Hello, my friend! I hope you are finding lots of things to make you smile this holiday season. Here’s what is making me happy…
I’m using rings to display
my Christmas cards again. I look through them each time I add a new card.
Sicilian Sea Salt Party Favors
My friend Debbie in Hawaii used my recipe from the Holiday Table Post to make a WHOLE bunch for a company party!
Here’s one routine way I use the Sicilian Sea Salt…
Mediterranean Chicken with Vegetables
This is an easy dish during a busy time. I use the Sicilian herb sea salt in it and I switch it up depending on what I have. But ingredients that I always use are…
- Boneless chicken breasts with flour for dredging, sliced lemons, Greek pitted olives, canned artichoke hearts, parsley, and the herb salt. I had lots of green onions so I added a fourth cup of those chopped, too.
- Sautee the flour covered chicken in olive oil until browned on medium heat for five minutes on each side. Cover and cook for five minutes. Reduce heat and toss in the other ingredients and cover for three minutes.
- Actually, start this first…and pre-heat the oven. I had lots of mini carrots (you could also use small potatoes). I roasted these in the oven at 425 degrees with olive oil and the herb sea salt for 25 minutes…then sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.
- Stir ingredients in the pan and place on top on the roasted carrots
Leftover Chicken Salad
I had the cold leftovers sliced on a bed of arugula with tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette.
Dressing Up: Pop Culture Holiday Party
As a mom who had a great time with her kids’ Halloween costumes, I like seeing my daughter, Alexandra picking up the torch. She dressed as Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born…with her boss for their company party.
What Your Dog Is Trying To Tell You
You may find this interesting if you have a dog…I did. 50 Actions Dogs Do and What They Mean
Chief is wishing you a peaceful holiday.
This crackling Yule Log with Christmas music show has been getting a lot of play at our house (on Xfinity cable). I have it on while wrapping presents. It got things so toasty, I made ice water with orange and cucumber slices (those little touches make me happy).
Some last minute gifts…
My friend, Lisa is a stellar gift giver. I mean it. You will never want to return ANYthing she gives you. One thing that she gave me this year (yes, I already opened it)…
is this Rifle Paper Co. insulated cup and straw. It’s obviously cute but it’s SO effective at keeping things cold (even overnight). Can’t wait to use it for coffee. I will use this every day. It looks nice on my desk with my Rifle Paper Co. Calendar.
Another excellent thing I use all the time is this Swiss Diamond non-stick pan. I can quickly fry an egg in it in the morning without fat. I’m getting it for someone but do not want to ruin the surprise.
I got totally sucked into the before and remarkable after photos of women on the Dr. Oz show. This No. 7 serum is available at Target. Think I will buy it for myself 🙂
I hope you are enjoying a stress-free happy holiday time. We are going to San Diego with a stop in Los Angeles at Alexandra’s/aka Bradley’s house this week. I want to focus on family and less on trying to do too much.
Do you have any board games you can recommend (in addition to Scrabble, Rummikub, etc.)? We go to church but any other traditions we should start? After dinner, one of ours usually involves dancing to Oldies around my sister’s fire pit…you can do that sort of thing in December in SoCal after some wine and before s’mores…if your neighbors are tolerant.
What’s making you smile this holiday season?
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