Top 3 Most Beautiful States

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and as someone that has traveled to 49 US states, I couldn’t agree more. Each state has something unique, picturesque and beautiful to offer. But, some states are just prettier than others!

This is my list of the Top 3 most beautiful states that I have traveled to. Since I’ve never been to Oregon, it was out of the running before I started this post. πŸ˜‰

Top 3 Most Beautiful States; South Dakota


The third most beautiful state I have been to is South Dakota. I was torn… I really wanted to list Vermont (which is lovely!), but South Dakota is so unexpected, and outside the box. Hubby and I were surprised and delighted how much we enjoyed our trip to South Dakota, and how lovely the countryside was. We found the Black Hills truly beautiful, the wildlife fascinating and the views to truly impressive. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten path summer vacation, you can’t go wrong with a trip to South Dakota.

Top 3 Most Beautiful States; New York


The second most beautiful state I have been to is New York. Now maybe I am a wee bit prejudiced because I live here, but New York is one beautiful state! From Niagara Falls to the Finger Lakes to the Adirondacks, New York offers some truly remarkable landscapes. When people think of New York, they automatically think of the New York City area; tall building, little grass, few trees. But that area is just a tiny geographical portion of the state! If you visit New York, head out of metro-NYC to the vast rural lands and enjoy the scenic beauty I experience daily.

Top 3 Most Beautiful States; Alaska


The most beautiful state I have ever visited is Alaska. Just stunning. We went on a cruise there years ago, and both Hubby and I agree is was the best vacation we have ever taken – and we aren’t outdoors people! We spent a lot of time observing the wildlife from a boat and from land, watching glaciers calve, and staring in awe at the beautiful snowtopped mountain peaks. We both hope to return to Alaska in the future for a longer time period, to once again enjoy the wild beauty of the Alaskan countryside.

What do you think are the most beautiful states in the US?


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Chicken Salad Recipe

chicken salad in a glass serving bowl on top of a graey slate kitchen island


This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.

Chicken Salad Recipe




This is probably the best dish Hubby has ever made, and that is really saying something! My husband is an excellent cook with some really creative ideas! If you would like to receive the Ann’s Entitled Life’s free newsletter, click here!

Hubby has made this recipe hundreds of times. I list the weight for this one as he finds it easier to do the dressing for this chicken salad recipe by weight on a kitchen scale. Because people had asked, he converted to the traditional cup measurement for me.

Hubby recently bought a sous vide cooker (because we needed another kitchen gadget in our house *insert eye roll*) and made the chicken for this recipe with the sous vide cooker instead of making poached chicken.

The chicken turned out very soft, very tender, and the chicken salad was still excellent. I prefer the poached chicken but if you have a sous vide cooker and make your cooked chicken that way, it works too!

We have used plain sunflower seeds and honey sunflower seeds in this recipe many times. The honey flavored gives a touch more “sweet”, both are excellent choices.

Chicken Salad Recipe Dressing Ingredients:

1 cup (6oz by scale weight) Mayonnaise
1/2 cup (4oz by scale weight) Sour Cream
2 TBSP (1oz by scale weight) Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Dill Weed
2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp White Pepper
5 tsp Lemon Juice

Salad Ingredients:

3 cups chopped Poached Chicken
1 cup finely chopped Celery
4 TBSP finely chopped Green Onions
1/2 cup shelled Sunflower Seeds

Chicken Salad Mise en Place:

β€’ Two Bowls (one small, one large)
β€’ Cutting Board
β€’ Knife
β€’ Measuring Cup
β€’ Measuring Spoons
β€’ Spatula or Spoon

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


Chicken Salad Recipe Salad Directions:

β€’ Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill weed, sugar, white pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients together.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


β€’ Cut your cool, poached chicken into bite size pieces.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


β€’ Add all salad ingredients (poached chicken, celery, green onions, and sunflower seeds) to the mixed dressing.
β€’ Mix together well.

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.


β€’ Chill for at least two hours before serving.


Chicken Salad Recipe

This is the BEST chicken salad recipe EVER! There is no way to describe how good this chicken salad is – you will have to make it and see. Believe me when I say this chicken salad is simply delicious.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

Dressing:

β€’ 1 cup Mayonnaise (6oz by scale weight)
β€’ Β½ cup Sour Cream (4oz by scale weight)
β€’ 2 TBSP Dijon Mustard (1oz by scale weight)
β€’ 1 TBSP Dill Weed
β€’ 2 tsp Sugar
β€’ Β½ tsp White Pepper
β€’ 5 tsp Lemon Juice

Salad:

β€’ 3 cups chopped Poached Chicken
β€’ 1 cup finely chopped Celery
β€’ 4 TBSP finely chopped Green Onions
β€’ Β½2 cup shelled Sunflower Seeds

Directions:

β€’ Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill weed, sugar, white pepper, and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients together.
β€’ Cut your cool, poached chicken into bite size pieces.
β€’ Add all salad ingredients (poached chicken, celery, green onions, and sunflower seeds) to the mixed dressing.
β€’ Mix together well.
β€’ Chill for at least two hours before serving.

Makes 6 servings Chicken Salad

chicken salad in a glass serving bowl on top of a graey slate kitchen island


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Sunday Morning Shopping

Sunday Morning Shopping


A few weeks ago I posted Sunday Morning Shopping making it very clear that I may not be out shopping on Sunday ever again (or at least not every week). This is a reader driven post having little to do with me – except I may run out to get whatever good deals you all post in comments. πŸ˜›

I also added an email notification for additional comments. Definitely read this post so you know how to opt in or out.

I finished up the rice we had in the pantry a few weeks ago, so Hubby decided it was time for a trip to the Asian store. Since we had not been for quite some time, I was definitely on-board with that plan!

We traveled through aisles of frozen, picking up some steamed buns and hoping they will be good. Side note… many, many years ago Hubby took me to the US Open. On our way, Hubby took me to dim sum. It was fabulous! Lots of pointing and choosing by pictures as no one on the push carts spoke English and we didn’t speak Cantonese, but I remember we gorged ourselves for about 20 bucks! (We tried to look up the name of the establishment, but this was about 9 years ago that we visited that restaurant and the yelp reviews are not indicating anything like what we went to, so I am assuming it has changed.) I am hopeful the steamed buns will be half as good as what we had at that dim sum (yes, I have been to others since then, but I recall that place in Queens as the best!).

Hubby of course picked up a lot of cookies and treats.

I looked at the rice, and couldn’t decide what I wanted, so waited for Hubby. As he was wandering the rice aisle, he turned to me and said, “You know what? I just remembered; we have a bucket of rice down the basement.”

Oy

We picked up some short rice because if we do have a bucket of rice, I can guarantee the rice in the food-bucket is long grain. We also picked up a kashi-type mixture that looked interesting.

All-in-all we spent about $45, and never bought the big bag of rice we went shopping for in the first place! πŸ˜€

How was your shopping this week? Did you go Sunday Morning Shopping? Did you find any great deals? Anything we should all run out for? Detail folks, details!


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