Spinach Salad with Strawberries Recipe

Syndicated column from week of May 20, 2013.  Salads are a great way to celebrate spring’s arrival and the beginning of gardening season. This super salad is an excellent light lunch for two. It’s full of flavor and vitamins. I usually use a combination of lettuce and spinach in my salads, but this one relies on the fresh spinach leaves for the base. The result is a slightly lighter salad, yet it stands on its own quite easily. This recipe is for two servings. That makes it nice to fix for a summer lunch and you won’t extra salad to worry about saving for supper. It’s also a great recipe for a single supper serving. Spinach Salad   Ingredients: 2 cups fresh baby spinach 1 hard boiled egg 1 cup cooked broccoli 1 cooked chicken tender ¼ cup cheese crumbles 4 strawberries, sliced 2 slices rye bread, cubed Italian dressing Directions: Tear the spinach leaves into several pieces each. Slice the hardboiled egg and layer over the spinach. Add the cooked, chopped broccoli and chicken. Sprinkle the cheese and strawberry slices over the salad. Top with bread cubes and dressing. Serve. Make it a Meal:  Double the serving size to … Continue reading →

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10 Steps to Get Your Pets Ready for Spring

This article originally published in the Galion Inquirer on May 2, 2012.  Your pets are like your house and yourself. Winter becomes a time for hibernating and slowing down. They put on a few pounds, they sleep a lot, they become stagnant. But when spring rolls around, they begin to come out of that sluggish mode. How can you help them ease into spring? Follow these 10 simple steps. Make sure your dog has all the necessary licenses.  Call the county dog warden to find out what fees are required. If you’re afraid the dog warden will show up at the front door, ask your vet. While you have the vet on the phone, schedule an appointment to bring the dogs up to date on all their vaccinations. Ask your vet about heartworm and necessary precautions. If you plan to take your cat, dog or ferret for walks, give the leash and harness a good once over. Look out for frayed seams, distressed buckles and other signs of wear. You might want to purchase a new set before you take the first jaunt around your neighborhood. If you plan on walking after dark, invest in equipment with reflective designs.  Always … Continue reading →

10 Spring Prep Steps for your Lawn

This article originally published in the Galion Inquirer on May 2, 2012.  Spring brings warm air and sunshine. The birds and flowers return. Folks are home from Florida. It’s time to start working in the yard and garden. Now is the time to prepare your garden for the summer. The following steps will allow you to have a wonderful looking yard without the stress of broken equipment or poor planning.   Check over your lawnmower, roto-tiller and any other power tools you plan to use. Sharpen dull blades. Replace spark plugs, filters and batteries as necessary. Pull the gas can from the back of the garage and fill it up. Walk around your lawn and pick up sticks. Winter winds knock down lots of little sticks and a few large branches. Load them all into a wagon or wheel barrow and haul them away. You don’t want to hit them with the mower. Apply a spring time weed killer and fertilizer mixture over the entire lawn. Fill in bare spots with additional grass seed. The spring rains will help those seeds gain a good footing. Find the rake and clean out the flower beds. Those old leaves will make good … Continue reading →