Weekend Snippets: Grandchildren, Strawberries, Salad, and Azaleas

DSC_0592ecw titleHappy Monday! How was your weekend? Our weekend was a busy one. And we had a real mix of weather. Friday and part of the day Saturday were rainy, but then the weather turned glorious on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

This post is a potpourri of seemingly random unrelated topics. The topics are related only in that they were all part of our weekend.


Mr. MT Nest and I had a play date with Little Man on Friday. Since the weather was rainy, we visited the indoor playground at the Asheville Mall. He seemed to have a good time despite the fact that we couldn’t take him to the park as originally planned. Isn’t he just the most adorable little guy?!

E Collage wAfter we returned Little Man to home, we picked up his two older sisters from school and headed to our place for a sleepover. This was the first sleepover with the granddaughters since we returned from our winter travels. We love having the kids here. I know every grandparent thinks their grandchildren are special, but really, ours ARE! All three are just plain awesome kids who are a delight to have around! Very proud of their Mama and Papa for raising such super kids.


DSC_0607ecwOne of the delights of spring is that it’s strawberry season. And the strawberries have started to come in. I bought a gallon at a roadside farmer’s market on Saturday afternoon. Aren’t they beautiful? Luscious! Yummy!

We enjoyed a treat of strawberries and vanilla ice cream after Sunday dinner. We will enjoy more of the berries in a variety of dishes this week and I will probably freeze a few. But I will definitely be picking up some more strawberries soon to freeze.

Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Have you had Panera’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad? If you haven’t tried it yet, I strongly recommend it. It is one of my very favorite Panera salads. Mr. MT Nest likes it too. Unfortunately, our nearest Panera is more than an hour away, making it an infrequent meal option, at least until now. I recently discovered that my local supermarket is selling Panera’s Fuji Apple Salad Vinaigrette Dressing. Hurray!

DSC_0620ecwDuring the spring and summer, we love to eat lots of salad and now we will be able to enjoy an at-home version of the Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. In fact we did just that on Sunday evening!



My daughter’s yard has beautiful azaleas in pinks, lavenders, and white which have begun blooming. When we returned the granddaughters to their parents on Saturday afternoon, Sunshine gave me some stems of white azaleas clipped from one of her bushes. It was perfect timing because it was my turn to provide flowers for the alter at church this week. I added some irises and hydrangeas that I picked up at Trader Joe’s. After church the flowers came home with us, so we’ll be enjoying these lovely blooms throughout the week.



It was a great weekend, except that my sewing machine went on the fritz just when I was just starting to work on a project that I’ve been procrastinating. I guess there will be a bit more procrastination on that one. It’s off to the sewing machine repair shop tomorrow.

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1 Response to Weekend Snippets: Grandchildren, Strawberries, Salad, and Azaleas

  1. Lori says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time with your grandchildren! What a blessing! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!


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