Tasty and Easy to make, plus they make for a stylish way to impress your guests.
Storing the salad in glass (mason) jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days.
A big tick from me is prepping your meal ahead of time.
You can use any ingredients you like, just follow the special technique to the salad assembly to keep all the contents fresh – The vegetables and protein need to be layered in a particular way so it doesn’t go soggy.
Layer 1 – Dressing – 1-2 tablespoons. Layer 2 – Hard vegetables – carrot, capsicum, red onion, cucumber Layer 3 – Pasta or rice or quinoa Layer 4 – Soft vegetables – avocado, tomato Layer 5 – Protein – chicken, egg and cheese Layer 6 – Salad greens – lettuce or baby spinach
Making these salads is really easy. Just complete any cooking or chopping tasks and let every thing cool before assembly.
These are the Steps and ingredients that went into the ones pictured but be creative and mix it up with what you like.
Poached or shred BBQ chicken
Cook pasta, following packet directions
Cook rice, following packet directions
Cook quinoa, following packet directions
Chop vegetables and dry
1-2 tablespoons of you favourite store or homemade dressing
red onion, finely sliced
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Pasta or rice or quinoa
Lettuce, finely sliced
Place all ingredients in the order listed above into a clean mason jar
This weekend we celebrated three years of Miss Piper with a colourful rainbow unicorn party in the backyard and I’m so excited to share the details of the day with you all.
We enjoyed the company of friends and family and the day could not have been more perfect.
On the big day I was so determined not to stress myself out and keep it as easy as possible. So most of the organising and planning was done in the month before, then we setup most of it on the day before so that the morning of the party we only had some food to prepare and some extra decorations to hang.
Being three years old, I didn’t spend any time trying to organise any games I hired a (unicorn) pony from Magical Ponies Party Hire that was a massive hit and the kids spent time riding around and taking turns. All of them except Piper who decided on the day that she was scared of the pony and cried every time she tried to ride him!
It wouldn’t have been half as fun and successful if it hadn’t been for the help from some amazing business that all deserve the BIGGEST Thankyou for the time and effort they put into helping me plan this special day I have added them below and can’t recommend all of then highly enough, if your party planning be sure to visit and let them help you too.
We had so much fun choosing our decorations this year from the AMAZING Parties Made Pretty. The range is HUGE and they were literally my one stop shop this time around having everything I needed in all the right colours.
The party wouldn’t have been the same without the amazing personalised invitations, chocolates and printed items from the fabulous Print and Party her amazing unicorn invitations is where I got the original idea for the theme and with all the personalised printed bits and pieces she has to offer it just tied everything together.
The candy buffet was topped off with this amazing Gold name plaque from the amazing Bubz and Co. Go check them out if you love sparkly goodness as much as we do.
The table was decked out with decorative goodies and small bite sized delicious food, everything I picked I tried to make sure it could be made the day before or even a few days before to reduce the stress.
Being the fashionista that Piper is the ‘Birthday Oufit’ is always on the top of our list of priorities and we went with highly fashionable and colourful designs from the most amazingly talented designers. Tinker Bell Tailor , BB and Bub and Party Princess Australia check out our instagram for more photos and details on the fab Auistralian designers. The photos speak for themselves.
The stunning fashion photos above were taken by the amazing Sarah @my.heart.project she is so patient and kind to work with and her photos are something you will treasure forever. I highly recommend getting a photo shoot before the big day, it takes so much stress off you trying to get that ‘perfect’ picture on the day. I just can’t recommend Sarah highly enough please if your looking for a lifestyle or fashion photographer make her your first stop.
The day ended with our guests excitedly leaving with the most stylish confetti themed party boxes for boys and girls from the talented mumma’s from The Loot Lab – eight options are available and each comes in the cutest lunchbox filled with high quality treasures.
Plus the cutest healthy and fun alternative to lolly bags Dough 4 Fun play dough party favors, designed to match our theme and personalised in unicorn colours with glitter they were a huge hit and will be making an appearance at all my kids parties from now on.
So that’s was Three, a fab day spent with our favourite people, opening presents, eating yummy food and riding unicorn ponies around the yard. Then throw in some super doper party decorations and stunning fashion and it makes becoming a threeanger a ball.
Thankyou again to all the talented people involved in making Pipers day so special, you all made my life so much easy and took all the stress out of party planning, I can’t thank you all enough xx
Love Kerry and Miss Piper xoxo
Now onto Mr Joshua turning the BIG 10 in a month!!! Mexican Fiesta here we come!
With much anticipation and excitement Piper and I are awaiting June as we are headed to the OUT OF THE BOX festival for children 8 years and under at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane. This longstanding biennial event is a highlight on Brisbane’s cultural calendar for both schools and families alike.
This was the first time we will be attending the festival, which has been held since 1992.
We are ready and waiting to see and be involved in the CREATIVE CREATURES, KIDS’ THINK TANK, RAIN, SNOW AND A GAZILLION BUBBLES!
We will also be participating in the Wellness Workshops which are designed to connect the mind and body through the principles of movement, stillness and mindfulness, and educate about the origins of these art forms seen so strongly in many Asian cultures and spirituality. The workshops include children’s yoga, mum-and-baby yoga, tai chi, Kung-Fu, and meditation. These art forms have been around for centuries, and have proven long-term health benefits and we cant wait to get involved!
This event is Perfect for the little ones helping them explor and learn through numerous creatively designed activities and plays to enhance learning and discovery.
Taking place 21 – 28 June 2016 at QPAC and across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank, Brisbane, Out of the Box provides a rich arts-based program for both schools and the general public. This year’s Festival crosses over the end of theschool term and into the June school holidays.
Out of the Box has been curated by QPAC for 24 years and is the only arts festival in Australia dedicated to children 8 and under and one of only a few in the world. It’s also the nation’s largest early childhood arts festival and had more than 103,000 participants in the 2014 festival.