Roasted Beet and Avocado Salad

My 20 year high school reunion is this year. Facebook has been a buzz with old classmates talking about the upcoming event. I have gone back and forth about attending.
I went to the 10 year reunion. I felt like everyone stuck to the same groups as they did in high school. Everyone and everything felt pretty much the same.
Except we were drinking legally.
I’ve heard from many people who the 20 year is different. People have lived their own lives for long enough to step away from their high school roles…hopefully. People have new things going on. Everyone just shows up to have a good time.
I think the role of Facebook has added a new element to the reunion. I am Facebook friends with a lot of people in high school, so does that mean that person will talk to me like they know that I really enjoy Home Run Inn Pizza and that my daughter sometimes acts like Amelia Bedelia? Even though we have not spoken a word directly to each other in at least 20 years?
Or will they totally ignore me? Because maybe you’ve had that happen.
I know I have.
You know when you see someone from high school who you haven’t seen in ages. And you are Facebook friends. So you know that their grandma just died and the names of their kids, and you are standing right next to each other, but for whatever reason you pretend you don’t know or remember each other.
It happens.
I am trying to break out of that. When I see someone I knew or recognize I truly try to step out of my uncomfortable feeling and go up and talk to them. Sometimes I am so glad I do, and sometimes I catch them totally off guard and it is clear they want to run. Fast.
I digress…
As I sit hear about to start Weight Watchers for the 4th time in 2 months, I wonder if anyone will care about people’s changes. I know I have lots more gray hair, a few more wrinkles, a couple extra pounds, and 20 years of wonderful experiences that I am bringing to the table. But hopefully none of that matters. Because all I am really looking forward to is having some laughs, some drinks, and a weekend away from my kids with some people I knew long ago.

Here is a recipe I received from a new friend.
Thanks for sharing, Tenney!

Roasted Beet Salad

Salad with Roasted Beets and Avocado

serves 6-8

2 medium red beets
2 medium orange beets
1 Tb olive oil
1/3 c canola oil
1/3 c red wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
2 avocados
1/2 crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 375.
Rub olive oil over beets and wrap them individually in tin foil.
Place in oven and cook for 1 hour.
For the dressing, whisk canola, vinegar, Dijon, garlic, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper until emulsified.
When beets are done, remove from tinfoil and let cool for 10 minutes.
Slide the skin off of the beets, removing it all.
Cut beets into a large dice.
Place and a bowl with 1/4 of the dressing and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Slice avocados.
Place mixed greens in a large bowl and toss with remaining dressing.
Top with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.
Serve and enjoy immediately.

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