Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blogmania

In addition to my passion for food... eating & cooking... I also love designing custom jewelry.  As part of my jewelry business, I manage a specialty blog for all things related to Bling! :)

In April, I participated in a HUGE online blog event called Blogmania!  It's a huge blog-hop similar to a scavenger hunt that allows you as a blog reader to click between blogs, entering to win hundreds of giveaways!  This time there 175 blogs all offering prizes over $100 each! 

Again, I'm going to be participating in the second bi-annual Blogmania.  This event is two days, and it's totally free so anybody can participate.  There are prizes in dozens of categories, so I guarantee you'll find something that lights your fire!  If you'd like to find out more, check out my jewelery blog http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com and click on the BLOGMANIA link at the top!

It's going to be tons of fun and I expect it will be even Bigger than last time!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Favorite Salad

Some nights you just don't feel like a big, heavy dinner.... especially if you had a big Sunday Morning breakfast, followed by a family style late lunch... dinner is the last thing on your mind. 

SO on nights when I want a lighter dinner, this is my ultimate favorite salad.  I created this salad when I fell in love with Brianna's Dijon Honey Mustard dressing.  Pretty much anything that can get that delicious dressing to my mouth is a Superstar in my food book.  :)  If you haven't tried it, it's really that good!

Here's how I make my Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad for the two of us.

2 Schwan's Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts (grilled in the George Foreman)
2-3 cups organic spring mix.
1 can Dole Tropical Fruit Salad
6-8 fresh strawberries, washed & quartered
1/2 cup dried cranberries, cherries or raisins
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or gorgonzola)
Brianna's Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing

It's so simple.  Plate your lettuce, top with all fruits, sprinkle with cheese, cut your grilled chicken breasts into strips and lay on top.  Drizzle on Brianna's dressing.  That honey mustard is like no other that I've tasted... and believe me, I've looked for something similar because it's only available at 1 grocery store in a 20 mile radius from our house.  So when I go, I get 3-4 bottles! :)

Give this salad a try this summer!  Make it smaller and have as a side salad with another meal!  I guarantee you'll LOVE it!  :)  Happy eating!

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