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My new favorite summer recipe has to be the Chicken BLT salad. There is no real “cooking” involved and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to prepare! It is perfect for those hot summer days when you need to eat something but don’t want anything too heavy or warm. It is also my new favorite go-to when I take dinner to friends with new little babies. They don’t have to warm it up and I don’t have to worry about it being hot when I deliver it!

I first saw this recipe in Cooking Light and have adapted it a little to make it easier and more convenient for myself. I definitely added some fat and calories to it but those don’t count in the summer…right? Below is my version. You can click HERE for the official recipe.

Ingredients
1 rotisserie chicken, picked off of the bone and shredded
1 tomato, cut into small chunks
1 (10-ounce) package romaine salad
6 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 avocado, sliced and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk ranch dressing

Preparation
1. Cook the bacon until it is crisp (This is the only “cooking” involved! I quote it because I just use the microwave for this step.)
2. Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Drizzle buttermilk ranch dressing over salad.
4. Toss well, serve and enjoy!

HINT: This goes very well with a glass of crisp and cold white wine or sangria!

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Welcome to our home, all fancy for Christmas! I love the house decorated for Christmas although I’m not completely finished yet. The house feels so warm and cozy, I love this month! I’ve tried to edit down the photos, but I still have a bunch so prepare for photo overload!

This was the first time Conner and I had ever hung outside Christmas lights and I love them! I hope that each year we can add on a little bit and continue to outline all the points of the house and roof.

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. The coffee filter wreath was such a fun project and I love how it turned out! The buffet was a fun restoration project as well and looking at the before and after makes me want to paint another piece of furniture in our house!

The dining room is right off of the entryway. My parents gave us my great, great-uncle’s dining room table and buffet that they had used since getting married. I love having a table to set and a fun place to display my randomly created centerpieces and our first-ever live tree! I also have a project in the works for the blank wall space above the buffet so stop by again to check that out!

I really love having a set dining table I think it makes your table look so gorgeous and gives your house a great feeling of warmth and welcome! The table runner is from Target and the green napkins are from Wal-Mart. The napkin rings were a gift from our wedding and have a beaded pattern that matches our china, Vera Wang’s Grosgrain. The red chargers I already had and my mom let me borrow her Spode Christmas Tree salad plates and red wine glasses to give the table a more festive feeling. She has collected the china for so long and now has 24 place settings of it!

Here is our mantel! It is several garlands wrapped together as well as ornaments, pinecones and candleholders mixed together. Our stockings are my favorite part! With all of the Holiday Home linky parties, I have so many ideas for next year’s mantel!

This tray is from Hobby Lobby and I love it! It sits on top of our reupholstered ottoman and yes, that is a craft in progress in the background. The little birdy is from Michael’s and funny story – it was on clearance for $1 but since there was no price tag and they were busy, I got it for free. Score! The little jute tree was a project that was supposed to be made out of one thing, then another and ended up like this.

This sofa table was actually a black desk we had in our old house. Since we didn’t use the desk I painted it white, distressed it and gave it a new knob to use as our sofa table. I added greenery and red berry springs around the entertaining books and put some red jingle bells in with our bowl of corks. The lamps are from TJ Maxx and I love the hammered detail on the base!

These little guys sit on the end table between our couch and loveseat. The reindeer was an after-Christmas clearance last year, the stackable Santa was in my stocking two years ago and the jar with jingle bells was another Dollar Tree apothecary jar I made and stuck in the leftover jingle bells from my jingle bell mason jars!

On one bookshelf in our fireplace built-ins, I have a jar with faux snow and ornaments and a jar with faux snow, red berry garland, clippings from a plant in our backyard and a glittery snowflake from Dollar Tree.

In our kitchen, I have a lighted garland wrapping along the back of the countertops. I have this teal plate holder out year-round but change up the contents of it for the season. Right now, I have my easy and cheap chalkboard tray that is a perfect present! I made both of our moms this for Christmas last year. I will definitely show you how to make this in a future post – love it!

The bar sits in our breakfast nook and also has some lighted greenery on top. I usually have a lamp here as well but moved it so we can see our Christmas cards as they come in! I finally ordered our cards this weekend – better late than never, right? I made this Christmas card holder so the cards we receive won’t just sit in a pile and will show you this quick and cheap project in another post as well.

This is our fake hand-me-down tree that is in Conner’s living room. Yes, it is an OSU theme and yes, we love it!! I can’t wait to add more ornaments here every year. We finally hooked our trees up to timers this weekend – I will never go without them again! Love not worrying about plugging in and un-plugging the tree each day.

There are two leaning bookcases flanking the TV in this living room and both have various Christmas decorations on them, including the Keep Calm Christmas prints that were free!

Well, that is our home decorated for Christmas in 2010! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed our house. I am linking up to The Nester’s Tour of Homes, Kelly’s Korner Show Us Your Life Christmas Homes, The Shabby Chic Cottage and Hooked On Houses’ Holiday Home Tour. Hope to see you there!

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Yup, you read that right! We have two…count them TWO…trees this year! One is our old standby, the artificial hand-me-down from my parents, and this year we added a real, live tree that I love!! The artificial tree is in the second living room and the real tree is in our dining room, in front of the big picture window, facing the street.

Since the artificial tree is in Conner’s living room, I went with an OSU theme (of course!). When I tell people we have an OSU tree, they roll their eyes but I love the school spirit, even during the holiday season. If I was an OU fan (Lord, help me if I have a child that wants to go to Norman) this school spirit tree would be so easy with all of the red and white!

I purchased several official OSU ornaments from Hobby Lobby (half-priced, of course) and I like my little ones like this Pistol Pete. They were still several dollars a piece so I didn’t get more than three. I have Pete, a ball cap and a ‘foam’ finger. So cute! I wonder if Santa will bring me any more of these? 🙂

I also went to the Dollar Tree and purchased silver ornaments (12 per pack) and red/white candy cane ornaments (6 per pack). I used orange spray paint I already had on the candy canes and love them!! I wish I had more but I can always add next year.

Here she is, shining bright at night! The lights I already had and the orange ribbon wrapping around the tree was half-off at Michael’s. The ribbon tied in a bow as the topper is actually OSU ribbon that Hobby Lobby had in their Bedlam section. 🙂 The OSU blanket was one my parents weren’t using so I borrowed it for the tree skirt. I love it and love having a tree in this room!

Here is our second tree…the real one!! It is so fun to have a real tree in our house this year. I love the smell and I am very hopeful that next Christmas, the wall between our dining room and living room won’t be there anymore so we can enjoy this tree in both rooms!

I stuck to the traditional red and white on this tree while also incorporating our special ornaments, like this Oklahoma Centennial Santa. Love it! Also on the tree is my ‘Baby’s First Ornament’ and our ‘First House’ ornament when we purchased our last home. I’m thinking I need to get one for this year too? I would like to remember the first year we celebrated Christmas in each house we have.

This was a very special purchase this year. The tree skirt we used to use was a cheap, clearance skirt from TJ Maxx. It worked great for several years but was destroyed by some over-zealous dogs last season. This skirt is from Pottery Barn and matches our stockings. They were having a free shipping, free monogramming promotion and I also had a 10% off coupon so this was a great price! I love a good monogram on anything so this tree skirt is amazing!

Here she is, all light and bright! I love coming home to see this tree. Since I used the lights we have always had on the OSU tree, we bought new strands for this one. I think next year I’ll add more lights and even more ornaments to really fill and brighten her up! I loved adding on the ribbon this year – I’ve never done that before but I think will continue to do so as it gives it a little ‘something, something’ extra.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed our two trees, we love them!

I am linking up to Thifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Tree linky party and Hooked on Houses Holiday Tour. I hope you’ll join me and visit them to see everyone else’s fab trees!

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