Chicken Salad

These are delicious sandwiches and travel beautifully!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 cups grapes, cut
4 chicken breasts, cooked and cut up
1 cup cashews or walnuts, chopped coursely
1/4 cup celery, chopped
green onions
canned peas

Mix salad ingredients and serve on croissants.

For a simple version, leave out cashews, celery, peas and grapes.
Serve on a different bread.


Sue M.’s Scones

We had these for breakfast this morning. Raspberries were a little too tart to add, but the strawberries were delicious!

2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, beaten
milk, enough to make 2/3 cup when added to egg
2 tablespoons sugar

Mix dry ingredients together.
Cut in butter.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
Put dough onto greased cookie sheet and shape into scone.  Sprinkle with sugar if desired.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Throw in some sliced strawberries and lemon zest and top with large sugar crystals for a delicious variation. 
Throw in poppy seeds and lemon zest.

Scallion, cheddar and poppy seed scones. 

Cinnamon scones. I added some cinnamon roll filling and topped with sugar.

Vanilla scones. Topped with sugar and a vanilla glaze.


This is one of the easiest breakfasts to make. Eggs can be cooked right over the cooked potatoes to make a scramble. 

2 red  potatoes, chopped into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces
1 clove minced garlic (I use fresh garlic), or less
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 sausage patties (or sausage of choice), chopped

Throw all ingredients into frying pan with a few tablespoons of oil. Cook on high till potatoes are cooked. Season with Johnny’s or seasoning of choice.

Chewy Granola Bars

Any combination of nuts, fruit, chocolate and seeds can be used in this recipe.

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, can substitute crisped rice cereal for half
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup total of nuts, dried fruit, and seeds (sesame and flax)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9″ X 13″ pan.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup.  Stir in remaining ingredients and work the mixture so that several large clumps stick together.  Using your fingers, press the mixture into the pan very firmly.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until it turns a golden brown (it usually takes me a little longer)
Allow to cool completely before cutting.  Cut into 1 1/2″ X 4″ bars.  Wrap individually in plastic wrap.
These freeze well. Can double into 12′ x 17″ pan.

Auntie Lei’s Jam thumbprint Cookies

My sister Ev made these a few days ago and by the time Mom got home from a lunch date, they were demolished. I guess they’re tasty… 

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla, Or almond
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg yolks and vanilla.
Mix flour and salt.  Add to butter mixture.
Roll dough into balls. Put thumbprint in center. Fill with jelly. Make on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.