Jac o' lyn Murphy

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Broadway Back to School Cupcakes

The curtain is going opening, 
it is showtime...
even Broadway is going Back to School!
I don't want to be dramatic,
but we are easing the pain of returning to high school's hallowed halls 
with playbill topped cupcakes.

Of course there will be some Mean Girls...

some cool dudes...

those who struggle...

but hopefully the year will be musical and fun.

The show must go on, right?

Playbill cupcake toppers are in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Mashed Potato Salad

Maybe it's just because our last name is Murphy,
 but my husband always makes way too many mashed potatoes.
What's my favorite way to use all the left overs?
Mashed Potato Salad, of course!
All the nostalgic flavor of a classic potato salad, 
with a smoother, creamier, totally addictive texture.

With just a few simple ingredients, 
it only takes minutes to whip it all together...

It is so good I actually now beg him to make a double batch of mashed potatoes...

I think my new motto will be...
Potato Salad,
it's not just for picnics any more!

Mashed Potato Salad

3 cups cold, leftover mashed potatoes
2 1/2 Tablespoons mayonaise
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup scallions, finely sliced
1 Tablespoon pickle juice
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
paprika for sprinkling on top

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well, except the paprika. Cover and chill at least one hour, then top with paprika

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Chicken Wing Salad- My Back to School Lunch

As the school year approaches, 
I have been thinking about quick and easy lunches...
for me!
Things that are light, bright and colorful to make the midday meal a little more festive.

Chicken Wing Salad is my newest fun feast, 
and it goes perfectly with the new lunch box I bought for MYSELF...

It starts with a bed of small Persian cucumbers and thinly sliced shallots...

drizzled with dressing...

and topped with lemon garlic chicken wings.

I mean, really 
is there anything that makes you say "Yay" to lunch like a fresh batch of wings??

Chicken Wing Salad
Serves 2

10-12 Chicken Wings marinated in the juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 olive oil and 2 minced garlic cloves
6 Persian Cucumbers thinly sliced (or 3 regular cucumbers)
1 shallot thinly sliced

Marinate wings for at least an hour then grill or bake until fully cooked and golden brown.  Toss cucumbers and shallots with dressing and top with wings!

For dressing whisk together
3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
6 Tablespoons Light (in color) olive oil
1/2 minced shallot
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste

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