Who says stay-at-home moms don't get to go on business trips? This week, Anne and I made the drive up to Traverse City, Michigan to see all 4 grandparents and 2 aunts! It's not exactly a spring break, since it's consistently about 10 degrees warmer in Chicago than it is here, but at least we got to skip the big snowstorm that brought March "in like a lion" on Tuesday!
Coming for a visit during the week has been a really nice change of pace. We're actually getting to have some quality one-on-one time with family members. Usually when we visit it tends to be a blitz of all the people all of the time, which is great in its way. But I am savoring this week. Yesterday I had breakfast with my mom, lunch with my sister, coffee with my sister-in-law, and a lovely dinner date at home with my dad. It's been a while since it was just the two of us together (Anne was asleep). We roasted salmon and Brussels sprouts, opened a bottle of Zinfandel, and lit candles.
This week away feels like a retreat. We haven't turned the TV on once. We sit together with coffee in the morning and wine in the evening, just enjoying each other. It's quiet and restful. The view out the front windows is white-on-white, but not for long! As soon as I get back home I'll be starting bell pepper and tomato seeds, and the melting will really begin!
This gets better and better as it sits in the fridge, so I like to make a big batch and snack on it throughout the week. My sister and I ate it piled onto toast that was slathered with goat cheese.
1 16-ounce bag frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
3/4 cup diced roasted red peppers
3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
For the dressing:
1/4 cup canola (or other light, mild) oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and shake well. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir to coat. Allow to rest for an hour or two; the dressing softens the mushrooms a little and everything melds.