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 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)
Pinch of celery seed
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


Emily said...

hi! This looks amazing! I would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday Party...
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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