Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chinese Chicken Salad



This salad is something I used to make for a health club cafe I worked at when I was in college. It was a sell out every day! So I know you will all love it as much as I do. It is great for a meal or a side. It is also great packed for lunch. The dressing makes this salad even better as a left over meal.

So here it is!

Chinese Chicken Salad

Dressing:

1/2 tea dry mustard
1/2 tea garlic powder
1/2 C soy sauce
3/4 C rice vinegar
2 TBLS chopped cilantro
1/4 C seasame oil

Mix all ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Salad Mix:

3 green onions thinly chopped
1-2 peppers any color
2 large grilled chicken breasts, cut against the grain into bite size pieces
1/2 C Roasted peanuts (to taste)
Sugar Snap Peas
1 16 oz. package of Spaghetti, cooked and rinsed

In a large bowl mix all salad ingredients together to combine. Pour dressing over top and mix to cover. Refrigerate at least an hour for flavors to combine.

Enjoy!




Friday, August 29, 2014

Coconut Almond Chex Mix


Are you looking for a great after school treat? Well, this is one that will have you all snacking in complete satisfaction!

I was given a plate of this amazing concoction 2 years ago for Christmas. I instantly fell in love and got the recipe. I did change it slightly by toasting my almonds, but all in all this is exactly what the Newmans made and brought my family.

It is very simple to make and really takes minutes to prepare. So, gather the ingredients and whip this up today!


1 (14 oz-17 oz) box of Rice Chex cereal
7 ounce bag of sweetened coconut
5 ounce bag of slivered almonds (toasted) *
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup (Karo)

Instructions:

First take a large bowl and lightly spray it with Pam. Then add all the Chex cereal, the Coconut, and the toasted Almonds. Mix them together gently.

Next, in a medium sauce pan combine the Sugar, Butter, and Karo Syrup over high heat. Bring ingredients to a boil and then turn the burner to medium. Cook mixture for 3 minutes.

Next, pour the sugar mixture over the Chex mix and gently fold ingredients together until everything is covered.

Spread the Chex mix onto parchment paper or wax paper to cool, then put into plastic bag(s) for storage.

 


*Slivered almonds do not come toasted. To toast them place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Then turn your broiler on high and place the pan in the over. Keep your oven door open and watch them carefully.Remove them as soon as they brown. They burn easily, so don't walk away!)

 

The girls loved this after school snack! The only dissenter came from Jenn's youngest daughter, who announced that she does not like coconut! Enjoy!!




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up #125

GOOD GRIEF!  123 Linkups last week!  That's awesome, let's beat it this week OK!!!

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up # 125!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

Summer is coming to an end but that doesn't mean we have to stop having fun.  I love this UP printable from Something Splendid Blog as a reminder to keep going out there and making memories.
Kill me and then kill me again because I think that is the only way I'm NOT going to gain 50lbs after reading Moms and Munchkins recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Nachos - seriously, don't these just look delicious?!

And to round out the 50 pounds I'm gonna gain eating those potato nachos up there I bring you these drool causing Garlic Cheese Breadsticks from Mommy on Demand (seriously, I am not sure I can do the linky party anymore if the recipes are always looking like this...I need a fat free, no carb, guaranteed to not gain weight linky party!)

And our Most Viewed is the Pot Handle Hot Pad Grip from Crafty Journal.  This is seriously simple and brilliant at the same time - I probably need about 6 of them!

Thank you everyone for linking up, this has been FAR too much fun for me and I am excited to see what you've got to share with me this week!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Halloween paper pumpkins



I love decorating for Halloween!  The weather the past couple of weeks has been cooler and rainy so my brain keeps thinking it's already fall and closer to Halloween than it really is. It makes me want to get all of my Halloween stuff out and then my husband keeps telling me it's only August! I decided this year I wanted to start on some Halloween decorations early so I'll actually have them done by Halloween. It seems like I always have a list of things I want to make and then the holiday is over and I didn't even attempt one thing on that list! Hopefully this year will be different. Over the years I've seen different variations of paper pumpkins.With all of the fun Halloween paper out there I thought it would be fun to make some Halloween ones!
Supplies you will need:
  • Halloween scrapbook paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • black stamp pad 
  • glue stick
  • ribbon or tulle

  • First you want to cut out all of your circles. For the smaller pumpkin I cut 3 inch circles and 4-inch for the bigger pumpkin. I cut my circles out on my cricut but if you don't have one just grab something you can trace the circles with and cut them out by hand. I also inked my edges of paper with my black stamp pad which is totally optional. 
  • Next you are going to fold your circles in half. After you've done this you will glue the back side of the circles together. Repeat this until you form a sphere. Then you will cut a little bit off the bottom of the pumpkin so it will stand flat and look more like a pumpkin.
  • You can add whatever ribbon, paper, pipe cleaners to make the stem and leaves. I used green strips of paper and rolled them around a pencil to make them curly for the stems and of course used black tulle for a stem with an orange jewel in the center.  
I really liked how these pumpkins turned out! I think the papers are fun and they will look cute with my other Halloween decor and now I've checked one thing off my list that I wanted to make! You really can have a lot of fun making these! This is definitely a craft you and your children can sit down and make together and come up with different ideas to make them your own! Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Color Run Fun!

We were SO lucky to be able to participate in The Color Run again this year!  It was a total blast!  We were able to have a few more of the kids involved this year and they loved running through the colors and then getting to be a part of all the dancing and color throwing at the end!  It's such a wonderful event that the whole family can participate in. :-)

Take a look at some of our super fun pictures!!

We were all ready to go with our awesome swag!  Thanks Shout! and The Color Run for all our great stuff!  Look how clean we are! :-)


So by the end we weren't QUITE as colorful as we wanted so we headed over to the stage for some color fun!

That's more like it!!! :-)


If you have the opportunity to do The Color Run, I highly suggest it!  It's a great way to get your whole family out and active!  It's an awesome fun run!

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