Linky party time {31}, Back to School Ideas & a Du Puy Lentil Salad Recipe

G'day sweet friends and welcome to Natashainoz.com and welcome to this week's Linky Party!

I am so sorry I am so late in posting this but with a new school term starting for the kids and for me this last week has been chaotic! Big Al started Middle School today and Maddy starts Senior School tomorrow....my babies are getting older!

Last week I found lots of great back-to-school ideas that I would love to share! 

Here are some of Favourite Finds for the week! 

Free back-to-school printables from HowDoesShe & Chickabug
Source: chickabug.com 

Deciding to try is a great first step! #Backtoschool

Source: imom.com 

Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap
Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap Recipe

I have also been watching what I eat and I have been keeping up with counting my calories, exercising as often as possible and maintaining a healthy diet.

Last week I created a new and delicious recipe for a lentil salad that was inspired by two recipes that I had pinned last year.

Summer Lentil Salad | Kitchen Confidante | Heirloom Tomatoes

This classic bistro salad makes a fantastic first course and could also be the centre of a weeknight meal. My Du Puy lentil salad recipe is a combination of both recipes and was a hit with everyone in the family!

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Summery Lentil Salad

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Healthy Du Puy Lentil Salad

2 cups Du Puy lentils or one can of lentils
1 medium red onion, diced
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Salt & Pepper to taste

I also added fresh flat-leaf parsley and coriander (cilantro), chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped green beans and halved cherry tomatoes.

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1. If cooking lentils from scratch then rinse lentils well and then drain. Place in a pot and cover with water, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. They should be cooked after 20 minutes but just keep checking so you don't overcook them.
2. While the lentils are simmering, make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a bowl, jar, tupperware container etc and shake to combine.
3. When the lentils are cooked, remove from heat, drain and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled slightly but still a little warm, place lentils in a large serving bowl and toss with dressing.
4. Add the onion and craisins and any other salad ingredients in a bowl. If using canned lentils, drain and rinse and add to the bowl. Mix everything together and serve straight away!

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This lentil salad is delicious on a hot summer's day and it tasted just as delicious the next day!

Don't you love salads in Summer!

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Now, since this weekly party is all about summer I thought I'd share a song that is all about summer Down Under!!

So, have you been working on an exciting project this week? Have you posted any songs, craft ideas, decorating tips, recipes or tutorials on your blog lately? I would love it if you could share your favourite post at this week's

 Linky Party! 

If you would like to link up a post, old or new, just add the url of your particular blog post that you would like us to visit to the Linky tool below.

Thanks so much for joining in and linking up! Don't forget to come back later and say G'day to some of the lovely bloggers who have linked up!

Also, in case you hadn't heard, I have created a central list of Pinning Bloggers so we can all find each other's Pinterest pages more easily. It is called....

Natasha In Oz
Pinning Bloggers Master List.

If you would like to add your name to the Pinning Blogger's Master List just click the button below:

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Take care and I hope you all have a fabulous, healthy and fun week! To everyone going back to school, good luck and have a great year!

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 



  1. I have pinned a few things, but mostly it's just another site to me. Oops.
    I just don't get it, I guess.

    Have a great week!

  2. WOW! What great tribute to Pinterest that I have just discovered; thank you for sharing all this great information.

  3. I still have to finish setting up Pinterest, this all looks so fun! And I am loving the combination of these two salads, so delicious!

  4. Hi Natasha! I enjoyed your back to school post. Our schools here in WA go back on the 1st of Feb so this is our last week of holidays. I hope your daughter enjoys senior school. My youngest is starting senior school this year. Eldest starts his vet studies at uni and middle is in year 10. Where do the years go? God bless x

  5. Loved that video, they even had some vegimite yummmm. I will be in Australia in one week.

  6. I will have to try this! I have pinned it to my "recipes to try" --thanks!

  7. I've been pinning like crazy but missed all of the weekend blogging events and didn't even get my "Blue Monday" post up until half way through the day. Nice to know I'm not the only really behind person this week!
    The Beach Boys are the featured music on my blog this week. :-)


  8. Thanks for hosting Natasha! I will add the button to my posts when I get home!!

  9. I hope everyone has a good school year.

    Thanks for hosting, Natasha.♥

  10. Thanks for hosting!! Thank you also for linking up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!

    I love the look of the salad, especially with the cherry tomatoes - mmmm! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my gosh, that lentil salad looks to DIE for! YUM! Thanks for sharing, AND thanks for the sweet comment on our baby news the other day, you are so nice! :)

  12. I am a linking fool this week! :D

    That food looks scrumptious, Natasha!

    It is so fascinating that your terms start in January. Our back to school always begins in August. Interesting. Have a great week, girl!

  13. wow i love that ur doing this! i have missed so much in bloggy land *sigh* i love the song/video u posted its great! i sent it on to my best friend it spoke to him alot.. i love when uve been on pin and i see all the awesome stuff uve pinned!

  14. OH and that salad looks and sounds divine! YUM YUM!!

  15. Natasha, this is the first time I embedded a video in a post. It blocked out my link button and I had to post your whole html to credit the link. Do you know what I'm doing wrong? ~ Maureen

  16. I love all your features, especially the food! Yum! As always, thank you for hosting! :)

  17. Don't you LOVE pinterest!! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!


  18. I saw that rubberband and apple trick last week. smart!!

  19. I love the apple trick too - perfect for my little boy who smashed out his top front teeth (4 of them) and loves his apples for school.

    The salad looks very tempting.

    I love that Summer paradise song.

  20. I hope back to school is going well, Natasha.

    We just tried a delicious new salad yesterday. It had pears in it, and it was a big hit.

  21. That salad looks delicious! I had to pin it! We are half way through school here in the states. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and thanks for hosting this fun party!

  22. Great recipes and thanks for hosting!


  23. Mmm...that lentil salad looks wonderful. Lots of great back-to-school ideas too!

    Wow, your school schedule is so different than the one we have here.

    We start the second half of the school year on January 10. The school year ends in the last week of May. How does your school year work -- when is the longest period of break? Just curious how schools work in different countries.


  24. You have the most gorgeous Pinterest Boards, which I appreciate even more now that I am really into Pinterest.

    I pinned this salad because lentils mystify me...but my kids love them...of course it would be a winter salad here!

  25. Hi !
    If you have some, i really want an invitation for Pinterest :)..
    My email : margot.gabel@gmail.com

    Thank yoou



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