Joyfully, Spring flocks of birds have been amazing each day…
let me introduce you to three of our garden guests.
We have probably had Lazuli Buntings in our garden all winter, but in the Spring, breading males turn a bright turquoise. We have had huge flocks of these birds singing sweet songs each day!
We observe a non-stop frenzy around the feeder.
We have seen several pair of glossy, Brown-Headed Cowbirds, a “compact and stocky” blackbird.
Striking, male breeding, Western Tanagers, true redheads, and many of their duller, green females have filled our garden with song. Each day they remind me how much I adore birds, one of God’s most magnificent creations for sure.
Saturday we weeded, planted flower boxes and cleaned our garden with warmer weather forecast, we hoped for Sunday dinner on our patio. A favorite that can be prepared on Saturday,
Susan’s Chicken Salad,
sounded so good. I like to serve fresh fruit with it and a savory bread.
We woke to rain and gray skies all day Sunday.
As we sat up to our dining table, we laughed about our cravings for yummy warm soup!
Summer will come and we will all enjoy a low-carb salad on a hot sunny day. Here’s the recipe!
Susan’s Chicken Salad
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast
1 cup chopped celery
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 cup grapes, halved
1/3 to 1/2 mayonnaise
toasted slivered almonds
Carefully mix chicken breast, celery, salt, pepper and lemon juice together. Add grapes and gently mix in mayonnaise. Serve on a bed of finely shredded romaine. Sprinkle toasted almonds on top. Garnish with fruit, or tomatoes and black olives are nice too. This salad is also delicious tucked in a croissant!
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I LOVE the turquoise on that male Lazuli Bunting! Isn’t it absolutely stunning?
I was thinking about making chicken salad today as a treat for my daughter (The one on the mission trip… She finally DID make it home PTL!)
I need to head to the grocery store anyway so I think I’ll pick up almonds since they are the only ingredient that I’m lacking for your recipe. The daugher loves chicken salad.
Thanks for your recent kind note on my blog. It’s easy to “keep up” with this blog because it is consistantly full of the good stuff!
Yay! I have been wanting a good chicken salad recipe. Thanks! Your bird photos are gorgeous! Can I say that about them? I can’t believe how close up you are able to get. You’ve really captured the beauty of these birds. You are an excellent photographer! Great shots!
I love watching birds too. We are lucky to be just 2 miles from Forest Park in New York where there are many birds to be seen especially in the spring. Speaking of spring, our weather has been disgustingly hot and humid- I would gladly send you some, but this morning a gift- 65 degrees and 50% humidity!
That chicken salad looks de-lish! I am a late follower from FF. Sorry for being so late, I had a busy weekend! I would love to have to visit me too. Come by and say hi and enter my two new giveaways. Im new to giveaways, so I have low entries. Come now to increase your chances of winning. Hope you have a great week. I will definitely be back to check out some more yummy recipes!
How fantastic to get such up close photographs of those beautiful birds…the Chicken salad doesn’t look to shabby either!
Your chicken salad looks amazing…not to mention your presentation….YUM!
Oh my goodness, what beautiful birds! How fortunate you are to have such beauty around you. Thanks for sharing.
I wish we had birds around here like that…just beautiful! I love the chicken salad, much like mine! Come say hi 😀
The birds are beautiful!!!
Love chicken salad, so reminds me of summer.
It is 6:30 a.m. and my mouth is watering looking at your picture of your chicken salad. Can that be a breakfast food?;-)
Love the pictures of your birds. How beautiful! Love your blog!
That looks absolutely yummy!
salad sounds great i also love the pictures of the beautiful birds
Those birds are absolutely beautiful. My second son is obsessed with watching birds, so we spend a lot of spring days identifying flying beauties.
I love chicken salad with cantaloupe. Your plate looks so scrumptious.
That recipe looks simple but sooo delicious. Big chicken salad fan here. Thanks for stopping by. Jane F
Your bird photos are wonderful. I wish I could see them in my back yard. However, I did see some pretty nice looking cantaloupe in the market this morning and am going to run back and get one so I can make this salad.
What a beautiful blog. I saw you on another blog and was intriqued with your comment. I’m glad I stopped by. Your background is wonderful and this post is both lovely and delicious.
I can always appreciate a good, healthy chicken salad! Nice blog, thanks!
Hello, What fabulous birds you have!! I love watching the birds.. but we don’t get color like that here! Wow 🙂
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Gasp – your bird photos are fantastic!!!!
Chicken salad is a favorite, but your photos win the prize.
This is the second recipe I have seen for chicken salad and I like how you added slivered almonds to yours! Looks so yummy!
What beautiful birds! Your photos are fabulous! Love the chicken salad too! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!