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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Avocado Lime Chicken Salad


I hate to even think about it, but it feels like Summer is slipping away like a bouquet of colorful balloons in the breeze, and I'm trying to hold on tight before the last few beautiful days are just a distant memory!

So, we're seizing the days, and that includes enjoying all the foods of the season.  I shared our 4-generation cobbler on Monday, and today, it's a cool, creamy chicken salad sandwich that's perfect for a Summer lunch.




Just 4 ingredients:

2 cups cold, cooked, shredded chicken
(leftover crock pot chicken from this recipe works perfectly)
1/2 of a ripe avocado, chopped
1/4 cup Greek yogurt 
1 to 2 Tbsp lime juice







Gently blend it all together, then serve on a bed of lettuce or on your favorite bread.  Adjust the ingredients if you'd like it a little more creamy or a little less tart.





Like these last few days of Summer, this cool, creamy goodness won't last long.  So serve some up for your friends and family, savor every moment, and enjoy!








Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy, Breezy Blueberry Cobbler





It's been a full and fun summer, spent doing lots of wild and crazy things such as berry-picking, cobbler-baking, and all manner of memory-making.  One day recently, the girls and I set out for a local berry patch and came home with a bucket full of juicy sweetness.








Within minutes, Abby was texting my mom for her special cobbler recipe.  It was such an easy and delicious recipe, I asked my mom where she got it and she said she got it years ago from my Aunt Kandi (who also happens to be one of my favorite blog readers), and when I asked her where she originally got the recipe, she said she got it many years ago from my dad's aunt, whom we all affectionately called Aunt Kacky.  (That's her in the pic below with my mom and me circa 1978 or so.)  So, basically this recipe is tried and true, spanning at least 4 generations, so it's a keeper.




One of the best things about it is that it's made from basic ingredients that you probably always have on hand, so you can make it anytime the craving strikes.  AND, it can be customized with almost any kind of fruit!  So, choose your favorite and give this a try.






Ingredients:

1 stick of butter
2 to 3 cups of your favorite berries or chopped fruit
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk



Start by preheating the oven to 350º.  Then melt the stick of butter in a 9x13 baking dish.




Next, mix together the flour, sugar, and milk and pour it over the butter, but do not mix it in the dish!







Lastly, add the berries or fruit, but, again, do not mix them in.







Then, just bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve it while warm with a scoop of ice cream for a dreamy treat.  





So much yum for so little effort!  It's been shared with love from my Aunt Kacky, to my Aunt Kandi, to my mom and me and my girls.  And now I pass it on to you.  Bake it up and share the love!  






Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shepard Inn: The Place to Stay in Dandridge, Tennessee


Small-town Southern charm is not just a fallacy invented by advertisers to convince you to come to Tennessee.  It's as real as ever in Dandridge, Tennessee, and if you want to experience it for yourself, I know just the place you'll want to stay!

Dandridge is located in East Tennessee, just about 30 minutes from Knoxville and less than an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains.  

This is the Shepard Inn, located right on Main Street.  We had the wonderful opportunity to be invited for a special lunch here on Sunday for my parents' anniversary I told you about, and we loved it!







From the wrap-around front porch to the beautiful rooms full of fabulous antiques, this place is so quaint it's ridiculous.  It would be perfect for a weekend getaway or even for a night's stay if you're just passing through!  They can even accommodate groups for reunions, showers, or parties!






As soon as we walked in, I started snapping pics because I knew I would have to tell you all about this.








The house is full of so many original fixtures and elements. 











I absolutely love the ceilings in this sunroom!


































It's just dreamy.  And the inn managers, John and Stephanie Shelton,  are so hospitable and knowledgeable about the history of the inn!  Click here to visit their site to see more pics and find out more about making reservations.




Bed and Breakfast lovers, put this one on your list!  And if you've been here before, I'd love to hear about it!