Friday, August 12, 2011

Cranberry Dill Chicken Salad & White Chocolate Cranberry Chex Mix and a birthday

Today I wanted to share two recipes I created from memories of potluck school lunches and parties I've attended or hosted. 
I love chicken salad, but I'm REALLY picky about it...the consistency of the mayonnaise dressing, too sweet, too savory, too herby.   
I've eaten a lot that I don't like and just a few that were completely perfect...so I tweaked my recipe a bit to satisfy my taste buds!
I hope you'll like it too!
Cranberry Dill Chicken Salad
3 cooked chicken breasts cut in chunks or shredded
3 green onions sliced on the diagonal
3 celery ribs, each cut in half and sliced on the diagonal
1/2 - 1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
Dill (probably a good tablespoon)
Parsley
Pinch of celery seed
salt
pepper
mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon of mustard
***You could add sliced grapes too. 
I just didn't want to pay $3 a pound right now***

Mix everything together well until salad is coated in dressing. Enjoy on a buttery croissant!

We are celebrating this weekend. 
My sweet Adrian turns 4!!! I can't believe I've been a mommy for 4 years. 
He is a handful of energy, sweetness, determination and stubborn will. 
He is a charmer and with good direction will grow up to be an amazing young man. I look forward to all the memories we'll make, but savor the time I still have with him as my little boy...
did I mention he's almost 4 feet tall and over 44 pounds? 
Yeah, he's not so little anymore! He weighed in at 7 lbs, 6 oz at birth. 
He was absolutely beautiful.

I made this last year when I was trying to come up with a party favor for Andrew's 1st birthday party. It was a hit!  
1 1/2 boxes of Honey Nut Chex
1 package of white chocolate / white almond bark
1-2 cups of dried cranberries
1 cup m&ms
Melt bark over LOW heat. Take off heat and add cereal. Mix well and spread on a cookie sheet to cool. Add cranberries and m&ms after cooled but not dry. Mix in and let harden. 
White Chocolate Cranberry Chex Mix

I packaged this up in little baggies for each guest and had a bowl of it at the party. It was so good, I thought it would be a great treat again. 
The possibilities are endless. You could add cashews or pecans. I used candy corn for Andrew's October birthday.
We are having a train cake...again and a Train Depot themed party, so with all the planning, I didn't post pictures yet. I'll get pictures of the tablescape and muffin tin ideas I used and share them all next week!

I'm linking up with 
Miz Helen for Full Plate Thursday
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2 comments:

Emily said...

hi! This looks amazing! I would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday Party...
http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/
Hope to see you and your tasty goodness next week.

Miz Helen said...

Happy 4th Birthday! He is just adorable. Your chicken salad looks delicious, I love the cranberries and dill combination. The cranberry and chocolate chex mix is awesome, wish I had some right now. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
See you soon!
Miz Helen

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