MagPad Dinner Table

MagPad Dinner Table

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Loaded with Cashews, Grapes, Chicken, Pasta and Dried Cranberries! Perfect Pasta Salad Recipe for the Summer!

1 (16 oz) pkg rotini
4 c. cubed chicken
1 c. seedless green grapes, halved
1 c. seedless red grapes, halved
1 (5 oz) pkg dried cranberries
1 c. ranch salad dressing
3/4 c. mayonnaise
2 c. salted cashews

Cook the pasta according to packaged directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.
In a large bowl combine chicken, grapes and cranberries. Add pasta.
In a small bowl, whisk ranch dressing and mayonnaise. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Just before serving stir in cashews.

by Julie Evink

I found this recipe on my Facebook page.  It is from Julie's website found here.  I don't always have cashews on hand, so if that is the case I would substitute roasted or sugared almonds for the cashews.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bug Spray

We'll be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ for the next two years in Belize.  We heard that there a lots of bugs there and to bring some homemade bug spray along with Deep Insect Repellent.   I found this recipe for homemade bug spray here on

Here is another recipe that I got from site:

Homemade Bug Spray Ingredients

Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
Natural Witch Hazel
Distilled or boiled Water
Vegetable glycerin (optional)
Homemade Bug Spray Instructions

Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus. It works great and smells good too!

Click here to watch a video that shows how to use a diffuser to repel bugs. 

Click here for the recipe for the above bug-repelling mason jars