Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to throw together in a hurry and eat for the next few days. My kids and husband love this chicken salad and I love all the great flavors and vegetables it has. The best part? You can eat it however you see fit. I like to use mini bell peppers, celery, and cucumber to dip into the chicken salad. My kids liked it served on top of cracker, and my husband likes it on toasted whole grain bread with extra mayo on the bread. No matter how you eat it, it’s great.

This simple salad is also a really great dish to take to friends and family who need a meal. Whether they have a new baby in the house or have a sick family member, this simple dish is sure to please. I love that it doesn’t need to be heated or cooked before eating. It’s the perfect thing to grab when you are hungry and need something now. Add some fruit, cut up veggies, and even a bag of your favorite potato chips and a loaf of bread and you’ll be sending a bag of cheer that is ready on demand with no effort on their part. Bonus points if you send along some of these chocolate chip cookies.

Today I’m thinking about my friend Ashley who blogs over at Center Cut Cook. I’ve mentioned her before and I’m going to again. Her little family has gone through so much in the last year. Her husband is a year into chemo for stage 4 colon cancer and their miracle baby needs both a liver and a kidney transplant (he’s on the liver list right now and could get it any time!). And the icing on the cake this week? They were in a car wreck and their car is totaled. Seriously.

Today bloggers all over the country are sharing Ashley’s story and asking you fine folks to donate in their name. Enough $1 donations can add up quick. We are doing a big push today and I can’t wait to see the results. The internet is full of amazing big-hearted people. If you are able, please thing about a donation. If that isn’t in the cards right now prayers are always needed as well as help spreading the word. Feel free to share their story on your own social media platforms (facebook, twitter, IG, anything).

Here’s another perk of today. I have links to all kinds of recipes that are perfect for taking to a friend. You can find all of them at the bottom of the post. Pin this for later because I know I’m not the only one needed meal ideas when the time to serve comes!

Here is more information:
Donation Page (this page has great social sharing buttons, so share away!)
Ashley’s first blog post about Ryan’s cancer
Ashley’s first blog post about Miley’s (cutest baby ever) diagnosis
Ashley’s facebook page that gives medical updates on both of her men

Thank you! I’m so glad to share this with you today.

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad
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the bench

1. I drove 25 minutes to the dentist this week only to sit in the office for ten minutes before I was told I was a day off. Then I got to drive home another 25 minutes without ever accomplishing the things I set out to do. Plus, it was the dentist! I was all mentally prepared to get my cavity filled and I was also taking my almost four-year-old for his very first cavity fixing too. It was a lot to gear up for. So I wasted an hour of my life, gas, and still had to go back Continue Reading →

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

blueberry muffins with crumb topping2

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping are one of those fun recipes that you need in your life “just because”. This muffin is moist, sweet, full of blueberries, and the best part? That crumb topping! You just can’t go wrong with a good crumb topping that isn’t all dry and floury (the secret is in melting the butter first). This one is a pretty perfect muffin if I do say so myself. I don’t often make muffins for breakfast; they are more of an afternoon treat in our house. I’ll let the kids eat one after baking then save the rest Continue Reading →

That one time we hatched our own chicks…

chicken chickies

I’ve mentioned a few times that I was incubating eggs from some of my hens, well folk, this weekend was their big début! This was my second clutch of eggs to try to incubate. The first batch stopped growing when we had an all day power outage and I couldn’t keep the incubator warm enough for the developing chicks. That little hiccup was something I had not even thought of happening and I was pretty disappointed. I decided I could try one more time though and I’m pretty pleased that I did. We had 3 of our 8 eggs hatch Continue Reading →

Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

asian salad

Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I’m planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little bias. While you are waiting for a chick post you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those “fried worms” as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus


Asparagus is one of my all time favorite spring vegetables and I’m sharing 7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus today on the Hobby Farms website. Writing for Hobby Farms is a real treat for me so I’d love if you popped over and checked the article out! Plus, there’s all kind of useful information waiting there for you. Have a great Monday and enjoy some seasonal asparagus!

10 Ways to Make Spring Magical for Kids

spring flower guide

Spring break vacation pictures of families at the beach or at Disneyland were really getting me down this week. We don’t have any vacations planned for this entire year and I was moping a bit about how my kids are totally deprived (we’ve all been there right!). So instead of thinking about things I can’t change,  I decide to focus on all the things that we can do, especially ways to make spring magical for kids. It’s such a fun time of year, even in our own backyard. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your kids at home Continue Reading →

Farm and Garden Update: Spring 2015

peach blossoms

Spring is in the air and I thought I’d show you what we are up to in the farm and garden area of life. All of our trees budded so nicely! Our property is exactly next to my in-laws and they share the same lane, so I’ve been driving past this neglected orchard for almost 10 years now. We’ve been wanting to buy it and talking to the owner for at least the last three, so while we were around we would turn on the water and water the trees once in a while but I never really went over Continue Reading →

Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Healthy key lime pie smoothie

Today is the #eatseasonal post for April and I’m so excited to share this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie with you today. This single-serve smoothie only take 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to put together. My family doesn’t really like citrus things even though I love them. I’ve been craving a nice tart dessert for weeks and this smoothie was just the treat I needed. Greek yogurt and half an avocado make it is smooth and extra creamy and the juice and zest from two limes give it just the pucker I was looking for. Limes and avocado are both Continue Reading →

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

This week is full of carrot love and I thought you might as well know a little more about this lovely orange root. It’s funny to me that we think of carrots with spring because they are definitely late summer and fall vegetables, it must be all the bunnies on the brain. That being said, they are such an easy and cheap crop to find all year long and store very well in home root cellars. Enjoy this fun little post that I worked on with Emily from One Lovely Life and go eat some carrots (did you see my Continue Reading →