Skinny Apple Salad—Not Your Grandma's Waldorf!

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I love the crisp apples we pick in the fall. My favorites are Honey Crisp or Gala (such beautiful color), I'm not one to like a more sour apple, it causes too much pucker and they make my jaw cramp! But that is just me, so if you are a Granny Smith type, go for it! I do crave the sweet crispness with creamy decadence that used to be the Waldorf Salad that my grandma would make. Mayo and least she didn't add marshmallows! Now this recipe gives me that same feeling, with the creamy dressing, sweet chewy raisins, crunchy pecans along with crisp celery and apples. Much healthier and also with added protein from the yogurt. I've tried to make it with just yogurt, and it separates and gets watery. Just a little mayonnaise seems to keep it creamier and delightful. Do you put other ingredients in your apple salads? Cut up Snicker Bars? Marshmallows? I've had these and really like them, I do try to only have them for real holidays, not just to celebrate Wednesday!

Dragonfly & Bumblebee Boxes...DIY Fun!

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Our Bug Box Files are updated for 2013, with Print and Cut files compatible with a Silhouette Cameo.If you have a Silhouette Cameo, these files are just the thing to print and more easily cut these little boxes. If not, these files can be printed just as before, using scissors to trim the files. See the updated files here, at Shop Maddalee and a tutorial here for using the files with the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software and your Silhouette Cameo.

We will soon be getting more of our previous Maddalee project files ready for Print and Cut with Silhouette Cameo, as well as so many new ideas we have in mind!
you for understanding.

Have a great day!

Skinny Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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This is a favorite mid-week recipe for us when the weather is cool. Then, just like my Turkey Chili recipe, we have a week worth of lunches or quick dinners for busy days and we go for less fast food. This very easy recipe is even easier for me when I have a big week, as I will be lazy and use canned white meat chicken, usually from Trader Joe's, as I believe this canned chicken has less additives than some others. The other thing I love to do, that is not on the original ingredient list is add frozen peas just when I warm a bowl of soup up, then they stay sparkly green, don't turn gray and mushy and keep their sweet crispness. Petite frozen peas are what I look for, yum yum yum!


1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
12 oz. fresh mushrooms, sauteed
2 boxes chicken broth
1 cup cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups wild rice/brown rice medley
2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste


Add chopped vegetables to Dutch oven with two boxes of chicken broth, water and wild rice medley. Simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until rice is tender. While rice mixture cooks, saute fresh mushrooms. When rice is tender, add mushrooms and cooked chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and heat through.

1 cup serving: 150 calories.

This soup has great flavor, fills me up and has very low calories, I hope you try it!

Have a warm day!

Let's Make a Better Granola Bar

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We love these granola bars! They are very easy to make, I think of all the cash I have dropped on granola bars over the years and I wish I had tried to make these sooner! They may not be totally healthy, but at least I know what goes into them and I can spell all the ingredient names, and I can choose organic products if I wish and still make them for a reasonable price. I admit that I don't have a lot of patience to bake cookies, if they are a "drop one cookie at a time" on a baking sheet kind of thing. I look at all the beautiful cookie recipes on blogs and don't like my impatience very much, but that being said I can make these granola bars and feel good about myself, one bar really fills me up and I don't get a sugar crash later, like I do with cookies. A double batch is just as easy as a single batch to bake up, and that makes 24 bars, enough to last a family at least a week! The most fun is adding different ingredients, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans, craisins, chocolate chips (white or dark!) and they are still easy and taste great. I made them today just with the basic recipe, as just like this they are still a favorite of ours.


2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°. Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins, almonds and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the maple syrup, egg, butter and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Makes 24 bars. 161 calories per bar.

I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as we do!

Easy 200 Calorie Turkey Chili Recipe...Yummmm!

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Now I know summer is officially over. I made my favorite, best ever turkey chili today! I love to have a warm bowl of this chili for lunch when I'm working at home, knowing it's only 200 calories and everything in it is pretty good, no sugar, no fluffy white foods that just are not good for me! I must say that I like this chili well enough to have it again for dinner, if we have no other plans. I usually make a batch of this one week, and the next week my favorite and best ever wild rice chicken soup in the cooler weather. Now I must make that for next week's recipe. But, getting back to this chili recipe, it's really easy to make, I did it during the day today complete with photography and writing the blog post while getting a few other deadlines handled. Really easy. And really yummy!


1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey, onion and green pepper in the pot, and cook until turkey is evenly brown and veggies are tender. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, chili beans, garlic powder, salt and pepper and other spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes.

Makes 8 servings, 198 calories per serving.

When I'm busy in my home office, it's very easy for me to get hungry and run out to bring something quick home for lunch. I was able to make this chili in the time it would take me to run out and get back again, and then have it for the rest of the week. Saves time, saves money!

Have a spicy day!

Fall Leaves 8x10 Watercolor Style Print

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How beautiful our fall season has been here in Northern Illinois, coming out of a very terrible drought this summer. I can't compete with what mother nature provides for us, this Fall Leaves watercolor style print is the best I can do to share with you. I hope we all get to spend time out and about, enjoying the colors of this beautiful season.

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Maddalee Fairy Wand Download and Tutorial!

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Hello and welcome to our third Maddalee Monday! A Maddalee Fairy Wand this week, this was fun to design and put the tutorial together, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Now, this is my first tutorial, so please have patience with me, and if you have any recommendations to make it better, I would love to hear about them.

Supply List:

1) Print out the Maddalee Fairy Wand download on heavy bright white cardstock, see details to get the download link at the end of the post below.

2) 12" small wooden dowel—I bought a whole package of these at Michael's

3) 4 12" pieces of narrow satin ribbon

4) 1 long full strand of embroidery floss, or soft twine

5) Large eyed embroidery needle

6) Hot glue


1) Cut out the 3 printed pieces.

2) Tie small knots on each end of the ribbons, then tie each on to the dowel about 1.5" from the top, pull tight.

3) Fold Maddalee in half at the top of her pigtails and crease the fold.

4) Stack Maddalee on top, Green Wings facing forward and Blue Wings facing backwards.

5) Thread floss through needle and carefully "stitch" through back of Blue Wings, then Yellow Wings, then back and front of Maddalee at the small brown dots.

6) Do the same "stitching" going back through the front of Maddalee to the back Blue Wings.

7) Tie with a secure knot in the back by Blue Wings, careful to be snug but not tear the cardstock.

9) Place the dowel with ribbons up through Maddalee, almost to the top of her head inside.

10) Fold each of the Wings up a bit in back, to get a little 3D action going on.

11) Take the heated glue gun and place glue inside the top of Maddalee's head and also inside under each of her arms, securing Maddalee to the dowel. Hold this still until glue is cool enough to be secure.

12) Place a bead of hot glue between Maddalee's back and Green Wings, and Green Wings and Blue Wings on both sides, also securing these into the 3D position that makes Maddalee look like she is flying.

13) After all the hot glue is cool, enjoy either playing with the little Fairy, or decorating somewhere fun with her!

Visit the Maddalee Etsy shop for this instant download!

Have a great weekend!

Ha Ha, Kids Drawings are so Funny!

I was rear ended in my VW Bug on Tuesday, what a drag but all is good now with no injuries and the other guy's insurance is handling the whole repair without a problem. Going through my glove compartment afterwards, as I needed all my insurance stuff and so forth, I came across three crumpled drawings in the bottom. My Bug is a 2001, so we've had it awhile. These are made by my youngest son who is now 24. I'm sure he did them in middle school, you know how long they've been in there! They are very funny, it turned my day around to see them again.

Now, if we were to look closely here, we might see into the mind of a 12 year old boy. Notice the dark glasses and cane, then the t-shirt guy in a wheelchair with a helicopter beanie on his head, just like the big guy is wearing? So if this young man in the drawing is blind, he is on roller blades also! Now, my son does not have a mean thought in his head, I'm sure he was making fun of no one, just letting his mind wander...and thinking blah blah blah :°)

And then here we have another beanie wearing dude who most likely is a super hero with the cape and all. Also, the "SH" letters on his t-shirt would certainly back up the super hero theory. The best part is that this super hero runs around in what must be those heavy duty gold-toed stockings! Always good to be prepared!

Imagination is an awful thing to lose as we grow up, it's good to remember through the eyes of a child now and then.

Have a wonderful, creative and imaginative day!

Applesauce Craisin Pecan Muffins

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It was pretty cool this morning, and these craisin pecan muffins hit the spot! This was a new recipe for me, I was very happy with the way they turned out. They are very moist, the craisins plumped up a bit while baking and I personally love crunchy pecans. Very easy, delicious and perfect for a fall morning. I did use white flour rather than whole wheat, as I was out of whole wheat. They turned out really nicely, I'm sure whole wheat flour would also be excellent, as they are moist enough to handle it...I will try this next time.

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup applesauce
2/3 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
2/3 cup craisins or raisins (optional)

1 cup toasted chopped pecans

(To toast pecans, I put them in a small bowl with a smidge of butter and toast in microwave for a minute or so, stir when butter melts.)

Cream butter with brown sugar; add egg. Separately combine flour, cinnamon, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with applesauce. Stir in oats, nuts and craisins. Mix to blend. Fill paper-lined muffins tins just about full. Sprinkle roasted pecans on top. Bake in 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes. Cool 5 to 10 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Changing seasons are always a fun time for me to try new recipes or go through the ones I have, but have forgotten about for awhile.

Have a good day!