Some of My Favorite Things

After helping my friend, Lisa with some decorating,she discovered through the grapevine that I had been admiring 
this pretty plate.
  And she sent me some!           

Juliska Country Estate Salad Plate

 They also make great dessert plates and 
mix well with all my white plates.

Two nights ago, when my cousin, Patricia arrived here in California after a long flight from New Jersey, I served her my lentil salad.  She loved it and asked for the recipe...so, I thought I would give it to you, too!

Vegetable Lentil Salad
1 package steamed, vacuum packed lentils (Trader Joe's has them)
Juice from one lemon
2-3 tbs finely chopped red onion
2 celery stalks chopped
1 Persian or 1/2 hot house cucumber chopped
1/2 red, yellow or orange pepper chopped
3 tbs chopped parsley 
Olive oil
Sea salt and pepper

In large bowl squeeze the juice of one lemon over the lentils and let sit while you chop the rest of the ingredients. 
Then add the rest of the ingredients, drizzle with olive oil.  Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve cold or at room temperature. I put some on top of arugula above.

Need a cute and comfortable pair of
I love these Havaianas 
with the crystal detail. 
My sister has BOTH pairs.

Chesapeake Candles have stepped up their containers 
(at Target).
So, I treated myself.  
The Caribbean Sea Salt candle smells great.

Treat yourself today!


  1. Those candles look great! I must head over to target this afternoon! XO

  2. Oh, and I was just at Target yesterday - I have to head back! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Totally in love with your new plates, and how nice was that of her to send them? have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks for sharing a yummy recipe and some of your favorite things...have a great weekend!

  5. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Also, I need those flip flops. Comfy flip flops that are also cute are always such a great find! I hope your having a great weekend!

  6. Sweet gift! Yummy salad! Cute flips and great candle ( read cheesecake candle , then reread...ha!) happy Saturday:)

  7. I just pinned that recipe. Where in NJ is she from? I really want one of those candles.

  8. I love anything Juliska and those plates are a must have! They will go perfectly on one of your fabulous table settings. Thank you for sharing your Lentil Salad recipe. I use those steamed lentils from TJ's all the time in soup but never in a salad...I'll definitely try it. And I could not live without my Havaianans! I'm wearing a pair right now!! Love the little touch of bling....another must have!!!! Gotta go....Target awaits!!!!

  9. Love the plates, and the candle is perfect for your beautiful vignette. Hope you're having a great weekend!!

  10. Love the lentil salad, I have made a similar salad that I had at the old ABC store restaurant in NYC. It is served warm with goat cheese crumbled on top. I think I have too many Havaianas to add another pair but those are adorable.

  11. The arugula is essential for any salad! Thanks for the recipe, and so easy to make...

  12. Not that I cook....but I did pin that salad...cause it looks really yummy! How nice that your friend recognized the help and rewarded you with such a beautiful gift!!

  13. Mary Ann, What a perfect summer salad, I pinned your recipe! Can't wait to try it!!
    Happy Sunday!
    xo Kathysue

  14. The summer salad looks great and I keep most things on hand. I haven't seen the "Persian cucumber" in our markets. We normally have local cukes or the long English cukes. Would either of those work?
    The salad looks lovely on the new plate.

  15. The plate is gorgeous! I can't wait to make the salad! And I love my Havianas! Love your taste!!!

  16. The salad looks divine ~ thanks so much for sharing! The plate is beautiful too. I will check out the candles next visit to Walmart ~ I'm a candleholic! :)


  17. I am not a big fan of lentils but this salad sounds yummy! I am going to try it!

  18. Mary Ann,
    Thanks for the recipe and the tip on the candles. That container does make a difference.

  19. I love the plates!! They will be great with your white.
    Will have to check out the candles while I am at Target, and the salad looks amazing. Trying that.
    You always share the best things, Mary ANn.
    Happy Monday.

  20. Funny we just gave a good friend a set of that Juliska pattern as a housewarming gift (from a group of us) Its beautiful and she loved it. I like the look of the candles.

  21. Your new plates are gorgeous ~ maybe they'll inspire a table setting, hint, hint! :)

  22. Hi Mary Ann, I hope you are doing well. I love your new plates and the recipe sounds wonderful.

  23. That salad looks wonderful and I love those plates...what a very thoughtful friend!

  24. I'm totally going to try the salad! No onions for me tho :) What a nice gift, I think you inspire kindness Mary Ann.

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  26. I want your friend!! I need some Juliska in my life!! Love this plate and that she treated you!! Little "self-treats" are the best!! xo

  27. The plates are beautiful and that salad looks delicious! I'll try it this week for sure. Thank you!



  28. What a pretty plate! I would probably load it up with something unhealthy. : (

  29. I honestly don't know which item is my favorite - the salad, the plates, the flip flops or the candles - thank goodness I don't have to pick! Will definitely be looking out for those candles and flip flops and will have to try that salad too - just had a lentil, kumquat and arugula salad at Greenleaf and it was delish!!!

  30. MaryAnn,

    Love it all...great to see you believe in celebrating life with lots of goodies. This are all great to keep in mind for gifting others during the months ahead.


  31. Thank you for including the recipe for the lentil salad, not only does it look and sound delish, but its actually healthy, so its perfect for my diet!! I love the candles, the flip flops and of course those gorgeous Juliska plates....it's all beautiful. Hope you enjoyed the visit with your sister!!

  32. You know I live very close to the flagship Juliska store...so come visit and I'll put it on our list of places to go! That lentil salad looks so good!


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