Recipes

The Best (Healthier) Tangy Chicken Salad

Good day, Embarquers,

I recently had the majority of a rotisserie chicken leftover, so I decided to find a delicious chicken salad recipe to use up the rest of the chicken. I adapted my recipe from Chungah on Damn Delicious. This is a great make-ahead recipe that allows you to have a delicious quick lunch waiting for you after a long morning. What’s even better, there’s NO mayonnaise in this recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast, shredded (~4 Cups)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon (squeezed for lemon juice)
  • 3 splashes of orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional, garlic salt to taste

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Parties/Entertaining

Set your Table for a Dinner Party the Thrifty Way

Happy Thursday, Embarquers,

I understand that hosting dinner parties can be quite expensive before you even start buying the food and drinks. Here are some tips that I have for anyone that enjoys hosting dinner parties or plans on hosting them in the near future:

Flatware

I suggest buying nice flatware for casual use and for dinner parties. This way you don’t have to buy two sets, and a nicer set of flatware (for everyday use and special occasion use) will last a longer time as well. I like the Oneida brand. It’s great quality and reasonably priced.

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Oneida-Metra (Target.com)

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Recipes

The Best Alternative to Fatty Mashed Potatoes- Cauliflower

Happy Monday, Embarquers,

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE mashed potatoes. It must be something to do with my mother with Scandinavian roots making mashed potatoes with butter and chives quite frequently as a child. Now, not having the same metabolism as an 8 year old, I need to be more concerned with nutritional content, yet still be satisfied after finishing a meal. Thankfully my mother decided to start subbing out potatoes for cauliflower when I became older. If any of you have been on the Atkins diet, this is a popular substitution for mashed potatoes.

I Can’t Believe it’s Cauliflower

Here is what you need:

  • 2 heads of Cauliflower
  • 1 package of Boursin or Alouette spread

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Uncategorized

Make Your Home Heavenly (or at least smell like it)

Hey Everyone!

I hope you had an awesome week, and I think this post may make it an even better weekend…

Scents… I understand that scents are a very personal and have the ability of invoking some incredibly strong memories. One person may be a huge fan of pachouli, and someone else may say it reminds them of Woodstock (and not in a good way). Scents have the ability to give you the feeling a decadence or take you to a specific place in time without breaking the bank.

We all have our own personal favorites, but I want to let you know about some of mine (these may become a staple in your home too).

  • Capri Blue- Volcano ($16-$32, burns 35- 85 hours)
  • Aspen Bay- Reserve ($16-$31, burns 30-85 hours)
  • Circle E- Pomegranate ($10-$21, burns 44-155 hours)
  • Voluspa- Santiago Huckleberry ($9-$28, burns 50- 100 hours)
  • Voluspa- Mokara ($9-28, burns 50-100 hours)
  • THE Collection by: Chesapeake Bay Candle- Cashmere Plum (My FAVORITE right now) ($13,  burns ~ 35 hours)

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Home Projects

Don’t Throw Away your Furniture- Paint it!

Happy Happy Wednesday, Ya’ll!

Have you ever had a piece of furniture that you’re so sick of looking at, and just doesn’t fit your style anymore?  Paint it!

Chances are, by changing out the hardware and painting the furniture will allow you to adapt your piece of old furniture to one of your favorite new pieces of furniture.

Here’s an example of what I did, and you can do too!

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This is an old dresser I had in college. I could’ve just repainted the black to fix the patchiness and kept it as is, but this isn’t really my style anymore. I decided to do a french provincial dresser with a little art deco twist (I know it sounds bizarre, but it all worked out in the end).

Here’s what you need:

  • 1- 2″ paint brush
  • a tarp to paint your furniture on and protect your floors
  • 1 quart of primer Click Here!
  • 1 quart of your new favorite paint color
  • your piece of furniture
  • new hardware for your furniture (I went to World Market for the knobs and Lowe’s for handles) NOTE: The hardware is probably the most important item you purchase for this project because this sets the style and tone for your piece of furniture. Another great place to shop  for hardware is Anthropologie and Hobby Lobby

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