This weekend we had some new neighbors that moved in beside us.  Even though we have had a pretty busy couple of days, I kept thinking we needed to go introduce ourselves, and I knew I wanted to make something for them.  Since I was short on time, I decided to take an idea from my mother in law and make some good ol chicken salad for them.

When we were moving into our house a couple of years ago, my MIL showed up with a loaf of bread and chicken salad, and it was simply perfect!  It was so nice to have something to throw in the fridge that we could snack on or have for lunch while were in the unpacking/organizing process.  Chicken salad also seems appropriate right now considering this super hot July we are having here in Tennessee.

I threw a pack of crackers in the bag and Voila, I’ve got an easy and thoughtful “welcome to the neighborhood” gift!  This would also be a helpful gift for a new mom or someone recovering from a surgery or illness.  Plus, you can double this recipe and have plenty leftover for your family as well, that’s a win-win in my book!


Be sure to scroll on down to the bottom of this post for these Quick Chicken Salad Melts!



Check out these Chicken Salad Melts we had last night for dinner with the remaining chicken salad.  Place a few slices of bread on a sheet tray,  scoop some chicken salad on each one, top each with a slice of cheese, and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees, top with a fresh tomato, and dinner is served!




Date posted: July 21, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Lunch Poultry


Well, it’s that time of year again!  Kids are back in school, and lunch packing has begun.  I came up with this recipe to give you a fun idea for school lunches, but they are great for adults too…just ask my husband!

I used to love opening my lunch box to find something other than the typical turkey sandwhich, and these would definitely be an unexpected treat for lunch.   You can even make these the night before, so no rushing to fix something before work and school.


Date posted: February 13, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Lunch Main Dish Poultry

mason jar vin

So to go along with my 5 tips to be Healthy and Thriving in 2014 post, I wanted to show you how quick and easy it can be to make your own salad dressing along with a tasty salad recipe.  It takes about 2 minutes!

Instead of using the store bought dressings, full of ingredients you can’t even read, shake up your own vinaigrette.  Once you realize how easy it is to make your own salad dressings, you may never go back!  And once again, by doing it yourself you can use real ingredients and control the sugar, salt, and fat content.  Many times the “low fat” or “fat free” store bought dressings are loaded with salt and sugar, not to mention all of the preservatives.   My simple Mason Jar Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe is a good template to follow for whatever kind of vinaigrette you like.   My answer to getting healthy, cook your own real food, it works wonders!



Date posted: February 13, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Lunch Sides