Posts Tagged ‘domestic diva’

Here is another simple, easy, and in my opinion, delicious recipe! I brought it to our book club meeting last Saturday. It makes a great lunch when served on croissants with pita chips and hummus and a serving of fresh fruit on the side! Thank you Meg for sharing this with me!

Yummy Chicken Salad


3 cups chicken (boiled then shredded)

1 cup grapes (sliced into halves or fourths)

1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)

1/4 cup slivered almonds

3/4 cup mayo

2 teaspoons Greek seasoning


Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix with large spoon until well blended. Chill 30-60 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


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I try to stick to pretty easy, simple, (but still yummy!)  recipes; otherwise I get overwhelmed and find myself dreading dinner time or just not cooking at all! If I can’t pronounce the ingredients or don’t already know what aisle to find them in the grocery store or if there are lots of steps that require perfect timing, probably not the recipe for me!

Easy Texas Chili is a recipe I found a few months ago at allrecipes.com. It has been a regular in our house this winter. Yum yum!


2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey, thawed

1 small onion, diced

1 bell pepper, minced

3 (15 oz) cans pinto beans

2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes

4 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder


1) Cook and stir beef, onion and bell pepper in large sauté pan, over medium heat until beef is brown and onion and pepper are tender (around ten minutes). Drain grease from beef.

2) Stir remaining ingredients (including water from the bean cans and tomato cans) into large pot over medium heat. Add beef, onion and pepper when cooked.

3) Bring mixture to a slow boil; cover and reduce heat to low.

4) Simmer chili at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick. (This chili can be simmered for several hours; the longer you simmer, the more flavor you will get!)

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! Happy cooking!

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I have come a long way since being a nineteen-year old newly wed entering the world of all things domestic; a long way since those early days of struggling to keep a one thousand square foot apartment clean (and with no munchkins under my feet! sheesh!); a long way since practicing the inefficient habit of stopping by the grocery store four times a week because I couldn’t seem to plan for anything more than two days in advance; a long way since feeling like I was trying to read a foreign language every time I picked up a cook book.

This May marks seven years that I’ve been married; seven years of growth, seven years of learning, seven years of figuring this whole homemaker thing out. I still have a long way to go in some areas but I am getting there and thankful for it.

So my Aspiring Domestic Diva series will include some of these things that I have figured out. I want to share them with you in hopes that all of you who have already earned your Domestic Diva Diploma (or anyone else, for that matter!) will give me some feedback on them. And with the hope that it will bless those of you that are still aspiring! 🙂

I welcome any and all thoughts, tips, ideas, suggestions, criticisms or affirmations you might have.

Thanks for reading!

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