Approaching my thirties and i keep having to tell myself that age ain’t nothin’ but a number.
OR so they say…..
But I’m pretty sure anyone under the ripe age of 24 says that, when they have yet to experience a hangover that lingers on for days, forehead wrinkles, and a spare tire that is meant for a monster truck.
All I keep hearing in my head is Wooderson’s (dazed and confused) – “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man, I get older and they stay the same age”.
Real Life. Gashhh Darnett.
But you know what? I would totally choose my current reality. I’ll trade in my Abercrombie and Fitch wearing days, drinking out of a solo cup (okay that has never changed) filled with boones farm and a fast food burger (now currently reserved for road trips only… in which case I try to take those OFTEN) for my current morning pants dance with an enjoyable glass of red and some good food, perhaps this salad. because i obviously made it for this post 😉
“…..the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N”
perhaps Wooderson’s character wasn’t a total waste of life.
For my apples I used the Golden Delicious variety that I purchased from Eckerts Farm, a local farm that is nearby St. Louis. The coolest part about buying local from Eckerts is that they have a “pick yourself” orchard! Nothing screams fall and family fun time than good ol’ fashioned apple picking. That is absolutely a childhood favorite memory of mine with my family. Picking apples, buying cider, and then coming up with fun ways to eat them (as we would buy in BULK so pies and crips were always a fun way to use our whole lot) Except this time I obviously wanted to do something a little more on the savory side, as I said above, my body has changed QUITE a bit since younger me so keeping this apple close to its nutritious delight is important for me these days (okay except holidays, and like maybe fridays, and then i guess saturday & sundays, and happy hours too).
For this salad I use my roasted pumpkin seed recipe, but you must make sure that your pumpkin seeds are 100 percent crispy or this simply WILL NOT WORK. The moment a little bit of juice hits the seed it will be a chewy monster, and the last thing you want in your mouth is an angry seed. Gag. So if you’re not feeling confident, purchase pepitas at your local grocers. They work just as well here.
That’s it. This salad is so simple. Yay.
*** Thank you to Eckerts farm for sponsoring this post because I am absolutely a huge fan. All words and feelings are truly my own. So please check them out!