Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Here is a great salad to take to your big BBQ this weekend. I found it in a neighborhood cookbook a friend gave me and tried it immediately.  It passed the test and was a big hit when I took it to a potluck dinner.  Enjoy!!

Buffalo Chicken Salad:
2-3 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 C. Frank's Buffalo Chicken sauce

1 head lettuce (I like a combination of Iceberg and Green Leaf)
1/2 c. roasted corn kernels (see picture below)
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
1 avocado, sliced
cheese, shredded
sunflower seeds
Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing

Heat oven to 375*.  Place cut up chicken into greased pan.  Place in oven and bake about 25 minutes.   Stir chicken around to coat once more with sauce.  Place lettuce, chicken, egg slices, corn, avocado, cheese and sunflower seeds in large bowl.  Top with salad dressing.

*If you like a sweet and spicy chicken instead, combine about 2 1/2 cups brown sugar to the Buffalo sauce BEFORE pouring it over the raw chicken.  This is the sauce I use for my "copy-cat" Wingers wings (recipe coming soon) and it is so delicious!
**I also like to add a little of the sticky sauce that is still left in the pan after I've removed my chicken to the Blue Cheese dressing. It is a perfect combination of the creamy Blue Cheese and that sweet/spicy kick.

I just toasted some corn in a skillet on medium heat for a few minutes until it looked like this.

 Mmmmmmmm. Delicious.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cucumber Punch

Promise me you'll give this a chance. Don't just move on because it has the word Cucumber in it. This stuff is really delicious!  Summery. Happy. Fresh. Light.  These are some of the words that pop into my head when I drink this.  Seriously, I love it.  And I hope you will too! 

Ingredients needed:
1 bag of ice
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 12 oz. can limeade
1 bottle Diet Sprite or 7up (HAS to be diet)**

My friends and I like to get together to watch American Idol.  We eat a lot of snacks and I like to make new drinks to try.  Some of my favorites have been  Pina Colada, Strawberry Limeade, and Caribbean Slush.
One night last season, my friend Mandy introduced us to this unique, refreshing beverage.  Lives were changed.  We made it for the five consecutive weeks following, and maybe a few times in between with baby showers and game nights. 

The flavor of cucumber is light here. You can taste it, but it doesn't overwhelm the drink.  Of course, if you absolutely HATE cucumber flavor, this might not be the drink for you.  But I really, really, really want you to try it!

So, Mandy shows up at my house with all the ingredients to assemble this drink.  We all gathered around and watched in awed silence.  She said the ingredients MUST be put in the punch bowl in this order, so that all the flavors would come together as one in a perfect unity.  (it probably wasn't all that dramatic, but this is how I remember it). 

I have always placed the ingredients in my punch bowl in the proper order.  I'm not one to tempt fate.  I really want my drink to turn out perfectly all the time.  I'm not sure what craziness would happen should I go out of order.  My sister said she would fork out the $3.50 it costs to make this drink out of order, just so we could see what disaster would occur, but we have yet to walk down that path. 
(Wow, with an introduction like that, you either are running to the store right now or you gave up reading a long time ago.  Hopefully I didn't oversell it too much!! Clearly I have passion for food)

1 bag of ice
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 12 oz. can limeade
1 bottle Diet Sprite or 7up (HAS to be diet)**
Layer the ingredients in listed order in a punch bowl.  Serve immediately and enjoy!!

**I did go a little crazy once and used regular Sprite.  The sugar in the drink overpowered the cucumber flavor too much and tasted mostly just like regular Sprite with a hint of limeade :)

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

$5.00 Jewelry by Paparazzi

Things have been pretty quiet on my blog lately.  With school being over, there has not been very much quiet time around here.  It takes us a couple of weeks to get into the swing of things and get used to being around each other so much!!

The other thing that has occupied my time is I just became an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Jewelry.  I, like many of you, sometimes cringe when the word "home party" is uttered, but just listen up for ONE minute. The thing that I really love about this company, is that the jewelry and accessories are
2--AFFORDABLE (everything is just $5.00)

Eh?  That's right. Cute and affordable. 

There are items ranging from simple

to baubly (is that a word?); 

From silver and white
to all sorts of colorful!

 There really is something for everyone and I LOVE IT!!

**I am currently booking home  parties throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Davis and Weber counties.  It is a fun, no-pressure environment and everyone goes home looking a little fancier. Let me know when you would like have yours.  You do get free jewelry when you host a party.  And I'd love to meet you :)

**I am also trying to spread the good word about joining my team!  It is a fun way to earn some money, and there are no sales pitches to give. The jewelry sells itself.  Being a fairly new company,  people are just hearing about this and are excited to come to parties and discover the joy that is affordable accessories!

**I am especially trying to recruit consultants who live OUTSIDE of UTAH.  We are trying to spread the joy all over the US.  Contact me for more information.

Thanks for stopping by and listening to my schpill.  I'd love to hear from you today.

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