Turn Up the BEET: My favorite goat cheese, beet, pistachio, asparagus salad + the Meaning of Labor Day + the Container Store + Kayaking

On my day off, I decided to do what I would do if I didn’t have a job: write letters, bake cookies, and overdose on cable news. Mission accomplished! Add a few trips to the Container Store and kayaking and you have my Labor Day weekend! After having Bru Burger for lunch and eating my share of beef like the good American I try to be, I thought I should go with a salad for dinner. I have never blogged about this salad, but it’s one of my favorites. The Cheesecake Factory is the inspiration, but I have added my own twist to it. Theirs has pecans and I prefer pistachios. They call it the French Country salad for $10 and I always added chicken, which jacked it up to $15. So, make your own for a lot less! These are ingredients you likely already have and the combination of the creamy goat cheese with the salty pistachios and sweet beets make this a flavor combo you don’t want to miss! I top it with fig balsamic, but any balsamic will work.

Beets are not something I grew up eating. I don’t ever remember thinking, ‘Man, I could really use some beets right about now.’ You can buy them in the refrigerated produce section and most grocery stores have them. I usually get mine at Trader Joe’s, but the ones below are from Costco, so I will be eating beets from now until New Year’s. Also, I have never used canned beets, but I am sure it would work.

How many people actually know the significance of Labor Day other than the fact that they don’t have to work on that Monday in September? My guess is that it would resemble a Jay Leno Jay-walking segment, aka not good. Labor Day is the result of the 19th century organized labor movement and also represents the end of summer. Here’s ten fun facts from the Department of Labor and the Library of Congress. The old ‘You can’t wear white after Labor Day’ rule is supposedly no longer a thing, but I still abide.

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No holiday weekend is complete without cookies!

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Sunday snuggles with Winnie

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Ingredients:

  • mixed greens
  • leftover chicken
  • beets
  • pistachios
  • goat cheese
  • asparagus (roast in the oven – olive oil, salt, and pepper at 400 until tender)
  • balsamic

Mix it all together and enjoy!

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the BEST iced tea – it does not even need sweetener!

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On Saturday, I crossed kayaking off my bucket list and loved Eagle Creek so much, that I plan to go again this week. You’re surrounded by trees and the calming of the water made it the perfect day to catch up with a friend. After seeing two dogs (and their owners), I ordered Winston a life jacket from Amazon, so we have lots of adventures ahead of us. I have become THAT puppy mom. The swim suit is from Lauren James since lots of my instagram friends asked and I am glad I got to wear it before summer ends. I got it half price and it’s an American made company, similar to Vineyard Vines, which makes me happy to support.

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I also use Labor Day as my annual excuse to attempt to organize my life. I bought three of these silver bins to move my summer clothes to underneath my bed and get my wool pants and dresses out. I bought a set of four wooden bed risers to allow for additional storage under my bed and miraculously Winston can still hop on the bed. I also found a basket for my clothespins, which made me happy, and these food descriptor holders for my next dinner party.

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A holder for a bag of sugar – I ran out of large mason jars and this is even easier to get a measuring cup into

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Fun striped snack bag – You can throw it in the dishwasher and you are doing your part to be a little more sustainable

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Hope y’all had a great Labor Day!

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