Go into any elementary school teacher’s classroom and I’m sure you’ll find a stash of stickers – “Good Job,” “Awesome!,” “Way to Go”.  My students always loved it when I handed back their papers and there was a sticker on it.  They always seems so proud of their sticker.  Even before kids are in school adults use stickers to motivate children into doing certain tasks – parents use sticker charts for chores, potty training, etc.  Adults use stickers to praise children and show their appreciation for what the child has done.

As children age, they receive fewer and fewer stickers until one day they are adults and BOOM, no more stickers.  It’s a sad day.  Adults still crave the praise and recognition that a sticker represents – a verbal sticker if you will.  A genuine compliment can make someone’s day.

” I can live two months on a good compliment” – Mark Twain

When we accomplish something that we are proud of we want others to acknowledge our hard work and give us those gold star stickers we feel we deserve. We want gold stars from our spouses, our children, friends, and even strangers.

Sometimes I feel like a little kid trying to collect my gold stars.  I don’t just want praise for any big accomplishment, I want a gold star for doing the dishes instead of “letting them soak.” Got the kids dressed and fed today? Two gold stars!

Today I have a recipe for a scrumptious broccoli salad that will surely get you a gold star at any potluck.  I have taken this dish to a couple of potlucks and I always get asked for the recipe.  I consider that a gold star.


For this salad, I buy a couple of heads of broccoli and chop it into florets.  I then toss in some chopped bacon, some thinly sliced red onion, and about a handful each of cranberries and chopped cashews.  I don’t really like to measure out these ingredients.  I just eyeball it and make sure it looks like I would get a little of everything with each bite.


For the dressing, I whisk the mayo, sugar, and apple cider vinegar together until smooth.  Then just pour it over the broccoli mixture.


That’s it.  Easy and delicious. Take it to your next family gathering or work potluck and you are sure to have someone asking for the recipe.


Once you try this salad, please feel free to leave any gold stars in the comments!


(This recipe is actually a copycat recipe of Sweet Tomatoes’ Broccoli Madness Salad.  I found the recipe here.)