Summer Blue Crab Salad

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My parents were visiting us for the holiday weekend. Yesterday, my mom and I made a tasty crab salad for lunch. It was the perfect light and refreshing crab salad for a Sunday summer lunch!

First, I want to emphasize that in no way should imitation crab meat be use. It wouldn’t REALLY be crab salad! Second, In the photos you may notice that I used 1 whole red pepper. The next time I make this crab salad, I will definitely use 1/2 red bell pepper and 1/2 yellow bell pepper (which I already noted in the ingredient list).

Summer Blue Crab Salad ♥ Young Wifey's Blog

Summer Blue Crab Salad ♥ Young Wifey’s Blog


Ingredients: 

16 oz. can of blue crab claw meat, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 5 stalks of celery, handful of fresh cilantro, 3 Tbsp. mayo

Directions:
Dice the celery and peppers. Chop the cilantro. Mix together cilantro, peppers, celery, and mayo. Lightly toss in the crab meat. Serve chilled.

*If you wish, serve on a bed of mixed greens or on a toasted and buttered bun.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Happy Heucheras

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AKA Cheerful Coral Bells

Whether used as an accent plant for your garden borders or as filler plant, heucheras (commonly know as coral bells) are a must have perennial for your landscape.

This morning, I was busy dividing three existing plants into 11 new plants. Let me share a few reasons why I love heucheras so much…

Happy Heucheras ♥ Young Wifey's Blog

Happy Heucheras ♥ Young Wifey’s Blog

10 Reasons to Grow Heuchera

10. Heucheras are available in a plethora or colors. Since many of my other plants are green, I prefer bronze purple and red purple varieties.

9.  They are extremely easy to propagate.

8.  They can tolerate a variety of soil conditions.

7.   The foliage and flowers both make excellent cuttings for floral arrangements.

6.  Depending on the variety you choose and your climate, they can tolerate full shade or full sun.

5.  These plants are essentially low maintenance.

4.  Heucheras look great with a variety of other plants.

3.  They are deer- and pest-resistant.

2.  Butterflies are attracted to the little flowers.

1.  Hummingbirds also love the blossoms.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Four Bean Salad

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For years, I thought that I didn’t like four bean salad. It turns out, I didn’t like any of the four bean salad I tried. It was usually too vinegary or had mushy green/wax beans. Fresh wax & green beans are imperative to making a tasty and refreshing four bean salad.

Four Bean Salad ♥ Young Wifey's Blog

Four Bean Salad ♥ Young Wifey’s Blog

Ingredients: wax beans, green beans, 1 can dark red kidney beans, 1 can garbanzo beans, 2 stalks of celery, 1 carrot, 2 green onions, 1/2 c. rice vinegar, 1/3 c. olive oil, 3 Tbsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, fresh ground Himalayan pink salt, fresh cracked four-color pepper

Directions: Chop celery, carrot, and green onions then set aside. Cut wax beans and green beans into 1″ pieces. Bring small pot of water to boil and blanch wax beans and green beans (for about 3 minutes). Drain and rinse kidney & garbanzo beans. Whisk together vinegar, oil, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper. Toss together all ingredients and chill before serving.

*Garnish with fresh shaved parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast if vegan).

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Mini Orchard Update – Start of Summer

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My Summer Heaven ♥ Young Wifey's Blog

My Summer Heaven ♥ Young Wifey’s Blog

The first Sunday of my summer break…

Lazy marshmallow clouds are masking the azure sky and bright June sun. The rustling leaves and cheerful birds creating a calming chorus. The nearby horses are talkative today. Under an oak leaf canopy, I’m sitting in my blue Adirondack chair listening and watching the world around me. Ants tickling my toes, and butterflies fluttering across the clover blossoms. Belle is resting beside me while Rory and Opal watch from inside the house. I cannot recall when was my last relaxing day…

The air is cooler than usual for this time of year. Our mini orchard is producing fruits, and I’m thrilled at the promise of fresh pick home-grown taste.

Young Wifey's Mini Orchard Update 2015 ♥ Young Wifey's Blog

Young Wifey’s Mini Orchard Update 2015 ♥ Young Wifey’s Blog

There are branches that need trimming, weeds that need pulling, and grass that needs mowing. But, not today. Today, I sit and listen to the world around me…

XOXO,
Young Wifey