The Small Things

Hairstyles can trigger a lot of anxiety in women. Personally, I can nearly have a panic attack before going to get my hair cut because of too many bad previous experiences. I get to the hair stylist, sit down with plans to be adventurous, and then end up reverting to “just trim it up and style my bangs!”

Kate from the Small Things Blog has become quite the success story. Her hair tutorials went viral on Pinterest and You Tube and she has attracted a lot of people to her blog, me being one of them!

One thing I want to say about Kate is that she seems to be an extremely humble and wonderful woman. On her blog under “about me” she says very straight forward that she is a Christian and finds her worth in Jesus, even though she loves to talk about things like hair (she’s a professional stylist), make up, style and decorating, she serves Christ first.

Because her blog took off so quickly she suddenly started making money off of advertising and other avenues. She posted a while back about how she chose to sponsor a child through Compassion International with some of the funds she received.

I have personally benefited from her hair tutorials so much! They are quick, concise and offer great advice for spicing up your every day hair with tricks and tips for using your straightener, curling iron or other tools.

As a stay at home mom, I can feel down if I don’t take time to get ready during the day, even if we aren’t planning on leaving the house! Of course there are those days where nothing seems to go right and I barely have time to drink my coffee, let alone style my hair! But most days I try to get ready when Caleb is napping or occupied. He usually gets a lot of entertainment out of watching me do my hair and make up!

Ok I’m being brave: here is a picture of my hair just blow dried with NO style yet. It’s scary. You will understand why I need to straighten it, curl it or put it up!

I decided to try out Kate’s latest tutorial on the double bun. You can watch it right here.

So I got three-quarters of the way through and then you can see that Caleb stopped being entertained and got very unimpressed with me wasting time on this!

So I sat him down with a snack and tried to quickly finish this off. Of course I’d never tried this one before so it took me a tiny bit longer then it usually would (or when I re did it later in the day). Here is my final picture. I hope to get a better finished product today when I try it again since I won’t wash my hair again today, so if I do I’ll post another picture! I ran out of bobby pins and that one longer curly piece wouldn’t stay back!

 You can check out her flat-iron tutorial here, and her curling iron tutorial here. These are my two other favourites as they livened up my hair a little more!

You can check out all of Kate’s hair tutorials and other fun blog posts by visiting The Small Things Blog.

Enjoy!

Encouragement with a Scone

This is a bit of a unique Try It Out Tuesday post, but I hope you will give it a read, hear my story from this morning and then make one, or both of these delicious scones!
For the heart…

Today I received a phone call completely out of the blue. I don’t know if I have ever really talked to this person before, but we are in the same denominational circle. I guess you could say the power of blogging and social media linked us together. So when I say out of the blue, that’s truly what I mean.

She called basically to encourage me as a mom and hear what I was struggling with since she had picked up that we were having some issues with Caleb screaming a lot.

She didn’t simply offer advice that worked for them, she affirmed me as a daughter of Christ first, then as a mom.

My tiredness was still with me, but my spirit was rejuvenated. God had spoken to someone to encourage me, let me know they were praying and to build me up. The power of her words and the influence of her obedience is indescribable.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Being the recipient  of a random word of encouragement revealed to me again the power of my words. In my tongue I have the power of life and death.

Which will we choose? Why don’t we each finish off today by trying out what this lady did for me. Be that voice out of the blue in someone’s life, bringing hope and encouragement.

For the home…

I have been loving trying new scone recipes lately. Whether eating them warm with butter or cool and plain, scones are a comfort with tea or coffee.

Perhaps one of these recipes would make the perfect gift for a person you want to encourage?

White Chocolate Raspberry Scones (view original recipe here and see the cute blog I found it on!)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt (I used raspberry yogurt since that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together; add softened butter to dry mix and combine until mixture is the size of small peas. Combine milk, yogurt, egg and vanilla and add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in remaining ingredients, and spoon 1/3 cup of batter onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, or until lightly brown.
Double Chocolate Scones with Cinnamon Butter (see original recipe here)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick cut into pieces and 1 stick softened
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the pieces of butter and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. In a small bowl, mix the egg with the buttermilk until just combined. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until the dough just comes together. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and place on the prepared baking sheet. With lightly floured hands, shape each piece into a flat, round cake about 6 inches in diameter. Using a sharp, straight-edged knife, cut each round into 6 equal wedges, leaving them in place. Sprinkle the tops with the granulated sugar and bake until firm in the center when lightly touched, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool slightly before breaking into wedges.

In a small bowl, using a hand mixer or a fork, beat the softened butter with the confectioners sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Serve with the warm scones.
I forgot to take a picture of my scones, so I used the one off the website. My double chocolate scones looked a little different because I just dropped them on a baking sheet individually instead of forming them into a cake and cutting it.
May you be blessed by blessing someone else today!

Mentoring: Leaving Your Washroom Door Open

This new stage of separation anxiety has brought a few changes to my life really quickly. The biggest one is always leaving the bathroom door open during the day if I have to go to the washroom. Ok, so it’s just Caleb and I at home, it shouldn’t be a big deal. But I have a hard time using public washroom when other people are there!

The moment I take a step in the house Caleb hears me. If I move one direction, he leaves whatever he is doing to scoot after me as though I’m leaving forever. If I leave the door open to the washroom he’ll get so excited about the event that is going to take place. When you think about it, the washroom is a pretty exciting place. There is a giant basin filled with toys to play with while soaking in nice warm water. There is a cool bowl that swirls water around and around when you push down a lever. Caleb will nearly hyper ventilate whenever we get to go into that tiny room.

Today as I was reading one view on toilet training, they emphasized the need to demonstrate for your child how to use the washroom and to let them watch you. “Well I guess Caleb’s getting some good pre-training”, I laughed to myself. 

The truth is, in mentorship, whether with our kids as they grow up, or in other areas where we speak into people’s lives (my husband and I specifically work with senior youth), sometimes you need to be transparent enough to show what your life is really like. Show the good, the bad and the ugly. Bring to light the things in your life that you aren’t proud of, or the toughest stuff you’ve overcome.

Displaying our lives as an open book is so freeing. Both of the mentors I have had in my life chose to share with me the struggles they were going through. There was no sugar-coating life for me. I walked with them through some difficulties, just as they walked with me through mine.

Paul describes mentorship in 1 Corinthians 11:1

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

If we are to imitate Christ, we need to know him. If someone is to imitate us, they need to know.

I’m not saying we need to go around telling people to imitate our lives. I’m scared to tell even the ones I mentor to imitate me. But here is the key: we let them see everything. Trying to cover up the areas in our lives that still need work doesn’t help anyone. Sharing with them what you’re doing to refine yourself in Christ helps them to have the courage refine themselves and face their issues.

Thankfully I don’t have to show anyone else but my own children how to use the washroom, but the analogy transfers. My life needs to be an open book in order to help others.

My prayer for myself is that I would have the courage to allow the Lord to use ALL areas of my life, not just the nice, tidy ones that I feel comfortable exposing.

Are you ready to leave your washroom door open?

*The picture is linked back to the original website out of courtesy for them allowing me to use their image. I am not promoting their method of toilet training.

High Five For Friday

Hello, Friday! I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk Blog. Check out all the other High Five For Friday posts there!

1. Monday was a holiday so we enjoyed some extra time together! We didn’t do a whole lot. Caleb did enjoy wrestling with Daddy, he was laughing so hard I thought he stopped breathing!

2. I have figured out how to have a successful shower! I cover the bathroom floor in toys. Caleb stays occupied most of the time I’m in there. It definitely made the week a little easier.

3. I got together with a friend and we made biscotti this week. It was super delicious and fun to make. You can find the recipe we used here

4. Yesterday my mom and sister came in to the city and watched Caleb for a couple hours. I got some groceries, won on my Tim’s cup (I’m 2 for 3!) and hit up Value Village. 

5. Tonight is Canucks vs. Devils. My husband cheers for the devils, and I LOVE the Canucks. (Ok he loves New Jersey too, I just bug him that he can’t because he never lived there, whereas I did live in Vancouver at one point). I’m excited for this game. I hope Vancouver annihilates New Jersey.  Go Canucks!!!!

 

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

 

Stress Eating

I’ve never thought of myself as someone who depends on food, or turns to food for comfort. For Lent this year I decided to give up desserts. I was excited about it at first since I had realized I ate too much sugar a while ago. I thought this could be the push I needed in the right direction.

As the beginning day of Lent drew closer, I started to get a little nervous about giving up my cheesecake, brownies, cookies and all other little things I make far too often. My husband laughed at me as I started to get a little panicked the Monday before, reminding me it’s only for forty days.

So I’ve completed two full days, and I sort of already cheated by eating biscotti that didn’t have “much” sugar. I have realized something though. Stress makes me want sugar. If Caleb’s screaming, I subconsciously root around to see what baking there is, or pick up a little chocolate here, or desire a sugar filled latte. Being at home all day, I don’t think I had any idea how many times I just ate a “little something”.

It’s eye-opening to realize there is a deeper problem behind something. It isn’t just that I really like dessert, I’ve developed a dependency on it.

Confession: After two days, I have literally thought “I can’t do this.”

Wow. If this isn’t a wake up call to shake things up around here, I’m not sure what is!

The truth is, if I only deal with my sugar cravings, I will end up only replacing my need for comfort with something healthier, or something else that isn’t food related.

So my little Lent sacrifice has turned into something way bigger. I guess I could call it my journey towards a TRUE dependency on the Holy Spirit, not on food.

This is my theme song right now, for every situation I’m in. It’s very old, and I love it. I have been reminding myself many times already to “tell Jesus” instead of running to something or someone else.

“I must tell Jesus, all of my trials. He is a kind compassionate friend.” You can listen to the rest of it below. Let the words touch your heart, and throw preconceived notions of “hymns” aside.
*I couldn’t find a version that wasn’t a little dated in style! 

I certainly don’t have any answers on any of this yet, but I am excited at the work that Jesus wants to do in my heart, even if it scares me a bit to see what he digs up. One thing I know, he won’t ask me to deal with by myself.

Jesus can help me. Jesus alone.

I’m Not Losing My Mind

In case someone else needs to hear this…

Yesterday when Caleb was screaming a lot I felt like I was having a bit of a breakdown. Our house was full of senior high students ready to learn about leadership, and I was stuck in Caleb’s room trying to deal with this frustrating screaming stage. When  Andrew came into the room and I said probably ten times “I think I’m losing my mind, I honestly think I’m going to lose my mind”, of course in between many tears.

No. This is not true. I made an extreme statement out of my hopelessness, feeling trapped in our current phase. Instantly this scripture mash entered my mind:

I have the mind of Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His joy is my strength. I will wait on the Lord and he will renew my strength. I will soar on wings of eagles. I will run and not get weary.

Today I am tired, just as I’m sure many of you are. Today I’m a bit discouraged, just as some of you might be. But I won’t give territory to the enemy! When this lie about me “losing it” enters my mind, I know exactly what to tell that deceiver.

I have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

His joy is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10

I will wait on the Lord and he will renew my strength. I will soar on wings of eagles. I will run and not get weary. Isaiah 40:31

 

May the Lord increase your strength and multiply your rest today!

 

Go back to your family!

I talk to so many stay at home moms who absolutely love the opportunity to be with their kids. At the same time, I hear over and over questions asked about whether God will still want to use them after this stage is done, or at least when there is a little more time. I was struck by what Jesus said to a man who I think can really apply to moms in the season of staying home. Not only to moms, but to anyone who has been asked to stay where they are for the time being. It was a real encouragement to me.

Jesus was told about a man possessed by many demons. His whole heart, body and life were controlled by a demonic force. This poor man lived homeless, in a cemetery not even in his right mind to realize he was naked. In a moment, Jesus drove the demons out of the man and into a herd of pigs. The crowds were astonished. This psychotic man who couldn’t even be held by chains was now sitting clothed and in his right mind! In seconds his life was back. The joy and thankfulness that filled that man’s heart could be simply unknown to us unless we experience forgiveness to that degree.

But this is what stood out to me:

The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” (Luke 8:38-39)

I’m sure this man was so disappointed when Jesus sent him home. He craved a closeness with Jesus, and desired nothing more than to be right with him and his disciples. But Jesus said no. For that season of this man’s life he was to go back home and share what Jesus had done for him with his friends and family.

I guarantee that his testimony would have been shared in front of large crowds and he could have been a great attraction for an outreach or a service. However, he needed to share his miracle with those closest to him first.

If you feel confined to your workplace, home, or any other environment, and you know that’s where God has you, share your story with those around you. Share the miracle Jesus has done in your life. Give him glory, and in the right time you will be called to the next setting.

Mom’s – don’t make the same mistake some of the women of old did in thinking their call from God was greater than their family. All the things God has placed on your heart, will work together with your family and your kids. God will not ask you to forsake one to pursue the other.

 

High Five For Friday

Good Morning! I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk Blog. Check out her page to read more High Five For Friday posts!

1. You Are My I Love You – I found yet another book this week that I love, but cannot read to Caleb without crying. It’s so precious. I dare you to read this out loud without tearing up! I’ve included the poem below.

I am your parent you are my child
I am your quiet place, you are my wild
I am your calm face, you are my giggle
I am your wait, you are my wiggle
I am your audience, you are my clown
I am your London Bridge, you are my falling down
I am your Carrot Sticks, you are my licorice
I am your dandelion, you are my first wish
I am your water wings, you are my deep
I am your open arms, you are my running leap
I am your way home, you are my new path
I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath
I am your dinner you are my chocolate cake
I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake
I am your finish line, you are my race
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace
I am your favourite book, you are my new lines
I am your nightlight, you are my sunshine
I am your lullaby, you are my peek-a-boo
I am your kiss goodnight, you are my I love you 

2. Ice Cream Cake – Last night we had one of our couple friends over to celebrate her birthday. I successfully made a Oreo Ice Cream cake, that they flattered me by saying way competitive with Dairy Queen! ha!

3. We celebrated Valentine’s Day on Wednesday. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, then you don’t know that I’ve had a really long week! So I didn’t last too long out for supper. We didn’t leave until Caleb fell asleep (then my sister stayed  with him). We got our food, ate and then I could hardly stay awake. It was nice to take that time out of the week. One of my favourite parts of that supper was that Montana’s now serves their drinks out of mason jars. I loved the look of it! If you click on the image below you can read a little article on when you can use these as glasses, and when you can’t!

4. Focus on the Family Parenting Podcast was so helpful to me this week! It’s only five minutes long, and held just nuggets of gold truth! You can listen to one of the episodes right here. This one was encouraging moms to find their own creative style of mothering, and not try to be someone they aren’t. It was a great reminder to me to stop comparing myself to other moms and embrace my personality and the gifts God has given me.

5. Caleb – When will he not be in my High Five? This boy is stealing more and more of my heart every single day (I didn’t think I had any heart left to steal)! This week he started doing this hilarious thing where he slaps his lips together to make this faint sound, then laughs. His cheeks still right out like a little chipmunk. It’s adorable. I can’t imagine not spending every day with him! In this picture he’s where this adorable little sweater that says “mommy’s football all-star”. Too cute!

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

A Week of Separation Anxiety

This has been a long week. I’m not complaining, it’s just the way it has gone has made it feel like time has dragged on. Caleb has been waking up in the middle of the night screaming inconsolably. For the first couple nights we rushed in and held him and tried to figure out what was wrong. That made it worse. He just screamed louder and harder.

I’m going to be honest, it was terrifying. He rarely cries. The panic in his cry gave us chills. My husband and I would stand there helplessly wondering what on earth was wrong. We prayed protection over him, our home, his crib…anything! Eventually he’d settle down and the moment I would lay him in his crib he’d start screaming. Or if he calmed down in his crib, he’d start screaming the moment I left his room.

I felt like it was never-ending cycle. It started transferring to naps and bedtime too, not just the middle of the night.

I was trying to figure out why Caleb was screaming and I read that between eight and twelve months is when separation anxiety hits its peak. I started reading more and more about his emotions, the changes going on in his heart, mind and body and began to understand where this panic was coming from.

As Andrew and I talked about it we were heartbroken that Caleb can feel such loneliness, isolation and fear in his tiny person. If you believed someone closed the door and walked away to never come back, you would be screaming too!

Through doing a little research I’ve found a tactic that seems to be working well for us, but it requires a lot of patience on my part. If you are interested in what’s working for us, you can email me at monica@myredandpurplelife.com. I’m not going to spend time going into detail on it during this post.

Sitting in the rocking chair in Caleb’s room while he screamed, reassuring him from a distance until he calmed himself to sleep, I was wrestling with myself to maintain the patience to wait this out with him. Once again, the Lord said to me that if I’d stick with this he would show me things about himself that I would never have known otherwise.

It is such a relief when a frustrating situation becomes one of great purpose.

So here are the three things the Lord has shown me during my late night calming sessions with my baby.

  1. We all have anxiety about being alone. This fear often can surface as fear of being single, or an unhealthy dependency on other people. Truthfully, it just comes down to a separation from God. People all around us are screaming out in panic. They are going through their own separation anxiety. Can we lead them to the one who will never leave or forsake them?

    Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

  2. Those of us who know the Lord are bearers of peace. In a world where nothing is certain, and inconsistency is every where, we need to be that consistent strong voice leading people to truth, which is Jesus Christ.

    I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

  3. Don’t give up on people. Often when a person is at their worst and seems perhaps beyond hope, breakthrough is just around the corner. The first night, I was just about to give up on my new tactic with Caleb, and it was two minutes after I decided to stay that he fell asleep. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

    So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)

This experience has given me yet another glimpse in to the heart of God. The sorrow I felt in trying to make Caleb know we were right there, that he wasn’t alone hardly even compares to the grief the Lord feels when people are pushing away from him. He is standing there not just saying that he’s in the next room, like I was saying, but he’s shouting “I’m right here! Turn to me and I will heal your heart and make you new.”

I’m happy to say that things with Caleb have improved greatly throughout the week. Last night I was only up with him for about ten minutes. He’s becoming his joyful self again!

If you don’t know the love and grace of Jesus Christ, I hope you will talk to someone you trust who does know Him, or contact me. You don’t have to live in anxiety that comes from separation. If you do know the Lord, but you haven’t been as committed or faithful to him as you want to be, take this opportunity and recommit. His heart is breaking that you won’t let him come in and be your Father.

May eternal life, love and joy be yours today!

 

Meet Katy From Our Simple Love Story

Before we get into the main part of today’s post I want to remind you about the Celebrating Family Photo Contest! There are two more days to enter. It will not take long for you to send a picture in and a couple of lines about it!

All photos should be emailed to monica@myredandpurplelife.com

Winner receives a feature post done on them and their family about activities they like to do and how they encourage their family to spend quality time together.

You can read more about the contest by clicking on the image below.

Now I want to introduce to you Katy (the main writer from Our Simple Love Story). I “sat down” with her in a virtual sense and we talked about why she blogs, her heart for people and what she has learned from marriage so far.

Monica: Why did you start blogging?

Katy: Well, I love to write.  I’ve been writing in some form or fashion since I was a little girl.  I originally started blogging to connect with friends and family while I was at college.  I was introduced to blogging by my college roommate (who is now my best friend) because she was blogging to friends back home.

I started this blog for basically the same reason, although in addition to friends and family, I also like getting to know new people.  I’ve seen amazing support and encouragement from the blogging community just in the past few weeks.  The community makes it fun.

Monica: What’s the purpose behind “Our Simple Love Story”?

Katy: I think part of it is just to record the memories – the things we do together, things I am learning about our marriage or even just a recipe or two.  I also hope that this blog encourages other people.  I have been told lately that I have an encouraging spirit.  I want to use this blog to do just that.

Monica: What have you found to be the single most important factor maintaining a solid marriage?

Katy: It’s kind of twofold.  First, God needs to be the center of a marriage.  In fact, my relationship with God has to come before my relationship with Michael!  Second, I need to accept the flaws and uniqueness of my marriage.  I was horrible at the beginning of my marriage with comparing it to other relationships (let’s face it, I still struggle with this from time to time).  When it wasn’t measuring up, I thought it was because I wasn’t good enough as a wife.  Through lots of open communication with God and Michael, I realized that I couldn’t define my marriage by another person’s standards, and I began to see our marriage as the beautiful living and growing thing that it is.

Monica: Has God placed any specifics dreams and visions on your heart?

Katy: I don’t think God gave me a particular life calling.  I think of it more as a daily calling.  Each day, He has a purpose for me.  I love to encourage others (I hate to see anyone upset or hurting), and I know that God has used me in the past for that particular purpose.

Monica: If you could encourage the world with one message, what would it be?

Katy: When you disagree with someone else, always remember that they are a creation of God, and that God loves them very much.  Once you remove that humanity from the person, you have lost the argument.

 You can check out Katy & Michael’s website at www.oursimplelovestory.wordpress.com or click on their image above.
I really like that Katy issues a challenge at the end of her posts. Recently she blogged about how they had fallen into the habit of watching television while eating. She was honest about it, and her desire to make that change. She issued a challenge to her readers about it, and kept us posted on how she was doing.
Enjoy checking out Our Simple Love Story. Thank you Katy for your time answering my questions and sharing with all of us!

Valentine’s Day Golden Oreos & Broccoli, Cheddar, Chicken Braid

This recipe is so fast and easy, you still have time to do it if you’re humming and hawing about what to for your loved ones. I’ll be honest, I don’t usually like making things that come from a mix base, but when you’re in a pinch this works great, and it’s really delicious! I adapted this recipe from the chocolate oreo cookies here. I love the chocolate too, but I happened to have a vanilla mix on hand.

Valentine’s Day Golden Oreos

1 Vanilla Cake Mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

Whisk these ingredients together. Roll into balls (dough won’t hold it’s shape fully), and bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 F.

While these are baking and cooling make this cream cheese icing:

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature

2 tablespoons honey

3 – 3 1/2 cups icing sugar

Chill icing.

Once the cookies are cool, place a dollop of icing in the middle of one of the cookies and press another one down on top, to form a cookie/icing sandwich. Take a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and cut out the oreo. Dip an edge in the icing, or spread it around on 1/4 of the  cookies and dip it in coloured sugar or heart-shaped sprinkles. 

Enjoy wrapping these up and sharing them with friends!

From last week…

Some of you had a hard time getting to the Broccoli, Cheddar & Chicken braid I had posted about. The link to the recipe is here, but I will also post it below in case the URL isn’t working again.

Broccoli, Cheddar & Chicken Braid

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
  • 2 cups chicken chunks, cooked
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups broccoli, frozen, steamed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 egg yolk
  • fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
  3. Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
  4. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise
  5. Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
  7. Fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
  8. Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top.
  9. Bake for 28 – 30 minutes until golden brown.

*I make a homemade biscuit dough instead of buying the can. You can find the recipe I use here. Just substitute whole wheat for white flour.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!