apple bacon potato salad

When the big announcement came on Thursday that potatoes are on the approved foods list I didn’t waste any time coming up with a potato salad. My apple bacon potato salad is a great option for all you whole 30/paleo eaters this summer.

potato salad

I love potato salads! I was very excited to make one and I kept saying it to Tom and his enthusiasm just didn’t seem to be matching mine. I didn’t find out until after I had almost finished the salad that he isn’t a big fan of potato salad. uh-oh! He is a good sport so I knew he would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised when, while I was taking pictures of the food, I heard him say how good the potato salad tasted. It was declared to be the best potato salad ever!

It is good I will give you that but best ever might be reaching a little. I created this with things I had in the house. Apple, jalapeño, bacon and green onion. I like the crunch apple added. Celery in potato salad bothers me because it has too much crunch. The apple had a very Goldilocks crunch; not too much, not too little, just right!

Do you love potato salad? What are your favorite ingredients? 

apple bacon potato salad

Ingredients

    Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Potatoes
  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • 1 medium granny smith apple, diced
  • 1/2 bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 1 Tablespoon diced jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook potatoes until barely tender approximately 10 minutes for baby potatoes
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, make the dressing, cook the bacon and toast the walnuts.
  3. For the dressing:
  4. Whisk the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until combined. Whisk in thyme and lemon zest.
  5. For the potatoes:
  6. After the potatoes cool enough to touch cut them into quarters. Gently fold in the apple, bacon, green onion, jalapeño and walnuts.
  7. Whisk dressing to make sure all ingredients are combined. Fold in dressing until potatoes are dressed to your liking. You may not use all the dressing.
  8. You can serve the potato salad warm or at room temperature.
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whet your whistle wednesday: capsule wardrobe

I am by no means a fashion blogger. That said I like to get dressed up and feel good. I don’t shop a lot because I tend to buy things I like and wear them over and over. I am my mother’s daughter.

I haven’t purchased clothes in a while and since I have lost inches, not weight, from my new eating habits very few of my clothes fit properly. Add in that we are moving to the midwest in the fall I am going to need to add to my closet.

Enter the capsule wardrobe

This was a new term for me just a few weeks ago. After a little research it sounds like a good option. It is often referred to as a minimalist approach to a wardrobe. I prefer the term essentials wardrobe.

Pictures in this issue link directly to the online store so you can purchase them for you collection

Project 333 has a great jumping off point to start your capsule wardrobe. It walks you through the steps. I was very happy to hear her say she does hers in 3 month capsules.

I have been lusting after these shoes for months. The are an investment but they would be an essential for all 4 seasons.

I have been lusting after these shoes for months. The are an investment but they would be an essential for all 4 seasons.

One of the things I learned in this research is the amount of pieces is really up to you. But keep in mind we are trying to just go with essentials. Over at Unfancy it was 37. My favorite tip for this was that you shouldn’t shop until 2 weeks before the next season. Combine these posts and you have a great foundation to start your own capsule wardrobe.

Want to see the concept in action check out Kendi Everyday. Years ago she start taking only 30 items and challenged herself to make them last 30 days.

Playful button-down shirts are my favorite! I don't need another but a great example of a staple that can be dressed up or down with a variety of bottoms.

Playful button-down shirts are my favorite! I don’t need another but a great example of a staple that can be dressed up or down with a variety of bottoms.

Tim Gunn is one of my favorites. His book Tim Gunn’s guide to style is a book I devoured. It is also why I want to call this my essentials wardrobe. Here is a little video where Tim describes his essentials.

Don't get all neutrals! Add some of your favorite seasonal colors. I already have this in green and purple so pink will be good addition.

Don’t get all neutrals! Add some of your favorite seasonal colors. I already have this in green and purple so pink will be good addition for the spring season.

Just because it is about essentials doesn’t mean it has to be boring. It just has to mix and match. Plus you must love the items because you will be with them for 3 months. Don’t forget accessories count!

pearls real or fake go with every outfit!

pearls real or fake go with every outfit!

Do you think you will start pairing down your closet and trying an essentials wardrobe?

For those of you that are new whet your whistle wednesday is a themed link post I do on Wednesdays. That Wednesday part was shocking I know. These are all topics I am excited about and I hope these posts will whet your palette and inspire you to find out more.

beauty tips that won’t cost you a dime

beauty tips|wit wisdom & food

You don’t need to run to the beauty counter, you don’t have to go to the gym. This won’t cost you a thing. It will only hurt for little while.

Stand up straight

Alright sharpen up. Pull your shoulders back, tighten your stomach and stand up tall just like your mother always told you. The most attractive people are standing upright. Why do you think they used to walk with books on their heads at charm school?  The slouched shoulder is body language that says I don’t like me & I wouldn’t blame you  if you don’t like me either. Stand up tall and present yourself to the world like you have a lot to offer. After a bit of practice you will begin to walk through the world with grace and beauty.

Look ahead

This will be a lot easier now that you are standing up straight. Holding your head high will make you look like you are ready to face the world & all that it has to offer. There isn’t much happening at your feet. They are still taking one step after another you don’t need to keep an eye on them. So snap out of it and look ahead to where you are going.  Now you will be able to see & accept that strangers smile. Maybe you will catch something beautiful or funny happening in front of you. As you experience these things you will become/feel happier. You might even stand up even taller than before.

Smile

I struggle the most with this one. Don’t give that bitchy resting face excuse. I have that problem too. I get it when I am focusing on my list or working on something in my head. When I decide to be present in the moment it goes away.  Smiling isn’t hard but it takes practice. It is all about positive thoughts, eye contact & being present in the moment.  Keep it simple as you practice by making eye contact & think something positive about the person in front of you. You may not start grinning ear to ear but it will be noticeable to the person with whom you just connected.

That is it. Three easy steps and you will quickly look more beautiful.

Are you up to the challenge? What free beauty tips do you have to offer?