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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Salad Days

The chilly days of autumn are the perfect time to enjoy delicious soups and stews and chowders, but a warm salad can also be a tasty lunch or dinner.
It seems that once the weather turns, I am perpetually cold unless I’m standing in front of a crackling fire or warm oven, so the idea of a crisp, chilled salad leaves me, well, cold.  Hence, the Town and Country Mom Warm Vegetable Salad.
Pour approximately two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, and add chopped garlic, if desired.  Next, add your favorite red, yellow, and green vegetables, and saute until slightly carmelized.  I like to use red and yellow pepper strips, chopped red onion, and tiny baby carrots and broccoli florets.  Halved grape tomatoes would be great in this, as well.IMG_2670 While the vegetables are cooking, wash and dry your favorite mixed greens.  Place the desired amount of greens on a dinner or salad plate and sprinkle with a few crumbles of feta cheese.  Drizzle lightly with a vinegar-based dressing and top with the warm vegetables. IMG_2671 This makes a wonderful, healthful, and filling meal— that, I hope, will help offset the rich foods and treats that are just around the calendar corner!


  1. You know how much I love salad. This is a lovely fall addition that I'll be trying out in the near future.


  2. mmmm...sounds great. And comforting. Its hard to turn to lighter foods in colder weather.

  3. Oh, that looks delicious! I love the idea of a warm salad. Thanks for sharing...(I see we have the same transferware blue and white dishes. I love that pattern too!)


  4. I love warm salads! For some reason we called them wilted lettuce salads when I was a kid. My favorite is a taco type salad. This is definitely the time of year for them- I'll have to remember to add them to my menus now!

  5. Ohhh. Pour the dressing over the warm veggies - that will bring out the aroma even more! :)

  6. That looks pretty darn delicious - I may have to borrow this recipe. :)

  7. Great idea: warm salads! I must try that. As it is getting a little cooler!


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