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Garden Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette #fantasticalfoodfight

My Salad Bowl is ready for picking and my first salad comes just in time for May's Fantastical Food Fight!  Our Fantastical Food Fight bloggers follow a theme each month and hope to be the recipe that is clicked on the most often!  I love my salad bowl that I can go out and pick fresh for lunch and dinner.  My herbs are doing wonderfully well and I added them to this yummy recipe as well.  My favorite dressing for the summer salad is my Lemon Vinaigrette dressing that only requires a few simple ingredients.  So here is what I put together for today: Garden Salad 8 leaves of Boston Bibb lettuce handful of spinach 2 leaves of swiss chard 1 stem of dill 3 basil leaves 1 sprig of lemon thyme 4 pods of spring peas 3-4 chive blossoms Lemon Vinaigrette 1/4 c olive oil juice of one lemon 1 t honey chopped lemon thyme and dill Wash the lettuce thoroughly.  Dry with paper towels.  Tear into bite sized pieces.  Remove the peas from their pods.  Chop herbs. 
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Essential Oil Blends for Sleeping #pinterestchallenge

Welcome to the May Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by  My Pinterventures . The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to create essential oil blends for sleeping. I am a regular user of essential oils. I use both Young Living and DoTerra, as I like qualities of each and I have great neighbors who sell them.  I typically diffuse lavender at night to help me sleep.  At first it was a miracle: lavender oil diffused near my pillow had me to sleep within 15 minutes of going to bed.  As I used it longer and longer, I noticed the effects lessening.  I read here that when you want to utilize the impact of essential oil therapeutic benefits, it is best to put them in a blend. The Farm Life blog has some wonderful information on her post. The impact is that the oils blend and produce a more powerful, synergetic effect. Some like to make these and roll them on the body. 
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How to Window Box

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion from Blogging for Books. One of my garden dreams was to have a sweet little window box in my backyard.  I knew where I wanted it, but it wasn't a perfect place to have it.  I have a knock out rose bush under that window and it gets pretty large. This year I took advantage of the bush being winterized, had my friend make a box for me and got it installed.  Now I will have to keep trimming the roses back! On the way to fulfilling my desire to have a window box, I came across this darling little book called How to Window Box: small space plants to grow indoors or out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit.  As I was reading this delightful book full of ideas for you to create your own box, I kept daydreaming about what I wanted to put in my box.  This book had me thinking outside of my comfort zone.  How about the Sandbox?  Or the Herb Garden? How does Edible Petals sound to you?  The Southern Bell?  I want to make th
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Mother's Day Brunch Menu #tastecreations

It was such a joy to put together this month's Taste Creation post.  Instead of us each doing an isolated item based on a theme, we created this whole menu that you can make from beginning to end.  All you have to do is to create your shopping list from the recipes! We are starting you off with this amazing Avocado and Tomato Cucumber Cups  by Teri at A Freshman Cook . Make these ahead and have them ready to munch on when mom comes over!  I personally plan to add these cuties to my summer apps list.  You can also have this yummy mocktail ready to go: Peach Melba! Make this lovely mocktail (add 1 oz vodka to the glass before pouring to make a delightful cocktail) and serve it while the finishing touches are being made on the brunch. Peach Melba 1 c suger 1 c water Mix sugar and water together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.  Boil for one minute.  Turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature. 1 ripe peach 1/2 c fresh raspberries 2 springs lemon thyme 6
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Authentic Mole Sauce

We sure had a lot of fun with the chiles from Melissa's this week!  First we made homemade taco seasoning and a taco bowl , then a chocolate ancho chile cake , and now mole sauce! Our daughter loves mole sauce and would eat it every day if she could. I am not a fan of it, and apparently I have eaten a lot of good mole sauce over the years.  My husband has made it a couple of times and still, hasn't rung any bells for me. With all the variety of chiles we received from Melissa's, my husband decided this was the perfect time to make a homemade mole sauce and so he did.  I have to admit, even though I cannot claim mole sauce is my favorite, I enjoyed this sauce and managed to eat my portion with no problem.  It was dark and spicy but with a hint of sweetness that I believe came from the tomatoes we used in place of the tomatillos. Authentic Mole Sauce 3 c chicken broth 4 T guajillo chiles, ground 4 T chipotle chiles, ground 4 T ancho chiles, ground 1 dinner rol
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Chocolate Ancho Cake with Coffee Whipped Cream

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Melissa's Produce. I received complimentary product for the purpose of review and recipe development, but all opinions are honest and they are my own. This page may contain affiliate links. You might remember that I received a huge boxful of chiles from Melissa's last week.  I received around 14 packages of dried chiles! Three of those bags were ancho chiles and I decided to make my own chili powder.  You can see how I did that here.   What to do with over 8 oz of ancho chile powder? I baked a chocolate cake. Yes, spices blended with chocolate are delicious in many ways.  I am sure I am going to share with you a new recipe for making mole and I am so excited about that.  But first, the chocolate cake. I have made spice cakes before and I truly love mixing spices to get the right amount of flavor for the type of cake I am making. I love experimenting and that's what I did with this cake and it was
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Ground Ancho Chiles and Two Recipes! #crazyforchiles

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  Melissa's Produce . I received complimentary product for the purpose of review and recipe development, but all opinions are honest and they are my own.  This page may contain affiliate links. May 5 is Cinco de Mayo and here at Our Good Life, we love Mexico and its food.  We are regulars now to Cabo San Lucas , and love eating all the foods with chiles. We are starting to learn about all the different kinds. It isn't very convenient to carry home bags of dried chiles, so we have discovered Melissa's .  It's an online grocery store where you can buy bags of dried chiles of many varieties.  Melissa's was so kind to send us a huge variety of chiles to choose from.  I found so many different kinds! I decided on using dried ancho chiles for this recipe as I am very familiar with them and know the heat level I am getting into, which is important for me! Homemade taco seasoning is so easy, and inexpensive,
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