Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chicken Cabbage Salad



I can't take credit for this recipe.  I got it years ago from a friend's mother, and I know that it is widely available.  I also know that there are several variations of this recipe - and I have tried many of them - but in my opinion, this one blows all the others out of the water.  Even my husband, who is not a fan of "chick food", loves this salad and will eat it as a meal.  To me, it is the perfect recipe to add to your summer rotation.

click here for a printable version of this recipe

Chicken Cabbage Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 head cabbage chopped
4 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)
1 cup cooked shredded chicken (I always use a little more)
1 pkg. Ramen Noodles - broken up

Dressing:
1/2 cup oil
3 Tbsp. sugar
Seasoning packet from Ramen Noodles

Method:
Toast almonds and sesame seeds on cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Let cool.  Mix all ingredients together.  Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over salad.  Toss to coat well.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*Note:  Most people think that this salad is best if it has had several hours for the flavors to meld together before serving.  It is delicious that way, but personally, I love it best fresh when the noodles and almonds are still crunchy and you can still taste the freshness of the cabbage.  So, try it both ways and see what you think.

Friday, May 9, 2014

HST sampler blocks - the rest

My husband was out of town for a few days, and I kind of got on a roll with these HST sampler blocks. I used every last one of my leftovers.  I don't know quite what got into me, but maybe I just had fun putting these together and not worrying about them being perfect.  It was a perfect late-night activity for me.






I'm not sure when I will get these all put together into a quilt top with summer on its way, but it is nice to have them finished.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Simple Teacher Gifts with Free Printable

It suddenly occurred to me that this is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I needed to get some gifts together FAST!! I went looking online and found this adorable idea.  I was about to print out her cute tags and then remembered that I am running very low on colored ink in my printer and I knew that I would never have enough ink to print those colorful tags out for all of my boys' teachers.  So, I took a few minutes to make up my own simple tag, with the same sentiment.



I attached the tags to individual pens with cute baker's twine for my boys' teachers.


But they would also be cute tied into a bundle.


Or presented in a jar.

If you would like to download my gift tag, click here.

Such a simple, inexpensive, and fast teacher gift.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Homemade Waffles


I always, always, always make waffles from scratch, and when I do, I prefer this delicious whole wheat waffle recipe that I grew up on.  My boys love them too, but my husband grumbles about them a bit, so once in awhile I make him some good old fashioned white ones.  I developed this recipe to be crispy on the outside and chewy and fluffy on the inside.  We love them too.

**A couple of notes about how I prepare this recipe:

  • I have replaced all or part of the milk with buttermilk if I have it on hand and the waffles are even more delicious.  
  • I always separate the eggs and put the egg whites in my Kitchenaid and let them whip up while I am whisking together the other ingredients.  Then I fold them in to the batter.
  • Your final batter should look light and fluffy and may have a few lumps of egg white in it (see picture above).



Homemade Waffles
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 cups milk
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup oil

Method:
Separate the eggs.  Whip up the egg whites until they are light and fluffy. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks, milk, sugar and oil.  Add the flour, salt, soda, and baking powder and whisk until smooth.  Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter and bake in a hot waffle iron.
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