Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Years Chicken Salad!




Happy New Years to everyone!! Today's recipe is the perfect light meal to start the new year off right. I wish I had started this years blogging off right also, but here is what happened.~I put this chicken salad recipe together. As I was just about done, I realized I had no cheese. I mean, you don't need cheese, but I think it adds a lot to the recipe. So I went to the store and picked up the cheese. Of course, you know I couldn't buy just cheese! Oh no, I had to spend 30 minutes, just browsing, picking up this and that, basically accomplishing nothing. I get home, and I make the sandwich, take the pictures, and begin to eat my creation. What's wrong?~Where is the avocado? I have to have the avocado on this sandwich. It's healthy. It's good for me. It has to be a part of this sandwich. Also, I love avocados, and I try to eat one everyday. I have to have the avocado.!!! So I make another sandwich. No problem, they are little, after all. And most of the pictures are of the ingredients being put together, so this can still work!!  I take the pictures of the avocado on the sandwich. They look really nice. I'm using a new camera I got from my husband for Christmas. I love this camera. It works great, and takes better pictures than my last camera! So, now I am downloading the pictures onto my computer from the card. Everything is good. I start to write this post. I go to put the pictures on my post~There are no pictures! What!!  What is happening? I find out that I have erased every picture having to do with this recipe!! I can't believe it! I just sit here dumbfounded for a few minutes. Then I figure, I better at least make another sandwich so I can photograph it! The good news? I downloaded Christmas pictures onto my computer at the same time, and I didn't lose any of those!! So, all was not lost! So, I am sorry for the lack of pictures for this post. I will try to make up for it next time!

This chicken salad recipe is one I came up with as an alternative to using mayo. I love everything in this recipe, and it is really good anytime of year. I hope you like it also!
New Years Chicken Salad
1/2 pound Chicken Breast, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Craisins
2 tablespoons Slivered Almonds
1/2 Roma Tomato, chopped small
1/2 Avocado, sliced
1 slice Sargento Baby Swiss(per sandwich)
Oroweat Sandwich Thins Minis 100% Whole Wheat

Mix all the ingredients together. Build the sandwich
starting with the chicken salad, top with 3 slices of avocado,
and a slice of cheese, cut in half.

Enjoy!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!
from The Freshman Cook!

Day 25!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Today is the last day of the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare! Please go to Parga's Junkyard to see what she had to say about such a joyous day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 24!

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December 18, 2011

Featured Blog - My Crazy Bliss

There are so many fun things to make for the holidays. I wanted to think of something unique and fun to put in my windows this year. This craft is great because it can be used all winter long, not just at Christmas time. I'm happy that we don't get snow here too often, but snowflakes go along with the cold weather!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Day 23!

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December 18, 2011

Featured Blog - Parga's Junkyard

Christmas Morning and all the packages have been opened! What did you get? The question on everybody's tongue.....

I asked some family and friends what the craziest, dumbest, silliest and/or most stupid and/or annoying gift they ever got was! Here are the answers!

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December 18, 2011

Featured Blog - Parga's Junkyard

Christmas Morning and all the packages have been opened! What did you get? The question on everybody's tongue.....

I asked some family and friends what the craziest, dumbest, silliest and/or most stupid and/or annoying gift they ever got was! Here are the answers!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Day 22!

Christmas is just right around the corner and normally the last thing that everyone is shopping for are those small gifts and stocking stuffers. All those little things you kept saying to yourself that you'd pick up later..... Well 'later' is NOW! Here is a great list of OVER 100 small and inexpensive gift ideas! I don't know about you, but I hate filling stockings and buying small 'filler' presents only to be throwing away those things within weeks, because they were junk! This year I've decided that instead of wasting money, I'm buying things that are either needed, useful or consumable!
Another great idea for coworkers, friends or family is to group some of these items together for a "theme basket". I tried to group the items together as best I could! Here are a few suggestions... Baking, coffee, makeup, nails, art, golf, spa, electronics, car care, etc. Also, considering that most of these items are $5.00 or less this would be a wonderful way to bless a family in need! We will be filling a stocking to send to our World Vision child, but you could also drop off with a charity, a church or a specific family that you know! What a wonderful blessing to someone you could be! And what a lesson it would be for your children!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Day 21!

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December 21, 2011 Features It's Not Over til You Quit

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? Has it changed since you were little? The books I read at Christmas have changed but I still love the idea of have specific books for Christmas. Right now my favorite Christmas book to read with my nephews is the Hawaiian version of the night before Christmas. It's nice to bring that piece of my childhood alive when I live so far away and remember reading books about snowy Christmas' on Christmas eve wishing I could experience that!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 20!

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December 20th, 2011

Featured Blog - Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the chance to share special meals with friends and family... but what can you do if some of your loved ones are allergic to your favorite traditional foods? It can be tricky to avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fish and nuts... the most common food allergens. But take hope! I've searched the internet to find delicious recipes that are free of the top 8 allergens, and I've collected them here with photos and links to inspire your own holiday feast! (click for more).
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 19!

Coupons For Wisconsin has joined up with Parga's Junkyard and many other holiday-lovin' blogs to bring you tips to get you through the craziness of this season!

December 19, 2011

Featured Blog - Coupons For Wisconsin

Even with everyone looking for a little more help in tight economic times, individuals seem to be feeling extra charitable over the last year. I am not going to go into all the details, but to make a it short, dollars donated have increased 1.3% from 2010 to 2011. Surprising, right? But as more is being donated, more is also needed. Holidays tend to bring more awareness to charities, and donation opportunities are presented at almost every retailer you visit. How do you react to these opportunities?

Do you donate every chance you get?

Do you throw a handful of coins into the Salvation Army's red bucket once or twice?

Do you do whatever you can to avoid contact with the donation seekers because you literally don't even have a penny to give?

Just last year, I was in the last category. In a way, I still am in that last category! But I have discovered alternative, more creative ways to give to others besides pulling cash out of my pocket. Join me in the joy of helping strangers celebrate this magical season, and explore how you too can donate on a dime.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Day 18!

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December 18, 2011

Featured Blog - Larissa Hill Designs

Christmas is about traditions, old and new. Whether it is the sweet smell of holiday delights originating from the kitchen, the treasured Christmas ornaments, everlasting Christmas movies or the simple stockings hung over the fire with care, each and every holiday tradition, reminds us of the Christmas spirit in our hearts. Here are a few of my favorite traditions that I look forward to every holiday season....

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