BrenDid Seven Seas Chicken Salad

Emily’s Seven C’s Chicken Salad (AKA Bren’s Seven Seas Chicken Salad)

My friend Emily makes the most delicious chicken salad I have ever tasted (in addition to being a great decorators, extremely creative, a supreme ikebana coordinator, thrift shopper extraordinaire, and a medical school graduate – yeah, my friends ROCK!) I asked her for the recipe after one bite and she said it was called “Seven C’s Chicken Salad.” As a Navy wife I of course interpreted this homophone as “Seven Seas Chicken Salad.” I was very confused as I could not identify any seafood in the recipe, until Emily graciously explained my mistake. … [Read More...]

BrenDid Toasted Oatmeal Shortbread

Toasted Oatmeal Shortbread  

I love tea; I especially love a piping hot cup of British style tea made with milk and sugar. When I’ve been having a stressful month I love nothing more than a quiet rainy day with a nice cup of tea and a few hours of Pride and Prejudice (the miniseries with Colin Firth is… 

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BrenDid Healthy Oatmeal Muffins (No Flour No Sugar No Oil)

Healthy Oatmeal Muffins (No Flour No Sugar No Oil)

Muffins are an easy breakfast choice on a busy school morning or on a weekend full of activities. Unfortunately the amount of sugar and oil found in most muffins puts them firmly in the junk food category. I developed these muffins from my Better Banana Bread recipe… but tried to make them even healthier! I… 

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Barley and Beet Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Barley and Beet Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love a delicious main dish salad full of a variety of ingredients. I used to think I could eat a Cobb salad everyday! Recently I have been experimenting with salad combinations that deliver all the taste and variety of typical restaurant salads but eliminate some of the more sinful ingredients such as bacon. This… 

Read More » Evergreenn Scented Vinegar

Evergreen Scented Vinegar

I’ve been making scented vinegar to use in my cleaning for a few years, my favorite has always been orange vinegar but I recently started to get a little bored. I was thinking about some of the most popular cleaner scents available (and which could be recreated with natural ingredients) and decided that pine might… 

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