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embrace the chaos

Month: July 2017


This Grilled Romaine & Corn Salad is one of the tastiest salads I have had in a long time. It is so fresh and so vibrant with flavors! It is the perfect summertime meal. Perfect for those that are trying to eat healthier but crave more flavor, and perfect for those nights you just do not want to heat up the house by cooking inside. Perfect for all those cherry tomatoes that are about start popping out of your garden. And how perfect that local sweet corn is now available!

This will satisfy my gluten-free friends, my vegetarian friends, and even my dairy-free friends can enjoy it just by simply eliminating the feta cheese. My husband is not one to relish in all my fancy salads with fancy vinaigrettes but he really enjoyed this one! I’m telling you, it satisfies the masses.

This recipe is for having the salad as a meal, but we have had it as a side to Elk Chops and Grilled Fish as well. {See tip below} I hope no matter how you have it, I hope that you enjoy it!




3 ears fresh sweet corn

3 Tb. + 1 Tb. olive oil

1 Tb. Dijon mustard

2 Tb. red wine vinegar

1 Tb. fresh chives, sliced

Salt & Pepper

1 head romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

½ cup feta cheese, crumbled


For the vinaigrette: In a small bowl whisk together 3 Tb. olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon and chives; set aside.


For the salad: Soak ears of corn with silks and husks still on in water for 45 minutes. Grill for 25 minutes over medium flame; turning occasionally. Husks and corn will brown slightly. Remove from grill and let cool slightly. Remove husks and silk from ears of corn. Cut kernels from the cobs.


Brush cut side of romaine halves with 1 Tb. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill cut side down for about 4 minutes or until slightly charred.


In a medium bowl, toss corn, tomatoes and half of the vinaigrette. Place a romaine half on each plate, spoon corn mixture evenly among romaine. Drizzle remaining half of vinaigrette over each salad. Top with feta.




*If you are making this as a side dish instead of a meal, I would use romaine hearts and half those. Your portions will be smaller that way.


*I have even grilled my corn a couple days ahead of time if I knew we need a faster dinner the night we were having this salad. It cuts down the prep and cooking time by about an hour.


*After I made this and ate it {ALL}, I thought it would be great sprinkled with toasted pine nuts!


Finding the perfect balance in life. Wouldn’t that be fabulous? Is it even possible? I feel that I am always struggling to juggle it all just perfectly. I hear from a lot of people in my life that they struggle too. Everyone feeling they are lacking in different areas.


Balancing work and life, life and exercise, eating healthy food and eating food that makes your soul feel good, every day distractions and quality time with kids, homework and play time, extracurricular activities and letting them just be kids, television and reading, family and friends, sleep and the never-ending “To-Do List”, family table dinners and dinners on-the-go, saying yes to volunteering for that project and knowing you need to say no this time. Did I mention aging relatives with needs? Yard work? Time to ourselves with none of the above?


I know I struggle with most of the above {all.the.time}. Especially with wanting so badly to have time and energy to try new recipes, write new recipes and blog. It’s strange that the thing I love to do the most is put to the back burner behind all of life’s other happenings.


How do we perfect it? Can we ever? Or is it just always a juggling act and no one can do it all flawlessly? {Oh boy! That sounds a little Carrie Bradshaw-esque}


By the time I feel I have time to sit down with my laptop to write it is 9:00 at night, I am mentally and physically beat by then. All I want to do is collapse on the couch and veg out with some mindless show.


I have spent time over the years trying to find the magical answer on how to do it all. What I have to come to find, is there is no magical answer. We just need to do our best. And know we are not the only ones that struggle with juggling it all flawlessly. There may be times throughout the year that some things are better balanced then others. Then it shifts. We need to be aware when there are areas of our life where we are slacking and give that our energy. We cannot be perfect but we can still do a really great job trying to be.


One thing that helps me feel okay with not being able to do it all is my girlfriends, sister, cousins – and having real, open, honest talks with them. We are able to trust one another to be vulnerable to speak our truth and not feel we have to pretend our life is perfect. Because it is not really. And if she says it is, I’ll have what she’s having. {Ha!}


We cannot beat ourselves up because of the areas we lack and let it consume our mind. We need to adjust life’s needs accordingly and be at peace in our mind that it will all be okay in the end. We need to be satisfied and proud that we got five things done today and not beat ourselves up that we didn’t get to all twenty-one things on our to-do list. We must embrace the chaos of life and know we are doing the best we can.


“Some days you eat spinach and go to the gym, some days you eat ice cream and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.”

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