Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad (Just like the one from Panera Bread!)

Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad (Just like the one from Panera Bread!)

I have been really into the strawberry poppyseed & chicken salad from Panera Bread lately. Like, I wake up thinking about it and order it nearly every day for lunch or dinner. That habit it neither convenient nor economical, so I decided to recreate the salad at home.  Believe it or not, my salad turned out to be almost exactly the same!  It is also really simple with very few ingredients. If you don’t live near a Panera, you won’t have to miss out on this delicious salad, which, by the way, is seasonal.  And if...

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20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

20 healthy mason jar salads & layering tips

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Jane, who has since passed away, used to make homemade jam.  It was always delicious- especially the blueberry jam, and I used to get so excited when she’d send it to our house all bottled up in cute little mason jars. I think that is what started my love for mason jars.  Aunt Jane knew that they were cool way before it became trendy to drink out of them, store things in them, photograph them to death on Instagram, and make mason jar salads. I am sure that she would have appreciated a good mason jar...

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Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

Lunchtime check-in: Chopped kale salad

(FYI- You can see my Mother’s Day weekend recap on The Mini Skirt.) I didn’t plan on doing a lunchtime check-in today, so as you can see, I didn’t attempt to make my lunch look pretty and just used the closest bowl that I could find at the time (also not pretty). As far as the ingredients, I totally winged it and mixed in whatever sounded appealing.  I was truly shocked that the salad turned out to be so delicious, and despite the total lack of presentation, I figured that it was extremely worthy of sharing. I obviously...

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Recipe: Mango barbecue sauce

Recipe: Mango barbecue sauce

One of my very favorite things about the summer (not too surprisingly) involves food and drinks.  Fresh corn, tomatoes from the farmers market, grilling out, sipping wine on the patio…  I love it all. I have a lot of go-to summertime recipes in my arsenal and just added one more (a barbecue sauce) that absolutely positively needs to be shared with you today. I think it’s just perfect for the 4th of July! As you’ll see, it is so versatile, and the possibilities for how it can be used are nearly endless.  I am sure the...

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Swim lesson fail & the best thing I’ve eaten lately

Swim lesson fail & the best thing I’ve eaten lately

A few weeks ago, I signed Michael up for swim lessons. I know, I know.  He’s only 8 months old.  What could he possibly learn, right? Well, I figured that it would be a great way to get him used to the water, and I also thought that it would be a fun activity to do together.  My friend Jen and her son are in the same class which also makes it social time for mommy! Michael’s first lesson was yesterday, and long story short, we went to the wrong location.  By the time we got to where we were supposed to be, the lesson was...

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Mandarin orange & grapefruit kale salad

Mandarin orange & grapefruit kale salad

  The first time that I ever tried raw kale in a salad, I absolutely hated it. I thought it was chewy, rough, and just plain gross. After just a few miserable bites, I was all set to write it off forever. Somewhere along the road, I got into making kale chips and adding kale to my smoothies… And I figured that I’d give kale salad another chance. Massaging the kale with things like olive oil, coconut oil, or vinegar for several minutes really improved both the consistency and the taste, and before I knew it, kale became a...

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