Friday, September 20, 2013

an easy salad...

Phew! I am slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. Thank you so, so much for all of your support, love, prayers and condolences throughout the last few days. So very appreciated! We're all hanging in there and you guys, God is so dang good. I've just been in awe of His goodness and mercy over the last two weeks. Goodness. 

So now, I ask- Why is buying a bathing suit so hard?

I mean, I know technically in a few days, it will be Fall...but whatever- I'm just now looking into buying a suit. Well not "just now looking"...I have been looking for a while. But it's like....really hard. If I didn't need one for a little vacation we're taking in October, I would probably forego the whole thing altogether.

I had a realization a few months ago when I needed a suit for a women's retreat I needed to go on: All of my suits I had were waaaay too skimpy. I mean, come on Christina, what were you thinking??? I have a drawer FULL of suits (nice ones!) but they were all made for someone who is obviously not me now. In my defense, the last time I bought a suit was 5 years ago on our honeymoon, in Hawaii, but still- totally skimpy to the max. Being (almost) 29 is a lot different than being 24, apparently. Pssst- birthday is tomorrow! Eeeeeeek!

I was so embarrassed when I was forced to bring the least skimpy of them all and wear it alongside 100 other lovely ladies, while swimming up in the mountains. Booties and boobies shouldn't be available to view. I came home after that amazing weekend and told my husband, "That's it. Time to get a new suit. A modest, almost 30 years old suit. None of this I-Only-Wear-Roxy-Because-I-Am-17-Years-Old-Forever stuff." I'm tired of my butt cheeks showing. No one needs to see my belly button, other than my husband (and Dr.) Done done done. And really, do my boobs need little triangles over them to be considered "coverage"? I NEED MORE FABRIC!

Here's the thing though- since I literally HATE buying bathing suits with all my might, the last 5 years I have sort of kind of just settled with what I had because...well...that meant I didn't have to go through the "trying on" process. Which could be the worst thing for a curvy woman's self esteem...ever. Not only am I curvy, but I have the epitome of a "pear shape" body type. Awesome sauce. 

Anywho, I knew I wanted a one piece. I figured, that would be the most modest of them all. Nope- doesn't work for pear-shaped bodies. Much to my dismay. So then I started searching for the perfect, modest, two piece tankini. I don't think I've ever worn a two piece tankini ever. Maybe when I was 5. 

You guys....tankinis rock. I'm all about the tankini! Sure, my bottoms are a little more high-cut than I was wanting to do this time around, but shoot- tankinis are where it's at when you're a pear-shape! I finally settled on this top and these bottoms (the higher rise, lower cut bottoms I wanted were sold out) after a LONG process of failed attempts. 

I got them in the red polka dot. Super cute! Thank you for covering my body, even if just a tad more.

Transition time! What goes better with swim suits, than salads, amiright?

I made this salad the other night and my husband and I just swooned over it the whole time! So good. So healthy. And SO EASY. You don't even need to measure anything! AWESOME!

Use enough ingredients for the amount of people serving!

  • fresh organic baby spinach, washed and dried
  • organic gala or pink lady apples, washed, dried, and cut into bite sized chunks
  • organic cherry (or grape) tomatoes, washed, dried, and halved
  • crumbled cambazola cheese
  • simple vinaigrette:
    • 2 parts olive oil 
    • one part fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • drizzle of honey
    • salt and pepper to taste

There are no measurements for this salad because it IS THAT simple. The measurements are solely up to your taste. Whether you make enough for one, or six- the amounts of each depend on your preference. It's a salad- salads don't need to get technical. We'll leave that for creme brûlée. 

Gather these few ingredients, toss them in a bowl, make the vinaigrette and drizzle on. Or don't even make the vinaigrette ahead- you can also just sprinkle each component over plated salads right before serving. 

Since there are some out there that really need measurements- for the dressing I'd start with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey, and salt/pepper to taste. Will be enough for 2-3 servings. 

Bring it on, October. I don't have to swim in jeans and a T-Shirt anymore. Score. 


  1. Love the salad and the suit! I was in the same boat this summer trying to find the best fit. I wanted cute and modest and I knew tankinis would be the way to go. Still trying to find my favorite top though.

    P.S. So glad that God is filling your life with His mercy and goodness.

    1. Who knew tankinis would be such a blessing? Hehehe. I sure didn't! Thank you so much. He really really has.

  2. I hear you on the swim suit thing! I have the opposite problem - my boobs ALWAYS hang out. I finally found a sports bra type swim suit and feel in love. also i have a one-piece i found at the GAP last year and i am loving my adult swimsuits. i faced the same problem last summer and i was shocked i had worn some of my skimpy suits years ago! lol.


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