Monday, April 13, 2009

Caution: Boys and Girls Coexist here

Only in a house where boys and girls coexist will you find princess coaches hauling prehistoric, flesh-eating creatures.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Snow Much Fun

We had a lot of fun during the last "big" snow storm. I'll post some pictures of the snow, itself, one of these days. That way those of you who live in the unbearably hot parts of the country can see what you're missing. =) Today, however, are pictures of my "kids" having fun in the snow. It was a great time!

A little hard to see here, but a sweet smile--Lucy is obsessed with the snow

Alexander took to the snow very quickly, even though he couldn't walk in it!

I love this picture!

More fun

Trying to walk, at least. He was a snow encrusted baby by the time he went in!

This was them, side by side, starting out...precious.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad Boats--Mmmmmm!
Makes about 6 sandwiches
Total time: 35 minutes (if you don't have "help")
Light, refreshing, and a delightful twist on an old favorite!


5 strips bacon, diced

1 1/2 baguettes, toasted

1/3 cup olive oil, divided

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 1/4 cups fresh cilantro leaves, packed down

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, packed

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped

Juice of 1/2 a lime

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup plain yogurt

3 cups chicken, shredded

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup fresh pineapple (a can of crushed works nicely)

Optional: 1 Tbsp Jalapeno, minced and

Red bell pepper, minced


Preheat oven to highest broiler setting with rack in top position.

Saute bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove grease with a paper towel.

Slice top 1/4 off the baguettes and hollow out, removing the bread inside (make some homemade croutons?). Divide into 6 equal segments. Brush each piece with 1 Tbsp oil, season to taste, and broil on a baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Mince cilantro, mint, ginger, and lime juice in a food processor to make pesto. Add mayonnaise and yogurt and mix until combined well. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Mix chicken, diced bacon, and nuts with pesto in a bowl, set aside. Toss spinach with a little oil and lime juice. If using jalapenos, stir with pineapple in a seperate bowl.

Layer on baguette by placing spinach on first, enough to cover base of bread. Next, add about 1/2 cup of chicken salad mixture. Garnish with pineapple or pinepple mixture and minced pepper, if desired.


That means, YOU, Mary! =P