Monthly Archives: August 2014

Show Him You Love Him

Show Him You Love HIm ~ LifeOfJoy.meIt is amazing to me how something as simple as leaving the recliner and my laptop and going and sitting on the sofa with Mike at 9pm in the evening can make such a difference in how Mike and I relate to one another. It makes him feel loved and important in my life. OH! How I wish someone had given me these tips when I was younger . . . Huh! I wish someone had given me these tips a year ago, because by now, our marriage would be so much stronger and healthier and happier.

I was astonished to find out that he felt that there was little place in my life for him because I had volunteer work I do; I sang on the worship team, which required a night out each week and early departure for church on Sundays, I have support groups I run online, I have a newsletter that I did, I had the kids to tend to, the house to clean, food to make, and I needed to relax too . . . He felt lost in the cracks and I couldn’t understand this before, they are his kids too, his house and food too . . . It isn’t like I ignored him or his “needs”. I thought I was doing good; I go to bed when he does, get up around the time he does, I make him a hot breakfast before he leaves and pack him a lunch each day, have his clothes washed, try to have things ‘picked up’ when he gets home in the evening, and have dinner ready shortly after he gets home. I don’t spend time in another room in the house in the evenings, we are all in the living room together; we may all be doing something different but we are together and do share what we are doing with each other.

I thought I was sacrificing and doing good . . . But he saw clutter and that one pair of pants that he wanted to wear tomorrow were dirty, and would’ve liked to have had dessert or something different for dinner. He saw me on the computer, neglecting him. Much like I imagine God feels, he just wanted me to pay some attention to him. It is sad that it has taken me this long to get it, but thankfully, I finally did! Now, I hope to help you!
Around the time I got this realization, we were able to spend the weekend together and have a chance to just talk. You see, God had been preparing me. I picked up a book from Mardel’s (a local Christian bookstore) entitled Before the Last Resort: 3 Simple Questions to Rescue Your Marriage, by George Kenworthy. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! The author pastored a church in Minneapolis where he saw God heal about 90% of the marriages of all the couples they counseled. Did you see that? 90%!!! These weren’t just slightly troubled marriages, some of these were severely troubled, like one couple ready to file divorce because one partner was living with another man having an adulterous affair. The stories he shares are astounding, and do precisely what he shares them for, GIVES HOPE !

One of the first things that struck me was the 3 simple questions he asks, questions EVERY Christian should be willing to answer yes to and very easy to do. Then he suggests a “Communication Date” which is very simple as well but I have to tell you, it shook me.
On this ‘date’ you tell your spouse how you felt their love for you this week. Wow! Stop and think about that a minute – Have you shown your love to your spouse in a way that he will recognize??? Or that will make an impression with him??? It was out of this thought that the “sofa time” with my husband has emerged. What will you do this week to ensure that your husband feels your love for him?

At any rate, back to my story, Mike and I were able to just talk, not confront, argue, gripe, or nag about anything. It had been a very busy two weeks of volunteer work and I was afraid to ask him “how he felt my love for him” recently, as was suggested in the book, because I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to pinpoint anything in all our busyness but thankfully he did. It was a good weekend and we were able to connect with each other and then fellowship with several couples around our age from the church we were attending at the time. It was a truly enjoyable weekend.

Finally, in an effort to keep this a G-rated article, I will merely say that I have put effort into “spicing up” our time alone. No one likes to be caught in a rut or feel that they are the initiator all the time. Surprise your man! Do something you haven’t done before! Bring a  smile to his face. Let him know that you still desire him too.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Another Week Has Passed

Christmas will be here before we know it ~ LifeofJoy.meIt is hard to believe that another full week has passed. I am amazed how quickly time goes by. Christmas will be here before we know it. ;) I love the Christmas season; it is so colorful, cheerful, and festive. I think the key to enjoying the holiday season is to be prepared and keep from getting overly busy; but that is how I try to keep every day – some days I’m successful and others I’m not but I keep trying. :) In years passed I have seen a “program” (for lack of a better word) for getting prepared for the holidays called The Holiday Grand Plan in which you follow their schedule of cleaning, planning, baking, and preparing for Christmas and you’ll end up at Christmas with a clean house and everything done. I think this plan began in the beginning of August. So I guess I should start thinking about what all I want to accomplish by Christmas and set some goals because you cannot accomplish goals that you don’t make. ;)

This week was a fairly quiet week. Although I have to say that I am very pleased that Lauren tried another entree she doesn’t like elsewhere and liked it here. :) She did however, say it wasn’t her favorite though and I’m okay with that. She was so cute when she tried the first bite, again she looked at Brian and then just kind of shook her head and said nothing but it was very reminiscent of last week’s egg roll episode. :) I love that girl!

I saw a couple of interesting articles this week;  one was on “grounding.” It is one of those things that sounds interesting and worth further investigation. The article on Dr. Mercola’s website said it helps promote self healing. It is a shame that we have such a problem with sand burrs on our property or I’d go barefoot outside as well as inside. As it is, Tiffany and I have taken a few minutes a couple days this week, to go barefoot in the small, narrow burr free zone in front of the house. Remarkably, that small section is nearly as big as our “yard” was years ago when we lived in a very nice trailer park.

The other article was about the soil helping with mood disorders – soil, as in gardening. This makes me want to get out and play in the dirt, but definitely away from those pesky sand burrs. :D

I just took a minute and searched for the Holiday Grand Plan and found that it is up and running and doesn’t start until August 31st this year. Hey, I’m not late! Here’s the link in case you want to check it out too. I have to admit that I think it was this plan/program that helped me to think clearly about the holidays and get focused allowing me to fully enjoy this special season.

This is our red sunflower that Tiffany and I planted. It is definitely different. It looks bigger than it is; it measures about five inches across from petal tip to petal tip. The yellow sunflower in the background measures about eight inches from petal tip to petal tip. I’ll be saving a few of these seeds to plant some again next year. ;)

Red Sunflower ~ LifeofJoy.me

Until next time, God bless,

Michele  ºÜº

What is MOST Important?

What is Most Important? ~ LifeofJoy.meWhen we had our first child, we knew the most important thing was to raise him to love God and to follow after Him but beyond that, we just knew he needed to be able to be successful in this life.

Since we are products of the public school system, we didn’t really know anything other than the public school way. As I mentioned before when Brian, our eldest, was 4, we enrolled him in the private school of the church we attended. He loved it. BUT he only loved the fun and kids to play with; he did not care about letters, their names, or their sounds. By the end of the school year the other children were sounding out C-V-C words but Brian still didn’t care about letters or their sounds or really anything academic. Consequently the next year was going to be a struggle for him, so we made the decision to homeschool him. (Well, add to that the fact that the tuition for Kindergarten was nearly double the fee for pre-K.)

In the beginning I just thought educating my children was about academics but I came to realize that it was more about raising them to be the kind of people God wants them to be rather than just filling their heads with knowledge. Thus it brought me to a point where I had to consider what things were important to teach the children.

Of course, they needed to learn to read, write, and do arithmetic. They needed to be aware of the world around them, history, and how things work. Then I realized that learning about God, how to act, be and treat others were important too.

We decided that teaching the children about God and encouraging them to have a relationship with Him was our highest priority. When I was in my early teens, I didn’t really know what I believed; my religion was more about what I could and couldn’t do than what I believed. Thus I knew I wanted the children to know what they believed and why, including Biblical support for what they believed. If these were going to be our priorities then how would we have time to learn all the things that schools said needed to be learned?

Then I was introduced to some wonderful educational ideas that liberated me. Basically, educating children is NOT about filling their heads with knowledge like a bucket with water but more like teaching them HOW to learn, like igniting a fire inside them  with a thirst for knowledge. When I thought back to things I learned in school, especially about history or biology, I realized that I didn’t remember certain things I had been taught and passed on tests but that it didn’t matter because if I need that information, I know how to find what I need. Thus teaching my children how to learn became a priority as well.

With all these as our priorities in educating our children, I realized that our “school” day was not reflecting these priorities and thus we needed to change how we did things.

My admonishment is to think about what is important to you. What do you want your children to value? Are you teaching these things to them? How? Are you modeling what you believe to be important or just telling them? Children follow what they see far more frequently than what they are told.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Early Zentangles

As I mentioned in my first post, a friend introduced me to Zentangle in 2009. I’m so Zentangle 1thankful that she did. I came home and devoured the official website, read its newsletter archives, and made me a notebook containing printouts of the tangle directions.

One might think that since I created my first Zentangles five years ago that I would be “an expert” at it but as I’ve said before, I have not consistently drawn; consequently I’m still pretty new at it. I have thought about maybe going to a CZT seminar but it is not something God has given me the go ahead to do as yet. ;)

Last week I shared some Zentangles I did earlier this year. Today I am sharing some of my best from my first Zentangles. I encourage you to try your hand at it; you just might be filled with wonder at what you can create too. ;)

This one has cubine and nzepple as the main two tangles. You can find the directions in the archives of the official Zentangle website or at tanglepatterns.com both are free and have LOTS of information.

In this one I used cubine; it was one of my favorites and still is one of my “go-to” tangles.

Zentangle 3

In this one I used cadent, cubine, crescent moon, and a few others I cannot remember the names of. It kind of reminds me of a pineapple. ;)

Zentangle 5

I don’t know what I have in this next one but it kind of reminds me of a quilt or something.

Zentangle 4

Well, I hope these will inspire you to try your hand at some kind of art this week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

How to Core an Apple

Well, I thought I might share my egg roll recipe here today but I realized that we did not take any pictures of the final product last week. :(  I’ve toyed with what other recipe to share today and decided that rather than push it and be rushed getting this post published that I would share a tip with you today.

I have broken my fair share of apple corers. So much so, that I have stopped buying them. I still have times when I need my apples cored though. I’ve been using this method for so long that I’m not sure if I came up with this on my own or if I read about it online but here it is any way. :)

Cut the apple in half pole to pole, from stem to blossom end.Apple Cut Pole-to-PoleSplit apple and melon baller

Now, take a melon baller (You know that odd little tool that you keep in your gadget drawer that you never use because you cut your watermelons in slices.) and remove the core from each half of the apple.

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The last step is to notch out the stem and blossom end.

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When I make apple pie or apple cake, I peel the apples before cutting or coring.

Today I made a Waldorf Salad with my apple. It is very simple to make. I chopped the apple, finely diced 2/3 of a stalk of celery, cut about 12 grapes in half or fourths, and chopped about 1/3 cup of walnuts.IMG_9070

Then I add about 1/3 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing, sprinkling of sugar or drizzle of honey, a dash of milk but you could add a dash of lemon juice instead, and a dash of salt (and pepper if you like).

Wasy Waldorf Salad

I hope you enjoyed this tip and simple “recipe.”

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

No Excuses

ObstaclesLast week I talked about making time for you and your spouse. I know that no matter what age your children are that there are obstacles to spending time alone together but I’m here to help. God has sent me to some wonderful sources of ideas and encouragement that I will share with you in the weeks to come. Some of the  ideas can be done with the entire family and just  continued with  you and your hubby in the privacy of your room after the kids have gone to bed. Some of the ideas on the sites I will share, are just plain FUN and can be done just as a fun time for the family. If you choose to do an activity as a family, be sure to snuggle up to  your honey and shower him with attention as you all enjoy the activities together.

Here are three obstacles or excuses for not spending time alone with your spouse and ways to jump over them.

#1:    I have a baby that wakes me up in the middle of the night and so I’m tired.

If this is the case, then there must be a time that the child sleeps during the day, so take a nap at the same time. If you are rested, things will go much better for you.

Even if you home educate your children and you have pre-schoolers, elementary, and/or secondary aged children at home, this will work for you too! Just make each child go to their bed, on which they can have some quiet time. I allowed my children to read, write, draw, color, or do nothing during quiet time, but they had to stay on their bed and could NOT talk (this kept them from disturbing me or the baby and kept them from fighting). {The reason they had to stay on their own bed was because the boys shared a room and I didn’t want them fighting over toys or making ANY noise at all. If your children don’t have their own bed, you could set up quiet spots for certain ones, on a sofa or recliner, on the floor on a blanket under the kitchen table and rotate places if this is a source of squabbles, that way everyone will have their turn in the ‘fun’ spot.}

#2    I have children that don’t have a nap time any more and stay up about as late as I do.

You have several options for alone time with hubby. There is nothing wrong with having your kids go to their room earlier, one night a week. Just explain to them that Mom and Dad need to have some time alone together––explain that God wants you and daddy to stay best friends and the best way to do that is to have time alone together in the evening, once a week.

You could make this a special time for the children. Maybe you could make it dessert night, served right after dinner so that they come down off the sweet rush before bed. Make it a night they get to watch a special show in their room, laying on the floor on sleeping bags with the lights out and eating popcorn. Maybe it is a night that they can play with certain toys in their bed or read a book longer than usual in bed. If you need more ideas, contact me with your special circumstances and I’m sure God will give us an answer, tailor made for your situation.

You could have one night be “go to bed early night” and one night be “stay up late night”. My kids looked forward to Friday night, after they got older, because I’d let them stay up until 3:00 am if they wanted but Mike and I would not stay up late ourselves. The key here is that they had to get up by 9:00 am on Saturday and weren’t allowed to take a nap unless we were all doing so. In other words, they couldn’t sacrifice their time with the family because they had chosen to stay up late the night before.

#3    I have older children/teens; this is can be an awkward time.

We generally go to bed at 10pm each night, or at least start in that direction; so at times, at 9pm I go and sit on the sofa, where Mike joins me. There he puts his arm around me or I scratch his back or rub his shoulders, as we watch a show on television together with the kids. By doing this, Mike and I are giving each other our attention and still spending time with the kids and not requiring them to make any changes.

Because my kids are old enough to stay home alone, we now have the ability to go out alone with no babysitter required. Yours may not be old enough for you to spend an extended time away from home with them unsupervised but maybe they can be alone for 30 minutes or so, which is long enough for you two to take a short walk together and have a little time to talk – not gripe – to each other. Sit out on the patio with some lemonade or sweet tea or some other special drink for the two of you, as you spend a short time alone together. Take a blanket out in the back yard and lay down and watch the stars together for a little bit.

As I said before, it is VITAL that you spend time with your honey; give him SPECIAL
attention! Let him know that HE is the most important thing in your life, besides God! I know those children NEED you. I know you get run down and burnt out and just plain tired but your spouse NEEDS you too. Think about this for a minute; think about your intimate times with your hubby. Recollect  how you felt about those times when you were first married. Now, try to recreate that  feeling and attention you had back then.I won’t say any more about that here but know that if you need someone to talk to, God has helped me and I’d be glad to share with you confidentially.

If none of this seems like it will work for you, Pray! Ask God! He has the answer for you because His desire is for you to be in correct relationship with your husband.

First Week Wrap-up

My Week in a Nut Shell ~ LifeOfJoy.meFriday is here! I’ve cycled through each of the daily categories. Some were more challenging than others and some challenges proved to be tougher than I could rectify this time around but I will keep working on it until I figure it out. ;)

It’s been an interesting week. On Saturday the guys increased our internet antenna a couple dozen feet in hopes that we will have better reception – so far, so good. It was pretty hot though and it zapped their energy for the rest of the day.

While the boys were on the roof getting things started, Mike was at the furniture store purchasing a new living room sofa and recliner! Whoo Hoo!!!! Praise God! We went to that store on a date night last fall. Mike got one recliner for me right after Christmas, but it was nice to get the rest of what we looked at nearly a year ago. AND, while Mike was gone to get the furniture, we girls (my daughter Tiffany, my daughter-in-love Lauren, and I) took apart the old sofa, moved it into the “library”, and reassembled it . . . a great feat, for which we felt very accomplished and proud of ourselves. :)

Sunday we came home to lunch in the crockpot and I learned another way NOT to make Baked Ziti. ;) But I do have another idea and will try again in a few weeks; at least it was edible and the drop biscuits Tiffany made helped cover up the overcooked pasta.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the work done on my website that I wanted to over the weekend and ended up scrambling several times this week. Just last night, I scheduled the post for publishing and this morning, with limited internet connectivity because of the thunder storm, I saw that something happened and it didn’t publish. You see, I had to turn off the internet that the guys worked on Saturday, because of the storm, as leaving it on when there is thunder and lightning can fry the chip and leave us with a hefty repair. AND because of the storm/cloud cover the satellite internet kept resetting. I finally got connected and then after another reconnection, got it published. So that explains the late publishing of the post yesterday morning. :)

I like Mondays because Tiffany cooks dinner and Sean cleans up thus giving me a day off. She made a wonderful meal that we just couldn’t seem to get enough of; I’ll probably be sharing it within the next several weeks.

I love Lauren, my daughter-in-love. She admits that she is a picky eater, consequently  I feel quite accomplished when she tries something here that she doesn’t normally like and ends up liking it. I’m always very proud of her when she goes outside of her comfort zone to taste a known offender. :) Recently Tiffany and I fixed homemade egg rolls, which Lauren doesn’t like; she tried a bite and resignedly looked at her husband, my Brian, and simply said, “Really?!” and she reached forward and grabbed an egg roll and proceeded to eat one and a half! Whoo hoo! Yay Lauren! :)

I can usually manipulate graphics pretty well, but they are beating me this week, where this website are concerned. I will eventually get them conquered but until I do, please bear with me and the way the graphics are looking. Once I figure this background transparency out, I intend to go back and fix this week’s pictures.

For the second week in a row, Tiffany and I have gone out to the van to leave to run our weekly errands and the battery is dead. It appears that I have not properly taught her how to ensure that the ignition is turned off completely. Our van key will come out of the ignition even when the van is running, so it can be a bit tricky.

Last Saturday when I was getting ready to prepare dinner, I couldn’t find the turkey sausage. So I sent Tiffany out to the van to see if we’d missed a bag in our soggy state, having been rained on while out. She found it with her nose first! So she got the keys and opened the windows a bit to air it out. She was very careful to jiggle the key, just like I showed her, to ensure that it was indeed, turned off. Unfortunately that is what I taught her to do when it ended up draining the battery. :( Oh well! I hope I don’t need to say it, but I will anyway; I have rectified this situation and she now knows the key must be lined up with the notch by the key to ensure it is in the proper place and not drain the battery.

Now, I wonder if you caught the fact that Tiffany rolled the windows down a bit to air out the van AND that we JUST found out about the error TODAY. AND I mentioned that it RAINED over night. Are you putting all these things together? If you have, you will probably not be surprised to know that when I got in the van before finding out that the battery was dead, my pants got wet. Yes, it added so much to my joy! :D

So, I sit here writing this blog post when I should have been in town running errands. But I’m ok with that, as I got to catch up with a sweet friend with a phone call that I would have missed otherwise. I went out to see if the battery had charged enough to start but alas, it had not and then it dawned on my “lightning fast mind,” if I ask my hubby to bring home some cheese for the fajitas I planned for dinner tonight, we won’t have to go out this afternoon. You see, it takes my daughter and I about 3-4 hours to run our errands, partly because it is 30 minutes travel time, one way and partly because we don’t really like to rush and thus make the task unenjoyable.

Well, that’s my week, in a nutshell (Well, maybe I was a little verbose for a “nutshell.”;). I’m hoping for a better, more productive one next week. ;)

Until next time, have a great weekend and God bless,

Michele ºÜº

The Important Things

Important ThingsIn the very early days of our home education journey, I knew the Bible was the most important thing I could teach my children but it didn’t translate to our school day. We were active in our church which had good children’s programs, so they were getting some biblical instruction. However, I am sad to say that studying the Bible was not something we did on a daily basis. As time went on, we changed curricula and Bible study became the center of the children’s education.

I began to hear about reading aloud to my children and its benefits. I liked the idea but treated it more as a reward for getting the other “important” subjects done first. Unfortunately, I did not view it as very important because we treated it more like dessert and dessert is something we do not eat every day.

After several years of hearing about reading aloud to my children and how important it was, I decided to follow the example of a fellow homeschooler and moved it to one of the first things we did each “school” day. Finally, we were consistently reading aloud and enjoying some of its benefits.

So my admonishment to you today is to prayerfully consider which things are the most important and place them in your day accordingly. Know that “life” happens and the things with the highest priority are the ones that will get completed the most consistently.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Zentangle

I really enjoy tangling. Here are a few Zentangles I have done this year, though technically I guess they are Zentangle Inspired Art pieces (zia) since they are not done on a 3½” x 3½” tile.

The tangles I used in this one are Msst, Fescu, and Mooka. If you want directions on how to draw these for yourself, you can find them on the awesome Tangle Patterns website.

Msst, Fescu, and Mooka

I like the Tangle Library app on the iPhone. This next one I was trying to do Flutterbud from that app but I failed; I kept working with it until it was acceptable to me. I added Ahh.

Ahh, Flutterbud (ish)

The last one I’ll share for today is one of my favorites. I wanted to try out B-rad’s (the Diva‘s husband) phicops in the shape resembling a pinecone. This one also has Kuke, purk, and printemps in it, with a bit of Jacki from Sandy Bartholomew too (Jacki is also on the Tangle Library iPhone app).

Purk, Printemps, Phicops, Kuke, and Jacki

It is not necessary to know the tangle pattern names to enjoy working with them; I only list them so others can find the directions to make their own attempt at drawing them for themselves. They are fun because I can get decent results as I follow the step-by-step instructions. I hope these inspire you (and your kids) to try it for yourself.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele  ºÜº

Chicken and Fries Salad ~ LifeOfJoy.me

Chicken and Fries Salad

This is probably the day of my posts that will see the most change over time; recipes take more setup than other types of posts, to allow users to print or store them in an easy and formatted way. So please be patient with me and know that I am working on it.

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Chicken and Fries Salad ~ LifeOfJoy.meYears ago one of my cousins had a restaurant. One of the dishes they had on the menu was Steak and Fries Salad. It sounded odd but I was told it was delicious and when I finally had the opportunity to eat at their restaurant, it did not disappoint me. I re-created this deliciousness at home but have changed the main meat to chicken, since my husband is allergic to both beef and pork. (It took me a long time to realize that I could make most any recipe and just substitute the meat used if it was originally a beef or pork recipe.) The picture above is how I like mine but I serve it buffet style so the kids can add what they want.

Basic SaladThe first thing to do is preheat the oven and put the french fries in the oven to bake; this time we used Seasoned French Fries. We like ours good and crispy. Now  time to get started on the actual salad part. I have included a variety of lettuces (artisan, romaine, and green leaf), sliced radish, shredded carrot, and finely diced mini peppers but use whatever you like.

Next I saute diced onions and sliced fresh mushrooms in butter over medium-high heat, while I cut the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Since my kids don’t care for onions and mushrooms, I let them caramelize in one skillet and begin to saute the chicken in a tiny bit of oil, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Now, juggling all the pans and the oven, get any other veggies and the cheese prepped. Cucumbers and tomatoes are my veggies of choice. Again, my kids don’t like these veggies, so I don’t include them in with the rest of the salad, besides that, if there is any leftover salad, it will stay good and not get all wet and wilted when stored. Now cube the block of cheese into small bite-size pieces; I don’t add this in with the rest of the salad, so that if there is any leftover, it can be stored separately as well.

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Have each person build their own salad. I like to put the base salad fNew Favorite Dressingirst then add any extra cold veggies and cheese, then add the cooked veggies and meat, and then top with the fries. I then top it with dressing. I have had it with Ranch, Catalina, and my new favorite Creamy Vidalia Onion; my daughter eats it without dressing – to each his own.Chicken and Fries Salad No Dressing

Chicken and Fries Salad

Ingredients

  • Lettuce or your preferred salad blend
  • Veggies of your choosing, I use:
  • Radish, sliced thin
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Mini Bell Peppers, finely diced
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Cucumber, cut as desired
  • Small Onion, diced
  • 4-6oz Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1# Chicken Breast, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz. block, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, or variety of your choosing, cut into small cubes
  • 32 oz bag frozen french fries, regular or seasoned (I use about 3/4 of the bag because we love fries.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to temperature required for baking fries.
  2. Bake fries as directed on package. (I like to add a bit of oil spray to help them get crispy.)
  3. Heat skillet on medium-high with about 1/2 tablespoon butter or oil; add onions and mushrooms. Cook until caramelized adding more butter or oil as needed.
  4. Heat about 1/2 tablespoon of oil in another skillet over medium-high (or add to mushrooms and onions once they are translucent, if you don't have picky eaters) and add chicken pieces; cook just until done (over-cooking makes the meat tough).
  5. Make base salad combining lettuce, radish, carrot, peppers, and any other veggies you like.
  6. At the table, I layer base salad, cold veggies, cheese, chicken, warm veggies, fries, and then dressing.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº