Another Birthday

On Thursday evening we went to a birthday celebration for the daughter of our close friends – she turned eight.  Her Mom fixed a great dinner for everyone – there were almost 20 people there!  Afterwards, she opened her presents and then everyone had cake and ice cream.  She had a Hannah Montana cake – it seems like all the little girls around here really like Hannah Montana.  Since it was a week night there wasn’t much time for anything else but we did get to play a few card games with the kids.  They love to play Go Fish, Crazy Eights and Old Maid.

I brought two salads for the dinner.  One was a Wilted Spinach Salad that is very easy to fix and tastes great – I think so anyway!  The whole salad was eaten so others must have liked it, too.  It doesn’t look that wonderful in the picture as I had a hard time cutting up the boiled eggs – I grabbed a dull knife and it kind of mutilated them rather than slicing them neatly.  You have to make this salad at the last minute as it needs to be served as soon as possible after making it to stay warm – so, I was in a dreadful hurry with the eggs as we were already a few minutes late.

Anyway, it is easy to make – you need a lot of spinach, I used a huge sack that was about 14″ x 14″ stuffed with spinach.  You also need some bacon (1/2 a pound of so); one bunch of green onions; pepper; vinegar of your choice and several  hard boiled eggs for garnish.  Cut the bacon into small pieces (I used a scissors – so much quicker than a knife); chop the green onions and then cook the green onions and bacon in a large heavy pot until the bacon is cooked.  Stir in some pepper (1/2 tsp) and about 1/3  cup of vinegar – I used a combination of  white wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar.  Let this come to a boil and then start putting in the spinach.  Fill the pot with spinach and stir it until the spinach wilts down and then fill the pot with spinach again and stir it until the spinach wilts down – keep doing this until  you use up all your spinach or you think there is enough.  Put the pot contents into a serving bowl and garnish with boiled eggs – serve as soon as possible.

This salad would be good for people who are eating low carbs – the bacon and eggs have fat and protein but not many carbs.  It must be pretty nutritious as well because it has a LOT of spinach in it!


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