Summer Chicken Salad (GF)

Summer Chicken Salad

This summer salad is light and refreshing and works for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 3-1/2 cup seasoned chicken breasts, cooked and chopped 1 small zucchini, diced into small cubes 2/3 cup assorted color cherry tomatoes, halved ½ avocado, diced ½ bunch asparagus, roasted & chopped (click here for a great recipe for roasted asparagus) 1-2 scallions/green onions, diced 1/3 … [Read more...]

Making Appliances Last Longer

Dishwasher

Appliances these days don’t last as long as they used to.  We had an old hand-me-down refrigerator that had been going for 30+ years and was still going strong.  There’s no way our new one will last that long. I also learned from personal experience that the new ovens have glass igniters (at least the ones I’ve had) which don’t last very long at all!  Our last oven was brand new when we … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 126)

place setting

I made this menu at the last minute so I didn’t have time to search for new recipes.  They’re all tried and true and several of our favorites. (1) Tacos Cheese Dip (2) Salmon Brown Rice Steamed Vegetables NOTE:  I’ll most likely cook the salmon on the George Foreman.  The easiest way to cook salmon is by brushing each side with olive oil and sprinkling with lemon pepper.  David likes brown … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ideas to Solve Problems/Irritations

Light Bulbs

It’s funny how often we deal with the same inconveniences over and over when they could SO easily be solved with just a small change. Here are four examples from my own life: 1.       Clothespins.  We have a small box of clothespins in the wrap drawer in the kitchen.  We use them ALL the time!  But for some reason, we put the box at the BACK of the drawer where they were hard to reach.  David … [Read more...]

I’m Baaaack!!!

Working at my desk

OKAY, so I know I said I was taking the month of July off but apparently I changed my mind (I’m known to do that – frequently!).  The truth is, I missed the blog.  It’s a creative outlet for all those ideas I get and it gives my day structure.  So I took part of a month off (okay – it was just 5 days) and now I’m back. I WAS a little embarrassed about coming back waaaay before the month was … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This easy to assemble, gluten free soup, has great flavor and can be easily be modified based on your preferences.  If you don’t eat soup in the summer (we obviously do), you’ll definitely want to make it in the fall. Oh, and be sure to read about how I changed it.  My changes made it easier and a bit cheaper. Ingredients: ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 4 boneless, … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 32

House Exterior

All I can say is “Wow!”  David got a huge project done over the Fourth of July weekend and the house looks amazing as a result. The big project was the balcony on the front of the house.  The truth is, we hadn’t decided whether we wanted to leave it or fix it.  It didn’t look great and it was in very bad condition.  David really wanted to remove it but that would have meant quite a bit of … [Read more...]