Friday, April 16, 2010

Reasons to Smile

It hadn’t been my plan to take such a long blogging break. When I initially decided to take a break, it was because work had gotten really busy. Unfortunately, the toddler got really sick around the same time and has been battling several infections at once. None of us has gotten much sleep over the past few weeks, but we hope that the toddler has finally beaten the infections.

It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself when things don’t go so well, and I think it’s important to focus on the positive things (that’s why I started this blog in the first place…). While I haven’t taken many pictures lately, here are a few things that have brought a smile to my face over the last few days…

Smiles 01

The above picture is today’s CSA deliver:
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Red Radishes
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Celery
  • Red Butter Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Red Spring Onions
  • Sweet Potatoes
Smiles 02

There is nothing better than basil and tomatoes…

Smiles 03

I’ve been making a lot of salmon salad with capers. It’s easy, quick, and tastes great. Here is what I use:
  • 1 can boneless, skinless wild salmon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi mayonnaise
  • Capers
I often eat the salmon salad on a bed of lettuce for lunch. The other day, I had some bread and made little sandwiches with tomato slices and basil.

But what really makes me smile is seeing the toddler playing… :-)

Smiles 04
Smiles 07
Smiles 05

Smiles 06

Question: What are some of the reason you smiled today? I hope your weekend will be filled with smiles and laughter… :-)

Be well,


  1. i wish I could smile today but unfortunately I'm stacked with coding these days and not fun at all!
    glad that the toddler is feeling better now.

  2. Your CSA pictures are always so beautiful! I can't wait to be working at a CSA this summer! The nice weather has definitely put a smile on my face today.

  3. Glad to have you back :) Thanks for the reminder to stay positive. I've definitely been wallowing in a bit of self pity this week, and that needs to stop!
    So happy the toddler is better. Health is wealth!

  4. Glad the toddler is better and welcome back.

  5. Salmon salad sounds really good right about now. I hope the toddler gets better soon. Poor thing.

  6. I smiled because we had dinner with great friends who just came into town! :)

  7. I smiled a lot when I got my fruit and veg box today. Green beans, asparagus, it!

  8. Sorry to hear your little man has been sick. Poor baby! :(

    On the otherhand, I love the way you make your salmon salad. It sounds like it would be bursting with flavour!

  9. The wasabi mayo is the crowning touch on that sammy. Perfect with salmon.

  10. oh your CSA box is making me drool!

    i am smiling b/c in less than 12 hrs my hubs will be home. thank god.

    my weekly recaps. i know everyone loves them, glad to hear you do...they are so much work though!

    i hope you have an awesome weekend, andrea! and re the protein, i really wouldnt stress too much. I am putting on muscle by just lifting.

  11. Gorgeous CSA Andrea! I know what you are talking about when you sick toddlers :( We've been battling here over the past couple of weeks. They are FINALLY getting over it!! So great to see your little one playing. I'm thankful for my family and seeing my little boys healthy and playing :) Have a great weekend!

  12. Look at toddler! Looking like a little man - love his fab outfit! Welcome back! Love your idea of the salmon salad - and yes, tomato and basil pretty much rocks my world. Today i'm going to a wedding - expecting lots 'o smiles!

  13. What a nice CSA haul! I think tomatoes and basil are one of the best combinations, too. I'm glad to hear the toddler is feeling better - he looks so cute and energetic playing! I smile every day because of my husband and dogs - I can't think of a better reason to smile.

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

  14. I smiled just now at the pic of your beautiful veggies, it looks delicious! And I smiled today because the weather was so perfect today. I smiled yesterday because my boss got me flowers for Secretary's day and I smiled a lot this week for the comments on my blog from my dear blogger friends.

  15. So glad the toddler is feeling better! Also, glad to see you're back to blogging and equally as glad that you knew when to take a break!

  16. Welcome back, Adnrea! Yeah, I's never been easy to take care of the little one especially at this age. Always fever now and then...& flu!You have to take care of yourself too and stay energetic. so that you can take care of your family. Take care & have a great weekend!
    Cheers, Kristy

  17. I was wondering what happened to you. I am so sorry to hear about the toddler and I hope he is doing better. Great looking produce as usual.

  18. It's great to see you back online and I hope your son is feeling all better! The salmon salad sounds really delicious!

  19. Realizing I only have to study for chemistry for 20 more days made me smile!

  20. The CSA delivery looks amazing! And the toddler...precious, as always :) Looking forward to Tuesday! :)