When I was home from the hospital after the stroke and Georgia was born, I had no energy. Showering and making it down stairs was an accomplishment at that time. I was so weak and it killed me to watch everyone else take care of my family. Yet I am thankful now looking back at how many friends and family members stepped in and carried my family through that awful time. My best friend signed us up for meal deliveries four nights a week and the days were all taken within a few days of her posting.
Truthfully during this time I didn’t eat much of anything besides smoothies and grilled cheese. However, the night that Mrs. Souders (still trying to be ok with her Nancy) brought a meal, I was sure to eat dinner. Her son and I grew up together and have been good friends since freshman year of high school. Nancy is an excellent cook and on the night she brought a meal, my whole family made sure to “drop by” to see how I was doing and try her dinner! This salad I remember being fantastic and she shared the recipe with me. I tried it this week and Isaac and I devoured it.
I hope to never be in a situation again where the triumph of my day is placing nine plastic pegs in a wooden board with my left hand during occupational therapy in under five minutes, but whatever comes my way, I know God has given me lots of friends and family who would take care of me and my family.
Gourmet Greens and Strawberry Salad
Fresh strawberries, washed and halved
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
Directions: Mix all the salad ingredients together in a big bowl. Combine the three dressing ingredients together and shake. Pour over salad and mix. Serve.
*I used spring mix pre washed salad, about 5 oz. for 2 people.
*I cheated and bought pre-cooked and crumbled bacon from the salad bar at the grocery store,. I had JUST had my cleaning ladies come and didn’t want bacon grease splattered on my stove! This step saved a ton of time.
*If you can’t find roasted pecans, chop and toast the pecans in a non stick skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes until just slightly browned. This toasting process brings out the nutty flavor of the pecans. Don’t over do this step. Watch them closely.
*Serving size for 2 big salads: about 5 oz. greens, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and 1/2 cup crumbled bacon.