Sunday, July 22, 2007

Good Sunday Afternoon

Friday afternoon I hit the "jackpot" at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store. They had a been on fabric and it was $1.00 for each piece. Some of the pieces that I got like the blue and red velveteen had 6 yards on them! I love the Holly Hobby apple fabric, that is destined to become a tote bag! And the blue strawberry fabric is so cute! Can't wait to have time to start creating!

The little metal tray with the flowers has Wisconsin in the middle but I don't care. What a cute way to carry glasses of tea out to the pool without them sliding all around on my tray. There are individual little cup rings on it. I also got the metal colander for .50 and the little elves and snowpeople were in a bag for .50. My favorite finds were the books. The pictures in the Country Flowers of a Victorian Lady are so pretty, and there are some unique recipes in the June Roths Fast and Fancy Cookbook!

Speaking of recipes. I made Cha Cha Chicken Salad from the June 2007 Southern Living Magazine to take to my book club meeting. It was really beautiful and tasted very good, but needed something. I think the next time I make it I am going to increase the curry powder and add a little grated onion. I think that will give it the kick it needed.

Cha Cha Chicken Salad
1 8oz. pkg cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp salt
6 cups chopped cooked chicken ( I cheated and bought a rotiessere chicken)
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple (I drained mine some)
2/3 cup orange-flavored sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup chopped roasted, salted almonds
Garnishes: fresh herbs, (I used mint), blackberries, raspberries, sliced peaches.

Whisk together cream cheese and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in chicken, pineapple and cranberries until blended. If desired (and I did this) spoon mixture into a plastic wrap lined 8 inch round cake pan; cover and chill at least 8 hours. Invert chicken salad onto plate and remove plastic wrap. Gently press almonds onto sides of chicken salad. Garnish if desired.


PEA said...

You're lucky I wasn't at that thrift shop with would have had a fight on your hands for all that fabric and other items!!! hehe How gorgeous is all that fabric and I just love all the other treasures you found! Thank you so much for sharing that recipe with us...will print it out:-) xox

Deborah said...

Hi Linda! I'm Deborah from Pictures, Pots and Pens! I am so excited! I just knew someone would help me find my lost blogger...and YOU did! THANK YOU so much!

I ordered the Beatrix Potter Cooking Book as soon as I saw it yesterday...also ordered Beatrix Potter at Home (I think that's the title). Did you see Mrs. Potter - the movie? I had a smile on my face the whole movie and had to get the DVD to watch it again. If you like Beatrix Potter, you may want to check out her Journal - it is just precious. I found it in the children's book section at Target...but I wouldn't give it to a child. I love it myself!

Well now, that chicken salad looks wonderful and I'm going to copy that recipe if you don't mind.

I'm going to add your place to my list of Friendly People. Oh yes, my daughter...she was married at Smith Mountain Lake about nine years ago. What do you do in you work in town near the market?

It's so good to meet you!

Kelli said...

Wow! You found some wonderful things! I love your new fabric, especially the Holly Hobby fabric...too cute!! Your new tray is very pretty and I'm drooling over the Victorian flower book. :0) Enjoy your new treasures!
P.s. Thank you for helping Deborah find my blog!!

Lynne said...

I sure could use a try like that-I'm always spilling things. Pretty fabric and flower book and the recipe sounds delicious!

Amy said...

That looks and sounds delicious - the perfect summer recipe! I'll have to try that when the hotter season comes around here in December. I love your finds, and all the fabric is divine!

Becky said...

Hi, there! This is my first visit to your blog. Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.

That chicken salad looks so DELICIOUS. At first glance, I thought it was a photo of a dessert.

I love tomato sandwiches too, especially when the tomato is fresh picked, like that lovely one in your photo.

Have a great day!

Lori B said...

Wow! You found a great deal on those fabric pieces.

That chicken salad looks delicious.

smilnsigh said...

This IS beeeeeeeeeautiful! Any yummy too, I'm sure.


HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs - Kim said...

I just love chicken salad...yours looks delicious!

Jenn4Him said...

I am going to a thrift store today as a reward to myself! I am hoping to find bed sheets.