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Classic Chicken, Traditional Tuna and Excellent Egg Salad

Everyone needs a fast, easy go-to salad recipe and this is it!  A tasty take on Classic Chicken Salad, this recipe is perfect for a quick luncheon or a super simple supper and is always thoroughly appreciated by all; with or without including the optional ingredients.  Additionally, this recipe also produces an Excellent Egg Salad and an outstanding Traditional Tuna Salad and is sure to be a crowd pleaser and solid staple in your rotation.  Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients-

  • 2- 12.5 oz. canned Chicken Breast or 2 cups cooked Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 large Onion
  • 3 ribs Celery
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 cup Mustard
  • 1/3 cup Pickle Relish -optional-
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dill Weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 hard-boiled Eggs (chopped) –optional-
  • Bread, Pita, Wrap, Croissant or Rolls of choice
  • Lettuce, Spinach, Kale, Arugula or any other Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Cooked Bacon -optional-
  • Cheese selection -optional-

Traditional Chicken Salad

Directions-

Chop onion, celery and carrots and place in a mixing bowl.  Add drained shredded or chopped chicken, mayonnaise or Greek yogurt, mustard, pickle relish (if using), lemon juice, pepper, parsley, dill and garlic powder, then mix well to combine. If using the optional chopped hard-boiled eggs, add and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to chill the chicken salad. 

Serve on bread, pita, wrap, croissant or roll of choice with lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula, or any greens of choice and sliced tomatoes.  If desired, top with cooked bacon and cheese selection.

Leftovers can be easily stored by refrigerating  in an air tight container for up to three days.

Enjoy!

Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich

Beauty Bliss with Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Plant with NutsJojoba OilJojoba Oil (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”, scientific name “Simmondsia Chinensis), is not actually an oil, it is a golden-colored liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, a woody shrub covering over 40,000 acres of desert in the southwestern U.S.A and Mexico.  After processing, this emollient, is translucent/colorless, odorless, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-comedogenic and  very sustainable.

Incorporating almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair, Jojoba Oil mimics natural sebum.  Containing Wax Esters, Phospholipids, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Copper, Zinc, Selenium, Iodine and Chromium; it is gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive skin without causing any allergic reactions and is safe for use by pregnant and lactating women.  Perfect for all skin and hair types, Jojoba Oil is extremely versatile and simulates the activity of your body’s natural oils, ensuring your skin produces adequate amounts of sebum without overproduction.

 Jojoba Oil

When selecting a brand of Jojoba Oil, look for those that are 100% pure and not mixed or diluted with other oils or fillers, preferably organic, if available. Jojoba Oil has an extended shelf life, when stored properly, it will last for a while without degrading.  An attainable and affordable solution to many health and beauty needs, Jojoba Oil is extremely inexpensive and a little goes a very long way.

Here are some of the best uses for applying this multi-purpose health, hair and beauty valuable must-have:

  • Hair Conditioner
  • Hair & Scalp Treatment
  • Hot Oil Treatment
  • Tame Fly-Aways & Frizz 
  • Split End Mender
  • Hair Regrowth Serum
  • Summer Hair Protection
  • De-Tangler
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Makeup Remover
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Make-Up Primer
  • Eyelash Growth Serum
  • Under Eye Treatment
  • Lip Conditioner
  • Anti-Acne & Rosacea Treatment
  • Anti-Aging Serum
  • Cold-Sore Treatment
  • Rash & Skin Irritation Treatment
  • Eczema Relief
  • Psoriasis Relief
  • Massage & Bath Oil
  • Body Cleanser
  • Body Lotion
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Scar Minimizer
  • Scab Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Treatment
  • Sebum Replacement
  • Cuticle Oil
  • Hand & Foot Lotion
  • Foot & Hand Softener
  • Anti-Fungal Serum
  • Anti-Bacterial/Anti Microbil Ointment
  • Shaving Prep & Aftershave
  • Shaving Gel
  • Multi-Purpose Skin Lubricant
  • Regulate Oil Production
  • Oil Pulling
  • Hair & Skin Porosity Equalizer
  • Make-Up & Hair Brush Cleanser
  • Carrier Oil (for makeup & fragrances)
  • Face & Body Scrub / Exfoliator (mixed with Sugar or Sea Salt)
  • Mildew Control (for the home)
  • Shampoo (mixed with Glycerin and Baking Soda)

Organic Jojoba Oil

With so many uses, the possibilities for benefiting from Jojoba Oil are almost endless.   As you can see, it is very easy to incorporate this outstanding oil into your beauty regimen. 

Jojoba Plant with Flowers

Beautiful Birkenstocks?

Are Birkenstocks the fashion frenzy for the summer of 2014?  The Olsen Twins in Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks seem to be all the rage, as celebrities everywhere are kicking off their high heels in favor of the super comfortable Birkenstock soles.  Gracing the pages of Pinterest and Instagram  are hundreds, maybe even thousands professing their love for the Birkenstock brand.  A Google search reveals many bloggers and fashion editors recently favoring this foot fashion fad, further enforcing this momentous movement.

Invented and manufactured in Germany by Konrad Birkenstock in 1897, the original Birkenstock contoured footbed has had a few minor design tweaks since its initial inception.  Rich in history,  the Birkenstock family heritage of shoemaking spans over 230 years.  Birkenstock prides itself on creating and perfecting a tradition of walking comfort by creating quality, comfortable, unique, timeless products while respecting the world around them.  With their passion for products, appreciation of their culture and a genuine belief in their product and its benefits; Birkenstock’s enormous success continues to grow with many different styles of clogs, sandals and shoes.

Heidi Klum in Birkenstocks

The key to their comfort lies in the fabulous footbed.  Available in three footbed choices and two widths, their contoured footbed is made of premium, natural materials with the finest craftsmanship.  The essence of the Birkenstock footbed is inspired by the natural imprint of a foot in the sand and mimics the feeling of walking barefoot.

Creating shoes that follow your foot’s shape and contours, each and every Birkenstock has a deep heel cup to ensure proper weight distribution and foot alignment; as well as a spacious toe box that gives your toes room to move providing unparalleled comfort.  Providing firm support for your feet and encouraging foot health the Birkenstock footbed adapts to your foot’s unique shape and supports the natural walking action of your foot.  This protects your feet, joints, muscles and back, while providing maximum comfort.  Birkenstock’s famous footbed is also available as an insole form and may be purchased customized to suit your individual needs.

Is it the summer of beloved Birkenstocks?  It very much appears to be, so will you be purchasing your perfect pair over the weekend?  Did they make your must-have list?

Milla Jovovich in BirkenstocksKate Upton in Birkenstocks

Alexa Chung in BirkenstocksMiranda Kerr in Birkenstocks

The Magnificent “Midi”

Say hello to another great hair cut that flatters all face shapes and hair textures: The Midi

Celebrities with the Midi Haircut

Whatever your hair type or texture and no matter your face shape, this spectacular style suits everyone for all occasions, from black tie events to a backyard barbeque.  An A-list favorite, the Midi is extremely low maintenance, very easy to style and edgy.  This medium length hair cut is very versatile, understated and sophisticated.

Perfect for those who won’t cut their coif or are growing out their tresses, this pretty and practical haircut suits any and every style and shape.  Whether you’ve got longer hair and are looking to go shorter, have medium length hair and are looking for new ways to style it, or are growing out your shorter style; this top trend works well with all hair types and textures.  The Midi is a simple, sexy mid length cut with long layers  that provides endless styling options.  Create many looks you’ll love inlcuding beautiful beachy/tousled waves, sleek and straight strands, rock retro ringlets or say vavoom to voluminous waves.  Adding bangs, a side swept fringe and/or changing your part provides for even more styling flexibility.  Flattering all female faces, this simple, sexy style gives you the ability to wear your hair up, half up or down and easily compliments all hats and hair accessories.

Gone are the days of the awkward in-between stage because there’s nothing bland or boring about medium length hair anymore.

So, say hello to the magnificent “Midi”.

More Celebrities with the Midi Haircut

Primo Pizzelles!

Pizzelles with Nutella & Powdered SugarA staple at each & every Italian holiday, Pizzelles are a tasty treat that are easily made all year round!. The classic cookie recipe traditionally has the delicious taste of Anise, however, these crispy, delicate delights can be flavored with Vanilla, Chocolate, Almond, Cinnamon, & Orange, Lemon, Lime or almost any other flavor you fancy.  Pizzelles can be made into a cone or tube shape while warm for cannoli’s, ice cream, etc.  I prefer my Pizzelles with a layer of Nutella  in between them, as featured in these photos, however, they are divinely delectable sandwiched, filled, topped or plain and simple.

Please note:  A Pizzelle Press or Iron is required to make these tasty treats.  The press/iron is available in stovetop & electric versions and  both work equally well. 

Depending on the size of your Pizzelle press/iron, this recipe yields approximately 30-40 Pizzelles.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar (or 2/3 cup brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons anise seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Anise oil
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
    • Powdered Sugar (For Sprinkling)

Optional: remove anise oil & anise seeds & add:

  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, & 1 additional tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/8 cup Amaretto, Frangelico, Sambuca or any liqueur & an additional 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • Rind of ½ an orange, lemon or lime & 2 teaspoons of orange, lemon or lime extract
  • Salt for sprinkling

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, butter & vegetable oil & mix until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, anise seeds, anise oil or optional ingredients if desired, & mix well to form a homogenous batter.  Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes, the batter should be loose.

Heat the pizzelle iron until very hot & spritz with a nonstick cooking spray.  Pour 1 heaping teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of batter onto the press/iron (depending on size), close it, & return to the heat. Cook until golden brown, about 45 seconds to 1 ½ minutes. Repeat, (ensuring iron/press is hot for each batch) until all the batter is used, or batter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Allow Pizzelles to cool on a paper towel or wire baking rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar & enjoy!

Leftover Pizzelle are easily stored in air tight containers, for up to a week, separated with layers of wax or parchment paper or they may be frozen for up to 3 months.

Choclate Pizzelles with Peanut Butter & Powdered Sugar Pizzelle with Almond Butter & Powdered Sugar

MANGIA!

Cuisinart Pizzelle Maker