You know what I always say.. "Summer time and the livin's easy!" That means if I can get away with eating a refrigerated salad for 2-4 meals I will. Summer time is for being lazy, having fun, and chillin' out. I love to make a big batch of this salad and for dinner or lunch I just spoon out as much as I need and serve! Super easy! Super Delish!! And the best part was there's no mess!

I am one of those people who likes a lot of "stuff" in their salad. When traveling in Greece you'll notice that when you order a salad there is no lettuce. It's just all the good stuff dressed with oil and vinegar and that's exactly how I like it. So I came up with this wonderful Greek Chick Pea Salad Recipe. It is one of my staples! Even the kids eat it!

This recipe is so great because you can leave it marinate in the fridge for a few days and eat off it. You can also portion it out into single serving containers if you need to take it to work. Like I stated above we like to just make a big batch in our large tupperware bowl and spoon out what we need until it's gone.




Tips: 
-Serve over a bed of lettuce or arugula
-Drain every day if you like your salad more dry
-Serve with a grilled chicken breast
-Dice up grilled chicken and add to salad
-Add crushed red pepper flakes if you like spicy
-Add two cans of chick peas and up the veggies for a bigger batch
-Great for a cookout or potluck!

Greek Chick Pea Salad Ingredients: 

- 1 Can of Chick Peas drained and rinsed (with skins removed)
- 1 English or Regular cucumber seeded and diced
- 1-2 cups of Cherry/Grape Tomatoes halved
- 1/4-1/2 cup of kalamata olives
- 1/4-1/2 cup of green olives
- 1/2 red onion diced and rinsed in water
- 1/2 cup or more of crumbled feta cheese (get the brick of feta and crumble with hands)
- 1/4 cup of fresh chopped dill
- 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped pepperoncinis

Place everything into a mixing bowl and mix with dressing. Serve or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Lemon Oregano Salad Dressing Recipe: 

- 1/2 cup of good quality EVOO
- 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 pressed garlic clove
- Salt and Pepper

Add all ingredients except olive oil into a separate bowl and whisk. Slowly add olive oil as your whisking to make the vinaigrette.




It all started when I sold my friend Annie a house in Reading. Our kids are close in age and we found ourselves scheduling playdates often after the sale of her home. She has been taking her daughter to pre-school classes offered at Gorman Heritage Farm. The week of the last class I found myself with a few free hours and thought I'd take her up on the offer to join for Tractor Day with JJ and Fitz. 

This farm is just the cutest 122 acre farm you ever did see and it's settled in the middle of suburbia. It's one of those places only the locals know about (hence why I never heard of it until I sold a house in this area!) 




The class started off with tractor painting, story time, petting baby chickies, and playing with the barn yard toys. Then we walked to the top of the hill and loaded up onto the tractor and went for a ride around the farm. We stopped at the top of the hill and there where chickens running around, a friendly black barnyard cat, and mules that were so large I did not even know what kind of animal they were!! 

Did you know... A female mule is called a molly or mare. A female donkey is called a jennet and can be bred with a male horse to create a hinny. (my take away from the class) 

The class ended with petting chickens, bunnies, goats, and sheep. JJ really warmed up to the barnyard cat and chicken. Fitz enjoyed the tractor ride. 

I highly recommend this farm. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The animals were happy and very active (which is an important feature when your entertaining a toddler). To the large fields of sunflowers in the fall to the colorful flower gardens in the summer. Gorman Heritage Farm is a place unlike any other. I just love how the farm is tucked away in the middle of Evendale. It's a place that everyone in your family will enjoy and learn. A true oasis of farm life. 

Scroll down to see photos from our day at the Farm:

















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Their pre-school classes run for 8 weeks every winter. 
There are summer camps for all ages to attend. 
They offer adult cooking classes focusing on "farm to table" 
You can catch us at their upcoming event: Sunflower Festival 
The event they are most well known for is their Sunflower Festival. October 6 &7 
First of all I know Caprese salad is easy to make and you don't really need a recipe but there are a lot of variations and add in's you can include to make it your own in ways you can't even dream of!

One of my favorite things to make for lunch or an appetizer is Caprese salad. It's quick, easy and delicious. You only need a few ingredients that are fairly cheap and can add different things to change it up a bit. I just love biting into the sweet fresh ingredients it relaxes me and sometimes I just need simplicity in my life.

I cook dinner Italian style usually, meaning we will have a table full of olives, cheese, crusty bread and wine to start with while I am cooking dinner. So I can throw this together in a cinch to munch on while I make my feast. I have traveled to Capri, Italy where this whole Caprese salad originated and I've ate more fresh mozzarella than you want to hear about so I know what I'm talking about. Got it?



You know those days when your just hanging out with your kids having a good old time and your stomach starts growling? What will you make for dinner? Then you start snooping around in the fridge realizing that you let the chicken expire (again)..

This happens to me all the time!

Except this evening when I was snooping around my kitchen I found some capellini pasta and a ball of fresh mozzarella. I  thought oh yeah I can make something with this.