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I have decided that I am totally and completely spoiled in this season of my life. Weekends at home with no set plans have become my favorite these days. I do realize this is a total luxury and I'm learning to relish in it and take in every moment of it that I can, knowing that one day it won't be the same.
Saturday morning I woke up and ran one of the hardest runs I've ever done before. For whatever reason I was mentally struggling and it was not my best. I think Annetta and I have told you that we are training for a marathon in less than a month? Pray for us.. we are going to need it =)
Due to my not so awesome long run, I decided that I needed to have some friends over for dinner to celebrate being FINISHED - and what better way to celebrate being done running than EATING! I made one of the most delicious things you've ever put in your mouth... and it's called "Chickan" (named and originally made by my sweet friend Britney who so graciously shared her recipe with me). It's sort of like chicken salad wrapped in crescent rolls. They.are.AMAZING!
If you are having people over for the Super Bowl or going to party soon, let me just say that you are going to want to make these. Here is the recipe:
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese - I usually use 1/3 less fat
2 cups cubed cooked chicken - (sometimes I use a rotisserie chicken)
1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 can crescent rolls (I usually use reduced fat)
1 Tablespoon of butter
3/4 cup croutons or bread crumbs
Heat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of softened butter; beat until smooth. Add chicken, chives, salt and pepper; mix well.
Seaparate or cut dough into 4 rectangles. If using crescent dough, firmly press performations to seal. Spool 1/2 cup chicken mixture onto center of each rectangle. Pull 4 corners of dough to center of chicken mixture; twist firmly. Pinch edges to seal. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush tops of sandwiches with 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle with crushed croutons.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Hint: you can add different spices to the chicken and make the recipe your own. The main thing is just making sure you have good flavored chicken and cream cheese. You can't go wrong with that combo baked in a crescent roll. YUM!
It was a perfect night: delicious food, good people (I'm convinced my friends are the best), good conversation and somehow we always end up having our own little dance party.
Who knows how long I will be able to enjoy leasurely weekends like this past one, but I'm grateful for the here and now and hope that we can all find sweet moments in each different season that we are in.
Enjoy the yummy Chickan!