Of Coaching, Kale, Crafts and Company

Fruit Salad in a Jar

Fruit salad goodness served in a thrift store fab find!

Spent a happy summer Sunday co-hosting a ‘play date’ for the Coaching Group I lead. One of our members wanted to share her passion for creative paper crafts with the group, and we decided it would be a perfect opportunity for a midsummer connection and to spend several uninterrupted hours cheerfully moodling together. Naturally, I offered to help provide lunch. Because, you know, you can’t craft on an empty stomach.

To accompany the poached sockeye salmon main, we served potato salad, kale salad and devilled eggs. Devilled eggs are devilishly popular, partly because they’re so rarely served, and today two platefuls were handily dispensed with by our relatively small group. So proud!

Dessert was a fruit salad along with cherry-chocolate preserves over vanilla ice cream (Yes, I did say cherry-chocolate preserves. Oh my, yes.) Because the food was healthy, seasonal and mostly local, we felt virtuously sated afterward. Lunch had a lovely old-fashionedy feel.

While it wasn’t quite a quilting bee, it was an afternoon filled with cosy talk,  generous sharing and good eats. Joy.

To make the Kale Salad:

  • 1 bunch fresh kale, rinsed, dried and cut chiffonade-style
  • Mixed garden greens (about half the amount of kale)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, 1 small bunch fresh mint
  • 1 diced sweet yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • Handful of berries (blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries)
  • 1/2 c cucumber, chopped

Toss ingredients with a dressing made with 1/3 each Bragg’s Liquid Soy, flax seed oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Note: this will make a fairly large salad. You can vary the ingredients based on what is seasonal as long as you mix some sweet ingedients (peppers, fruit) with the greens.

Stamp Crafts

Good appetite. I have one (and so do you).



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About Vicki

I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.


  1. Thanks for posting the recipe for this kale salad plus dressing! I can’t wait to make one.

    • My pleasure, Darlene. Make it early. Make it often. It’s delicious, nutritious and also kind of pretty :)

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