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Out of the Mouth of Babes

 

As another school year nears the end a first grade teacher I know gave this assignment to her class. She gave each child one half of a well known proverb, and had the student complete the saying.

Here are some of the gems she received.

Don’t Bite the Hand That……….Looks Dirty.

Two’s Company, Three’s………………The Musketeers.

It’s Always Darkest Before………………..Daylight Savings Time.

Strike While the……………..Bug is Close.

You Can Lead a Horse To Water But…………..How?

Better Be Safe Than…………..Punch a 5th Grader.

No News Is………………Impossible.

A Miss Is As Good As A……………Mister

You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New………….…Math.

If You Lie Down With the Dogs, You’ll….………..Stink In the Morning.

Love All, Trust………..………Me.

An Idle Mind Is……………….The Best Way to Relax.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s……..………….Pollution.

Happy the Bride Who…………………Gets All the Presents.

A Penny Saved is…………………..Not Much.

 The Pen Is Mightier Than the…………….Pigs.

Don’t Put Off Tomorrow What………………….You Put On To Go To Bed.

Laugh and the Whole World Laughs With You, Cry and…………………You Have To Blow Your Nose.

Children Should Be Seen and Not………….…….Grounded.

If At First You Don’t Succeed…………………Get New Batteries.

When the Blind Leadeth the Blind…………Get Out of the Way.

We interrupt this moment of sanity and joy for the rest of today’s insanity also know as the News.

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Featured Recipe    Clean Out the Fridge Salad

This week’s salad is a great one. Cool, crisp and delicious.

I think the name of this recipe bout says it all. You can put anything you want in this salad. It is a good way to use up that half of [insert name of veggie or veggies] that have been lurking in the fridge all week.

Just cut most everything up into big chunks and dump in a salad dish. The only thing I had to buy today to make this salad was the tomatoes. Everything else was already in the fridge or pantry.

The dressing is a very sweet one and makes these left overs vegetables taste life fresh picked from the garden.

This is also a good salad to go with pizza. In the time it takes for someone to go pick up the pizza you can make this salad and save the high cost of pizza store salads. PLus you know it will be a lot fresher!

This is What I Used Up Today (for 3):

12 ounces cherry tomatoes

½ red onion

½ yellow pepper

½ cucumber

1 clove garlic

About 9 Kalamata olives

For the Dressing:

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard*

1 generous teaspoon olive oil

½ teaspoon dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste

*Can use Country style if you wish. It is YOUR salad, use what you like!

Here is what  you do:

For this recipe I use the Cut and Dump Method of Salad preparation. Never heard of that method before?  It is a method this lazy cook has perfected.

You can see in the picture below how it works. I put a bowl behind the chopping station and as I cut, slice, or dice I dump the pieces in the salad bowl right away.

I start by cutting the tomatoes in half. I use a garlic press to “chop” the garlic straight into the bowl on top of the tomatoes.

Then I cut the pepper into strips and cut each strip into 3 chunks and toss in the bowl.

I do the same with the cucumber. I cut it into thick slices , then cut each slice into thirds first one way and then into thirds the other way and throw those in the bowl.

I dice the onion fairly small and toss in the bowl.

Then I half the olives and remove the pit as best I can. Some times this means I do not have perfect halves. So what? 

Place all Dressing ingredients into a bowl.

………………and then whisk well.

Using a spoon lightly drizzle over the salad.

Voilà! Clean Out the Fridge Salad, so crisp and delicious you can serve it to company with pride!!!!

Bon Appetit!!!

Cost

12 ounces cherry tomatoes          $2.00

½ red onion                               $0.31

½ yellow pepper                        $0.34

½ cucumber                              $0.35                                     

1 clove garlic                              $0.10

About 7 Kalamata olives              $0.30

Total cost Veggies = $3.40
Cost per person = $1.13

For the Dressing:

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar       $0.07

2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard*            $0.18

1 generous teaspoon olive oil          $0.06

½ teaspoon dried oregano              $0.24

Salt and pepper to taste

Total Cost for Dressing = $0.55
Cost per person = $0.18

Total cost for the salad = $3.95

Total cost per person = $1.32

Quote of the Day

There was an Old Person of Fife,
Who was greatly disgusted with life;
They sang him a ballad,
       and fed him on salad,
Which cured that Old Person of
Fife  

 
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks  (1812-1888)
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4 comments to Out of the Mouth of Babes

  • I loved this one: “The Pen Is Mightier Than the……………Pigs.” You have to love the way the mind of a child works. Beautiful and uncomplicated! Fun post!

  • Maureen

    What a funny post! It reminded me of Kids Say the Funniest Things.

    The salad is beautiful. It should have a new name. Fantastico Salad will do. 🙂

  • “A Miss Is As Good As A……………Mister” Hell yes! 😀
    I love clean out the fridge recipes, I often do this but sauteeing in some olive oil and garlic and adding a miso dressing. Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

    • Roberta

      Ahhh, Yuri. That is another great way to use up left over….oil….garlic. Heaven! I love the miso dressing too. You have a lovely weekend too.