Jamie says: Where are you in the Christmas season? Have you bought your tree yet? Started (or finished your shopping)? Put up the lights outside?
Last night we put up our Christmas tree (literally- we just put it in the stand). The whole process (from buying the tree, to getting it home, to putting it in the stand, to putting lights on and decorating it) has been a lot simpler this year, but it would still be an entertaining scene for any bystander. Let’s see… here’s some interesting moments:
– the kind gentlemen selling trees at the church holding up 10-11 ft trees for us to evaluate, debate over, and take a family picture by
– the same kind gentlemen strapping the huge tree on the roof of my Dad’s 4-door sedan
– the four of us carrying the tree in the house (this year I had the pleasure of the lighter end)
– Kathryn hugging the tree while Dad nails a fishing wire into the wall so it doesn’t fall down (note: this has happened before)
– me pretending to be a bird in the tree netting (hey, it made Kathryn cut up the netting to save the birds before she threw it out)
Regardless of the funny scenes, we were all very happy with the tree and with the Christmas-Time Fennel Salad I made that evening as a side dish with dinner.
Pomegranates make me think of Christmas and so does the red and green color of this salad.
It really was quite light, refreshing, and sweet. The combination of fresh and dried fruit was nice since the fresh citrus was juicy and the dried cranberries and cherries were tart and sweet.
Christmas-Time Fennel Salad
- 1 bulb fennel
- 1 navel orange
- 1 tangerine
- 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 pomegranate
- Rinse fennel. Cut off leafy green parts of fennel and discard. Slice stems and bulb. Place in a medium-sized salad bowl.
- Remove peel from the orange and tangerine. Segment citrus and slice segments in half. Add citrus pieces to bowl.
- Add dried cherries and cranberries. Toss salad.
- Slice pomegranate half in half. Push seeds out of pomegranate and place in center of salad. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Nutrition note: Fight those harmful free radicals with antioxidant-rich pomegranates.