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‘Twas the Day After Christmas

 

‘Twas the Day After Christmas
By  Unknown

1 xmas july 2

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, Every creature was hurtin’ even the mouse.

The toys were all broken, their batteries dead; Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.

Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, While upstairs the family continued to snore.
And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans, I went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.

The driver was smiling, so lively and grand; The patch on his jacket said “U.S. POSTMAN.”

With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox. Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.
Bill after bill, after bill, they still came. Whistling and shouting he called them by name:

“Now Dillard’s, now Broadway’s, now Penny’s and Sears Here’s Robinson’s, Levitz’s and Target’s and Mervyn’s.

To the tip or your limit, every store, every mall, Now chargeaway-chargeaway-chargeaway all!”

He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work. He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.

He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road, Driving much faster with just half a load.

Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,

“ENJOY WHAT YOU BOUGHT……. YOU’LL BE PAYING ALL YEAR!

 

LaDiDa

 Featured Recipe               Leftovers Chicken Salad Supreme
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I don’t know why, but many people seem to think that single people have no food in their house or their fridge or won’t cook and will starve to death unless I take home all of their leftovers from Christmas, Thanksgiving, and every event and celebration they have or will have. Sometimes I think they only invite me so that they have a living garbage disposal.    

As you can tell from the name of this recipe I am using up leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner today.       

You could use turkey or even ham in this recipe and it would be just as delicious.

As for the dried fruit and walnuts you can use any fruits or nuts you have lurking around in your pantry. This is what I had in mine today. I try to use all open packages of dried fruits, nuts, or candy the last week or two in December. Then I can start off the New Year buying fresh again; that way I know I have fresh dried fruit and nuts in my pantry for another year.

This cook’s way of “out with old,” and “in with the new.”                                                                 

This is what you will need for 3 people:

2 cups cubed cooked chicken*

1 long stalk celery chopped

1-2 teaspoons olive oil

1 cup seedless green grapes divided

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup sour cream

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ cantaloupe

Left over dried fruit**

Left over walnuts**

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*If you do not have  any left over chicken, cook a piece or two of your favorite chicken parts in some chicken broth and let cool completely before using in the salad.

** I use ONLY how much is left in the package. I buy nothing new for this recipe.

Here is what you do:

Toast the walnuts over low heat tossing once or twice. You will smell the nuts when they are toasted enough. Set aside to cool.

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Shred or cut the chicken into medium sized cubes. I just shred, or tear apart the chicken. I think it looks prettier for some reason. I am weird like that! 🙂

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Wash and then chop the celery.

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Using a fruit baller make cantaloupe balls.

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Wash and then cut ¾ cup of the grapes in half. Reserve the whole ones.

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In a bowl sprinkle the cubed chicken with the olive oil.

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Gently mix in the celery and the halved grapes and the, and salt and pepper to taste.

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Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, and Dijon mustard and gently toss gently until mixed.

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Divide the chicken salad between 3 plates.

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Toss some of the dried fruit and walnuts on top.

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Place some of the whole grapes and the cantaloupe balls to the side of each salad.

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Serve with bread, crackers and /or soup.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 cups cubed cooked chicken         $0.00 leftovers

                                                   $5.40 as best I can figure if not using leftovers

1 long stalk celery chopped           $0.16

1-2 teaspoons olive oil                  $0.36

1 cup seedless green grapes         $0.98

¼ cup mayonnaise                       $0.50

¼ cup sour cream                        $0.52

½teaspoon Dijon mustard             $0.04

½ cantaloupe                               $1.49

Left over dried fruit                       $0.39

Left over walnuts                          $0.24

Salt and pepper to taste                $.0.00                              

Total cost = $4.68
Cost per person = $1.56
If using bought chicken not leftovers Total cost = $10.08
Cost per person = $3.36

Quote of the Day

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

H.L. Mencken

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Where the poem came from: TheFrugalMomma via frugal living.

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