Garlic And Herb Vinaigrette (Whole 30)

As of 7 pm tonight I am on vacation. For the next 6 days I have no work, no plans and absolutely nothing to do.

Okay, I do have one plan. I am going to clean my kitchen from top to bottom, sort through all my cooking and baking equipment and get rid of everything I don’t need and organize the rest. I have wanted to do this for a long time but have been procrastinating it for just as long. I have a small kitchen but I have a lot of stuff packed in it.

I want to get my kitchen cleaned and organized so I can start a Whole 30 on July 6th. I have wanted to do one for the last couple of months but it just seemed overwhelming to add to everything that’s going on in the world. I also wasn’t sure I would be able to get the basic staples I would need to do a Whole 30 because the pandemic shut down some of places I normally shop at for my Whole 30.

However, the world doesn’t look like it’s going to calm down anytime soon and I found almost everything I like to have on hand so I thought why not.

Garlic and Herb Vinaigrette

This recipe has been in my big white binder for so long I don’t remember where I got it from

1 medium garlic clove, minced

5 TBS olive oil

3 TBS red wine vinegar

1 TBS fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp celery seed

1/4 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp dried dill

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried marjoram

Combine everything in a jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake it like crazy before serving.

Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Copycat

638I have always believe that things, good or bad, happen for a reason, that in our darkest times there are some good things to be found, no matter how small, if we look for them.  Some people think this stance on life makes me foolish and naive. If that is true, I am okay with it.  I would rather be foolish and naive then cold and bitter about life. I can’t think of anything worst then that.

I am not going to tell you that being scammed was a good thing.  It wasn’t.  I’ll be living with the repercussions of that for a long time.  A friendship was severely damaged, maybe even lost, over this.  I was in a dark place over this for a very long time.  Being scammed has made me question the honesty and integrity of everyone , including my best friends, everything they said or did because I won’t be fooled again.  It took me a long time to remember that just because I let one bad person into my life doesn’t mean all the people I have let into my life are bad.

So today’s post is a gratitude post

I am very thankful I didn’t loose my job.  I left work to take care of this scam knowing my attendance was at the point if I missed one more day they could fire me.  I am eternally grateful that they didn’t. I have a second chance.

I am very thankful two of my supervisors went to management and spoke to them about why I should keep my job. I really believe if they hadn’t I would be unemployed

I am very thankful that I like to cook.  Because I like to cook I had enough food in my home that I had food to eat between loosing one paycheck and getting another one.

I am thankful for my online friends who sent me a Drs Foster and Smith’s gift certificate so my animals had food too.  They know me so well. They know I will be fine if my animals are fed and cared for.

I am thankful to my co worker Dianne, who brought me a bunch of vegetables she canned so I wouldn’t go hungry.  673

I am very thankful for the people who have heard my story and not judged me.

Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Copycat

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 TBS garlic powder

1 tsp basil

1 tsp marjoram

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp savory, optional

1 tsp mace

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp ground black pepper

Combine everything together in a small bowl; stir well.  Keep in an air tight container.  Use it anywhere Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning blend is called for.