yummy salad and chocolate milk spit

Jules —  July 26, 2005

James has been craving salad for several weeks now. He requests it nearly everyday. My salad repertoire is really small, so I decided to get on All Recipes and find something new. Everytime I pick a recipe that has a five star rating, it turns out delicious! James is a bacon, salad and mayonnaise lover and a BLT fan. I found a recipe that combined all his faves.

Yesterday, I decided to make this salad recipe for lunch. I gave Anjelia a sippy cup of chocolate milk, to try to satisfy her for a few minutes, so I could get it done. It worked! She ran off, happy as a lark. After a few minutes, she walked back into the kitchen with her shirt covered in chocolate milk. I immediately knew that was a BAD sign. I was right! My entire living room, including my furniture, was covered in chocolate milk spit! Some of the spots were the size of dinner plates!

This is not the first time I’ve had a spitter. Lydia went through this phase and was really good at it! She would have tea parties using juice spit from her sippy cup!

B.L.T. Salad with Basil Mayo Dressing

1/2 pound bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
4 slices French bread, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pound romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered


Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.
In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.
In a large skillet over medium heat, toss the bread pieces with the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the oil, continue tossing and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown.
In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.

Chocolate Milk Spit

7 oz. – 1% milk
sippy cup
3 heaping tsp. Ovaltine


In sippy cup, mix milk and Ovaltine. Hand the cup to a spitting toddler. Leave the room.

“My salad days,
When I was green in judgement.”

from the recipe book of Leona Odle Dickey



64 responses to yummy salad and chocolate milk spit

  1. Julie:
    Thanks for enjoying Panera with me. I loved the souffle’s..
    I enjoyed our visit. I am glad to have a cousin like you and a friend with whom I could share anything with and know you would not make me feel ignorant or unrighteous. Julie you are a gem and James found a great wife and mother. Julie you are a true kindred spirit.
    Now next time we need to try the I.C. lemonades instead of the I.C. Mochas from Panera. Those IC Mochas made me feel HIGH all day!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Julie, I guess you know Kandi made the 2 previous statements. She was using my computer. If you can change name fine, I think family will know it was Kandi. She had told me this story before. I believe her.!!!!Aunt Tootsie

  3. Kandi, I had a blast. My only regret is not taking a picture of our mochas! It would make a good post. Those suckers sure make you feel high! I enjoy your company as well, kindred spirit. I’d love to go back and have a lemonade . I also want to try the cappucino IC. Hope we can get together soon!

  4. Kandi, I know how you feel about going back and doing things differently. But all we can do is learn from it and go forward trying not to make the same mistakes with someone else, or the same person who is still around us. God knows our hearts and will forgive when we sincerely ask.

    Sounds like you two had some fun, thats a good thing. Glad you 2 cuz’ns are close enought to visit.

  5. “Giving your best to those who those whom mean the most” blah, blah, blah, blah
    Today I tried to have some fun with the kids, took the kids to yard sales, found one little scooter, bought it cheap, brought it to the park….fight, fight, fight, my turn, my turn, my turn!
    I can’t hardly contain myself from knocking thier heads together…I guess I am giving my best…I havn’t done it yet!!!

  6. I also went through a box at one of the yard sales and saw 2 aprons! I was started laughing, thinking how cute you looked, Julie with yours on and your mop. I don’t think I made the lady very happy.

  7. Trish, oh how I can relate to your day. Sometimes I have to just walk off so I don’t do or say something I’ll regret and then sometimes I do say or do things I regret then that wonderful mom guilt sets in.

    I’ll try to plan some fun and it ends up being a time of crying and fighting instead.

    Did you purchase yourself an apron?

  8. No, I held myself back from the apron’s. Although it looks really adorable on you, it isn’t quite a fit with my personality. I cook as rarely as I can. Chris tries to keep up with the house stuff so I can just relax and enjoy the kids. I just gave them a bath and they said the cutest things, so the mom guilt came on about what I said earlier. Then Aaron started arguing with me that aunt Debbie lets Connor and Christian play in the sink with their hotwheels, he was mad because I wouldn’t let him. It’t only 915pm, I am such a mean mom.

  9. Hmmmm, I get really burned out sometimes with the cooking and cleaning. Makes your arrangement sound really appealing!

    To each his own, huh. Enjoy the lives we have made!

    I am sure you are not a “mean mom”. Although, I refer to myself the same way sometimes! Mom guilt. Yuck.

  10. Ohhhh, I’m so disappointed–I was truly expecting to get an apron for Christmas, Trish! (pssst, by the way, I got a little secret for you. You’re not supposed to laugh at people’s stuff at a yard sale. Just like you’re not supposed to go to a craft fair and comment loudly about how that craft looks so easy and you could do that yourself as you proceed on by without buying anything from their booth. Watch out for the dirty looks stabbing you in the back!)

    And Trish, I don’t really know what the problem is with your sweet children. They certainly didn’t argue like that at MY house! hee hee OK, sorry couldn’t resist a sisterly dig! Actually your kids might have learned that AT my house! ARGH!

    Oh and by the way, for future reference. I DO NOT let the boys play with their Hot Wheels in the water. They rust. They MAY have played with them in the sink, but it WAS NOT with my permission. I did, however, let Aaron play with a Hot Wheel in the bath when we were at your house a few weeks ago–it was in the bath toy container and he told me you all let him!!! Hmmmmm–I think we’re being conned here!

    And I think we need to form a group–MEAN MOMS UNITED! I’ve already got a Mean Mom mug that my Mom gave me. Someday I’ll have to post what it says! I’M PROUD TO BE A MEAN MOM!!!

  11. I need that mug! That’s too funny!

    Good night, mean moms. I must get some sleep or I may be even meaner come morning.

  12. I’ll email it to you privately and you can decide if you want to post it. It’s long and I already write long posts too often so I’ll let you decide if it’s blog-worthy.

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