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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Southwest BBQ Chicken Salad






I created this salad after having a similar one at a restaurant.  I actually think mine turned out better!

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (still frozen)
1 cup mesquite marinade (or any southwest flavor)
1 bunch  red leaf lettuce, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup black beans
1 cup cooked corn
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup crushed tortilla chips
Kraft Honey Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

1. Earlier in the day place frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot and pour marinade over.  Cook on low for 4 hours.  You could also marinade the chicken overnight and then grill.  Allow chicken to cool and then slice into 1/4 inch strips.

2. To assemble salads:  Divide lettuce between 6 large bowls.  Divide remaining ingredients among the bowls layering cilantro, black beans, corn, cheese, tomatoes, chicken, and chips.  Drizzle lightly with barbecue sauce then top with ranch dressing.  Serve immediately.

Tips
1.  You can use a can of black beans drained and rinsed, or I like to buy my beans dried and soak and cook them.  I then drain and divide them into quart size freezer ziplock bags and freeze until needed.  They can be quickly defrosted in the microwave if you forget to get them out earlier.  This is much more economical (1 pound of dried beans is $1 and this makes about 4-6 cans worth).

2.  My husband prefers to use salsa and ranch for his dressing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

ShabbyPrincess.com :: Scrapbooking, free kits, DigiScrap downloads, Free downloads, Digital scrapbooking, Computer Scrapbooking

I love freebies, and I found this site that has some awesome free digital scrapbooking kits. I thought I'd share!
ShabbyPrincess.com :: Scrapbooking, free kits, DigiScrap downloads, Free downloads, Digital scrapbooking, Computer Scrapbooking

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Flower Pot Project


So, I found this cute flower pot at WalMart. The first time I saw it it was $20, the next time it was $15. When I finally saw it for $10 well, I just had to get it. Then I found these adorable little house plants for $2.50 at Lowes, and I knew it was a match made in heaven. The total cost for the project was $17.50. Cost for how cute it turned out and the sense of satifaction I feel - priceless!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Melanie's a High Jumper - Took 4th in District






Well, it seems that the video is rather small. So a helpful hint would be that the first jumper who crashes into the bar is not Melanie. The second jumper is Melanie clearing 4'2", and the third jumper is her clearing 4'4". What awesome form she has, right!?! She also cleared 4'6". I don't have video of that, but a good picture of warm ups might be nice. . .




And you know what is sooooooo very funny and so very Melanie? She put her track shorts on backwards for the district meet and didn't even know it. Fortunately, she has really good friends who'll take pictures to remember the moment by!

Note the asics logo on the back of the shorts!

One of these things is not like the other - My first posted picture!

My First Blog

Hey y'all. Well, it's taken me a long time to jump into the world of blogging - but here we go. . .hopefully I can figure all this stuff out. Could be a challenge, and I don't really have time for challenges. Oh well, here's to trying new things!  I also want to try out linking to one of my other posts.  Do backlinks work?
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