.

A side note on this one. This green salad recipe is absolutely divine as is. However, I would use 1/2 cup of pistachios the next time around to ensure I get a pistachio in every bite as the nuts add a fantastic flavor zing to this dish.

You must try this delicious Black Bean Dip Recipe for your next party! It's so simple to make. Just mix it all together the night before, refrigerate overnight and serve the next day!

If you like this green salad recipe, then you may also like my Black Bean Dip Recipe as well as my summer inspired Rooibos Peach Tea Rum Punch Recipe. Also be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board for more great dinner and salad recipe ideas.

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Easy Homemade Doughnut Recipe & Other Tasty Treats

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I love food. I also love doughnuts. Unfortunately, our local Krispy Kreme – who made the best donuts ever! – has shut down due a fire. They claim that they are planning to re-open in a new location – hopefully closer to downtown – fingers crossed – but have not yet found a new location. In the meantime, folks in Roanoke are writing parody news articles as well as freaking out a little. Rather than succumb to the chaos of a doughnut-less society, however, you can make your own even if – like me – you aren’t the best cook. While they probably won’t compare to the glory that Krispy Kreme holds in most Roanokers’ hearts, they do make for a tasty and fun afternoon with the kids.

Easy Homemade Doughnut Recipe via Cake Spy - Make Donuts From Canned Biscuit Dough - Great Family ProjectCakespy.com, a deliciously tempting blog that covers everything cakes, cupcakes and pies galore as well as explains why cupcakes are nutritious – I mean the sugar gives you energy, right? – offers up an easy recipe and tutorial for how to make doughnuts using refrigerated biscuits in a can (pictured above.) These fried delights are ready in 15 minutes or less and can be topped with any combination of icing, sugar or sprinkles you can imagine. Plus it’s the perfect project to do with stir crazy kids on an afternoon while they’re waiting for the rain to clear out. (Although the sugar could possible mean more chaos if the rain decides to hang on.)

Homemade Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe via Camille StylesIf you’re looking for a taste that’s still sweet but with a lot less sugar, then definitely try out Jess Simpson’s recipe for making Homemade Healthy Coconut Panna Cotta on Camille Styles Blog (pictured above.) It’s made with coconut milk, yogurt, honey and some delicious spices like nutmeg and ginger. I’m also crushing over the Summer Crush Drink Recipe made with gin, peaches, fresh basil, lime, Lillet, club soda and agave syrup.


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Natural Homemade DIY Fruit and Veggie Wash Recipe

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I’ve gotten a little behind in creating new diy bath & beauty recipes for you as I’ve been a bit under the weather the past week and a half. However, I now have antibiotics coursing through my veins so I should be in tip top shape to create some new goodies this weekend to share with you. My DIY to do list includes crafting a homemade finishing powder, dry shampoo, mustache wax, and bath bombs as well as a living luminizer recipe that hydrates and illuminates skin. In the meantime I wanted to share a useful diy recipe I recently discovered – perfect for this time of year now that gardens are planted and veggies are starting to bloom.

DIY Homemade Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash Recipe via Cafe JohnsoniaCafe Johnsonia is a fabulous blog for foodies. It contains lots of fresh food recipes – like the more recent Mixed Greens with Fresh Strawberry Herb Dressing – relevant to everyday seasonal foods and trending foods. In addition to the tasty mix of recipes, Cafe Johnsonia also boasts stunning photography as well a fabulous Natural DIY Homemade Fruit & Veggie Wash Recipe (pictured above via Cafe Johnsonia) that utilizes the natural non-toxic cleaning power of vinegar and fresh lemon juice along with the antimicrobial power of grapefruit seed extract. I also recommend checking out Design Mom blog for Ten Secrets and Shortcuts to Better Cooking!

For more great handmade home recipes and tips like these, be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest!


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Homemade DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – Creative Ideas for Custom Handmade Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is officially less than ten days away. So whether you are still hunting for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, want to craft a homemade Valentine’s Day gift, or just want to make yourself something super awesome – well, you’re gonna need some ideas. Here are some of my latest favorites.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Handmade Leather Bracelet Tutorial
Lend your favorite person some inspiration or just tell that person he or she is loved with a bracelet! Happy Hour Projects has several great diy bracelet tutorials. Pictured above: Handmade Stamped Leather Cuff – Also check out Adrienne’s projects for making a Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff, Conversation Heart Charm Bracelet and Stamped Cuff Bracelet.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Hand Embroidered Paper Cards and Keepsakes
Remember those sewing card books you could buy at the grocery store when you were a kid? They had pre-punched holes to sew around colorful images with yarn and huge plastic needle. I loved those! My favorites were always the Holly Hobby ones. Well this embroidered journal page (pictured above) from One Sheepish Girl brought back those awesome memories and has me kicking myself for not picking up needles and embroidery thread when I was out at A.C. Moore on Saturday.
I love the idea of paper embroidery. It’s a great way to save your favorite memories and make a terrific keepsake to pass down through generations in your family. You could use paper embroidery to customize a blank journal to give as a gift, to create a souvenir of your relationship with someone special, or simply embroider an image onto card stock to make a lovely handmade Valentine’s Day card.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Homemade Customized Candy Conversation Hearts Recipe
If cooking is more your style, then you’ll definitely want to try out a homemade conversation heart candy recipe! With just a little bit of gelatin, clear soda, powdered sugar and food color and flavoring of your choice, you can create your own custom candies with any message you like! You’ll find the step by step photo tutorial and recipe at Instructables.
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Creative Ideas for Custom DIY Handmade Gifts - Handmade Scented Soy Wax Tart Melts DIY
If sweetly scented fragrances are more up your alley, then I’d suggest making these homemade soy wax melts from Zolea. They are super simple to make and can be customized with any candle safe fragrance of your liking. All you need is soy candle wax, fragrance, and a mold! You’ll find the soy wax tart tutorial over at Zolea. (It’s in Dutch so you may have to give Google Translate a quick visit.)
Want even more awesome ideas like these? Well then head right over to Pinterest and follow me! For Valentine’s Day you may be especially interested in these boards: DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts, Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, Printables and  Pretty Packaging. Also be sure to check out my Gift Guides and Valentine’s Day Gifts right here on Soap Deli News.
What’s your medium of choice for gifts this Valentine’s Day?

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Something Sweet: DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards for Valentine’s Day

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Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea - Something Sweet! DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards Paired with A Baked Dessert or Treats
I just love these DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards from One Sheepish Girl Blog (Pictured.) Make these awesome cards with a free printable template, then gift with something sweet you’ve baked up for a spectacular homemade Valentine’s Day gift. Be sure to include the recipe of your gift on the card. You can also gift with extra blank recipe cards or recipe cards filled in with your favorite dessert and treat recipes! Or pair it with a handmade diy oven mitt and hot pad.

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