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Two Peas and Their Pod: Illinois and Nectarine Raspberry Salad

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Illinois and Nectarine Raspberry Salad

We went to Illinois for Labor Day weekend to visit my family. We had a great time, but of course the trip went too quickly. I am sorry I haven't updated the blog, we were busy playing and my dad's internet connection is so slow! We live in the boonies and the connection isn't that great:)

One of the highlights of our trip was meeting our five month old niece, Ramona. She is such a doll. My brother and his wife spent most of the weekend with us so I had time to become the favorite auntie:)

We also played tennis, had a bbq, met up with some friends, did some baking, and relaxed. Josh's highlight was probably flying a plane! Our good family friends own a plane and Josh went up for a ride-I was too scared to go, but Josh LOVED it. He took over the controls and even flew the plane for awhile. I am glad he had fun.

Here are some photos from our trip!

My stepmom made this nectarine raspberry salad for our bbq and I loved it. The raspberries and nectarines were ripe and juicy. The dressing was wonderful as well. I am glad she was willing to share the recipe, because I can't wait to make it again! I will post some of our baking adventures soon. My dad makes the best bread!

We had a great trip! I will try to catch up on my blogging this week.

Nectarine Raspberry Salad

Fresh spinach or spring mix
Nectarines, sliced

Dressing Recipe:
1 nectarine, chopped, pit and skin removed
2 T fresh lemon juice
3 T olive oil
1 T honey
Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing: In a blender add all of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve over salad greens, nectarines, and raspberries. Will keep in fridge for a couple of weeks.

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Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

So making that salad! Looks awesome! Sounds like you had a great vacation. Scary tiny plane!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Glad you had a great trip. I love fruit in my salads. This sounds so fresh and tasty!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

That salad looks awesome! I'm used to strawberry salads, but this is definitely a new take for me. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sounds like such a great vacation weekend! Your niece is so cute and you and husband make a beautiful couple! This salad sounds wonderful!! YUM!

7:20 PM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Awesome salad and trip photos (especially of you and your new niece! So lovely)!!

7:24 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Looks like you guys had a terrific trip! The salad sounds yummy!

7:36 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Yum, looks good. Salads are one of my favorite foods.

Sounds & looks like you guys had a blast!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

Looks like you had a great vacation. That salad sounds great.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

Awesome family pictures. Glad you had a great weekend!


12:21 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

awwwwww she is SO SO cute! What a pudding! Glad you had fun. That salad looks totally fresh and delicious! Fruit in salads always makes it extra delicious.

Hope you are feeling good (no tummy issues!) and enjoying your Wednesday :)

5:20 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

What an amazing trip! You and Josh are such a great looking couple! And I'm loving that salad... perfect way to close out summer!

5:44 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Your niece is adorable

6:40 AM  
Blogger pigpigscorner said...

Sounds like loads of fun! THe salad looks really good, love the colours.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Looks like you had fun. Cute little Ramona. You look like a natural there holding her!
And the salad--de-lish. I feel like nectarines always kind of get left in the dust of peaches and I actually like them more than peaches. Yum to the salad!

(I would never go fly in or at the controls of a little plane either, but my husband has and loved it!)

7:07 AM  
Blogger Happy cook said...

Your niece Ramona looks so sweet, I am in love with her.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Glad you had a good trip! The salad looks delicious and refreshing!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i personally think that some sort of fruit should be present in all salads. gorgeous dish!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

love the photo of the 'puddle-jumper'. oh how those things scare me.
Glad you had a good time--it's fun to get away and clear the head isn't it?

7:48 AM  
Blogger Ivy said...

It was so good to see you

9:17 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

the tennis shot is hilarious :)

10:43 AM  
Blogger Gabi said...

Glad you had a fun trip! Ramona is a doll and the salad looks delicious.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

glad you had a great trip

11:59 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

what a cutie! and yummy salad, too :)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Yum, that looks great! Sounds like you had lots of fun!:-)

12:58 PM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

Those are wonderful pictures, it looks like you had a great time! : )

Great looking salad, I'm a big fan of fruit and salad together!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

That salad looks divine and now I know why you tweeted about NOT getting in that plane! P.S. The baby equals total cuteness!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Great pictures! Your niece is beautiful! I'm so glad you had fun in Illinois with your family :)

P.S. When I saw the title of this post, I thought "what is an Illinois and nectarine salad??" hehe I thought "Illinois" was some ingredient I had never heard of! :)

7:40 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

It looks like you had fun - Ramona is a doll!

The salad looks so beautiful. I am loving that she put nectarine in the dressing too...YUM!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

Beautiful salad Maria it is so colourful and healthy.

Cute family pictures. :-)

3:00 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Looks like a good time was had by all. Great pic of you, Josh and the baby! Salad looks Yummy. Perfect for a BBQ

6:07 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh that looks wonderful! Wish i could have visited you while you were in my neck of the woods! :)

6:42 AM  
Blogger Evan and Rebecca Jones said...

I was thinking about you over in my neck of the woods this weekend. :) Glad you got to meet your cute niece and spend some time at home. That's the best. I leave today to go meet my new nephew. YAY!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Dana Treat said...

Such a cute baby! I'm glad you were able to have some time with your family and get a great recipe in the deal!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

What a sweet, sweet baby! I just love those pictures of you all. The salad looks amazing and I can just imagine the bright flavors. So glad to hear you enjoyed your time away. it is always hard to come home after trips like that, isn't it?

8:46 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

yummmm that salad looks fab! glad you guys had so much fun in IL!

8:56 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

Gorgeous! I love the pictures!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Drika said...

Hello Mary, I found your blog on the net, I'm from Brazil, my name is Adriana, I loved your recipes, always come back to say hello. Sorry for the English used a translator google. So Long Drika

9:26 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Cute niece and what a fun trip!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Drika said...

Hello Mary, I found your blog on the net, I'm from Brazil, my name is Adriana, I loved your recipes, always come back to say hello. Sorry for the English used a translator google. So Long Drika

9:27 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

What a cute little bebe! That salad is literally make my mouth water! YUM

10:10 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

What fun pics! Thanks for sharing.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Smitten Sugar said...

This salad sounds delicous! I actually have lots of nectarines hanging around from a costco purchase. Ill give this a try. :) thanks

1:16 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Ramona is adorable!! What a cutie pie. I would have been too scared to go oup in the plane too.

And what a lovely salad, it looks delicious!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Looks like a fun time! I love tennis.
I don't know about that plane flying, though. Sounds scary!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adorable niece! Love the salad.

12:46 PM  

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