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I'm back with a new recipe! This week is chicken salad! Since PH and I are selling our house it needs to look perfect all the time. This makes me afraid to make anything, because I have to immediately clean everything up afterwards. This chicken salad is the perfect solution because its easy to make and a quick and easy clean up!
When I was younger I was an incredibly picky eater. I drove my mom crazy with my stubborn refusal to eat anything I thought looked gross. This obviously included anything that was coated in anything white, like chicken salad. Therefore I didn't try chicken salad until high school because it always looked gross to me. As with most things I refused to eat as a child, after trying it, I liked it! I wanted to come up with the lightest, tastiest version around. Floating around on the internet are a lot of 21 Day Fix Friendly recipes. If you haven't heard of 21 Day Fix it's an exercise and portion control program available through Beachbody (where I happen to be a coach!) You can find recipes going along with the program all over the internet, and you can guarantee it's always a valiant effort at healthy, tasty, clean eating. I found a 21 Day Fix recipe for Chicken Salad. I liked the idea of using Greek Yogurt like this one here (did you know that you can buy this Greek Yogurt off of Amazon and you'll get a case of 6? Talk about Food Storage Prep!!). I decided on my own concoction, partially based off of what we had in the house.
I have to admit that I intended on adding red onion, and then I forgot. I still included it in the recipe here because I think it would add the perfect bite to this great chicken salad. Finally, I had bought some great rolls from the bakery at our local grocery store. Unfortunately I made this a week later than I intended, so the bread went bad. Fortunately, PH and I have some baguettes in the freezer. An aside about these baguettes. You may or may not know, I have lived in France. First I lived there during law school for a semester, then I went back after law school as a missionary. The second time around I was there for about 18 months. Baguettes like the ones at the link are a favorite for poor students and missionaries on a budget. As you know, France has the best bread in the world. These baguettes are handy because you pop them in the hot oven for ten minutes and then you have yourself a decent baguette! Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Also, it's perfect for a chicken salad sandwich! Finding these and using them has brought me such joy. And you buy this package of bread and can stick it in your freezer so you'll have baguettes for awhile!
Anyway, back to the matter at hand, I cooked two of them and we used that as our sandwich bread. Let me know what type of bread you use, or maybe you'll do a lettuce wrap! (Although I exhort you to buy those baguettes and try them for yourself! You don't have to order them in bulk from France, They are at Costco!) (Here is another version, also from France.)
I know we normally provide you with a separate recipe button, but I have to admit that there wasn't a lot of formal measuring here.
I can tell you I used 1 lb of chicken breast, and 16 oz of Greek Yogurt. So the recipe goes something like this:
1 lb chicken breast
16 oz Greek Yogurt
1 Apple diced (I used Gala. I think a more tart apple like Fuji or Pink Lady would be fun as well.)
about 2 cups of grapes
about 1 cup of craisins
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 cup pecan halves
about 1/2 a red onion, diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Boil the chicken in salt water until thoroughly cooked. Shred chicken with two forks. Place in a mixing bowl. Add in craisins, apples, pecans, grapes, onions and lemon juice. Mix. Stir in half the Greek Yogurt and stir until the Greek yogurt is evenly spread. Then add the rest and stir until evenly coated again.
Bake your baguettes as directed. Once cooled cut in half and slice open. Add some chicken salad and enjoy!
Over the past couple of weeks I have given directions to the gifts I am making for my grandchildren, this owl purse, and this scrappy snake. It is getting to be time to mail them off, so I started looking around for little treats to fill them with. I found some little cards with stickers at one store, and some conversation hearts at another store, then I went to Dollar Tree and found everything I needed! Why didn't I go there first? Look at all of this stuff!
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For those of you with kids in school who are giving classroom Valentines, this is the place to go. Your child will be able to give the most awesome Valentines ever for very little money. For my grandchildren, I went a little overboard, but I did it without breaking the budget! I had so much fun picking out things they will love. There are both candy gifts and non-candy gifts available. Here are a few of my favorites. Each photo will be a link to where you can order each item..
There are also boxes of chocolates for teachers and dear friends. There are animal shaped chocolates, (they even have an owl!) and so many more options. If you need a bunch for classrooms or as PTA gifts, ordering online from Dollar Tree is the way to go!
Dollar Tree also has really cute Valentines and non-candy treats as well!
Both of these sticker sheets have owls on them, so my grandkids will know that they are from me! Also, when you put together a teacher gift, stickers are great things that she will be able to use in her classroom!
These are some of my favoriteValentine's Day cards that they offer! I know my grandchildren will love getting these little animals attached to their cards! They also havecards with stickers, buttons and candy, many with licensed characters.
One other thing that you might consider as a classroom gift is facial tissue, or in other words, Kleenex. This is cold season and let me tell you from experience that classrooms go through a lot of tissues during this time of year and usually start running out of the stash that they had at the beginning of the year. A case from Dollar Tree would really be appreciated!
I could go on and on about my finds at Dollar Tree! These are just a few of them. Shopping for everything was a lot of fun, but the real fun started when I began to put the gifts together! Here is how they came out!
Have you found some favorite deals at the Dollar Tree? Be sure to share them with us!
Remember if you do order online, you can ship to your local Dollar Tree Store for free to pick up!
It's Madalynn here with a super quick DIY for you guys today. I'm sure a lot of you guys have seen these super cute agate coasters floating around at places like Pottery Barn and Home Goods. They are super cute and fun and pretty, but the price tag is usually a no go for me. So today I'll be showing you how to make your own agate coasters for literally just a few cents.
For your supplies you're going to want to gather the following items:
The first thing you're going to do is trace the outline of your agate slices onto your cardboard and cut it out. You're going to want two of each one.
Next, take the painter's tape and tape the matching pieces of cardboard together. When I traced them, I made little marks on them so I would be able to match them up better. When I taped them, I used short pieces of tape. You also want to make sure that the top and bottom are as flat as possible, so if there are any flappy bits, go ahead and tape them flat.
At this point, I did two coats of paint on the cardboard. Pretty much I just painted wherever there was tape.
Then you mod podge the agate photos onto either side of the cardboard. There were a few places where the photos hung over a bit, so I just trimmed them. It's okay to have uneven edges and painted tape showing because it just makes it look more like a natural rock. Just be sure to get out as many air bubbles as possible.
After those were dried on there, I applied the copper dust around the trim of the coasters. If you arent using the copper dust or glitter, I would suggest using another coat of paint. Doing this step after applying the photos helps hide the edges of the paper.
Finally, go to a well ventilated area and apply the acrylic spray. You can do a couple coats of this to really make sure everything is covered well. After that dries, you are finished!
I seriously think these are the cutest things in the world. I ran into a lot of problems while I was doing this (I had to mix my own paint because the colors I had didn't match perfectly, I forgot to use card stock, but then we ran out of colored ink so I couldn't print more, etc etc...) but I still think they came out pretty stinkin okay! Try this out and let me know what you think! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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