So I have been MIA from blog-land for almost 2 years…yikes! An awful lot has happened in that time, but I can break down the important things in a few small snippets.
I started a second side business called The Vintage Onion where I sell lots of fun vintage jewelry, other items, and new creations made out of vintage goods. The shop is closed right now because of snippet #2, but I plan to re-open soon.
So what is snippet #2 you ask…I am a mommy! We welcomed Eli Stephen on August 13, 2013 and life has been a whirlwind every since. That little boy makes my heart burst with more love than I ever could have imagined was possible. He is going to be 7 months old next week and he is a handsome little man. Yes, I say little man because he is over 20 pounds and 28 inches. He is huge for his age…97th percentile. Oh, but he is fantastically healthy and is going to be a heart-breaker!
And my third little snippet is that I have been so crazy busy with everything that I have gotten beyond out of shape. I gained almost 70 pounds when I was pregnant with little man and not much has come off since. So I am starting my fitness and healthy food journey anew to get back to a healthy weight. I need to make sure I can keep up with Eli because he will be running around before we know it.
With that said, here comes my first new recipe for you in ages – Napa Chicken Salad. So I know Panera Bread makes a version, as well as many other places and just about every blog under the sun has a recipe too. Well I had some fabulous Napa Chicken Salad recently at a local deli near my office building. It was so scrumptious that I wanted to take a stab at re-creating it in a waist-friends yet tasty way.
I am super happy with how it turned out so I thought it was perfect for my return to Dishing up Life – trust me I have lots of life to dish up now.
Serve it up over a bed of lettuce with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and a little bit of raspberry vinaigrette or make it into a wrap with spinach and a side of sugar snap peas like I did for dinner. I also kept it gluten-free by using a millet and flax lavash from a local bakery.
Makes for a very tasty lunch or dinner. Enjoy!