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Apple Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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What do you do when you have a whole chicken you roasted in the slow cooker? You turn it into chicken salad, of course! And when you add in apples, pecans, celery and cranberries, you have a better-than-bought chicken salad. The chopping is the only thing that takes time and energy in this recipe. I finely diced a large apple and two celery sticks. Then I slightly crushed about a cup of pecans and half a cup of cranberries. After enjoying the two drumsticks, because they're my favorite, I shredded the rest of the chicken into a large bowl. I stirred in the other ingredients along with 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, just enough to coat everything. I'm a big fan of fresh, warm chicken salad, so I scooped out enough for sandwiches before storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge. And the rest, as they say, is lunch! Ok, no one says that, but this recipe makes enough for two or three meals, depending on how much you eat directly from the bowl, either with chips or a spoon, whichev

Simple Bible Verse Mapping To Jumpstart Your Bible Study

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While it breaks my heart, I need to share something with you - I've not been taking my quiet time during the day like I usually do. I'm still praying, still reading and still teaching, but I've not dug as deeply into God's word as faithfully as I once did. Sure, there are a lot of excuses I could give, like increased responsibilities at work, stress, exhaustion, spring cleaning ... but you already know these because you're probably experiencing some of them, too. Excuses aside, I need Bible study to keep my mind stimulated, my heart focused and my emotions in check. I am calmer, more at peace and a little wiser after I study, and I want those things back in my life. Hopefully you do, too. During a recent Bible reading time, the devotion quoted Deuteronomy 33:27 in another translation, so I had to go read it in KJV. The words of this beautiful verse made my heart skip a beat: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust

My "Sushi Is My Favorite" Planner Layout

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If I could eat just one thing every day for the rest of my life, the answer will always be sushi. Always. It's my fave. So when I saw these 3D stickers at the craft store, I could picture this layout immediately. This is a much better scenario than staring at a blank planner spread, wondering what I could possibly do to fill this space. After several spreads that seemed, to me anyway, very similar, I wanted to do something completely different, interesting and out of my comfort zone. If there's one thing I hate, it's monotonous repetition, so I arranged the largest images first from corner to corner, then filled it in with thee smaller ones and a few stars and arrows from my sticker stash. My week is going to be filled with board meetings and lots of writing, so my planner will remind me of the fun stuff while I work. I'm sure it will also make me hungry, so I'm also sure I'll be picking up a couple of rolls sometime this week. What thing do you absolutely love

Could That Really Be ... Summer On The Way?

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For several weeks, our area has been plagued with yo-yo temperatures. One day will be hot and steamy, the next will be cool and dreary. It's no wonder half the people I know are sick! But yesterday I was able to take a short walk on the property, and it really actually does look like summer is just around the corner. That deep, dark green covers everything on the property now, that shade that I adore because there are so many layers of trees waving in the breeze. It was winter for so very long - I'm sure you know the feeling where you are - that now I feel like dancing down the trails! So I kind of, sort of, did. I grabbed my camera and took off down the first trail I came to. Danny got the ones on this side of the ponds cleared off, and it felt like a real adventure to go exploring after so many months of ice and snow. Down that trail one direction is my favorite patch of wild blackberry bushes. They're right up the hill from the house, and in another two months they'l

My "Plethora Of Flowers" Planner Layout

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Are you like me and ready to see gardens filled with flowers, but you have no intention of planting them and taking care of them yourself? I know I'm not alone - I have a black thumb, so me trying to grow something is a death sentence for those plants. Instead, I fill my planner with them! To make the cluster on the left, I layered white-rimmed flower stickers, letting the first row hang off the edge of the page. Then I worked in, moving them to the middle to create the half circle. All that's left is trimming off the hanging-over stickers to make the straight edge. Those trimmed-off stickers were perfect for scattering around both pages, lining up the straight edges around and about. A few words, banner journaling blocks and some beautiful butterflies pull it all together and create a garden of my very own, work free! How can you add flowers to your planner pages this week?

Perseverance Learned From A 350-Piece Sushi Puzzle

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There are many, many people out there who love to put puzzles together. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. When I was very little, I would memorize where the pieces of a puzzle went and would assemble them in order. That's how much I don't enjoy doing them. But I saw this sushi (one of my favorite things) puzzle (not one of my favorite things) at the store, and I had to try it. Problem #1 - the edge pieces are almost entirely black. As soon as I saw that, I almost put the pieces back in the box so I could go read a book. Solution #1 - separate the inside pieces by color and go from there. Victory #1! I'm no quitter. Problem #2 - The whole process was slow-going because there are multiples of one sushi roll in the picture. Just because I had all the rice pieces together didn't mean they were all part of the same section. Yes, I almost went to find that book to read, but I refused to quit. Solution #2 - Match up the colors around each piece because those colors and roll