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It’s been a busy week!  I seem to be permanently paint spotted on my arms and now I have a turquoise streak in my hair that won’t wash out from the garage entry door!  A sign of good quality paint???   More likely a sign of a painter who really gets into her work!   But it is progressing!  Thanks so much for stopping by each week to share your projects, recipes and inspiration! 

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Dress up your garage entry

Dress Up Your Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy
Dress Up Your Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

When you park the car in your garage, do you walk around to the front door to enter the house?  I didn’t think so!  If your family is like most, chances are you come and go by the garage entry door something like 97.3% of the time.  I totally made up that statistic out of thin air just now.  But think about it – you drive in the garage, everybody hops out and runs in the house to the potty, for a drink, for dibs on the tv remote.  That 2.7 % front door usage includes going for a walk, running in and out the front door to play, picking up the mail and other quick forays.  We dress up the front door for curb appeal and to make our home pleasant for us.  And seldom use it.  Especially if we live in a place where winter is a  season that makes its presence known!   

 Why shouldn’t we dress up the door we use most frequently?  It is the door that announces “home!”.  It is the portal through which we travel from our busy world of school, work and errands to a place of sanctuary and belonging.  This epiphany was inspired by the new entry door we installed recently between the garage and the kitchen.  As I contemplated painting the garage side of the door, it occurred to me how much we use this door.  And that inspired a trip to purchase this gorgeous colored paint.  Looooove it!!!! 

 Off to the left you see a sneak peek of another project we completed to make our garage entry more welcoming.  Check back next week! 

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Layered Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad -- A Pinch of Joy
Layered Taco Salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Most layered salads recipes are aimed at groups and served in large glass bowls.  Yet layered salads are an easy make ahead for the evening meal  — in a smaller quantity.  This one makes four servings of about 1 and ¼ cups for a meal.  Or if you serve it with a meat dish it will serve 6 with ¾ cup sized portions.  For this size salad, a glass 8×8 pan is the perfect size.  I have a vintage covered refrigerator dish that works great! 

Use any sturdy lettuce or lettuce mix as the base – iceberg, romaine,etc. A 12 ounce package seems to be the norm, but a 16 ounce package will also work with the proportions above.  Feel free to up the amount of taco seasoning for more kick.  1 teaspoon is very mild, 2 teaspoons is medium and 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) makes the flavor pop!   Wait till the last minute to add the tortilla chips so they stay crunchy.  Wheels and Bytes like to have extra chips to moosh on their plates as a foundation to top with the salad.  Avacado is optional, but if you choose to use it, add it at the last minute as well so it doesn’t turn brown.  My personal feeling is that anything that smooth and silky should have a superb chocolate flavor so why bother just to end up with  the disappointing avocado non-flavor.  :-)

Layered Taco Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup

Layered Taco Salad


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning mix
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounce package lettuce
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup broken tortilla chips
  • Optional: avocado


  1. Mix mayo, sour cream and taco seasoning mix and set aside
  2. Layer lettuce, onion, beans, tomatoes and cheese in 8x8 glass container
  3. Spread dressing mixture over salad.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours or overnight.
  5. Crush tortilla chips and sprinkle over the top of the salad just before serving.
  6. Optional, dice avocado and add to top of salad before serving.

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