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Hellllllllo, Friday.

My, oh my, are you looking fine.

What? Who says that? Pardon my nerd-ness.

farro salad with chicken andouille and grilled shrimp

As we enter into the last weekend of June (HOLY BONKERS!), I thought we should take a moment and do a temperature check on what y’all want to accomplish this summer. I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up and July 4th was over, my mind started to think about school supplies. Office Max and me were total besties. Yes, I was that kid going on 30. Wait. Does that mean since I am now 30, I am really going on 50? That’s not right.

Where was I? Oh, yes, summer things.

For me, I have so many things I want to accomplish over the summer, like a hike a 14’er or take a photography class. I start to feel overwhelmed about all I want to get done

farro salad with chicken andouille and grilled shrimp

What’s a girl to do when she feels overwhelmed by her own list?  The answer: start with the small things.  I whipped up this farro salad a couple of weeks ago in the hope that it would force my tookus outside for a lovely picnic. Then I traveled like a nomad the month of June, so I have yet to pack a picnic basket and find the perfect park location. But again, start small. Who says that my own backyard wouldn’t work?

I am going to spread out a blanket, plop down a big bowl of this farro salad with chicken andouille sausage and grilled shrimp, and soak up summer. No, it’s not the perfect scenery. I still eye imperfections in my garden, and I still cringe when my neighbor’s annoying dog barks. But sometimes, if you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never get there.

So, raise a fork! Here’s to accomplishing our summer goals. Sometimes in our own backyards.

farro salad with chicken andouille and grilled shrimp

“Conclude your week with flair—Foodie Fridays presents Farro Salad with Chicken Andouille and Grilled Shrimp. A flavorful Friday feast that leaves you craving the next culinary adventure.”