“I just don’t want to look back and think, I could have eaten that.”

My friend was coming for lunch.  She was also coming to see the updates to our home.  I invite people after I instruct them that they will be responsible to exclaim over my impeccable decorating style.  I feed them as a bribe.

And here comes the excuse.  Because I was wrapped up in a new creative project, which involves yarn and ribbon and twine, I wasn’t in the mood to cook.  My freezer was stuffed with jars of a chili-like soup that I would eventually eat, but I also wasn’t in the mood for chili.  I took the easy way out.  I picked up a take and bake pizza and a bagged salad that included everything except the bowl to toss it in.

If I had a sense of decency I would have made something like the salad below.  It sounds yummy.


Green, your choice, lots

purple onion, small and thinly sliced

mandarin oranges, small can drained

slivered almonds, enough to sprinkle on top


1/4 cup salad oil

1 T sugar, more or less

black pepper, dash or crank

tabasco, dash


Toss the salad fixings in a lovely bowl.

Blend the dressing ingredients in a jar.  Pour onto salad ingredients and toss lightly.  You might want to save the slivered almonds to sprinkle on the salad just before serving.


And the rest of the story.  The friend I was entertaining with pizza and a salad had company the previous evening.  She served pizza and a salad.  Who knew!

But her story is more interesting.  She couldn’t remember the exact day that her company was coming so guessed that it was Thursday of that week.  It was Monday.  When they arrived at her door she greeted them as if all was well and said, “I thought I’d just order a pizza for lunch.”  She ordered the pizza and put together a salad.

Moral of the story – always have salad fixings on hand.  Or maybe the moral is, learn how to use the calendar app in your phone.  Whatever.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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