Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

I am so proud of my husband K. Or maybe proud of myself. When we were first together, there were lots of things K and I did differently. Some is culture, some is personality, and some is just having different families. It has been fun blending our ideas, even when we disagree at times. I have talked before about how he wasn’t a big fan of leftovers as a dinner. Well, post baby, that has certainly changed. Leftovers are welcome almost any day (although we get tired of them, too, and definitely throw in new meals). Another dinner idea we disagreed on was a cold meal. It turns out, he either just needed some time to consider it more, or maybe it wasn’t a big deal in the first place? I proposed an idea for our leftover chicken meat: chicken salad sandwiches. I said it was okay if he wasn’t interested. Recently, at a friend’s party, we had chicken salad sandwiches with fruit and nuts in them. He hadn’t tried it that way before, and loved them. So, I was given the go-ahead…the only stipulation was that we serve it on toasted rolls (no complaints here).

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Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

If you have time to do some prep work ahead, this cake is really easy to come together because you can bake it a couple days after you assemble it. Thus, fresh coffee cake! I like the bit of chocolate in the middle because it looks like it is smiling.

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A view of the loaf from the side:

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Banana Walnut Bread

My mom used to make banana bread all of the time, and I never understood it. I love bananas, but cannot stand the smell or taste of them when cooked. Then there is my dad who does not like bananas that much normally, but loves banana bread–go figure! Of course my dad likes it when I make it for him, so I willingly suffer through the smells so that he gets his bread. Unlike other treats I might make him, I am never tempted to taste test this. The first time I ever made it I made a double batch and made muffins with the second batch so that my husband could test them to make sure the recipe was okay. (Hence the loads of bananas in my picture).

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You can use walnuts, or other nuts…or no nuts! It really doesn’t matter. My dad is a walnut man, so that is what he got! To toast the walnuts, I prefer using a small pan on medium low heat and I just dry roast them, stirring occasionally for a few minutes until they get lightly browned and smell really good. You can buy them pre-chopped if you like. This most recent time I tried to save a few cents by buying in the bulk aisle, but to be honest…I think it cost about the same! Oh well. Maybe these were really awesome walnuts.

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These muffins!

 

These muffins caused me such trouble and I am not even sure why.

They’re simple enough . . .

Get your materials and recipe ready . . .

Mix yogurt and egg together along with almond extract/OJ

 

Mix flour/sugar/etc. with the wet ingredients before adding in toppings…

 

Cranberries in one kind, jam in the other . . . wait a second . . .

 

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