Tuesday Tidbits No. 27

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So we’ve all been doing the happy dance since Spring arrived but many of us are still  dancing in our winter coats and boots. right?  Well, we know it’s got to get here eventually so this Tuesday Tidbits is all about Spring recipes, Easter and some healthy tips tossed in for fun.  Let’s get started because we all know that standing in one place for too long these days could lead to frostbite!

This super tasty Black Sesame Salad Dressing is from Maggie at Omnivore’s Cookbook.  You’ve seen Maggie here before and I’m so thrilled that she’ll be moving to the US soon from Beijing!  Then she’ll be within visiting distance and I’ve just GOT to taste her cooking!


Black Sesame Salad Dressing from Omnivore’s Cookbook

This is a creamy sauce with a sweet, sour and nutty flavor.  Doesn’t this salad make you ache to be on your deck in your t-shirt and shorts?  Can’t wait!  One of the reasons I’m a big fan of Maggie’s recipes is because she’s all about big, bold taste and knows exactly how to achieve it.  Gorgeous!BorderUntitled


If you’re wanting to ensure you’ve including lots of salads in your meal plan, check out this video at Cook Smarts.  This site is a great resource for healthy eating.  The videos are only 2-3 minutes long and packed with helpful info.BorderUntitled

If you’re a vegetarian and wanting ideas for Easter, Vegetarian Times has some beautiful recipes that will satisfy everyone.   Their recipes are so enticing and if it wasn’t for my love of fish, I could definitely go the vegetarian route.

And if you’re new to vegetarianism (is that a word?), then you can check out this list of 12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About.  There is so much information available to us now that we can easily ensure our bodies are getting what it needs – love it and love Greatist!BorderUntitled


Easter is almost upon us so here’s some fun stuff for the holidays.  If you want to dazzle your guests with your Easter Trivia knowledge, here’s a few facts that will get the dinner conversation going.

  • Easter has been named after Eastre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess. The symbols of the goddess were the hare and the egg.
  • Apart from English and German, the name of ‘Easter’ has been derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover festival.
  • Right from ancient times, egg has been regarded as a symbol of rebirth in most of the cultures.
  • The customary act of painting eggs is known as Pysanka.
  • Just like Passover which is dependent on the phases of the moon and has different dates each year, Easter is also a movable feast.
  • Easter always falls between March 22nd and April 25th.
  • The first Easter basket was given the appearance of a bird’s nest.
  • Chocolate eggs were made for the first time in Europe, in the 19th century. Till date, they remain one of the favorite Easter treats.
  • Easter is the top-selling confectionery holiday in the west, second only to Halloween.
  • On Easter, 76% people bite off the chocolate bunny ears first, while 5% bite the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
  • The custom of giving eggs at Easter dates back to the time of the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans.
  • As per the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest Easter egg made till date, was just over 25-ft high and was made of chocolate and marshmallow. Weighing at 8,968 lbs., the egg was supported by an internal steel frame.


If you’ve got lots of little ones, check out Activity Village for dozens of ideas for Easter egg hunts, scavenger hunts, free printables and more.  If it’s still snowing, (please…NO!) there’s lots of inside activities, too.


If you’re doing some decorating, Martha Stewart has some beautiful ideas.  Some are very simple like these lovely grass candles and others will take a little more time.  Don’t we all wish we had a team of chefs, landscapers, crafts people and designers like Martha does!


Now this has to be the prettiest door decoration I’ve seen for Easter.  So soft and lovely!  You can find this and other suggestions at Better Homes and Gardens.


And for gorgeous tablescapes, visit The Lush List.  I just found this website and it’s addictive as Pinterest!  I could spend all day browsing through the beautiful images. Click on the link or pic for more.BorderUntitled

This recipe that I wanted to share comes from another blogger friend of mine that you’ve met before here – Michelle from Vitamin Sunshine.  I know you’ll agree that this Blackened Salmon and Mango Salad is perfect for this time of year.  Does it get any better than blackened salmon?  I know Bobbi, Mindy and Linda  will definitely agree with me.  I am positively drooling over this dish!


 Blackened Salmon and Mango Salad from Vitamin Sunshine

Michelle used a Summer Raspberry Vinaigrette and I can only imagine the fresh explosion of flavors.  I’m pretty sure if I were on death row, this would be my last meal, lol.BorderUntitled

 With the warmer weather slowly moving in do you find yourself looking around and pondering new paint colours, a fresher look with maybe a new sofa or some artwork that might brighten up a room?  Here are some fun ways of Bringing Spring Time Colors into Your Home.


Don’t you just love the coziness of this space?  I never thought I could go for that bold colour of green on the lampshades but it works here.  BorderUntitled

And we all need a little inspiration in our lives.  This woman inspires me….makes me smile….gives me hope for our children…and our world.  Get out the Kleenex!  Enjoy Spring and have a lovely Easter weekend, everyone!


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    Anita Rivera
    March 31, 2015 at 6:39 am

    OOOOO! I am tickled with the colors, the hope and the meaning of Spring time for me. Robyn, the large eggs at the end..HOW CHARMING! And the photo possibilities I see here for myself. That black sesame dressing looks intense and delicious! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Anita

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      April 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Me too, Anita. I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation! Thanks so much for visiting 🙂
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    Debbie Harris
    March 31, 2015 at 7:34 am

    WOW! Robyn you have given us a tremendous list of wonderful ideas for Easter, from meals, to decorating, to table talk and to play, thank you!
    I will be back later when I have more time to check out these sites, especially the health food ones.
    Ooohh that salmon wasn’t just mouth watering, I actually reached into the computer screen believing it was right there and real in front of me 🙂
    Wonderful dish! I eat more salmon now than I used to and have come to love it.

    Our Easter dinner with our girls and their familys will be at our home this year, I feel so blessed. When your children are married you have to learn to share them with the other side of the family, so when it’s our year I’m like a kid in a candy store, what and how will I make of this precious time?
    What linens and table scape will I use as I have many to choose from, those are one of my loves. 🙂

    I trust you and yours will be blessed this Easter as we celebrate the death burial and resurrection of our precious Lord and Savior.

    Let us rejoice!

    Oh, and I will be making your roasted carrots. 🙂

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      April 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Debbie. How fun for you to have everyone at your table. I am a linen collector, too!! It’s a good thing I have been because they provide wonderful props for my food photography 🙂
      Will you take some pics of the carrots? I’d love to post you again! Happy Easter to you and yours, my friend!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    March 31, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Even though Easter is not celebrated in Hong Kong, I feel like cracking out the plastic eggs and filling them up with treats and hiding them for the boys after reading your fun post. You have got me in the mood for celebrating. I have been having such a huge craving for salads lately it must be the spring in the air and so need to check out Maggie and Michelle’s recipe! Sharing everywhere, of course!
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      April 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Aren’t those colours fabulous, Bobbi? They make me feel like celebrating as well. I bet the boys would love some chocolate, lol. Have a wonderful weekend!
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    March 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Lovely post, Robyn. Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I love spring. After a long winter of snow and cold the bright colors of spring are refreshing. Maybe that’s why the photos you posted today are so gorgeous to me. Now if I could just make my own home look that way. 🙂 And I’m definitely putting those recipes on my list to try. Love salmon. Thanks for a bright start today!
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      April 1, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thanks, Marie. I’m with you, I need bright, beautiful colours in my life right now. I just love that room and it makes me want to start redecorating. Have a lovely Easter!
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    March 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Thank-you, thank-you for the Lush List. It is just up my alley. I love the beautiful images and the inspiration.

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    GiGi Eats
    March 31, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Blackened Salmon is my LIFE! Salmon all day every day in my life 😉
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      April 1, 2015 at 8:04 am

      LOL, I’m with you, Gigi. Don’t you love it when super delicious food is super healthy too!
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    April 1, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for featuring my salad 🙂 It’s a good one– and it’s been too long since I made that raspberry vinaigrette– one of my favs.

    I love the green in that living room– it is a bold color, but it’s done really well there! Do you follow Coco & Kelly? She loves that green color and features it a lot in her rooms.
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    April 1, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Love this gorgeous, fresh salad, Michelle. Thanks for sharing it 🙂
    I’m headed over to Coco & Kelly this minute – thanks for the tip. Happy Easter!
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    April 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Beautiful salads! I am craving the blackened salmon and mango salad…sigh…

    Your post is just an explosion of wonderful spring color – love it! Happy Easter Robyn to you and yours : )
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      April 2, 2015 at 6:15 am

      I just love mango with salmon, Mindy, and I had a feeling you would too 🙂
      So glad you enjoyed the post. Happy Easter to you and your family!
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    April 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for the Tuesday Tidbits, I’m having so much fun following the links. So many great ideas and inspiration. I like the green lampshades too, and the salad from Vitamin Sunshine, yum. I hope you’re having a great week, and have a very blessed Easter!

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      April 2, 2015 at 6:16 am

      So glad you’re having fun with the post, Mary. Isn’t Spring the best!
      Happy Easter to you and yours 🙂

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    April 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Robyn, such a wonderful video, a real tear maker. Love the veggie Eater menu’s. Happy Easter to you and your family!
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    Gourmet Getaways
    April 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    The perfect Easter salad!!! And those decors are divine!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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