Chicken Salad is my favorite lunch food.  I could almost eat it every day without getting sick of it.  To avoid the possible monotony, I mix up the recipe each time.  Using combinations of fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, and fats allows control of the nutrition content and tailors the flavor to suit whatever you like.  It's the perfect summer picnic food also and as an ode to this weekend's start to the summer season.  Let's have lunch with Effortless Chicken Salad! My favorite chicken salad Ingredients: 1 - Chicken (use a rotisserie for faster prep time) 1/4 - Onion 1 - Apple Mayo (depends on how much you like 1/2 cup is the minimum) Honey to Drizzle Dried Cranberries Garlic pepper to taste Fresh Parsle The basics for a good chicken salad are in the photo below.  I start with Coleman Organic chicken.  I add onion, apple, dried cranberries, garlic…

Lemonade is one of my favorite summer treats.  I love the touch of sweet combined with that pucker up tart lemon flavor.  Homemade lemonade is also more healthy than soda or other sugary drinks.  The recipe today is inspired by lemonade with fresh herbs served for my wedding shower and it was delicious.  This lemonade is simple to make.  If you have an electric juicer the effort is minimal, if you don't (like me) there is a bit of work involved but it's not hard labor.  Let's get started with Summer's Best Lemonade! Happy Summer! This recipe will make two gallons of lemonade.  I used 10 very small lemons, 2 cups of sugar, water, and a handful of fresh mint and fresh basil from my plants.  The investment is about $4 - and the lemons were not on sale.  For measuring purposes, count on one cup of sugar per gallon…

Motherhood: Life's greatest gift. The most world altering experience, ever. Motherhood is the transition from a selfish, free-time consuming, go-with-the-flow lifestyle, to one that will never be that way again. It is where you become selfless, what seems like overflowed with flaws, and your body is filled with more love than you could ever describe. Motherhood is not only a title received by those who "birth", it is a title given to all of those who "mother". The Mother who raises babies birthed from other mothers - Adoption: Definition of adopt transitive verb 1:  to take by choice into a relationship; especially:  to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one's own child These women choose to give a child love. They choose to love, support, and give "a life" to a child that may have never stood a chance. These women, for whatever reason, whether it be infertility, health issues, or simply the kindness of their heart CHOOSE to…

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