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Best salad dressing ever!!

I have meant to post this forever. I mean forever.

I got this recipe years ago from my old neighbor Lynne and it has become a staple in our house.

It’s so easy, healthy, and best of all yummy!!

I buy all the ingredients at Costco

You can sorta modify it to your liking, less garlic, more oregano- I typically like a lot of garlic and spices.

6 Tablespoon olive oil (I use extra virgin or the garlic one shown above)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar- I usually use a tad more, I love vinegar
3-4 garlic cloves- minced
teaspoon oregano (I usually use more)
salt and pepper to taste

This time I am trying this tuscan seasoning in it too.

I make my own croutons – just chop up a multi grain fresh loaf- and cook it in the toaster oven..

The croutons soaked with the dressing are the best part! I also use store bought if I don’t have bread.


elizabets - YUM!! This sounds so good! I’ve gotta try it.

Hannah - Man oh man. I grew up on a oil and vinegar dressing that was very similar to this…only more 1970′s ;) It sounds so good. Have I mentioned how happy it makes me to see you getting your groove back? SO happy. Now, go cook something and show it to me…maybe it will push me to get my groove back too.

Julie - I used to make a walnut vinaigrette dressing from scratch that for some reason I haven’t made in years. You’ve inspired me to dust off the recipe and see if I still love it as much as I did back than.

dani - i have lived on red wine vinager all my life …my kids now are addicts as well,,,,so fresh..
i add various herbs as well…

i am also hooked on olive oil and fresh lemon juice dressing…
i do on salads, veggies ,fish….try that too..yummy!!

ps i am researching the 30a vacation..which home do you rent..we seem to have a large group too and need a bigger home

1st day of school

I think everyone is in agreement that this summer flew by


All the boys are out the door, and now it’s just me and the girly.


And she’s sleeping in.


I was chatting with a friend this morning about how elementary school seems to go slow, and then flies once they hit middle school.


As we settle back into our home and life I can’t tell you how happy I am that I still have little ones in the house.


No doubt it was hard when we were living out of suitcases with no structure. But things are settling down and everyone seems to be getting back into the family groove.


Which is good because boy have I missed it.


I have learned a lot over the last year.


And happily moving forward.

1st day of 11th grade. Unbelievable

1st day of 9th grade- He just rolled out of bed, can you tell?

And first day of 5th.

Looking forward to a great school year!

Oh- and for those that asked me on my blog or via email about where we stay at the beach- we usually stay at Watersound Beach. There are a few different places called watersound but wtaersound beach is the only one we have stayed at. We have rented both houses and condos there. It is a gated community. Pros are that golf carts and bikes usually come with houses, it’s on the beach side of 30A, and the kids can roam around without really worrying about them. Lots of pools and a very cool beach club pool. Cons are it’s kinda pricey.

This past trip we stayed in the Rosemary/Seacrest area. Pros are that it’s less expensive, more things for the olders to walk to (shops restaurants, etc). Cons are it’s more crowded and it’s on the other side of 30A (which all communities are except watersound beach).

We find all our places on VRBO. We have had great luck with it and the places are always better in person than in the pics. Here are a few of my posts tagged with watersound. Watercolor (we have never stayed here but it’s cool too), and Seaside.

Hannah - Can I just say I am a little mad that summer is over? I don’t feel like I really got a summer. I need to have some fun…like a family vacation or something. Seriously.

Today is Dmitry’s first day of 11th grade too. How did that happen? Today is the first day they are back to school together… I am already ready to run away ;)

PS: I love the front door!!

A little more

This was our first day- after long hours in the car…. The first day is usually the best. But this trip had so many great days.

I enjoyed my two week break. It was needed

I love being at the beach- it clears my head.

Yesterday as our first pod was delivered and we started unpacking stuff that I haven’t seen in a year and a half I realized that living the way we have has made me feel so vulnerable. Seeing my stuff again gave me a comfort I haven’t felt in a very long time.

Such history. So many good times.

One of the great things about having a blog is to see where you have been and where you want to go. And I miss what I had. I miss our home. Our home life.

Because this is what is so important to me.

Austin heading out for a run in our gorgeous beach neighborhood.

I love my family more than anything in the world.

It has been a rough year and a half.

Taking a step back is what I needed.

And as we settle slowly back into our house and start to feel a sense of home that we haven’t felt in a couple years there is a peace that makes me very happy.

So many new changes ahead- Andy changing jobs, deciding Eva needs another year of preschool, total refocus- total moving on.

These pics were taken with my Samsung nx300. no editing. just capturing:)

I will talk about where we stay in my next post- since some of you have asked.

Jules M - I too love the beach. I’m so glad that you were able to take the family & some friends to relax in your happy place. I swear that there is something in that salty air that just relaxes us. You take a deep breath in & exhale all of the worries. Good luck as you settle back at home & continue to finish the house. Keep those you love closest to you & let them support you as you need it. I’ll bet that they know how much you appreciate it & support them when they need you. Good luck as school starts. I can’t believe that we have been buying school supplies already!

Rosemary Beach


Since we had to be out of our house for 2 weeks while they did the hardwood floors I decided to take the kids and few friends to the beach.


7 boys and 1 girl and 1 mom.


As crazy as that sounds it turned out to be a great week.


All the kids got a long great and the olders were very helpful.


The water was so clear the kids spent the entire week in the water fishing and boating.


This crab was not happy about being caught


I love this pic of these two


The crab gave Austin a good pinch before he took him back to the ocean.


More to come

elizabeths08 - Wow you are brave taking all those kids to the beach. At least they are all old enough to watch themselves…no serious babysitting going on. Looks like a great time! Your the coolest mom!

dani - can you share the details on the place you rented in FL? we did the OBX last yr…rented a cabin in WI on a lake this yr and looking for another gem….
we like you travel with other families and kids and that place looks like heaven!!! cant wait to see pics of the new house…congrats on finally getting in

hannah - Love Love Love. You really shine at teh beach :)

Fun things in the shop


Lots of fun bags and fabrics in the shop- just thought I would throw some color your way!


One of my all time faves is back!



Perfect for back to school!


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