Sunday, March 25, 2018

SPRINGY SALAD AND SOME SMALL TALK

I've been meeting more and bloggers who are vegetarians, and it's been encouraging me to try new ideas for healthier eating - sometimes(lol).  Most arugula salads tend to add pear or apples, but this recipe is a little bit different.  It's still simple to make though.

ARUGULA SALAD W/ WALNUTS
Ingredients
3/4 Cup Walnut Pieces
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Apricot Preserves
2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Minced Red Onion
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/8 Tsp Pepper
1 Pkg Baby Arugula( 5 Oz)
2 Endive, about 8 oz., halved crosswise, cut lengthwise in 1/4" wide strips(are you really going to measure this-lol)
1 Container (16 Oz.) Grape Tomatoes

DIRECTIONS
In a small skillet, cook the walnuts over medium heat, stirring occasionally until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and cool.

In a large serving bowl, whisk together oil, preserves, vinegar, onion, mustard, salt & pepper until blended.  Add the arugula, endive, tomatoes and walnuts, tossing until coated. Serve immediately.


I WANT THAT HOUSE!
Have you been house hunting, or thinking about moving into a new place?  I've found the perfect spot in Atherton California, which according to Bloomberg is the wealthiest place in the United States.  In fact, this city has an average household income of close to $444,000.


Right now this 6 bedroom/8 bath home located at 147 Stockbridge Avenue can be yours for the bargain price of $15,500,000.00, making your mortgage about 80,000 a month!


MALL LOVE
Cary Towne Mall
As a kid, hanging out at the mall seemed so fun because there were all these neat stores, and it seemed like they became larger and larger with each new place I visited.  Now, the mall that's closest to me hardly has any of the stores I remember, and there's not much traffic either.  To be honest, I love a good deal, and don't find many at the local malls these days, so I don't even visit as much as I used to.


Mall of America
Still, there are lots of malls that continue to be exciting, and some have sizes that are massive.

In the US, the largest mall is The Mall of America, located in Bloomington Minnesota, which not only boasts over 500 well known stores and boutiques and is visited by about 40 million people each year, but it also comes with an actual amusement park!  During the week they close at 9:30pm.


Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall Aquarium
If that's not big enough, and you have the time and energy to visit close to 650 stores on 4 floors, head to the Dubai Mall.  But if you don't want to shop, visit the huge aquarium that's there for your viewing pleasure, or grab a meal at one of their fantastic restaurants.  You can stay out late here, because this mall closes at 11pm.
AMAZON IS AT THE TOP
Remember those blog posts about finding jobs on Amazon, getting deals and sales, and those brick and mortar bookstores?  Well, all that and more has paid off for the Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos who is worth a whopping $123 billion dollars, making him #1 on Forbes Billionaires List, and dropping Bill Gates to #3.  If that's not enough, he also owns the Washington Post.


SHOW YOUR CAT SOME LOVE
Have you ever thought about writing that adorable furbaby in your home a personalized letter?  If you grab A Letter to My Cat, you'll see an anthology of love letters from celebrities and music stars that will make you smile.  The book also includes fantastic profiles and pictures of these special pets.


Making Money Moves
Are you witty with words, funny, or good with writing short little blurbs?  If so, Calypso Cards is looking for you, and it's a great way to earn some extra cash.  Click on this link below for submission rules and other pertinent information. Accepted submissions pay $50 each.  Submissions .


On March 14, https://wordswisps.blogspot.com/ recommended a writer that I had never heard of in one of her posts, but he's actually very well known. When you read Mark's work, you'll realize very quickly that he has a potty mouth, but it absolutely takes nothing away from his ability to eloquently discuss the core of toxic and/or abusive relationships.

Something about the quoted phrase below has resonated with me since early March, and I print this with his permission.  

"You don’t want to bargain with your father for love, or your friends for companionship, or your boss for respect. Why? Because feeling like you have to manipulate people into loving or respecting you feels shitty. It undermines the whole project. If you have to convince someone to love you, then they don’t love you. If you have to cajole someone into respecting you, then they don’t respect you. The most precious and important things in life cannot be bargained with. To try to do so destroys them." Mark Manson - https://markmanson.net/how-to-grow-up.


If you remember my post, "Sometimes It's Time to Start Over", back in January, this is a powerful reminder to do everything you can to get out of your abusive situation.



That person you love is not only mistreating you, but he or she is going around town assassinating your character and lying about what's really going on in your home
No matter what you do, you're never going to be respected or treated properly. That meal that took you four hours to cook is going to have something wrong with it.  The 40 pounds you gained due to stress, and the 50 pounds lost in a month just won't be enough.  He or she will do everything possible to portray you as the bad guy, and everyone he/she tells will believe you're the enemy or crazy. The lies and cheating won't ever end. Meanwhile, the attempt to wear you down emotionally will be relentless, and this person is NEVER going to change. 


Any physical violence will only intensify. If you're nose is broken now, next week it could be your arm.  In a few days, you'll need to hide a black eye with makeup or a hat. The month after that, you could be in the hospital or even worse - dead.

Talk to someone you trust,(not a gossipy friend or family member!) save money, write everything down, and maintain secrecy.  Also feel free to contact the national Domestic Hotline for help via their chat line http://www.thehotline.org/ or by calling 1−800−799−7233










82 comments:

  1. Love Mark's words. How right he is.
    I believe that abuse often starts with emotional/psychological abuse. The abuser convinces you that you are worthless, that you deserve the treatment that they give you, and isolates you from people who would support you. The black eye, broken bones are the culmination of abuse which has been going on for a looooong time. If you can, get out before the behaviour escalates. While you can.

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    1. You're right EC. It creeps up so slowly and it's almost not recognized because we tend to laugh it off, until it becomes so blatant. And I agree that by telling other people lies, friends tend to fall up, and are not there to support. It all hurts though - emotional and physical, and it's all dangerous. Hugs...RO

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  2. That salad looks like a good Sunday Brunch dish. Thank you for not only sharing the recipe, but all of the other information in today's post.

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    1. I'm not a fan of salads, but I've been forcing myself to eat them a heck of a lot more these days.(lol) Hugs...and thanks for the support! RO

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  3. I think every mall fades off after a certain time, unless they bring in some drastic changes to pull in people.

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    1. I agree, and probably explains the success of both these malls. They dared to spend a ton of money for an amusement park and an aquarium. Wow! Hugs...and Happy Monday! RO

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  4. Thanks for all the news, the salad looks and sounds delicious.

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    1. I'm trying my best to keep going with these salada Christine, but it's sure not fun either.(lol) Hugs...RO

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  5. I don't mind most vegetarian meals. I used to be a vegetarian a long time ago before I met Ken. We didn't have as many choices as vegetarians do today. I still eat vegie meals sometimes.

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    1. It's a little rough for me to eat an entire meal that's all veggie, but I'm trying to incorporate it more. There are definitely lots more choices these days. Hugs...RO

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  6. I've been thinking of going vegetarian actually, except for like fish and turkey, but I've given up red meat and have been eating a lot more carefully. I need to find more salads and vegetable dishes that appeal to me...

    I love a good mall! I still have to get to Mall of America though- never been there!

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    1. My brother gave up red meat and said he felt better, and eats only turkey and fish too. He said he lost quite a bit of weight too. I'm trying my best to spice up the veggies, but it's not easy Greg.(lol) Kudos to you for adding more veggies on your end too. I know we'll both be healthier one day soon.(lol)I need to go to that one in Dubai which sounds fabulous! Hugs...RO

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  7. Ooo Ro! That salad sounds amazing. Yay for trying more veggies. That makes me happy :)

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    1. Glad you're happy ,but it's killing me Awesome Anna.(lol) I'm determined to get my veggies in though.(lol) I've even been eating more veggie burgers too.

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  8. Salads made me hungry!
    The house is gorgeous but I am a little short of cash this month!!
    Sadly abusive people will never completely go away!!!
    The Malls don't speak to me. I like specialty places where someone takes an old store and sells antiques, used books, religious items, hand made items...well, you get the idea :)

    Hugs 💮❤💮

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    1. Maybe we can pool our cash Jan, right? (lol) I'm with you, and love the little boutiques with different things to admire. Hugs...RO

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  9. Being a vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for a good recipe. Thanks for this. I can remember when people avoided both arugula and kale.

    Being a teen in the 80s, the mall was where you and your friends hung out. Sure you bought a few things, but you went there to be seen with your friends. Now my mall has lost all the stores I would have shopped at (once I had disposable income) and I no longer visit. I almost went to Mall of America when I had a four hour layover at the Minneapolis airport awhile back. However, I was afraid I would miss my connecting flight, so decided the temptation wasn't that great.

    I thought Mark's words were quite useful and on point, too. You know how I feel about abuse. It's just so abusive and everyone suffers, not just the abuser and the abused.

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    1. Hope this one works for you Elizabeth, and I was definitely one of those people who avoided both.(lol) I agree, it was all about being seen, or checking out new places to eat with friends when I was a kid. Like you, the stores I really enjoy aren't even in the mall at all, so I very rarely visit. However, if I had the chance, I would go to the Mall of American because I would definitely get on the rollercoaster.(lol). I could see you getting nervous about missing a flight after waiting all that time. That would have been a disaster. I really like Mark's words too, and glad that you "get me" when it comes to abuse for sure. Hope you're feeling better these days! Hugs...RO

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  10. I've just sent Mark's quote to my older daughter who has had an on off relationship for years with a boy who clearly doesn't give a damn about her.

    As for the shopping malls, I've been to both the one in Dubai and Minnesota and they both great, but now I confess to doing most of my shopping online.

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    1. Thanks Joey. Mark has a lot of interesting things to say, which I appreciate. It's rough to see a family member struggle with relationships because we want them all to be happy. I pray that something you say may one day make a difference. Yay! I'd sure love to hear about your trips to Dubai and Minnesota, and hope you have pictures. It sounds like a fantastic adventure! Hugs...RO

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  11. Yummy salad.

    I've never been one for malls, but it is sad that some are slowly withering away. Man, that one is Dubai would take months to see all.

    Mark's quote is so spot on. Thanks for sharing about his writing.

    Great start to a week, Radiant Ro!

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    1. I wonder where most malls will be in the next 10 years. I would love to hang out with Mark to pick his brain. Hugs...and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  12. Love a new salad dressing idea! Salads are so good for us, but we can get into a "bad" habit, of not putting much thought, into the dressing. Thank you!

    -chuckle- That house for sale, is house porn. ,-))) But I'd not pick California, even if I had unlimited money.

    Between the "big quake" being over due, and the Liberal views, which want to flood the state with illegals, whom the tax payers have to support... Nope, it may be beautiful, but I'd not choose to live there.

    I think you said before, that someone wanted you to "cool it" with the advise to battered women. Don't. you are doing a wonderful job. Plus, it makes us, who are married to wonderful men, be more aware of our happy situation.

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    1. I've visited several areas of California, but because most of my friends and family are on the East Coast, I wouldn't move there. Now if I won a trip, or won that house, I may be seriously tempted.(lol) Thanks for the kudos on abusive relationships, and I always love hearing about those that are happily in love. Hugs...and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  13. I LOVE MARK MANSON!!!!!!!! His views seem to be common sense. Not tilted one (political view) way or the other.

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    1. He's actually someone I wouldn't mind hanging out with for a cup of tea or coffee. I like his writing style a lot, and thank you for sharing news of his blog. Hugs...RO

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  14. Although not a vegetarian I often include a vegetarian meal in my menu plans, and this looks a very nice recipe, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great week

    All the best Jan

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    1. You always share some really great menus that work for those with diabetes which is so very much appreciated. Hugs...RO

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  15. I was the same way as a teen. The mall was the place to hang out. Now, I couldn't tell you the last time I set foot into a mall to shop. Usually I pop in to go to the theater or something, but never for actual shopping. LoL

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    1. Ditto on that one Kristin. It just doesn't seem as exciting as it once was. I'll visit the movie, but usually end up going to a thrift store or someplace small to find things that are unusual. Hugs..and Happy Tuesday! RO

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  16. I had salad today!...with meat in it, yes I am hopeless

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    1. LOL! Nothing wrong with adding some marvelous meat to a salad for sure! Hugs...RO

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  17. I never noticed but you are correct about most arugula salads having pears or apples in them, I think it’s to cut the peppery flavor of Arugula. I’ll have to try your version sometime this week, I love a good salad. I’ve been to Atherton CA, and they have some serious houses out there. Sure I’ll take this house, why not lol I can totally afford $80,000 a month hahahah. Malls have seen a serious drop in customers because of online shopping. As much as I love to try things on I also love being able to shop in the comfort of my home. Theres a train that goes through the Dubai Mall, I hear it’s way too big to walk. I’m going to check out Calyso Cards, I think I’m witty with words lol. Have a great week Ro :)

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    1. That's so cool that you've been to Atherton, and I'll bet you some some amazing homes. I agree - that monthly price tag is really out there!(lol) I agree, you are witty with words, and there's nothing like getting paid for doing what you love, right from home. Hugs...RO

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  18. We have salad night once a week, so I'll add this one to the rotation! When I was in middle school, our favorite things was to hang out at the mall for hours . Now I rarely go either! It's so much easier to buy online. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos both live in Seattle - I wonder where #2 lives? Have a great week Ro!

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    1. I believe the very rich Mr. Buffett lives in Nebraska, which is a place I wouldn't mind living because of its weather. That's cool that you add a salad each week, and a great idea. Hope your Wednesday is wonderful! Hugs...RO

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  19. Fun post with lots to read. I am not a fan of malls, I prefer shopping in small shops along high street. The salad sounds good. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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    1. I can't say that I'm a fan of malls either Valerie, but I like when there is something different there to keep my interest. Hope your Monday is amazing! Hugs...RO

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  20. I really need to eat more salads; I just don't like all of them. I'm a weird, sort of picky either, but I don't want to be! LOL Dang taste buds!!

    Aw, Letters to my Cat sounds like such a cute book. thanks for sharing.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I have to be honest Lauren, but I'm not a serious fan of salads, but for health reasons, I feel like I need to be including them in my menu. Sometimes it's rough and I just want some chocolate.(lol) Isn't adorable about writing to our cats? Hugs...RO

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  21. Love your posts RO always something to make me smile and to make me think
    xo

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    1. Debbie, you're just the best ever! I always appreciate your support! Hugs...RO

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  22. I like all the salad options as we have moved to a strict diet now.

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    1. Salads are not my fave, but like you, I need to eat many more of them. Hugs...RO

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  23. The salad looks delicious! Where we live, we have a fairly small mall compared to the ones we had when we lived in Florida. They were amazing, and I loved going to them.

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    1. Years ago when I lived in North Dakota, I think the local mall had like 5 stores in it(lol). To see the big stuff we had to drive 2 hours to Bismark. I've often wondered what it's like there now. I suspect it could never compare to Florida. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  24. I compare malls to airports because in airports, they also have shops and they're just as large and they make people want to buy stuff they don't need. so basically, I wouldn't go to one unless I really want to shop.

    I would live in live house if I could afford it but then again, just the thought of having to clean and keep tracks of which room is which gives me a headache. I guess it's why the rich also have maids, if you can afford such houses, you can afford maids. I doubt I could ever be rich enough to afford maids.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. LOL! It is a good way to get your money for sure Lissa. I agree, to live in a home that large, I'd definitely need help to keep clean. Or maybe only use a few rooms, and keep the other doors closed. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  25. We made a pilgrimage to the Mall of the Americas when it was still new. We took my mom, who loved to shop. Good memories.
    Hope your day is wondrous, Rockin Ro.
    Hugs

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    1. I bet that was an amazing adventure Super Sandra. I just think about all the yummy food places to check out these days. (lol) Hope your day is fantastic! Hugs...RO

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  26. I have been to the Mall of America a few times because my mom's side of the family lives in or outside of Minneapolis. The roller coasters are quite fun and it does have lots for families to do if the weather outside isn't too great.

    That salad sounds really tasty. Looking forward to trying it. I think I can get my husband to make it for us. :)

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    1. That sounds so neat, and I'll bet you had plenty of adventures! I adore roller coasters and know that my family would have left me there while they went shopping.(lol) Kudos to hubby if he's doing cheffy stuff! Hugs...RO

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  27. Oh that salad looks amazing! I love that bit of apricot mixed in with the vinaigrette. I'm not really a mall person but I'd like to visit Mall of the America. It'd be interesting just to see it!

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    1. I like the taste of apricot as well Katherine. I agree, For me getting on that roller coaster just sounds like so much fun! Hugs...RO

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  28. A good post RO.it’s amazing how much money some people have. Just reading about it is about as much as i can take, i’m afraid. Still, it’s good while it lasts.

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    1. It is amazing how much money have, and it's interesting to see what they do with it all.(lol) Hugs...RO

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  29. The salad looks amazing. I would love to try this!

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    1. It's not the most fun, (lol) but I'm trying to eat lots more veggies. Hugs and hope your day is going well! RO

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  30. Well now I'm tempted to go make a salad :) I think malls might be going down in traffic because a lot of people now shop online. I've never liked malls myself, although they came quite late to my country - and they're still pretty different than over there, I would guess. And I would write love letters to my cat any day <3

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    1. I can't say I love salada Kimberly, but I'm trying to eat more. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  32. Hi Ro! Thank you for the salad recipes! Yummy! That house is too big for me! LOL! I use to like going to the malls too, when I was younger, not anymore. That mall in Dubai is amazing! I love "A Letter To My Cat"! How precious! Mark's quote is excellent!! Well said!! Big Hugs and Happy Easter!

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    1. I'm trying to get my salad in, even if it kills me(lol) I love looking at lare homes, but I fear that would be too large for me as well because of all the upkeep. Hope your week goes well! Hugs...RO

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  33. Love the salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. I've been trying to do the right thing when it comes to veggies, but it can be rough Nadene. (lol) Hope your Friday is great! Hugs...RO

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  34. I only like going to the mall if I haven't been in at least a month. Going almost every day or week is overkill

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    1. I've known people who could literally hang out there every single day, doing goodness knows what Adam!(lol) At least you stretch it out a little. Hugs...and Happy Friday! RO

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  35. I really liked this salad recipe dear Ro!

    Thank you for sharing about Mall of america ,sounds very interesting and worth visiting at least one in life time :)

    This house is so big and fancy for me as i prefer to live in very simple not so big house with small garden or lawn !

    Mark sounds GREAT writer for human relationships and thank you for sharing piece from his writing ,it gives good idea about his work.
    i read the post you reminded it was STRONGLy POWERFUL!

    i always admire your wonderful writing over the topic

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  36. You know, most of the bloggers I've been meeting recently have been vegetarians too! I think they are taking over the world..? hehe - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. It seems like more and more people are trying to eat healthy, but it's taking me a little longer to get on the bandwagon. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  37. Wishing you a blessed Easter, my friend.

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    1. It was peaceful and filled with Netflix after church Super Sandra, but no eggs.(lol) Hugs...RO

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  38. Oh my, that house does look amazing and that salad would be pretty popular here!

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    1. I think that house would be a little large for me, but I could hang out there for a week or so with a really good book. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  39. I love that salad recipe and the straight talk on abuse. I rarely hit the mall these days unless I am in a place with a Nordstrom or The Nordstrom Rack. Most malls seem the same anyway but the biggies can be cool and have a greater variety of clothes. Also, I find the stores in larger metropolitan areas tend to different styles so when I get something there my friends won't be wearing it.

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    1. The Nordstrom Rack is pretty dang amazing! I don't visit often, but when I do, there's plenty of over the top deals there. Great idea about getting unique items that everyone else won't have. Hope you're doing well Steph! Hugs...RO

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  40. 444K average income....look for us in a shack on the outskirts of town:)
    Hugs

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    1. LOL! Now that's funny, Super Sandra! Hugs...RO

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  41. Hi RO, it’s my 79th day without sugar. I get cravings at nighttime as well as having the most awful nightmare. I love the stuff on your website especially the food. I’m not ina very good mood as one of my fellow residents has died and she’s younger than me.

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    1. Wow Terry! That's pretty impressive, and I clearly need to be hanging out with you. I struggle with that, but I'm trying to get so much better. I'm so sorry about your friend. That has to be really rough to cope with. Continue to hang in there. I'm sending some HUGE cyber hugs your way. RO

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  42. That salad actually looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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    1. I've been quite amazed on all the different salad choices these days, and have been jumping in to try them. Hugs and Happy Monday! RO

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