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James Moore: Choose Your Garnish Ramen Salad

Our Foodie Friday post this week is brought to you by none other than Busvlogger (aka James Moore).

I developed this simple version of Ramen Salad for busy families with picky kids. If someone you’re serving can’t even, with the green onions, leave them out and reserve them as a garnish. I also give you a few pointers for add-ins that make this salad a lot of fun.


James Moore: Choose Your Garnish Ramen Salad


  • 2 packages Ramen noodles
  • 1 14- ounce package coleslaw
  • 1 bunch green onions (greens chopped)
  • 1 6-ounce can black olives
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 packages chicken seasoning from Ramen package
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 15-ounce can Mandarin orange segments, halved
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • ed pepper flakes


  1. Cook noodles as directed on package (or leave crunchy). Drain; let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all dressing ingredients until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Combine all ingredients except garnishes and crunchy noodles. Chill.
  4. If you chose to keep noodles crunchy, incorporate just before serving. Present garnishes alongside your salad.
  5. You can really get creative with your garnishes.
  6. Try panko or, heck, crunch up your favorite chips; wouldn't crushed Takis be interesting?

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#AWBU Recap Freelancing 101: Writing All the Words and Making all the Money


Sometimes the hardest part of taking a new path is figuring out whether or not you can make it work. In this session, Laurie, Jamie, and Rhonda helped participants with information they needed to take the leap into the awesome, and sometimes scary, world of freelancing as a writer/blogger/social media professional. Finances, resources, good work habits, and continuing education were all part of this presentation. 
Are you ready to take the leap?
General qualifications, expectations, and questions to ask yourself before going freelance.
Legal, Schmegal 
Taxes and LLCs and expenses, oh, my!
Building a Portfolio
Portfolio options and building up your writing credits
Finding clients
Doing your research for online and print publications, taking advantage of networking opportunities
What am I worth?
Determining what to charge, increasing rates with experience and skills.
Bloggers, brand connectors, and continuing education
Laurie Marshall is a freelance writer and blogger from northwest Arkansas. In addition to her love for a perfectly turned phrase, she has a passion for reusing and repurposing, and may get a little too excited about power tools and the wall of paint chips at her local home improvement store. Laurie graduated from the BA program in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas in 2007 at the ripe old age of 39, and after spending six years working at a desk job (that she loved!), she took the leap and began her freelancing career. Her work has been published on VisitRogersArkansas.comTasteArkansas.comNWAMedia.com, and in AY Magazine and Do South, among others. @LaurieMMarshall 



Jamie Smith has been a blogger since 2005 and it has opened up many doors to her, including being the way she met her husband. A journalist by training, Jamie started her own freelance writing business after being laid off four years ago. Jamie’s Notebook is now her full time (sometimes more than full time!) job and her services include corporate blog writing, website, copywriting, and feature writing. Jamie is also active in offering workshops about the need for and process of corporate blogging.

 A “work-at-home fur mom,” Jamie loves spending time with her husband and their four pets. She is also active in several nonprofit organizations, including Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas, Polina’s Promise, and Captivating Heart Women’s Retreat ministries. @JamiesThots



Rhonda Franz is a freelance writer, licensed teacher, home operations specialist, and domestic chef. She combines her professional background and mommyhood experiences to write on family, parenting, cooking, and education. Her articles emphasize the opportunities parents have in everyday experiences to teach children, and offer strategies and solutions for managing a household with an on-call, traveling husband. Rhonda’s work has been featured on the MSNBC Today Show mom blog and NWAMotherlode, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a contributor to Arkansas Gardener magazine, Peekaboo magazine, and parenting publications around the country. A city girl at heart, she is raising three lively boys in the woods of northwest Arkansas. You can read more about her at rhondafranz.com, and (soon) at captainmom.net, and find her chirping on Twitter as @rhondafranz.