Light & Fruity Chicken Salad


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It is definitely summer in the South, meaning you walk outside and feel like you’re in a sauna that just won’t quit. Don’t even get me started on being eight months pregnant in this humid, sticky heat! Any who, the last place any of us want to be is stuck inside a hot kitchen so I am a major fan of whipping up a batch of this chicken salad! It takes less than ten minutes to make and goes straight into the fridge. My mom gets full credit for this light and fruity recipe that’s perfect for a special occasion or lunch on the go. I make this year around but it’s especially popular in our house during these hot months. It’s SUPER easy and I promise you’ll fall in love.

You’ll need:

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked (I use Ina’s fool-proof method or buy a rotisserie chicken)

1 can pineapple chunks (or fresh if you have it)

Seedless red grapes

Green onion

Pecans (chopped or halved, per your preference)

Hellmann’s

Sea Salt & Pepper

Super simple instructions:

Chop up your chicken into small pieces. Cut pineapple chunks and grapes into halves. Chop up a fair amount of green onion – it adds that little punch this salad needs – and mix everything together in a large bowl. Add as any pecans as you like – I like a lot – and stir again.

Now comes the Hellman’s. Put *maybe* a spoonful in and stir. Add a little more if you need to but only enough to just bind together. A little goes a long way! Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper and stir one more time.

Cover the bowl and put into the fridge to chill for at least half an hour.

Serve on a bed of spinach, your favorite toasted bread, crackers or right out of the bowl by the spoonful! xo

Dear Annie – God is Bigger than the Bad Guys

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Dear Annie,

It’s hard to believe you’ll be here soon. Your daddy and I are so excited to meet you! Pretty soon you’ll make your grand entrance (most likely kicking and screaming, if you’re anything like me) and this world will be a little brighter. To be completely honest we don’t have a clue what we’re doing or what to expect but we hear that’s normal. As I sit here dreaming of what you’ll look like and what your laugh will sound like I can’t help but wish this world you’re about to enter into was a little calmer. More peaceful. More loving.

You see lately this world has become pretty scary. There are a lot of people who would rather fight than love, who prefer to knock others down instead of build them up. There are so many good people in this world but sadly there are also people who do some bad things for reasons we don’t understand.

What I want you to know is this: No matter how bad the bad guys are, God is always good. God is great and big enough to take care of all of us. The bad guys will never win because God has already won. He has overcome the world with his love and light.

So my sweet girl, don’t be afraid. God is much, much bigger than their hate and He will always be with us. The meanness in this world can be confusing and scary but our God’s goodness always comes out on top.

Annie, you will be such a gift to this world, I just know it, spreading kindness and joy to everyone you meet. Through being God’s light in this dark world you may just be the breath of fresh air some bad guys need to become good guys.

xoxo, Mommy

Monthly Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

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It’s crazy to say “I’m having a baby next month” but Lord willing, Annie will make her arrival next month! We’ve been so busy with work and working on the house that when we do have downtime we take full advantage of spending time just being together. People keep telling us to enjoy the calm before the crazy fun so we’re soaking in lazy nights with long dinners and Netflix, spending time with good friends, late night movies and sleeping in a little on Saturdays. My OB told us at our last appointment that Annie’s heartbeat sounds “super happy” and everything is going just as it should be. Also, super excited for my dear friend Beth who welcomed her sweet baby boy to the world yesterday, making it all the more real that I’m next in line! God is so good! xo

Baby’s size: A head of lettuce (who comes up with these anyways?)

I’m feeling: More pregnant but still pretty energetic for the most part. There are times when I feel like I could fall asleep standing up but usually after a snack or a 15 minute disco nap I’m good to go again. The heat and humidity is not my friend but I am so thankful for swimming pools and AC. I can’t even begin to imagine how pregnant women did anything before AC was invented!

Foods I could eat forever: Anything with cheese, any and all fruit, and Sonic ice. Yes, it counts.

Foods I cannot imagine eating: Hot dogs.

Currently wearing: Workout shorts, sundresses and sometimes my boyfriend-fit maternity jeans.

Pros of July: Childbirth classes with my sweet husband who’s going to be so great at the whole dad thing.

Cons of July: My wedding band no longer fits. Also, THIS HUMIDITY.

Looking forward to: Our baby showers!

Favorite scripture at the moment: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” [ John 14:27 ]

Friday Faves

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[ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ]

Can you believe July is already here? Not sure how that happened but I think it’s safe to say time goes by faster and faster all the time! This week our contractor wrapped up his work – PRAISE! – and now we Taylor can focus on the final touches in the kitchen, i.e. paint, paint and more paint. My parents are coming for a bit to help work their HGTV magic and we couldn’t be more thankful because home stuff is daunting, am I right? The highlight of this week was attending our first childbirth ed class at the hospital, where Taylor calmed my nerves by volunteering to experience the weight of a full term pregnant belly. HA! Oh how I love him. For the long weekend we plan to spend some time working on the house, relaxing with family and hopefully getting my hands on some sparklers at some point. Whatever your plans for the 4th include I hope you have the most wonderful time and safe travels! xo

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[ My first time at Thistle Stop with the best company ]

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[ Star student ]

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[ Gorgeous “just because” flowers from a sweet friend ]

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[ How Buddy beats the heat ]

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[ Obsessed with this special delivery to Annie from her Aunt Amy ]

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[ Excited to meet Baby Owen soon ]