Al Fresco with Autumn: Chicken Salad Towers

Every time I go home to visit family I learn something new in the kitchen. Our last trip in August was no exception. The weather was broiling, and our busy hungry family needed something quick, cool and healthy. Mom whipped out this simple recipe, and literally, just ask my husband, I’ve eaten it for lunch almost every day since. Sometimes you just need a break from the heavy-breaded sando, so give this little cracker variety a whirl. It’s particularly tasty with a small bowl of tomato soup and a Diet Coke. Oh yeah baby…back to basics.

Chicken Salad Towers

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

1 12oz can of chunk chicken breast

2 Tbsps spicy pickle relish

2 Tbsps lite mayonnaise

Ground Pepper

Milton’s Multi-Grain Crackers

Avocado – sliced

Tomato – sliced

Directions

1. In a small bowl, mix together chicken breast, relish, and mayonnaise.

2. Top each cracker with a spoonful of above mixture, adding avocado slice and then tomato slices on top.

3. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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Celebrity Baby Scoop Giveaway: Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System

Fall is officially here, and we are excited to let you know that our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop, the go-to celebrity parents news source with the latest scoop on Hollywood’s most popular parents and kids, made the start of the new season even more fabulous! This week, Celebrity Baby Scoop is offering a giveaway of an Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System. It’s the perfect stroller for autumn walks with your little one through the park!

The Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System features a stroller and rear-facing infant car seat, as well as a storage basket beneath the seat, a snack tray, and front swivel wheels. The stroller supports up to 50 lbs., folds for easy transport, and has a reclining seat and a height-adjustable comfort grip handle. The stroller meets ASTM Standards, as it also features a 5-point harness, locking wheels, LATCH-equipped car seat, and a foot-activated dual-rear parking brake. A $249.99 value!

TO WIN the Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System, you must:

  • leave a comment on the Celebrity Baby Scoop post about the contest. Please state why you want to win! One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest. One entry per person, per day.

This contest ends Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 7:00 pm EST. This contest is open to US Residents only! Good luck!

Be sure to check out Celebrity Baby Scoop for exclusive interviews and the latest news and pics of your favorite celeb mommies, babies, tots, fashion, and baby products! Stay updated on Hollywood mamas like Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, and Victoria Beckham! See below for several of Celebrity Baby Scoop’s exclusive stories and interviews.

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A Look At Hollywood’s Karate Kids:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/09/19/a-look-at-hollywoods-karate-kids

Splitting Image: Celebrities & Their Little Lookalikes:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/09/12/spitting-image-celebrities-their-little-lookalikes

Anthony Anderson Debuts ‘Guys With Kids’:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/09/11/anthony-anderson-debuts-guys-with-kids

Ali Landry Hosts Red CARpet Star-Studded Event:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/09/10/ali-landry-hosts-red-carpet-star-studded-event

A Look At 5 Stepfamilies In Hollywood:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/08/22/a-look-at-5-stepfamilies-in-hollywood

A Look At 10 Best Dressed Celebrity Moms:

http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/08/15/a-look-at-10-best-dressed-celebrity-moms

Fall Essential: Lightweight Scarf

Our Fall Essential series through the month of September, we covered: the riding boots, the trench coat and the chunky knit sweater.  Our very last essential for the crisp, fall weather is the lightweight scarf.

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On a recent trip to San Francisco, we discovered how important it was to have a scarf at all times.  The city is known for its brisk and chilly mornings and evenings and very warm afternoons.  A scarf plays an essential role in layering.

We prefer scarves that are large, yet lightweight so that we can easily roll them and stow them away in our purses but we want them large enough so that we can wrap them around our necks for added warmth.  We like to pair our scarves with a blazer or thin jacket for an easy and put-together look.

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Tell us, do you consider the lightweight scarf a Fall Essential? What do you pair your scarf with?

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How To: Unique Wood-Mounted Art for Kids Room

How To: Unique Wood-Mounted Art for Kids Room

In eager anticipation of the arrival of our 2nd babygirl, I treated myself to some unique art for the “girls” room that I have had my eye on for a long time. The only problem? How to frame art for a kids room, in a way that is both toddler and earthquake safe.  I came up with what I think is a pretty groovy technique, though surely I’m not the first to think of it. Check out the video below and feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments, I’d love to hear what creative twists you may have to offer!

Supplies:

-Artists Wood Panel

-Acrylic paint

-foam brush

-gel medium

-art or photos

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1. Paint your wood panel with the selected color, including all 4 sides. Allow to dry. Note: to achieve a watercolor effect, I watered my paint down by almost a 3:1 ratio.

2. Apply a thin layer of gel medium to the back of your art, and affix it to the top of the wood panel, carefully selecting the location as it will dry & stick fast. Allow to dry.

3. Apply a thin layer of gel medium on top of entire visible side of wood panel, paying extra attention to smooth brush strokes on top of the art. Work out as many air bubbles as you can without damaging art. A few may remain and that’s ok! Just adds character. Allow to dry.

4. Continue applying layers of medium until you achieve the desired look. Allow to dry in between each layer.

Et voila. Uniquely mounted art for your home or kids room, sans the expensive frame or dangerous glass. Let the creative juices flow!

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How To: Unique Wood-Mounted Art for Kids Room

 

In eager anticipation of the arrival of our 2nd babygirl, I treated myself to some unique art for the “girls” room that I have had my eye on for a long time. The only problem? How to frame art for a kids room, in a way that is both toddler and earthquake safe.  I came up with what I think is a pretty groovy technique, though surely I’m not the first to think of it. Check out the video below and feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments, I’d love to hear what creative twists you may have to offer!

Supplies:

  • Artists Wood Panel
  • Acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • gel medium
  • art or photos

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  1. Paint your wood panel with the selected color, including all 4 sides. Allow to dry. Note: to achieve a watercolor effect, I watered my paint down by almost a 3:1 ratio.
  2. Apply a thin layer of gel medium to the back of your art, and affix it to the top of the wood panel, carefully selecting the location as it will dry & stick fast. Allow to dry.
  3. Apply a thin layer of gel medium on top of entire visible side of wood panel, paying extra attention to smooth brush strokes on top of the art. Work out as many air bubbles as you can without damaging art. A few may remain and that’s ok! Just adds character. Allow to dry.
  4. Continue applying layers of medium until you achieve the desired look. Allow to dry in between each layer.

Et voila. Uniquely mounted art for your home or kids room, sans the expensive frame or dangerous glass. Let the creative juices flow!

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Follow Totsy’s West Coast Mom – Autumn Moss Penaloza – on Twitter @AutumnPenaloza

Baked Potato Soup – Crockpot Style

When we posted our Question of the Day about what comfort soup people love to drink on a brisk fall day, we got overwhelming requests for the baked potato soup. We are sharing that recipe here!

We love to cook anything in a crock pot because you dump in all the ingredients and let it cook for a few hours so in between, you can run errands or whatever! Check out our easy and yummy recipe.

Makes 4-6 servings

You’ll Need:

  • 6 medium potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2-4 large garlic cloves, minced – we love garlic, so we use 4 whole ones
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, low fat sour cream and bacon bits

Step-by-Step:

  1. Saute the onions until they are translucent in a pan on stove – throw into crock pot.
  2. Throw in potatoes, garlic, bay leaf, salt, chicken broth.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours (or high for 2-4 hours) – or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. In a skillet, melt the butter over low heat and slowly stir in flour. Whisk until thickened. Once thickened, slowly add in 1 cup of hot soup from the crockpot. Do this another 2 times until you have a nice thick creamy sauce.
  5. Pour it all back into the crock pot.
  6. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and ladle into bowls.
  8. Add toppings as desired.

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Baked Potato Soup – Crock Pot Style

When we posted our Question of the Day about what comfort soup people love to drink on a brisk fall day, we got overwhelming requests for the baked potato soup. We are sharing that recipe here!

We love to cook anything in a crock pot because you dump in all the ingredients and let it cook for a few hours so in between, you can run errands or whatever! Check out our easy and yummy recipe.

Makes 4-6 servings

You’ll Need:

  • 6 medium potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2-4 large garlic cloves, minced – we love garlic, so we use 4 whole ones
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ cup of flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings: sliced green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, low fat sour cream and bacon bits

Step-by-Step:

  1. Saute the onions until they are translucent in a pan on stove – throw into crock pot.
  2. Throw in potatoes, garlic, bay leaf, salt, chicken broth.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours (or high for 2-4 hours) – or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. In a skillet, melt the butter over low heat and slowly stir in flour. Whisk until thickened. Once thickened, slowly add in 1 cup of hot soup from the crockpot. Do this another 2 times until you have a nice thick creamy sauce.
  5. Pour it all back into the crock pot.
  6. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste and ladle into bowls.
  8. Add toppings as desired.