welcome to raleigh, and the second-best salad … (you’re gonna wanna try this.)

good lord. we’re here!! its been a few weeks now … i was waiting for some semblance of a routine, but nothing has appeared yet that looks anything like ‘normal’ … and here we are.   i’m settled in with Nick & Christianna in Durham, in my second week of work, etc.  we’re still missing candi and stacy, but the rest of the team is here! we’re loving diving into new relationships at journey church and fleshing out more of the vision and plan for our own church’s launch.  while i am already sick of driving 30 minutes to get anywhere, i’m proud of the fact that i’ve mastered the routes to work, church, and the closest starbucks!

work is great so far … (i work at a starbucks in cary!) i am learning a lot and enjoying getting to know my co-workers. there are a couple of people from journey who live near and frequent that store, so i already get to see friends at work 🙂 i get to drink a lot of coffee at work, and since i have to wear black shoes, it was a good excuse to buy a new pair of toms.  (don’t judge me!)

now, about that salad …. the ladies (the smarter and better looking half) of the church plant team got together last week for some goodies and hanging out, so i wanted to come up with something that would be yummy, {sort of} healthy, and main course-ish. i found this salad on pinterest and …. shazam. here’s what you need:

  • romaine lettuce, chopped (we did small servings for 8 people and used 3 hearts)
  • crumbled feta
  • 2 med. pears, chopped
  • THICK sliced bacon, fried crisp and chopped
  • chopped pecans
  • dried cranberries
  • poppyseed dressing and balsamic vinaigrette (a 3 poppyseed to 1 balsamic ratio)

arrange the lettuce on a large platter or in a bowl …. layer the feta, cranberries, chopped pear, bacon and pecans …. mix the dressings in a separate bowl, then pour over the salad and toss. serve with bread and you’ve got a bangin dinner.  **couple of cook’s notes here …. i’m not a huge fan of pears-  i think they are too soft and lack punch, so i next time i make this i’m going to substitute  gala or granny smith apples.  a little more crunch and tartness! and it was super expensive to buy plain pecans, so i used glazed ones instead …. holy crap.  diamond has small bags of them in the salad dressing aisle …. those things rocked my world.  i could eat them all the time. new favorite snack! but be good and chop enough for the salad … as a reward, you can eat the rest 🙂 **

keep praying for us … a few people still need jobs, and we’re entering into this season knowing that we have a lot of work to do and seeking wisdom.  pray for wisdom, favor, provision, cheaper gas prices (haha! but seriously … ), continued unity and family within the team, and that above all, we are falling more and more in love with jesus every day.

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