Sunday, October 27, 2013
Alice in Wonderland ~ Making Ellie's Alice Costume + Spinach with warm Mustard Bacon Dressing Recipe
It was a journey to make it. Ellie found a vintage (or at least vintage style) party dress that she loved, and I found one of those super cheap, yucky material costumes that was a Alice dress. We bought both of them and I deconstructed them. I used the yucky costume as a pattern as I could see how it fit and I got it for about $2, much cheaper than buying a pattern. The party dress was about $5. I love the silk crepe material, but I was worried that it would not yield the right sized pieces of fabric. In the end, I was able to piece bits together and make what I needed.
find it here.
This was a nice compliment to chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy.
Spinach Salad with Warm Mustard and Bacon Dressing
1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
4 strips crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
10 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup honey
2 strips crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste
Place spinach into a large serving bowl, top with hard-cooked eggs, mushrooms, 4 crumbled strips of bacon, Swiss cheese, and almonds.
Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in shallots and garlic, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and 2 crumbled strips of bacon; season to taste with salt and pepper, then cook until hot.
Pour hot dressing over spinach and toss to coat.