Copycat Corner Bakery Chicken Salad Recipe

One of our favorite places to go for lunch after church on Sundays is Corner Bakery.  But…since the addition to our third little munchkin, you might as well get me a red nose and some big shoes and call it a day if we eat out anywhere besides chuck e cheese.  So what is a girl to do?  That’s right, make my own and eat at home!  Plus since were trying to be frugal these days it’s another good reason to eat at home. This is a great  Sunday brunch recipe for my family.  I hope you enjoy it as much we do!

Copy Cat Corner Bakery Chicken Salad

here’s what you need:
1 rotisserie chicken – chopped
1/3 small red onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1/2 granny smith apple, chopped
1/4 cup currants (these are small rasins I found them at sprouts)
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/4 miracle whip
1 TB sour cream

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 in a bowl combine onion, celery, apple, currants and almonds

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next add in miracle whip, sour cream and chicken. mix until well combined. place in the refrigerator or use immediately.

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I like to eat mine on a crescent roll with tomatoes.  Russell likes his toasted on bread and a little pepper!  Either way it’s tasty!  Do you have a favorite go-to recipe for your Sunday brunch?  If so, we would love to know how you make yours!

Color My World Thank You Gift

This week is teacher appreciation week at the girls school. I have been stock piling crayons over the past year as they’ve gone on sale. Around a house full of kiddos you can never have too many crayons right?  I put small candies and a gift card inside and it turned out  cute and super frugal.

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Items you’ll need:

Glue gun

1 empty small can or 2 liter Coke bottle cut to size

2 boxes 24 count crayons

Teacher appericiationIf you’re using a can take off the sharp edges of the can and clean it out. If you’re using a coke bottle cut and clean out the inside.  Start gluing crayons around the edge.  If you’re a perfectionist, make sure all the words crayon is neatly arranged before gluing.  Russell was irritated that mine wasn’t done that way.  Once all the crayons are glued around the edge you can also use ribbon and glue it around the crayons to help hold them together.  Then I finished it by putting some tissue paper inside the middle and some yummy special stuff in the middle.                                   color world tagHere’s where I copied this great idea!  The printable can be found  at KimsKandyKreations blog.

M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

Teacher appreciation gift

Put on your seat belt… I tried something new for the girls teacher appreciation week (Thanks to my good friend Sara:)  I bought these cute little paint cans at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 (I’ve also seen them done with mason jars) and some colorful ribbon to tie at the top.  It was my lucky week, Walgreens had their M&M’s on sale and I just happened to have a coupon!  Who doesn’t like M&M’s?!  I printed out this cute M&M poem and glued it to the front of the can. Easy peasy frugal breezy!  Here’s the poem (in case you want to copy, paste & use)

Green is for the inspiration you give me each day.

Blue is for your patience in showing me the way.

Orange is for your warmth and caring style.

Yellow is for the way you always make me smile.

Red is for my life that you have touched this year.

You’re a very special teacher just like this jar, that’s clear.

You place knowledge in our children’s hands

and melt into their hearts and lives forever.

You’re a “Magnificent” & “Marvelous” teacher

Thank you for being my M&M.

M&M

Yeast Rolls

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Ok.  This recipe is my go to for all kinds of dinner bread.  Is that actually a product?  I have no idea.  But I use it to make dinner rolls, garlic bread, cheesy bread, or just bread to slather butter on.

It. is. awesome!

Here is what you need:

3 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1 egg

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast (one pouch)

Dump all your ingredients into your bread machine on the dough cycle, dry ingredients first. ( If you don’t have a bread machine, just mix them up as best as you can in a bowl and then knead by hand for about 5-10 minutes.  Set in a bowl and let rise for about an hour.)

photo(92)After an hour, your dough should look like this.  It shouldn’t be sticky.

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Form it into rolls, a loaf, or whatever your heart desires!!  Put in a draft free place and let it rise for about 30-40 minutes.  Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes.

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Slice…..butter…..enjoy!!!!!

Cookiewiches

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This week I bit the bullet and bought a Kitchen Aid Mixer.  My old stand up mixer died on me a few months ago and I have been dragging my feet about investing in one of these.  After prowling many sales on them, I finally found a deal good enough to entice me to pull the trigger and make the purchase!

photo(89)When it came in the mail and I pulled it out of the box my kids saw this picture of cookiewiches and asked with wide eyes, “You can make THOSE with this mixer?”  At that point I couldn’t resist, so this is the first thing I made using my new kitchen toy!

To make the cookie, I just used my favorite recipe found here.  The only modification was that I used regular chocolate chips rather than the chunks.  I baked them and let them cool completely before starting the filling.

Here is what you need for the filling:

1 stick butter softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract (optional, but YUMMY!)

1-2 TBS water

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Throw your butter, extracts, and powdered sugar into the mixing bowl.  Mix on low-speed until well blended.  If it is too stiff you can add some of the water a little at a time.  You want this to be stiff, not like icing for a cake.  I only used 1 TBS of water. If you don’t use the almond extract you might need a little more.

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Try to find cookies that are about the same size and put a nice THICK layer of filling on one of the cookies and place the other one on top.  Be careful not to press to hard as these cookies are nice and soft!

ENJOY……..

Stuffed Biscuits

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These little cups of deliciousness are fantastic!!  I love to make them whenever I have my bible study ladies over, or when company comes.  They are a fun, fancy, frugal way to eat breakfast!

Start with this basic biscuit dough.   (You can used canned biscuits if you are in a hurry.)

Here is what you will need for the stuffing:

1 12 ounce package of breakfast sausage

10 eggs

4-6 ounces shredded cheese

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Make your biscuit dough and roll it out.

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Cut the dough into squares.  This will make it easier to roll them big enough to put in the muffin cups.

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Form your dough and put some in each muffin cup.  Use your hand to press it gently into the cups.  If a hole forms, just pinch it back together.

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After you brown the sausage, crack the eggs over it and mix them in.  Cook on medium heat.

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When the eggs are mostly cooked but still kind of slimy, turn off the heat!  You are going to cook these again and don’t want the eggs to get too dry.

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Sprinkle the cheese on top and stir it in to the egg and sausage mixture.  Then scoop into the muffins.  (I use an ice cream scoop….perfect size!)

Bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes and ENJOY!!

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Basic Biscuits

IMG_5189Biscuits are just a basic thing that can be easily thrown together.  Many times I have no idea what is for breakfast and this is my go to.  We make all kinds of biscuit sandwiches for breakfast!!

My frugal friend posted a while ago about freezer biscuits.  That recipe is much better if you want frozen dough.  These are fantastic, but I have a hard time getting them to rise like I want once they have been frozen.  I do, however, cook them completely sometimes and then freeze them.  If you do that, you need to eat them within a couple of months or they taste funny!

 

Here is what you need:

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 TBS baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar

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Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Then toss in your butter and shortening.

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If you have a pastry cutter it works GREAT!!  I just slice the shortening and butter through the dry ingredients until it is mixed with very few crumbles.  If you don’t have one, just use a fork.

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Pour in the milk and mix.  You will be tempted to add more milk….DON’T DO IT!  It will be a very dry mixture at this point.

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Dump your mixture out on a (clean) countertop or cutting board.  With your hands, fold the dough over until it mixes together well. (Folding it will make your biscuits more flaky and layered.)

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After a couple of minutes you should have a nice ball of dough.

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Roll out the dough and cut your biscuits.  (Yes, my biscuit cutter is a kid’s cup.  :))

Bake biscuits on 450 for about 8-10 minutes.

This will make about 2 dozen biscuits.  You can half the recipe if necessary.

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