Monthly Archives: June 2012

Honey Roasted Chicken Salad

I have the best chicken salad recipe for you. Seriously, so delicious, perfect for a summertime lunch. And super easy to make too!


I got the inspiration for the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and tweaked it a bit. . . You can find the original recipe here (made with Greek yogurt). And here is my version:

Honey Roasted Chicken Salad

Shredded chicken breast
3/4 cup red grape halves
2 ribs celery – diced
1/3 c honey roasted almonds
1/2 cup miracle whip
1 T honey
1 T Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together shredded chicken breast (about 1 breast for 2 people – and I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store that I shredded while it was still warm), grape halves, celery and almonds. In a separate bowl, mix together miracle whip, honey and Dijon mustard with salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together. And serve over toast, crackers or (my favorite) in a wrap!


The key to this recipe is the honey roasted almonds. I used these:


which you can find in the produce section of the grocery store – near other salad toppers.

I used miracle whip because I like the flavor better than plain Greek yogurt. And I increased the amount of dressing because I really don’t like too dry chicken salad! –> but feel free to play around with the amount to make it the way you like. Winking smile 


And enjoy! Smile 



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Newborn photos!

When Luke was 10 days old, we took him to Wisconsin to have newborn photos taken. We went to Jodee, who also did our wedding photos!

Here are some of my favorites!

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My Summer Dinner List

Healthy Living Blogs challenged all its members to write a post on

“My Summer _____ List.”

Fill in the blank with whatever you want!

Is it just me or are there meals that just taste better during summer? And that you only eat during the hot months of the year? There are quite a few meals that we only eat during summertime, as well as a few, that just taste better during the hot, humid days of summer!

So, here is My Summer Dinner List. . . all the meals that are eaten during summer and taste better too!

Smoothies – the more fruit the better! Love them topped with coconut butter and chia seeds.


Salads – fresh lettuce and veggies from the Famer’s market, roasted corn fresh from the cob and topped with grilled anything!

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Grilling: Burgers, Brats, Chicken, Steak

BLTs – fresh tomatoes, lettuce, crisp bacon slices – all on toasted white bread – YUM!

Chicken salad – perfect for summertime lunches – served over letttuce, in a sandwich or wrap.

Gazpacho – I have a recipe for mango gazpacho that I am hoping to make this summer!

What’s your favorite summer dinner?

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The Best Banana Bread*

*in my humble opinion! Winking smile 


I found this recipe on All Recipes a while ago and it is always my go to banana bread (or muffin) recipe.


1/2 c margarine
1 c white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas ( about 3)
2 cups flour
1 t baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking pan with PAM baking spray.

Cream margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, then bananas. Add flour and baking soda, stirring until just combined. (You can add in chopped nuts or chocolate chips too if you want. I usually will add about 1/2 cup of walnuts.)

Pour into prepared pan and bake for about an hour* (until a toothpick comes out clean). Remove from pan, let cool.

*About an hour for a loaf pan, 30 minutes for muffins –> bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy! Smile


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My new favorite (baby) thing

My favorite thing that Luke has started doing. . .

After eating, when I put him on my shoulder to burp. . . if it is near nap time, he snuggles into my neck and makes the most adorable baby cooing sounds –> LOVE!


That is all. . . Smile

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2 months!

Look who was 2 months old on Saturday!

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Seriously how adorable are his little Baby Gap jeans?!?

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I can’t believe how much he has grown and changed already!

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Life with a 2 month old includes:

*Lots of smiles

*Especially likes Boom Chicka Boom and being called ‘bunky baby’

*Likes standing in his bouncer chair and sleeping in his swing

*Loves sucking on his wrist and hand

*And kicking his legs

*And staring at the mobile on the bouncer chair and swing (but for only about 5 minutes and then he gets bored!)

*Just started being able to sit in the bumbo chair

*Does not like wet diapers, being hungry or tired! Winking smile 

*Sleeping anywhere from 3-6 hours at a time. . . 6 hours once this past week!

*2 month doctor appointment tomorrow with immunizations 🙁


Here are some of my favorite recent pics. . .




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1st Father’s Day

Happy 1st Father’s Day to the father of my baby boy. Smile 



Luke gave his Dad an art project inspired by Mom’s Pinterest page.

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And a framed picture of our family for Dad’s desk at work.

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And Scott reminded me to not forget about the AWESOME Purdue license plate frame – GO BOILERS!

We are having a low key day here. . . plans for a long walk and grilling burgers for dinner. . . or maybe some couch snuggle time because it just started raining!



And a Happy Father’s Day to my Dad!



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Lion & Baby Video

Do you need a laugh today? Check out this super cute video.

***Reminder to self: be careful what Luke wears to the zoo. Winking smile 

Hope you have a great Friday! Smile

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Last Thursday on 6.7.12 Scott and I celebrated our 4th anniversary!

It started with Scott bringing home part 1 of my anniversary present the night before:


And then presented me with this the next morning:


We have both been keeping to the traditional wedding anniversary presents (like we did for year 3: leather) and year 4 is fruit and flowers.

I gave Scott this:

Delicious Fruit Design®  Dipped Strawberries in White Chocolate

An edible arrangement – with his favorite –> white chocolate covered strawberries!

We both commented that it seems like we have been married for a long time and short time all in one. We have been through so much in the past 4 years: new jobs, me finishing residency, buying our first house, having a baby. . . just to name a few! Yet, it seems like just yesterday we were doing this:


So, we left Luke with my parents and went out for an anniversary date.

We stated with a walk down Summit Ave. –> walked passed St. Paul Cathedral where Scott proposed!

Then, headed to dinner in downtown St. Paul at The St. Paul Grill.

Dinner started with a bread and cracker basket.


Followed by seared tenderloin tartare

Hand Chopped Choice Tenderloin seasoned and seared rare with Pickled Vegetables and Grilled Bread


Strawberry spinach salad

Baby Spinach topped with Sliced Strawberries, Creamy French Brie Cheese and Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Filet Mignon with a bleu cheese crust –> seriously melted like butter!


Onion rings (the size of my face!) with jalapeno-lime mayo


It was a delicious meal and excellent service too and both Scott and I agreed that we would go back.


A great date night and 4th anniversary! Smile

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Summer Shape Up 2012

Guess what I did last night?

Yup, sweated my face off doing workout 1 of The Fitnessista Summer Shape Up 2012. If you are looking for a new challenge or just a good workout –> check it out!


It was my first time doing a HIIT workout and I really liked it! And it made me a sweaty mess pretty quickly … always a sign of a good workout. Smile And you can bet my arms were shaking on that last set of walking pushups.

And then. . . I had an appointment to get a pedicure!


And finished my night with some smiles from this guy!


Overall a great Tuesday. . . What were you up to?

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