Leaving pollen behind

Don’t you just love watching all the beauty around begin to bloom?

The birds are singing their beautiful songs as the bees buzz by. Along with all of this comes pollen and dust. For some the thought of pollen is more like this

How do you battles those forces? With an air purifier from Winix America

Why Winix? Because they have an air purifier for every household. And you won’t have to spend a fortune to have something effective!!

I have one in my family room- it’s the room that experiences the MOST traffic in my house!! How do I know it works? When the indicator light is red!! But when it’s green it’s all clean!! And their “smart”, too! I can check the conditions in my room from my phone, I can control whether the setting needs to be on high or moderate.

Remember I mentioned you don’t have to spend a fortune?

You can find these great deals at Bed, Bath and Beyond. For those who are Costco members, you can find them there as well at great prices.

Here is a small sample of the models they have:

Want to learn more and see their other fabulous products go to:

http://www.winixamerica.com

You’ll breathe easy all year ’round!!

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Quick, and fresh Memorial Weekend apps

Got plans for Memorial Day “Weekend”? Grills will be fired up, and kids will be geared up for fun outdoor play!!

Great times to gather together with family, and friends for fun, and food! With the weather warming up no one wants to be sweltering over a hot stove.

I’ve got a quick and easy idea to share with you- and it doesn’t involve hours at the stove!

Some of the best dishes are the ones you can easy pick up with your hands. So, how about a puff pastry pocket? What to put into it?

I stumbled across a Mediterranean pocket recipe, easy to modify if needed- love that I can customize without risking quality and taste!

We’ll start with the filling- clean and fresh ingredients.

Chopped spinach- start with one and a half cups. You can go more or less depending on how many you are making

Fine diced black olives – I used one cup because I was making quite a few little pockets; a little goes a long way. You don’t want it too salty

Finely diced onions- about half a cup, you can also use about two tablespoons of the granulated or powdered onions since this will not be a precooked filling

Fine slivers of sun-dried tomatoes- about one half to three quarters cup

Granulated garlic- two to three tablespoons

Crumbled feta cheese- one to one and a half cups

The star of the dish is the protein- Wild Planet Foods Organic Chicken Breast. I started with one can, because you are going to “crumble” it. You can always add another can to balance it if you are making a large number of puff pockets.

A couple of tablespoons of olive oil will give moisture to the filling and help bind it all together. Mix all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl until well blended. You can add a sprinkle of black pepper, you might need to add just a small sprinkle of salt, remember the olives can be salty.

Time to create the pockets! I started with one box of puff pastry, use the brand you are comfortable with. Unfold your pastry sheet, one sheet at a time. You can also roll it out with a rolling pin to adjust the thickness what will now be your “crust”.

My only special tool is a little cookie cutter that folds in half to make little empanadas. Mine is pretty old, I’m pretty sure you can still find them in stores such as Walmart; or you can pinch the edges, too.

There’s my “special” tool. The box/ 2 sheets of puff pastry yielded about 2 dozen pockets.

I did an egg wash to help seal the pockets on the edges and then on the surface of the pockets before putting it in the oven. Since I was “winging” this I started at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, adding time until the pockets were golden brown.

Here’s the end result:

My taste panel, AKA my family liked that it wasn’t oily, light and enjoyed the taste. And I didn’t have to sweat it out at the stove!!

It surely helped having Wild Planet Foods Organic Chicken Breast in the pantry! Great and easy go to for healthy eating!!

Learn more about them at

http://www.wildplanefoods.com

Pinky’s up Type of Lunch

The new work week is here- Yay (?)

I try to create something on Sundays that can be an easy grab and go type of lunch. Like everyone else we’ve got the jars of peanut butter and preserves at the ready.

Occasionally there are cold cuts in the fridge, but when you have an 18 year old son and a 12 year old daughter that’s in sports; cold cuts don’t last very long. There’s always leftovers, but that can get boring….

As I was going through a magazine that came in the mail, they had a picture of chicken salad. Haven’t had that in a while, but I wanted something different. Time to Google, yes, I said Google.

Flashes from the past are the thing now, and I found one! The Neiman Marcus chicken salad! I’m not sure if Neiman Marcus still have cafes now, I’ve eaten at one a few times and it’s fun and fancy!!

Now, the actual recipe that they used is by Helen Corbett of Texas- that’s the one you look for!!

Since I’m doing this all last minute, I have no defrosted chicken at hand. BUT, I do have Wild Planet Foods’ organic chicken breast

Putting everything together,

Love the grapes, couldn’t find any pecans or walnuts so almonds will have to do. The whipping creme was different, but wow does it make a difference.

There it is! I can definitely say, it’s nothing like chicken salad made with Greek yogurt!

All that’s left is some crackers … it’s a Neiman Marcus lunch on the go.

So pinky’s up!! It’s time to bring a little fancy to your work lunch!!

Meal at The Ready

It seems year after year our lives get busier and busier, by the end of the day it can be a scramble for dinner.

Take out or drive thru feels like settling at times, and frozen meals are filled with ingredients we don’t need. Looking at the clock there’s just not enough time to cook.

So what do you have on your shelves? Here’s what I have, Wild Planet Foods Organic Roasted Chicken Breast!

Yes- chicken in a can!! And it’s amazing!! Just look at the top of the can.

Don’t be hesitant, when you open the can you will not find mush; but chicken that looks like it had just been cooked!

So let’s gather up the basics, onions and garlic are great, fresh starters.

A great starter is soup….. in the mood for some chicken corn chowder?

We’ve got our starters so let’s throw in some celery, followed by carrots once he onions and celery have cooked down a bit.

Don’t forget the corn…

There is chicken broth, it is a soup….with a few dashes of cream to become our chowder.Time to add the chicken! Give it a little time to meld together .Grab your bowl, maybe a few crackers….

Dinner is served!!

Curious? Check them out at:

http://www.wildplanetfoods.com

Timeless Tiffany

Certain things come to mind when you hear Tiffany’s; baby blue box, Audrey Hepburn, and of course, “breakfast at Tiffany’s “.

I recently have had the good fortune to have been invited to..

The breakfast was to launch their brand new collection “Paper Flowers”. The last collection was in 2014 entitled the Tiffany T Collection, born in New York which commemorates Tiffany’s 175th anniversary.

What a way to start the day, or the weekend for that matter, than with the infamous Tiffany & Co.

It’s bright and beautiful once you walk in. Don’t let the “look of it” intimidate you. All of the Tiffany associates are friendly and quite helpful. They don’t prejudge a person when they walk in, they listen and have such great ideas. They talk to you, not down to you!

All is glistening- but not overstated. The Classic beauty side of Tiffany is present all around.

But wait, this is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s “….

Complete with croissants, coffee, and juice…

Feeling a little like Audrey Hepburn, if only for a fleeting moment.

I won’t deny, there were a few pieces I absolutely fell in love with- too hard to decide which to add to my first Tiffany “piece”

What a fun morning!

Thanks for the invite! Until next time….