Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Little Ladies Who Lunch

The girls and I delivered lunch to my brother and sister-in-law yesterday. I wanted to incorporate some of my favorite fall flavors into the meal, so I put together a new chicken salad recipe for the occasion. Fresh-baked pumpkin muffins filled the house with warmth, and we rounded out our menu with cheese and crackers, apples, carrots and yogurt. Although we ended our meal with chocolate cupcakes, the sweetest treat was meeting the newest addition to the family.

Pumpkin Muffins

3 cups sugar
4 beaten eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
15 oz. can pumpkin
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
2/3 cup water

Mix together all ingredients and spoon into greased muffin pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. Or bake in loaf pans for about an hour. Yield: 24 muffins or 2 loaves.

Autumn Chicken Salad

Shredded traditional rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 rounded tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons pickle juice
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 pear, sliced and soaked in lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Combine chicken and other ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. Add more dried cherries, pecans or pears if needed for balance. Before serving, add a little more mayonnaise if the mixture seems too dry. Garnish with pecans, and serve with crackers or croissants.

And introducing our guest of honor ...

Kadence Marie Prichard

Daddy, Nathan, took this picture in the hospital.

I snapped this picture while the girls snuggled up with Kadence to watch a favorite DVD. Mary Ashley said she wanted to take Meet the Letters so Kadence could start learning the alphabet. She snuggled peacefully in Mary Ashley's arms, the ABC song lulling her to sleep. The perfect end to her first ladies lunch!


Felicia Eis said...

OH She is so Adorable!!!! Makes me cry thinking that my little girl was that small only three months ago :)

Judy Martin said...

One of the blessings in my life at this present time, is that I have discovered your blog. Truly, it continues to adds joy to my day as I see your artistic, inspirational and relational ability to draw people into your world. Please keep on posting and I promise, I will keep on reading each day.

Becky Welch said...

Precious!! I am so glad you had a great time. I have a new cousin I am ready to get my hands on!!!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Oh my...does this give me the baby itch. How precious.

sweeter and the bubbas said...

She is beautiful and Mary Ashley looks like a natural. She's a little mommy!! That chicken salad looks so yummy!!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Judy Martin's comment was right on. I couldn't have said it better. The baby is so beautiful. And that chicken salad looks awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

As usual everything looks so yummy! And your niece is a doll, just like Mary Ashley and Emma. Taylor was looking forward to seeing her "new best friend" on Tuesday. But I told her ya'll had something to do.So she cannot wait until next week.I'm so glad we dicovered you, you truly are a blessing for everyone ;)

Betsy said...

Darling! Is it just me, or does she look like your kids? Also, when was that "blog" get together? Did I miss it while I was out of town?

Becky Welch said...

Thanks for always coming by with a lovely comment! I was so excited to be the BATW stop yesterday!! I would love for you to come to the Lecturships someday! I worked the GA booth one year and just loved being there! I should be in Montgomery this weekend, but it will be a run in/run out. One day we will get together!

southern queen bee said...

What a sweet baby. She is so tiny. How sweet to fix lunch, it looked great. I can't wait to try your muffins for a bake sale we are having at work. Take Care

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

so this is the fabulous photographer brother, eh? It must be in the genes, Melissa, cuz that heirloom photo you 'snapped' is just gorgeous.

I stand in ovation. She is a beautiful little miracle.

Congrats, Auntie!

This Mom said...

Okay I don't know what looks more yummy your food or your niece.

I am going to have to try those muffins I love PUMPKIN.

Thanks for stopping by.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Well I was drooling over those pumpkin muffins until I saw that sweet little girl.

She is so cute! What a doll. Your family sure does have great genes!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful. The recipes also look delicious.

Katy Lin :) said...

ah . . . whe's adorable! and the lunch looks delicious!

Carly Winborne said...

Beautiful - both the lunch and baby girl!!

I'm off to prepare dinner for a new mommy friend. Are we on the same page, or what? Although my presentation might be 1/3 of yours! I'll take pictures and post them...

Melanie said...

Oh she is just beautiful!!! Congratulations to your family. What a blessing!

christie said...

I thought the pumpkin muffins looked sweet until I saw the photos of Kadence!

Renee said...

How beautiful this baby girl is!

I just treasure being able to see how you love and care for your loved ones everyday. You take such care, and must make everyone feel so warm and special.

The food with pictures looks so yummy too!

Every mother needs to be pampered whether it's the first child or 5th. People sometimes forget that even though the first is grown a little the other children being born deserve to be honored, and their parents need some pampering.

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