It’s been sort of a very expensive week for me…
First off, I am the proud new owner of a brand new one of these!
Except mine will be white and I won’t be getting it for another 5 weeks, but I still had to leave a deposit for them to order it, you know…
And now, the more I look at it, the more I think it looks quite nice in blue also, maybe I should’ve went with the blue one instead.
You see, I’ve been driving the same truck for the last 10 years and while I really appreciate my truck, it’s just plain silly of me to keep on driving it. I must be doing well over 600 clicks a week and this thing is costing me a fortune in gaz. In fact, it won’t be costing me more money to drive a brand new car than it is costing me now to drive my faithful old “Charlie”. Yeah. I name my cars. Which reminds me… I have to find a name for the new guy.
Well, I have plenty of time to think about it, don’t I? 😉
Then, for some obscure reason that I can’t seem to find a logical explanation for, it appears that my kitchen is getting way too small and I am running out of space where to put all my stuff… So I desperately needed to get a new cabinet to put all my “gear” away.
I went to IKEA and got me this sweet little [too expensive] cabinet, which set me back another handful of dollars. And hey, since I was there and was gonna have more room to put all my stuff, I grabbed a few things along the way… 😉
Check this out! All this for $65! I was a happy camper! 😀
Allright, better get busy with this cabinet if I’m gonna get it done today…
So many pieces, and that box one of two!
Wow, I’m a bit overwhelmed. Look at all this hardware! And that is bag one of two!
Thank goodness the instructions are clear... NOT!!!
Well, 5 hours later, the cabinet is up! Notice how it’s already FULL?
Great! Now I’m gonna need another one… I did buy this little what they call sofa table to put beside the cabinet, but somehow, I don’t think it’s going to work out, so I might have to bring that back and get another cabinet instead.
Seeing that the first one was put to such good use, I think that another one like that would be more useful!
What do you think?
Oh, and while at IKEA, I was a bad girl and had one of these (see the guilt? small image!) It had been well over a year since I’d indulged in a piece of that delicious pie and I decided that I would allow myself that little treat.
Besides, I knew I was gonna have a very light and healthy but oh so yummy supper! For real, no word of a lie, best carrot salad I ever had. For some reason, I had been craving that all week, and I couldn’t wait for Friday to come so I would finally get to enjoy my carrot salad!
Call me crazy, but I got a bit carried away while making it and started adding all sorts of dried fruits and nuts, namely raisins, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans…
Then I saw IT. The secret ingredient that simply MADE that salad. Shredded coconut, of the unsweetened kind, of course!
WOW OH MY OH YUM!
You have to try this. Have to!
Here’s the recipe.
You will need it. 😉
- 2-4 carrots, depending on size, grated (no need to peel them!)
- 20g raisins
- 20g dried cranberries
- 10g pumpkin seeds
- 10g chopped pecans
- 10g chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp unsweetened grated coconut
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- Add all ingredients through white wine vinegar to a large a mixing bowl. Set aside
- In a separate bowl, add vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. Blend until well combined. Pour over reserved salad and stir well.
- Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with more pumpkin seeds, chopped parsley and grated coconut, if desired.